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January 18, 2012

THIS BLOG WAS BLACKED OUT TODAY TO PROTEST SOPA AND PIPA CENSORSHIP

Filed under: Protests — EL @ 8:00 pm
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Many websites are blacked out today (from 8am-8pm) to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). From personal blogs to giants like WordPress and Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this one — are asking you to help stop this dangerous legislation from being passed.

As a writer, I’ve seen what censorship can do – in the Philippines (where my relatives were during martial law), China (where I briefly lived in 2010), and even here in the U.S. (where my partner’s Japanese American grandfather’s letters to his family were blacked out during World War II). That’s why I chose to join WordPress’ internet strike and blacked out my blog for the day. However, I chose not to black out my Facebook Profile Picture because there are too many Pinays and other women of color who go nameless, faceless, and missing in this world.

Please watch the video below to learn how the SOPA / PIPA legislation will affect internet freedom, then scroll down to take action.

MAKIBAKA! Maraming salamat/Many Thanks.

LEARN MORE

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

TAKE ACTION:
CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON

Today, we are striking against censorshipJoin the largest online protest in history: tell Congress to stop this bill now!

The “Stop Online Piracy Act” could pass in the House this week. Call your representative now.

Fight for the Future and Demand Progress may contact you about related campaigns. We will not share your email with anyone. Privacy Policy

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