Your mayor could save Net Neutrality

Late last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) caved to corporate interests and voted to eliminate Net Neutrality; That’s the basic concept that your internet provider cannot slow down your browsing on certain pages, block websites, or charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience. All legal content is treated the same.

It’s been crucial to new movements around the world because it ensures activists can share news and ideas at the same speed as corporations and governments. If you streamed a video from Standing Rock, shared a photo of that Greenpeace RESIST banner over the white house, or just shared one of our online petitions with a friend – you’ve relied on Net Neutrality.

The FCC’s massively unpopular decision has sparked a national movement to demand the return of real Net Neutrality. Thousands of us have already spoken out, but there’s a new way to help by asking your Mayor to defend Net Neutrality.

Click here to email your mayor and ask them to sign the Cities Open Internet Pledge.

mayors can save net neutrality

Mayors like Bill de Blasio of New York, Ted Wheeler of Portland and Steve Adler of Austin have already signed the Cities Open Internet Pledge, which requires all internet providers with whom they do business to follow a strong set of Net Neutrality principles. Within a week, more than 20 mayors took the pledge — but some have been slow to act. That’s why we’re asking for your help to call on ALL U.S. mayors to join the Cities Open Internet pledge. But your voice as a constituent is what matters most.

Urge your mayor to stand for Net Neutrality. Click here to send an email to your mayor, asking them to sign the Cities Open Internet Pledge — and join the national movement for an open internet!

Note: Below is a list of mayors who’ve signed onto the Cities Open Internet Pledge already. If your mayor is already on the list, Click here and enter your address on the right -you’ll be redirected to a page with a pre-drafted thank you email to send them instead.

Mayors who’ve signed onto the Cities Open Internet Pledge already:

Mayor Bill de Blasio — New York, NY
Mayor Steve Adler — Austin, TX
Mayor Ted Wheeler — Portland, OR
Mayor Ron Nirenberg — San Antonio, TX
Mayor Sly James — Kansas City, MO
Mayor Mark Farrell — San Francisco, CA
Mayor Catherine E. Pugh — Baltimore, MD
County Board of Supervisors Chair Zach Friend — Santa Cruz County, CA
Mayor Barney Seney — Putnam, CT
Mayor Paul Soglin — Madison, WI
Mayor Sam Liccardo — San Jose, CA
Mayor Jacob Frey — Minneapolis, MN
Mayor Ethan Strimling — Portland, ME
Mayor Steve Schewel — Durham, NC
Mayor Don Boeder — Gaylord, MN
Mayor Tom Feldkamp — Bow Mar, CO
Mayor Pauline Cutter — San Leandro, CA
Mayor Lucy Vinis — Eugene, OR
Mayor Lisa Swain — Fair Lawn, NJ
Mayor Laura Keegan — Edgewater, CO
Mayor Michael Tubbs — Stockton, CA
Mayor Ras Baraka — Newark, NJ
Mayor Steve Fulop — Jersey City, NJ
Mayor Andrew Ginther — Columbus, OH
Mayor Kim McMillan — Clarksville, TN
Mayor David Terrazas — Santa Cruz, CA
Mayor Frank Ortis — Pembroke Pines, FL
Mayor Lowell Hurst — Watsonville, CA
Mayor Shari Cantor — West Hartford, CT
Mayor Rick Davis — City of Tonawanda, NY
Mayor Sal Panto Jr — Easton PA
Mayor Alex Morse — Holyoke, MA
Mayor Michelle Distler — Shawnee, KS
Mayor G. David Gillock — North Ridgeville, OH
Mayor Michael M Vargas — Perris, CA
Mayor Lyda Krewson — Saint Louis, MO
Mayor Bob Scott — Sioux City, IA
Mayor David Martin — Stamford, CT
Mayor Walt Maddox — Tuscaloosa, AL
Mayor Paul Heroux — Attleboro, MA
Mayor Jean (John) Mordo — Los Altos, CA
Mayor Debra S. Lewis — Ashland, WI
Mayor Heidi Harmon — San Luis Obispo, CA
Mayor Miro Weinberger — Burlington, VT
Mayor Zachary Vruwink — Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Mayor Kim Driscoll — Salem, MA
Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer — Alameda, CA
Mayor Marc McGovern — Cambridge, MA
Mayor David M. DelVecchio — Lambertville, NJ
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp — Plainfield, NJ
Mayor Patrick Wojahn — College Park, MD
Mayor Tom Butt — Richmond, CA
Mayor Francis M. Womack III — North Brunswick, NJ
Mayor Dominic Persampiere — Oviedo, FL
Mayor Dan Horrigan — Akron, OH
Mayor Charles Lamb — Edmond, OK
Mayor Catherine Blakespear — Encinitas, CA
Mayor Peter d’Errico — Leverett, MA
Mayor John Heilman — West Hollywood, CA
Mayor Lydia E. Lavelle — Carrboro, NC

