Net neutrality protests TODAY

Today is the big day! Today internet users and activists from across the country stand up for our right to connect, create, and speak freely online.

Over 700 protests are planned at Verizon stores and congressional offices across the country. Thousands of people are planning to attend. We’re going to send a message Verizon-lawyer-turned FCC Chair Ajit Pai, Big Cable, and members of Congress can’t ignore.

Ahead of the protest, we want to make sure you have everything you need to prepare.

Here is an action guide for hosts and attendees to execute a net neutrality protest. You can find this and additional resources at VerizonProtests.comAlso, please double check your event – in a few instances, times and locations have shifted a bit.

Signs are a great way to show your support for net neutrality. Go to ProtestSign.org to turn your phone or tablet into a protest sign!

Be sure to take lots of pictures! Take group photos and tweet them with the hashtag #StoptheFCC at your members of the House and Senate. Be sure to send photos immediately to support@demandprogress.org so we can amplify them online.

Millions of Americans are rightfully outraged by Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality protections that prevent telecom giants from charging extra fees, engaging in censorship, and controlling what we see and do online through discriminatory throttling.

This is exactly the kind of momentum we need to force Congress to step up and stop the FCC vote (which has already started happening!).1

Today has the potential to be a turning point in the fight for the free and open internet. So bring you passion, your chanting voice, and most importantly, your friends! And remember, this event is about protesting actions of Verizon executives, lobbyists, and their supporters in Washington, not the employees at these stores. Please treat them with nothing but the utmost respect.

If you have questions or need support, please email support@demandprogress.org.

See you later today!

–Team Internet

Sources:

1. Fight for the Future, “BREAKING: First Republican lawmaker to publicly oppose the FCC’s radical net neutrality repeal,” November 24, 2017.

Team Internet is a decentralized group of nearly half a million people who are working together on our shared goal of maintaining Net Neutrality. The team is supported by a small and dedicated staff from three partner organizations: Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund.

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