Thousands of people are expected to take part in the “Stop Watching Us” rally this Saturday in Washington, DC. “Stop Watching Us” is a rally is to bring attention to the issue of mass surveillance in the U.S., and marks the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act.
Rally organizers say recent revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance program, which was given wide ranging powers through the Patriot Act, suggests that many innocent Americans are under some form of government surveillance, which constitutes a violation of basic constitutional rights. They are calling on Congress to investigate the NSA’s surveillance program, demanding Congress ban sweeping surveillance of telephone and internet activity of innocent Americans. They will also deliver a petition signed by mover 500,000 people demanding the same.
The “Stop Watching Us” coalition is made of over 100 public advocacy groups, including the ACLU, Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Center for Democracy and Technology. Several prominent local and national Muslim organizations will participate as well. The issue of surveillance effects Americans of all walks of life, but surveillance against Muslim communities is of special concern of civil rights activists.
WHAT: Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance
WHEN: Saturday, October 26. 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Marchers will first gather at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station at 11:30 a.m., then march to the Capitol Reflecting Pool (3rd Street and Madison Dr. N.W.) where the rally will take place until 3 p.m.
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