Two pipelines a week

Last week the Army Corps of Engineers gave preliminary approval to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP). A few days earlier, the Virginia Water Control Board (VaWCB) voted 4-3 to approve the fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), but required a final review of several environmental studies. That second one is actually considered a partial victory, since the week before the VaWCB had voted to approve the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) — another, shorter, fracked gas pipeline — with no such condition.

This not to mention the FCC ripping apart #NetNeutrality and the Republican Congress poised to ram through a tax bill that will steal our healthcare, deport our neighbors and drop a depth charge on the middle class from a luxury yacht. So, yeah, the last week wasn’t great.

But here’s the thing, in moments of crisis this climate justice movement rises to the occasion in ways that never fail to startle and inspire me. So, short version – Can you chip in to support what we’re doing? Even $1.98 helps a lot, and there’s a ton of other (including non-monetary) stuff you can do to help that we’re supporting or participating in below.

Ok – how to help. First, if you haven’t already, you need to sign up to show up. Both the #NoBBP and the #NoKXl movement have launched “pledge to protect” campaigns that encourage you ti sign up to show up – when asked, that’s really important – to support thee campaigned with civil disobedience and direct aid.

If we stop the pipelines, and lose the economy, our democracy, and all our immigrant neighbors though, it wont count for much. So we also need to sign up to show up and stop congress this week. Some of the best organizing going right now is to stop the tax bill, or derail it by forcing a big fight about the DREAM act. All week long, brave young dreamers, people who rely on the Affordable Care Act have been showing up in force. If you can get to D.C. or a local rally and support them you should.

Coincidentally, putting pressure on the Senate might also be the best way to save #NetNeutrality, which some 8,822 (yes we keep count), of you signed up to protect. The FCC voted to shred net Neutrality last week, but the short version is that we can fix it — IF two bulwarks hold:

  1. The lawsuits already introduced in New York, Massachusetts and a bunch of states to overrule the FCC decision because the comment process was to flawed;
  2. Congress votes (in accordance with some 70% of their constituents wishes) to overrule them with a powerful tool called the Congressional Review Act. The CRA gives Congress 60 legislative days to overturn a rule issued by a federal agency with a “resolution of disapproval,”  and it is NOT subject to a filibuster, so it can pass the Senate with just 51 votes.

Last, I want to talk about California, and all the places recently ravaged by climate-fueled super-storms. The fires, now among the largest in California history, are being driven by strong winds and new evacuation orders were issued in the last 24 hoursOne firefighter, Cory Iverson, 32, has been confirmed dead. And like Puerto Rico, we expect the actual toll to be much much worse than the public account.

Some friends have been strategizing about Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and I think there’s potential fir us to help. But to do so we’ll need a lot of logistics. Training, supplies, some sort of micro-grid on wheels. We need to get ready, and the climate chaos isn’t waiting.

If you chip in now, we’ll put 100% of the funds towards staging actions, protests and relief efforts where they matter. Even better, 100% of your gift is now tax-deductible as we apply for charitable status from the IRS. But I don’t know what the next few weeks will bring — whether there will be another disaster to respond to, another pipeline permitted, or whether the Trump team will order the IRS to disregard all new applications towards protecting the environment the way they told the CDC to stop using words like “fetus” and “science-based” last week.

What I do know is that, together, we can make a difference. But only if we show up however we can. Click any of the links in this email to get connected and show up to say #NoKXL, #NoBBP, #StopGOPTaxScam, clean #DreamActNow, or do stand in solidarity with the victims of #ThomasFire and ALL the #ClimateChanged disasters of the last few months.

Or, click here to chip in and help us fight back.

Photo Credit: Brandon Wu

Break the internet in order to save it

This Thursday, Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could destroy the open internet. Big cable and phone companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T have been lobbying for years to end net neutrality so they charge us extra fees, throttle the speed of content they don’t like or outright censor speech critical of corporations or the political elite.

