Yesterday, I took part in San Francisco’s Restore the Fourth rally to bring attention to the erosion of our constitutionally protected right to remain safe from warrantless search of our stuff. Around three or four hundred people met near City Hall, walked to the Federal Building where our senators’ office buildings are, and then marched, chanting and clapping, down Market Street to the Embarcadero to listen to speeches and talks. Finally, the rally ended outside the building where, in 2003, the NSA installed an interception facility inside AT&T’s backbone network, and three years later, the world finally had its first (but not, by any means, its last) proof of the NSA’s overreach. Yesterday, all over the nation, thousands of people stood up and told our government it was time to pry the NSA’s fingers off our things.
In Second Life, Aranel Ah at Boom also feels strongly about the Restore the Fourth movement. She has made these awesome shirts and put them out for free. Go get one! You may not have been able to march yesterday — or maybe you did, in which case, awesome, and thanks for coming out! — but you can still support the cause.
Also, it’s not too late to get involved out in the Real World. Go to the Restore the Fourth website and check near you: there may be an upcoming rally. I know Seattle’s isn’t until tomorrow (July 6th), so you still have time to stick some words on some cardboard and think up a really awesome chant. Have fun, kids!
Shirt: BOOM — Restore the Fourth by Aranel Ah
Some other stuff.
Poses by oOo Studio (and I’m not sure what Jacq’s pose is).
BIG TIME THANK-YOUS TO AUTUMN HYKOVA AND JACQ DANIELS, YOU GUYS ROCK MY SOCKS CLEAN OFF.