Does the New York tech scene have to do all the heavy lifting or could we have similar protest in California on the 18th?
Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
70 Washington Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
Office of U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
Hopefully, people in the valley can join New Yorkers in their opposition of this bill.
And for protests without permits...the cops are generally going to not do anything but watch unless there's an imminent public safety issue. They don't like bad publicity as much as the next person, and I imagine they're going to be particularly wary of very tech-savvy groups, for obvious reasons.
What on earth would you be worried about? Getting asked to leave? Having to look at a police officer?
If you care about the internet AND/OR you want to show that such tactics don't work, do show up. Otherwise, sit back, relax and get ready for an internet that looks like network television.
Combine that with pointing out that he has admitted he is in favor of censorship and you have the ultimate head-line (especially if somebody brings their kids).
Mostly we will be showing our strength in numbers. There will be a few guest speakers and we will also take collective action.
As for what we'll be doing... good question. At the very least creating a visible show of dissatisfaction with PIPA and SOPA for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. It's unclear from the page if there is anything else.
What matters is simple: these people are given jobs by us, and they have a single responsibility in that position -- to uphold the Constitution. They are failing this responsibility and don't understand this. It's our job as their managers, in effect, to indicate the ways in which they're failing. We need to stop this.