It’s been a wild few days with the Get FISA Right activism campaign. Our bare-bones media room is the best place to get a quick summary of all the stuff going on; here are a few hightlights: over 22,000 members in the myBO group, and 1700+ on Facebook; we delivered our response and our asks to Obama’s Senate office today (and of course have emailed them as well); and much much more.
We’ve gotten tons of coverage, including an article featuring me by Sarah Lai Stirland on Wired’s Threat Level blog, a call to action and video by Daniel Ellsberg on antiwar.com, and an article by Ari Melber in The Nation that puts this in the context of net movements in general. Will it be enough?
With the vote tomorrow, it’s time for a final push. Announcing: a night of Facebook action
In our final push to influence the vote, we’re creating a Facebook event for us to watch the vote together. People in the DC area who can get passes will try to fill the gallery during the vote tomorrow — and we’re going to have an online component as well, centered around liveblogging, details TBD.
Here’s the Facebook event.
WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN MAKE IT IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY, PLEASE ACCEPT THE EVENT, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, FORWARD THE LINK IN EMAIL, AND MENTION IT IN RELEVANT GROUPS!
It’s a long shot but if we can get enough people on Facebook to respond, that could get some more press and show the breadth of the opposition to telecom immunity and warrantless wiretapping. Events are the most rapidly spreading mechanism on Facebook; it’s worth a try. With any luck, we might set a record for the fastest-propagating event
More information on the wiki, including troubleshooting and links to groups to spread the word in. If you’re on Facebook, or are willing to join, please help out — and in any case, please help spread the word about this.
Mike Stark’s blog post that kicked the event into high gear was titled Will Obama feel the sting of social networking? Since then, we’ve expanded to a 50-state strategy and are targetting multiple Senators. It’s still a good question, though. Facebook’s got a lot more people on it than myBO, and far richer functionality for stuff like this. Let’s give it a try …
Please join us for a night of Facebook action — and then get up tomorrow and watch the vote with us.