Tennessee is home to an important research and code-breaking physical NSA facility - giving the 4th Amendment Protection Act even more immediate impact should it pass. There is also serious political pressure to keep this facility open. Bipartisan political leadership - both publicly and behind the scenes - worked to stop two effective bills in 2014. A 4th Amendment Protection Act passed out of committee, but in a parliamentary maneuver, the committee chair held a revote that resulted in the bill failing to get another vote. And a bill to prohibit warrantless cellphone tracking was gutted by a dangerous amendment just before being sent to the Governor's desk (who still signed the bill).
However, things aren't all bad in Tennessee. In 2013 legislation was enacted to require law enforcement to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal investigation. Strong grassroots pressure can build on the effort to move things forward.
1. CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES
Pick 1-2 of the following bills. CALL your state representative and senator to encourage their action right now. Strongly, but respectfully make sure they know you want them to introduce and support this legislation.
a) The 4th Amendment Protection Act, get it here
b) Electronic Data Privacy Act, get it here
c) C.H.O.I.C.E. Act (Creating Helpful Options for Institutions, Corporations, and Enterprise) get it here
d) Freedom from Location Surveillance Act, get it here
CONTACT INFO HERE: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
Note: We recommend no more than 2 bills per legislator, as it will take considerable time and energy to work the bill through the legislator process. If you'd like to see all the bills introduced, work to find another sponsor after you've secured one for the first 2 bills.
2. SPREAD THE WORD
Make sure to tell your friends on social media about the OffNow campaign. Use the hashtag #OffNow to connect with others and encourage them to join the Campaign. Tweet your State Legislator(s). Always make sure to include @OffNowProject in your Tweet!
We can stop mass surveillance. Take action to turn it #OffNow and support the 4th Amendment! Join @OffNowProject at http://bit.ly/U73eCR
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I demand bold leadership to protect privacy, and put an end to mass surveillance. Sign this petition and add your name to the thousands taking steps to push back.
3. SIGN THE PETITION
Join with people like you all over the country calling for bold actions to push back against the mass surveillance of the NSA and other federal agencies. Call for action to turn off vital resources in the states and prohibit other actions that help support their existence.
Get in touch with us to let us know you want to get more involved. Give your time to working on the ground in organizing, coalition building, outreach and other vital parts of the campaign.
Read about THE PLAN to get educated on all the details of the OffNow strategy to shut down the surveillance state. You'll get the background and history, the legal principles and more. The more you know, the more empowered you'll be to take action in support.
6. STAY UP TO DATE
Read our blog to keep yourself informed of important news, action alerts, and information on what's happening in states around the country. Share this information with your networks, local grassroots groups, and even your state legislators to encourage more action in your area.
7. ATTEND AN EVENT
Events will educate yourself and others, and promote a healthy discussion of what actions we can take to stop the surveillance state.
8. GET GEAR AND PROMOTIONAL TOOLS
Whether its bumper stickers, a t-shirt, or full color flyers - get the promotional tools you need to help spread the word in your area. Stop by the OffNow store today:
9. SUPPORT THE OTHER STATES
It's going to take a concerted effort in states around the country, so keep informed of what's happening elsewhere and do what you can to spread the word and back the efforts too.
We cannot succeed without your help - and without the financial resources to get things done. We accept no government grants, and have no corporate backers. In fact, those who lobby most aggressively against our work are government organizations (like law enforcement groups) and corporate interest groups (like a local chamber of commerce)
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