On this upcoming July 4th holiday, protesters from across the nation will gather in 92 US cities to speak out against un-warranted government surveillance. This rally, started and endorsed by Reddit, intends to show that the US public will not allow their fourth-amendment rights to be violated in the name of national security.
It was only 23 days ago that Redditors formed a grassroots organization to speak out against government surveillance. That group has quickly snowballed, and now will show their physical presence on the day this country celebrates its own independence.
Reddit explains Restore the Fourth as a, “non-partisan, non-violent movement assembling nationwide protests on July 4th 2013 to raise awareness of unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government.”
Every state will be represented in this effort, with official meet ups planned in 92 different areas.
It is essential that members of the internet community come together to combat digital oppression. It’s easy for politicians to dismiss 5,000 up-votes or “Likes” as credible forms of complaint. It’s much harder to ignore those 5,000 people when they combine as a physical presence.
It all goes down this Thursday, July 4th. If you make it to the Civic-Center meet up in San Francisco, come say hi.