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* 48 HOURS OF PROTEST *
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Last week Congress approved sweeping restrictions on online speech and conduct, imposing fines of $250,000 and jail sentences of 2 years for anyone who makes "indecent" material available in a public forum online.
This legislation threatens the very existence of the Internet as a viable means of free expression, education, and political discourse.
Despite loud objections from civil liberties groups and the public, the measure is part of a massive telecommunications bill that President Clinton has already pledged to sign. Although you should feel free to continue to express your objections directly to the President, there are other ways to express our outrage for this legislation. The President is expected to sign this bill into law during the week of Feb 5-9, 1996.
For 48 hours after Clinton signs the Telecommunications Reform bill into law, join hundreds of thousands of Internet users everywhere to show the far reaching impact this bill will have on all Internet users. TURN YOUR WORLD WIDE WEB PAGES BLACK with white lettering to demonstrate that the Internet will not accept this kind of second class treatment from the United States Government.
Newsgroups: alt.society.civil-disob Email:firstname.lastname@example.org (watch for mail on this list) WWW:http://www.vtw.org/ Finger:email@example.com
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<a href="http://www.vtw.org/speech/"> My World Wide Web Pages are black for 48 hours to protest second-class treatment from the
US Government for free speech. Read about it at this WWW page.</a>
The Center for Democracy and Technology has also agreed to mirror a similar page at URL:http://www.cdt.org/speech.html
Also, urge your Internet Provider and any Internet WWW pages you frequent to turn their pages black. Send us interesting sites that comply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Mail: email@example.com Subject: ZTV.COM is turning their pages black! I'm the head of the ZTV Website and I've decided to turn our pages black. Thought you'd like to know.
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone:202-456-1111 Fax:202-456-2461Sample communique:
I'm turning my World Wide Web pages BLACK for 48 hours after you
sign the bill as a symbol of protest to show how many people will
be affected by this bill.
You're about to sign a bill into law that imposes a terrible
set of speech restrictions on the Internet that belong in the
broadcast medium, not the interactive one.
I'm turning my World Wide Web pages BLACK for 48 hours after you sign the bill as a symbol of protest to show how many people will be affected by this bill.