(PRWEB) August 02, 2013 —
Restore the Fourth declares Sunday, 8/4 "1984 Day" and plans events across the country challenging unconstitutional NSA surveillance. Restore the Fourth chapters in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis, Raleigh, Austin, and other cities will hold marches, rallies, and even a picnic to draw attention to the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs.
"The tide has turned against the National Security Agency’s unconstitutional phone and Internet monitoring," says Ben Doernberg from Restore the Fourth NYC. "The front page of Monday’s New York Times stated that opposition to the NSA’s activities has 'momentum that even critics say may be unstoppable,' and on Sunday, We the People will build on that momentum."
Restore the Fourth San Francisco’s rally targets House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for her efforts to pressure Democrats to oppose the Amash Amendment. The measure to defund the NSA’s collection of Americans’ call records fell short by only 12 votes, 205-217. Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg will speak in San Francisco, while speakers from the ACLU of Massachusetts, Digital Fourth, and other organizations will speak at a "BRICnic" at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC).
"1984 is a warning, not an instruction manual," says Andrea O'Neill of Restore the Fourth DC. “As we find out about more unconstitutional programs every week, it is clear that the NSA’s domestic spying has gone too far and must be stopped before it’s too late.”
The official website, 1984Day.com, hosts a list of participating cities, and Restore the Fourth expects more locations to join the effort by Sunday. Participants use the hashtag #1984Day on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT RESTORE THE FOURTH
Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan movement that emerged in June after evidence of the government’s collection of Americans’ phone calls and Internet activity was disclosed by Edward Snowden. Restore the Fourth demands an end to the NSA’s unconstitutional bulk surveillance programs, clear laws making warrantless surveillance of Americans illegal, and accountability for officials who misled the public and Congress.
On July 4th 2013, tens of thousands of Americans participated in Restore the Fourth, a series of nationwide protests to raise awareness of unconstitutional surveillance, such as that employed by the National Security Agency in its recently-revealed PRISM program, and encourage the cessation of all U.S. government surveillance that stands in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
After just four weeks of grassroots organizational and promotional efforts done in collaboration between national and local organizers communicating over the Internet, Restore the Fourth gatherings witnessed impressive nationwide turnout and media exposure. Over 50 local protests were organized in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The largest protests, such as those in Boston, Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco, each had an average range of 500-1000 individuals.
“We have been thrilled with the response to Restore the Fourth,” said Douglas MacAurthur, media coordinator for Restore the Fourth. “Our goal is to keep the public’s awareness focused on these issues of surveillance as related to our Constitutional rights as much as possible, and this was merely a first step in that direction that we hope to continue to build on.”
Media coverage of Restore the Fourth’s July 4th gatherings has been extensive, with national articles from publishers ranging from The Boston Globe, CNN, Fox News, The Huffington Post, LA Times, Mashable, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, to the The Washington Post. International media coverage has included articles from BBC, CBC, The Gazette, The Guardian, Reuters, and Russia Today. Restore the Fourth was also covered on broadcast outlets both national as well as local, including hundreds of local television and radio stations across the country. On the evening of July 3rd, even the NSA itself saw fit to make a public statement on Restore the Fourth’s upcoming protests. Popular response from the public to the movement has been overwhelmingly positive.
Moving forward, Restore the Fourth intends to stay true to the original mission of the July 4th protests, to reach “an end to the unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government and to ensure that all future government surveillance is constitutional, limited, and clearly defined.” Next steps and specific non-violent campaign tactics for Restore will be announced soon, with the goal of continuing to raise awareness of and challenge unconstitutional surveillance. To learn more and stay up-to-date on the organization, please visit http://www.restorethefourth.net/.
ABOUT RESTORE THE FOURTH
Restore the Fourth is an online grassroots organization and movement formed in June 2013 in response to the revelations of extensive, ongoing Constitutional rights violations in the form of surveillance of digital communications such as the NSA PRISM program and much more. This movement fully intends to bring an end to the decades of Fourth Amendment abuse by the U.S. government’s surveillance programs, which violate the inalienable rights bestowed upon every person. Supporters of Restore the Fourth include EFF, Fight for the Future, Internet Defense League, PANDA, reddit, and the coalition behind stopwatching.us. The public at large is invited to join in this cause to protect the constitution of the United States; to learn more, donate, or get involved, please visit http://www.restorethefourth.net/.
Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4th, 2013. Protesters in over 100 cities across America will gather to demand that the government of the United States of America adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment. http://www.RestoretheFourth.net provides a detailed list of protest locations.
Restore the Fourth maintains that justification of the Fourth Amendment beyond the original text need not be given; the legitimacy of which is self-evident. "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." The Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly protects all citizens’ assets, both digital and physical, against searches and seizures without warrant; they aim to assert those rights. They insist that the proper channels of government work to ensure that all policy complies with the supreme laws of the United States of America in their entirety.
Restore the Fourth requests that American citizens’ right to privacy is respected and stands with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and StopWatching.us on their open letter to Congress. As informed members of the American electorate, they endorse and echo the letter’s demands.
1. Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
2. Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
3. Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.
The July 4th demonstrations seek to demand an end to the unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government and to ensure that all future government surveillance is constitutional, limited, and clearly defined.
Restore the Fourth aims to ensure that the will of the people is reflected in the government of the United States of America. This movement intends to bring an end to twelve years of Fourth Amendment abuses, and demonstrate the need for a return to the Constitution. All Americans should stand with them in this cause to protect the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.