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This past February 11 was The Day We Fight Back, a coordinated online/offline demonstration against unconstitutional NSA spying and in favor of common sense surveillance reform. On the Internet, thousands of websites displayed a banner allowing users to directly call their congressperson from their computer urging them to oppose the FISA Improvements Act and support the USA Freedom Act. Alongside the online effort, street protests were held in several cities across the globe.
On Tuesday, February 11, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee was joined in a press conference supporting The Day We Fight Back by several organizing forces in the national movement to end mass surveillance. But one day earlier, on Monday, February 10, BORDC communications specialist, Adwoa Masozi, gave RT a small preview of what was to come, “It’s becoming more and more clear by the day that our struggle for civil liberties and the protection of that, it’s becoming less a left—right issue, and becoming more of an America versus authoritarianism issue. What we want to come out of this is legislation that has teeth – legislation that will put the American people in a position of power.”
Unwarranted mass surveillance has proven to be a universal issue, providing common ground for private corporations, libertarian groups, and civil liberty advocates to unite. On Tuesday February 11, a broad coalition will take a stand against the National Security Agency (NSA) and engage in a global day of action, “The Day We Fight Back.”
The Day We Fight Back is tied to the activist and technologist Aaron Swartz and his contributions to the digital rights movement. Swartz was a key individual in the movement to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that sought to limit access to sites with user-generated content. Because of the efforts of Swartz and other activists, the Internet remains intact as a universal platform for all users.