Blog the PATRIOT Act!

ReformThePatriotAct.org I’m happy to announce that the consulting project I’ve been working on for the past 2 weeks is almost complete and I can finally show off the fruits of my labor! And it’s about time the because the reauthorization is now racing through congress and there are some very bad changes to it that need to be stopped!

I have been working with the ACLU to encourage bloggers to write about reforming the Patriot Act and to advise them on creation of the Reform the Patriot Act Blog. Please check out some of the cool stuff we put together. This page for bloggers features RSS feeds, technorati tags, graphics, and a list of the many helpful documents and presentations that have been developed by the ACLU.

Of course I am biased, but I think this is incredibly cool for two reasons.

  1. I have gotten a clear sense from the ACLU that blogs are a critical part of their overall advocacy/communication strategy. I find that most organizations can barely give a crap about blogs as an afterthought, so this really impressed me. Even their lobbyist writes things like “we’ve got to get this information to the bloggers…”

    So kudos to the ACLU for being so smart and inclusive of blogs!

  2. The other thing I love about this project is from a personal standpoint. This is just the kind of consulting I want to be doing for other organizations. So it’s been a wonderful start for me, going in the directions I want, and highlighting my strengths as a consultant.

So my next task is to tell the blogosphere about it. The Patriot Act may pass next week, and Republicans are trying to make it stronger and last longer. I would personally rather see the entire thing go away, but if we have to have it, let’s make sure that it focuses more on protecting us instead of invading our lives!

Ruby Sinreich is a progressive activist, local politico, online organizer, capacity builder, and social networker.

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2 comments on “Blog the PATRIOT Act!
  1. tom says:

    what if the patriot act becomes law as is whats next laws that are classified them selves so combined with the idea that Ignorance of the law is no excuse breaking the law now anyone can be areasted for anything in the name of national security

    http://quotes.ibnerd.net/politicalquotes_1.html

    After 9/11, Bush made two statements: “Terrorists hate America because America is a land of freedom and opportunity.” and “We intend to attack the root causes of terrorism.” ..Sounds like everything is going according to plan.

  2. tom says:

    I run a cyber cafe now a comon carrier and some computers that run knoppix with no hard drive my cusstermores can do as they please on them and not leave trace so your online banking info will be safe consequently so would a bomb making info or kidie porn this is price we have pay to maintain litle privecy as common carrier if served with a nsl or a supena at most I would have alow the feds to examen my equipment as would reveal no useable eveidance witch is my intent cause they are far more likely to bust someone who donated to wrong chairty than they are someone like sleeper cell but if the gov was more reasonable I would’nt these computers and the ie cache could provide a welth of info so poeple follow in foot steps maybe things will change

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