On October 23, the Stop Watching Us coalition released a new video on NSA spying which documents a tapestry of distinguished voices speaking out against the abuses of the NSA and the larger government. Such voices include whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), veteran talk show host and journalist Phil Donahue, as well as actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, and John Cusack--to name a few. These individuals are but a few of the millions of Americans around the country up in arms and organizing in their communities to hold the government accountable for its assault on our Constitutional rights and liberties on the whole.
Saturday, October 26, will be the Stop Watching Us coalition's Mass Rally Against Surveillance where thousands are expected to converge on the nation's capital. For those attending this will be an incredible opportunity to connect with like minds and also those who are from communities with which they are unfamiliar.While issues of dragnet surveillance and unwarranted searches affects us all, it also affects us differently depending on who and where we are in society. This weekend's rally is just the start of the nation having an open dialogue through action about how we will and must hold individuals like James Clapper, Keith Alexander, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and President Barack Obama, along with the various committees, and agencies over which they preside, accountable for the continual and impudent betrayal of the laws of this country and the trust of American people.
Reining in state power will take protracted action and massive cooperation across class, political, cultural, and religious lines, which on its face might appear as difficult as holding government meaningfully accountable. It isn't. There are strategies for diverse collaboration to affect change locally in a way that reverberates up, impacting policy on state, and national levels. On Friday October 25, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) will hold a training that will teach techniques in "Identifying Allies and Building Strong Coalitions" from 2 to 5 pm at the Historic Stewart Mott House in Washington DC, " in Washington DC. Participants will learn how to build consensus in coalitions, identify allies, create conditions for local victories, and how to leverage media to advance your goals. Send a note to our organizers if you have questions or are interested in receiving training materials. Join BORDC and bring a friend.