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"Stop Watching Us" rally Sat Oct 26
Join us  on Saturday, October 26 — twelve years after the “PATRIOT” Act — as thousands of people from across the political spectrum unite in Washington, D.C. to proclaim: Enough is enough. Stop watching us. The momentum is on our side.   We need your help to convert that momentum into a victory for the freedoms all Americans treasure — freedom from unwarranted search and seizure, freedom of speech, expectation of due process

What: Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance
When: Sat., Oct. 26, 12–3 p.m.
Where: Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C. (march from Columbus Circle, Union Station)
Who: You and thousands of others fighting to restore our privacy

How to help:
  • Pledge to join the rally on October 26th
  • Pledge to join “Lobby Day” on Friday the 25th
  • Give generously to the “Stop Watching Us” rally organization (and get cool stuff!)
  • Volunteer — organizers need help with phonebanking (to confirm rallygoers), flyers, etc.
  • Add your name to those of over half a million other dragnet surveillance opponents; the list will be presented to Congress on the 26th.
  • Spread the word: forward this email to friends you think will appreciate it; use the "forward to a friend" link in the bottom right corner of this email.

Equality For Eid: stay home from MCPS schools, Tue Oct 15
The Equality for Eid Coalition is encouraging friends of all faiths, staff, and students to stay home from school on Tuesday, October 15 to observe Eid-al-Adha -- the celebration of the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. The coalition was formed to have the Board of Education approve the addition of the Muslim holidays to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) calendar.

The Muslim community of Montgomery County are simply asking to be treated fairly and justly as their religious counterparts have been treated in the past. The Board of Education has relayed the criterion that needs to be met before they can make a decision to approve the Muslim holidays – that a significant number of students must be absent to demonstrate that classroom instruction would be affected. It is estimated that up to 10% of the Montgomery County population practices the Islamic faith.

More you can do
  • Visit our "NSA legislative overview" post to learn about the different legislative proposals prompted by the Edward Snowden leaks. We recommend supporting the following bills (more about each at the links or in the overview post) by clicking the bill and completing the legislative email:
(First-time "POPVOX" users will need to register with the service.)

Thanks for all you do!

Thomas, Kit, Sue, Martine,
Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition