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November 29th 2017


DEMOCRACY = NET NEUTRALITY


PROTECT OUR INTERNET FREEDOM


DO NOT LET THE FCC DENY OUR RIGHTS


JUSTICE DELAYED IS NOT JUSTICE: SPEECH DELAYED IS NOT FREE


Are you afraid of losing your online freedom?  You should be. The FCC is about to repeal the rules of Net Neutrality by a vote on December 14th.  Here are some actions that can save our internet freedom:


What is Net Neutrality? "Net neutrality is the principle that the ISP (Internet Service Providers) must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. Under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content."   -- Wikipedia


Removing Net Neutrality will allow ISP's to impose a class infrastructure online, dividing the haves from the have nots. The internet will have a tiered payment plan: fees for fast lanes will leave behind those who are unable to afford the extra charges.  Imagine walking on certain sidewalks only if you pay. That is the way ISP's will be able to distance you forever. Large businesses will eat small businesses -- and with no legal recourse. Even big business now has limits of monopoly. In cyberspace, it will have none.


Without Net Neutrality, ISP's will be able control the speed with which information reaches you, thus curating the content of your online life. The independent voices of small media outlets, of people in need, and of protesters could be stifled if they are in conflict with the agenda or bottom line of the ISP.  Their content could be blocked altogether. As bad as the news is, it is far worse to not know what is really going on. Our safety and our democracy are at stake.


Repealing Net Neutrality is a threat to both our freedom of speech and our ability to read and hear the speech of others. The internet was created as an open space. Without Net Neutrality, it could turn into slums and gated communities. 


Do you want corporations curating everything you hear, read and see? This is already a problem given the power of advertising -- of ads that reward the number of clicks, not the accuracy of the content. To repeal Net Neutrality could be the equivalent of giving most people pencils while the rich are on satellites. 


Repealing Net Neutrality is a threat to both our ability to circulate our freedom of speech and to access the freedom of speech of others. The ability to circulate and access freedom of speech online has been afforded to us since the inception of the internet and it is our right.  The internet was created as an open space. In these times we must be able to communicate and have access to all information --not curated content by corporations that have the power to disallow independent outlets to get through due to a conflict in agenda.  


WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:


1. These three people at the FCC will decide the fate of the free internet.


Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov


Michael.O'Reilly@fcc.gov


Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov


Email them: (subject could be) DO NOT REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY.  NET NEUTRALITY = DEMOCRACY.  (email can contain)  BY REMOVING THE RULES OF NET NEUTRALITY, YOU ARE TAKING AWAY OUR RIGHTS AND THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY. THIS THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY IS FAR GREATER THAN WHAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY COMPREHENDING. YOU MUST VOTE FOR NET NEUTRALITY NOT NET DISCRIMINATION. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US. 


2. BattleForTheNet.com has made it fast and simple to email Congress. (You can use the dialogue above)
Email Congress here:
 


3. John Oliver has made it fast and simple to comment on the FCC proceeding.
Comment on FCC proceeding here. Let the FCC know that they are threatening our very democracy by proposing the abolishment of Net Neutrality. 
Net Neutrality preserves our online democracy -- the place many and perhaps most people in the world now talk to each other. We are also divided by illeteracy, no electricity, water scarcity, and much more. Don't let the FCC destroy our major way of fighting injustice.


Act now -- and come back tomorrow for more information.


@NonPartisanPeace


#NetNeutrality=Democracy


#NetNeutrality


#SaveTheInternet

Act now -- and come back for post No. 2.

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May 5th, 2019

ATTENTION: ALL AMERICANS
#ProtectOurVote2020


URGENT


DON’T LET OUR FOREIGN ADVERSARIES CONTROL THE OUTCOME OF OUR NEXT ELECTION AND CHOOSE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


We must secure our elections and protect our vote. What is the point in putting time, energy, and money into campaigns for candidates, and ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to vote, and everyone is able to get to the polls, if the end result is that the election is hacked?


As Americans we have already been made aware by the United States Intelligence that our Presidential election in 2016 was attacked by foreign adversaries. Why would the election in 2020 be any different? One obviously can imagine our vulnerabilities have become greater. We need to do all we can to protect the security of our vote!

First, start by spreading the word and saying no to foreign adversaries controlling our election outcome, and use this hashtag:

#ProtectOurVote2020

For social media or circulation please use the #ProtectOurVote2020 hashtag, and if you'd like you can download the following images:

#ProtectOurVote2020 Sign

Please print the following image on the Landscape setting from your printer so that the letters are big. Also, it is good to not cover the hashtag with your fingers. In order to safeguard our election it will take all of us to spread the word among our communities.

There is one simple message of awareness that needs to be raised which is: Don’t Let Our Elections Get Hacked and join this initiative for a safe and fair election.

 

Jennifer Elster and Chief Perry of the Ramapough Lenape Nation support the #ProtectOurVote2020 initiative to safeguard our election systems against hacking.

If we don’t do this collectively, all efforts on behalf of campaigns will be a waste of time. This is urgent!

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#ProtectOurVote2020

Naomi Klein, Laurie Anderson and Jennifer Elster care about  #ProtectOurVote2020.

If you would like please print the sign and take a picture of yourself holding it up and say something like: 

Don’t let our 2020 election be hacked: #ProtectOurVote2020 and join the initiative for a safe and fair election.

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#ProtectOurVote2020 Social Media Post

For social media or circulation please use the #ProtectOurVote2020 hashtag, and if you'd like you can download the following images:

To maintain a healthy democracy, we need evidence based elections in the U.S.  Fortunately, we know much about how to validate the results of an election, even one that has been hacked.  But in order to accomplish that, we need to reform our voting technology and some of our voting laws and procedures.

Here is what we need:

1.  Mandatory Voter Hand Marked Paper Ballots nationwide; with exceptional device for voters with disabilities.*  

2.  A strong chain of custody of those ballots;

3.  Rigorous post-election ballot audits (called Risk Limiting Audits also known as RLA's) that check the machines that tabulate the handmarked paper ballots before the election results are finalized; (BMD's cannot be audited via RLA which makes it a less secure vote as a sole electronic vote can be tampered with without a trace .

4.  The capability of trained experts poised and ready to conduct a full manual recount if significant tabulation problems are uncovered and funds for litigation if conflicts are to arise;

If you are concerned about the climate, gun sense, racism, sexism and the overall future of the health of the world, the  lacking of protection in our voting systems should concern you. 

Join the initiative to safeguard our election systems from being hacked by getting involved:

1. Post a social media post with the sign and urge people to pay attention ie. Don't let your election get hacked! #ProtectOurVote2020;

2. Call elected officials. Click Here;

3. Make a contribution to raise public awareness  for opportunities to stand up against election hacking  and buiild out a national campaign by signing up for a newsletter or contriubting to raising awareness by going to Nonpartisan Peace Go Fund Me;

4. To make a contribution to support Risk Limiting Audits go to Verified Voting;

Securing our election systems is crucial for America and the worlds well being and the cause needs you.

*Minimum electronic Ballot Marking Device (BMD) station(s) in each polling place  made available to those who are unable to fill out the hand marked paper ballot. Voters with disabilities need to vote privately and independently and sometimes cannot use the voter hand marked paper ballot so many jurisdictions are purchasing Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) for this purpose. Voters with disabilities can use a BMD to make their selections and then print paper ballots that reflect those selections. However, recent studies suggest that most voters do not carefully verify that the printed ballots accurately reflect their choices. Furthermore, if voters do check their ballots and find what they believe are discrepancies, there's no reliable way to determine if those discrepancies result from voter mistakes or from problems with BMD software. There is additional work needed to be done to insure the security, perhaps a printed screenshot for tabulation verification, but there is no method in place. As standard practice, the best approach for jurisdiction is to deploy hand marked paper ballot systems, supplemented with the minimum number of BMDs as needed for those voters with disabilities and that those voting on BMDs should be made aware of the importance of carefully and conscientiously verifying their ballots before casting them, and should be actively encouraged to do so. 

