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National Day of Out(r)age Against the Telcos!
Wednesday May 24, 2006 4:00-6:00pm
600 Folsom Street (Btwn 2nd & 3rd Sts.)
San Francisco, CA
Join Media Alliance, Access-SF Center, CODEPINK and others for a lively rally outside of the AT&T building where the National Security Agency (NSA) set up a secret spy room to collect phone calls.
On May 24th, thousands of people in cities across the country will protest the Telephone Companies AT&T and Verizon. We are outraged by the tactics of the major telephone companies (AT&T, Verizon and Quest) to pass National Video Franchising legislation in Congress. The Telcos are spending one million dollars a week to buy the votes of Congress people for their legislation (House Bill 5252 and Senate Bill 2686) and on advertising to influence public opinion, using 'astroturf' groups to distort the issues. The proposed legislation will curb local control over video franchises, negatively impact thousands of local Public, Educational and Governmental Access channels, allow red-lining in low-income and rural communities and jeopardize the openness of the internet by removing 'net neutrality' provisions designed to promote competition.
Recent news also has exposed the privacy violation of millions of telephone users by AT&T and Verizon who willingly handed over call records to the National Security Agency without proper legal warrants. AT&T has also been in the news about it's collusion with the NSA to install computers to track the internet traffic on their Worldnet backbone. Now these same corporation want even more access to homes throughout the country with their fiber networks. We demand accountability and
If you'd like to participate in a fun & creative action outside of AT&T Ballpark on Weds. May 24th at 11:30am-12:30pm contact Jeff email@example.com
For more info. contact Nancy firstname.lastname@example.org