Fighting Like a Mom Against the “Stop Online Piracy Act”

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Motherhood forced me to educate myself on big issues across the board. From nutrition to politics, I deconstructed my assumptions and read everything I could. I needed to understand everything and make educated decisions on how I raise my children. I never planned on being a activist, it was by-product of simply taking time to follow the big issues of our time.

For the sake of my children’s future, I add my voice to issues that will effect them and their ability to reach their potential. I fight for love, for good, for freedom, for justice and for liberty.

That’s why I’m speaking up about the Stop Online Piracy Act.

The Internet is powerful because of the freedom. There are no gatekeepers. Previously unimaginable doors of opportunity are open to individuals despite class, ethnicity and number of degrees. Individuals have the promise of an equal chance to build their dreams on the Internet.

I never want my children to look at me and say, “The Internet used to be open and uncensored and no one cared enough to save it from censorship?”

Today is the day that everyone who loves the Internet should join the fight to protect it from censorship. Parents of all different political slants can come together on this because we all share the core value of freedom.

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From the site:

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like YouTube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the Internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the Internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

So if you agree with me, this is what you need to do today —

Click here and email your Congressional Representative. It takes 2 minutes. Don’t put it off, do it now, please.

Click here and send a note to your Senators.

Spread the word. Click to Tweet, Facebook share and Stumble this post and tell your friends to read it and act.

More on SOPA-

Follow the discussion on Twitter.

STOP SOPA, SAVE THE INTERNET – Boing Boing

Eric Schmidt Doubles Down On SOPA Bill, Describing It As “Censorship,” “Draconian”

TechCrunch calls SOPA the “Kill Switch”

Fight For the Future asks these great questions:

  • After spending thousands of years building libraries of donated books, why do governments try to tear them down when they happen spontaneously online?
  • Why can’t I give money directly to every musician I like, instead of paying Apple or Spotify and leaving virtually nothing in the pockets of the artists?
  • Why does the US pay so much for cell phone service? And for slow Internet service?
  • How is it possible that singing “Happy Birthday” in public is still illegal, and why does anyone stand by these laws?
  • Will every kid growing up in every developing country have access to every book ever made, as soon as they get a smart-phone? Or will the books cost $12, an impossible expense for a poor kid?
  • Why have we all been sitting idly while the movie and music lobbyists have been systematically advancing legislation that strips freedoms, blocks innovation, and exclusively advances Hollywood’s financial agenda?

Guest contributor Alli Worthington is a wife, mother of five sons, entrepreneur and amateur policy wonk. Learn more about her at AlliWorthington.com

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