* Counties who have already purchased BMDs as general voting systems can sell BMDs to counties in need for BMDs for the disabled. This way the counties who have spent budget on BMDs do not incur a large financial loss and will still be able to comply with what should be standard practice for safeguarding the elections.

Note: BMDs are not to be used as a spill over station, meaning people are in a hurry so they opt for the BMD to get out in a rush. 

Summary

From Jennifer Elster of Nonpartisan Peace:


We need proper measures to protect our elections from being hacked by unlawful interference. 
We need adequate drop off ballot boxes and mail in voting nationwide.

We need the government to provide stimulus funds for the US Post Office, including extra staff and training, proper PPE, and surveillance of post offices to monitor for foul play.
We need a strong chain of custody of our vote which means staying away from digital/internet voting and moving into hand marked paper ballots so we have a physical trace.
We need our vote to be hand counted accurately without using hackable digital devices.
If we are to use digital at all chain of custody is of utmost concern (see below).
If discrepancies, we must have funds to do a recount.
Most important we need to be able to physically prove the vote so whomever loses also has to concede.

The process of Mail In vote and chain of custody of that vote need be made secure and transparent to public so who is defeated cannot falsely claim foul play.

In the timeframe left until election in Nov, unless we organize a national demand for a safe & fair election, including Mail In Ballot nationwide which requires proper funding, the post office will be defunded and we will lose whether we win or not. It is of dire urgency to make it a demand!

Chain of Custody for In Person voting

To maintain a healthy democracy, we need evidence based elections in the U.S. Fortunately, we know how to validate the results of an election, even one that has been hacked. But in order to do that, we need to reform our voting technology and some of our voting laws and procedures.

Here is what we need for the in person vote:

1. Voter hand marked paper ballots everywhere;

2. A strong chain of custody of those ballots for each step;

3. Rigorous post-election ballot audits (called Risk Limiting Audits) that check the machines that tabulate the paper ballots before the election results are finalized;

4. The capability to conduct a full manual recount if significant tabulation problems are uncovered.

If we do not have a paper (Voter Hand Marked Paper Ballot) to cross check the digital vote we will have no way of tracking if the machine was hacked.

Events

CRYSTAL ECHO HAWK WILL JOIN JENNIFER ELSTER ON INSTAGRAM LIVE SATURDAY, AUGUST 22ND AT 1 PM EST!

Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee) is founder and CEO of IllumiNative. Throughout Crystal’s career, she has been a respected, passionate and successful advocate for the rights of Native Americans with a special emphasis on Native children and educating philanthropy and different sectors of the American public to help transform public perceptions of tribes and Native peoples.

Instagram Live: @JenniferElster

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BARBARA SIMONS WILL JOIN JENNIFER ELSTER ON ZOOM TBD

Barbara Simons is the board chair of Verified Voting, a member of the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (appointed by Sen. Reid and reappointed by Sen. Schumer), and the co-author of the book, “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?”. She has been a leader on technology policy issues for more than 40 years and co-authored numerous reports and studies on how to improve our voting systems.

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August 11, 2020

Nationwide request your Mail In ballot today!

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August 11, 2020

Sign up to be a poll worker!

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August 11, 2020

Find everything you need to vote!

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August 11, 2020

The Heroes Act Proposed

Read here.

To read articles please visit here.

Social Media for action #ProtectOurVote2020

There are simple messages that needs to be raised: “Support the USPS” “Don’t Let Our Elections Get Hacked” and join this initiative for a safe and fair election.

Print out the sign and take a picture with the sign and spread awareness in your community and on your social media outlets.

“Please print the following image of sign on the Landscape setting from your printer so that the letters are big. Also, it is good to not cover the hashtag with your fingers (which I have done several times). In order to safeguard our election it will take all of us to spread the word among our communities.

No hate talk. No extremism.

— Jennifer Elster

Call To Action

Easy Things To Do: Request Mail in Ballot (below), drop it off early in drop box, or send early in mail if need be.

Jennifer Elster and Laurie Anderson