There’s no two ways about it, without an open internet, the Resistance is in trouble. But Congress can put a stop to all of this by demanding the FCC uphold the principle of net neutrality.

Net neutrality is a basic concept: your internet provider cannot slow down your browsing on certain pages, block websites, or charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience. All legal content is treated the same.

It’s been crucial to new movements around the world because it ensures activists can share news and ideas at the same speed as corporations and governments. If you streamed a video from Standing Rock, shared a photo of that Greenpeace RESIST banner over the white house, or just shared an online petition with a friend – you’re using Net Neutrality.

That’s why we’re teaming up with a huge team of internet-powered businesses and groups today to call on Congress to save Net Neutrality. Can you help? Use the widget on this page to Write Congress first, then call Congress; Then, click here to Break the Internet.

I won’t lie, With Trump’s hand-picked chairman, Ajit Pai, in charge (a former Verizon lawyer and lobbyist), the FCC is almost certain to vote 3-2 (three Republicans to 2 Democrats) in favor of gutting net neutrality. This after what has clearly been a flawed and hacked comment period where the FCC managed to ignore hundreds of thousands of comments while still (apparently) getting hacked by Russian trolls. And just this week a leaked video shows FCC chairman Pai “joking” about being a Verizon puppet.

But here’s the thing, no matter what Pai and 2 other FCC commissioners do this week, the battle for the internet isn’t over, it’s just getting started. The decision will most likely be challenged in court. And the delay is critical. Every day our team gets bigger and stronger:

Just today, nearly 40 Senate Democrats and two independents sent a letter to Pai, urging him to abandon the proposal, which they called a “stunning regulatory overreach.” They’re joined by a small but growing number of Republicans like Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, who wrote today asking the FCC to delay the vote and expressing concern of “unanticipated negative consequences.”

The point is, every day we delay this thing, we are more likely to win and save the open internet for everyone – including the cats.

The fine people at Battleforthenet.com have a plan so that EVERYONE can sound the alarm and drive a flood of net neutrality action to Congress before Thursday. Here’s some of their ideas:

  • Change your Facebook relationship status to “Married” (to net neutrality) and add a comment linking to BattleForTheNet.com
  • Add a new “job” on LinkedIn: “Defending Net Neutrality at BattleForTheNet.com” and make sure you’ve got the “notify people when my profile changes” setting on.
  • Change your Twitter and Instagram featured website to BattleForTheNet.com and post frequently using the content.
  • Sites and blogs like ours are using this widget to drive action and calls.

Get everything you need to “Break the Internet” for the 48 hours before the FCC vote here.

We Wouldn’t Exist Without Net Neutrality

We all depend on Net Neutrality to take action. Help save it before July 17!

Imagine a world where Donald Trump’s tweets are delivered faster, instantly, to every device in the world, but our messages and emails planning protest and resistance take hours to be delivered. It’s not a nightmare (well, it would be) — it’s what the internet could look like without Net Neutrality.

Net neutrality is a basic concept: your internet provider cannot slow down your browsing on certain pages, block websites, or charge apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience. All legal content is treated the same.

It’s been crucial to new movements around the world because it ensures activists can share news and ideas at the same speed as corporations and governments. If you streamed a video from Standing Rock, shared a photo of that Greenpeace RESIST banner over the white house, or just shared an online petition with a friend – you’re using Net Neutrality.

And now, that’s all in danger. Click here to send a message using the coalition action page to the FCC and your elected officials in D.C. telling them that you won’t stand by and let them kill net neutrality.

Don't let telecom companies slow down the resistance

Trump has a former Verizon lawyer to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a crusade to weaken Obama’s legal framework for net neutrality.

If they succeed, Cable companies and internet providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon  will have dramatically more control over what you can see online, and can extract bribes and payments from anyone who wants to get their message out. Without the current net neutrality rules, they’ll be able to block, throttle, and censor what you can see on the internet – not to mention charging you extra fees for decent service.

But its not too late to speak out: The FCC is taking public comments until Monday, July 17th. Which is why we’re teaming up with a  huge coalition of friends online to make our voices heard. Millions of people have already spoken out against the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality, but we need to turn up the heat even more.

Thanks for standing up for a free and open internet.

Drew and the 198 emails and memes crew