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Restore the Fourth Protests against Surveillance ready to hit 60 U.S. Cities on July 4, 2013

In late June 2013, I shared information with you about Restore the Fourth protests taking place in 34 cities across the United States. These demonstrations react to the news that President Barack Obama has unleashed a vast civilian and military surveillance program, collecting up all phone, e-mail, text message and large-provide internet traffic — including private messages — for analysis and referral to local, state and federal authorities. That’s against the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, and Restore the Fourth says it’s time we restore that amendment from its tarnished status. Restore the Fourth protests respond with three popular demands:

1. Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;

2. Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;

3. Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.

When I wrote in late June 2013, I indicated that there were protests in 34 cities. But when I checked back today, I was astonished to find that the list had grown to sixty active cities with protests on and after July 4. In each of these 60 cities, Americans are using the First Amendment to protect the Fourth Amendment. That’s true patriotism fitting for Independence Day.

Here’s the updated list. Is there a city near you that you can reach tomorrow?

Alabama Birmingham July 4, 2013 Link
Alaska Anchorage July 4, 2013 Link
Arizona Phoenix July 4, 2013 Link
Arizona New Protest!Tempe July 4, 2013 Link
Arkansas Fayetteville July 4, 2013 Link
Arkansas Little Rock July 4, 2013 Link
California Huntington Beach July 4, 2013 Link
California Los Angeles July 4, 2013 Link
California New Protest!Madera July 4, 2013 Link
California New Protest!Sacramento July 4, 2013 Link
California New Protest!San Clemente July 4, 2013 Link
California San Diego July 4, 2013 Link
California San Francisco July 4, 2013 Link
California New Protest!Santa Maria July 4, 2013 Link
California New Protest!Santa Monica July 4, 2013 Link
California New Protest!Venice July 4, 2013 Link
Connecticut Hartford July 4, 2013 Link
District of Columbia New Protest!Washington, DC July 4, 2013 Link
Florida Gainesville July 4, 2013 Link
Florida New Protest!Miami July 4, 2013 Link
Florida Orlando July 4, 2013 Link
Florida Tampa July 4, 2013 Link
Georgia Atlanta July 4, 2013 Link
Florida New Protest!Savannah July 4, 2013 Link
Hawaii New Protest!Hilo July 4, 2013 Link
Idaho New Protest!Moscow July 4, 2013 Link
Illinois Chicago July 4, 2013 Link
Indiana New Protest!Indianapolis July 4, 2013 Link
Iowa Cedar Rapids July 4, 2013 Link
Iowa New Protest!Iowa City July 4, 2013 Link
Kansas Wichita July 4, 2013 Link
Kentucky Louisville July 4, 2013 Link
Massachusetts Boston July 4, 2013 Link
Minnesota Minneapolis July 4, 2013 Link
Missouri New Protest!Kansas City July 4, 2013 Link
Missouri St. Louis July 4, 2013 Link
Montana New Protest!Bozeman July 4, 2013 Link
Montana New Protest!Missoula July 4, 2013 Link
New Jersey New Protest!Asbury Park July 4, 2013 Link
New Mexico New Protest!Albuquerque July 4, 2013 Link
New Mexico New Protest!Las Cruces July 4, 2013 Link
New York New Protest!Albany July 4, 2013 Link
New York Buffalo July 4, 2013 Link
New York New York City July 4, 2013 Link
New York Rochester July 4, 2013 Link
New York New Protest!Syracuse July 4, 2013 Link
North Carolina Charlotte July 4, 2013 Link
North Carolina Raleigh July 4, 2013 Link
Ohio New Protest!Akron July 4, 2013 Link
Ohio Ashland July 6, 2013 Link
Ohio Cleveland July 4, 2013 Link
Oklahoma Tulsa July 4, 2013 Link
Oregon Portland July 4, 2013 Link
Pennsylvania New Protest!King of Prussia July 4, 2013 Link
Pennsylvania Philadelphia July 4, 2013 Link
Tennessee New Protest!Chattanooga July 4, 2013 Link
Texas Austin July 4, 2013 Link
Texas Dallas July 4, 2013 Link
Texas Houston July 4, 2013 Link
Washington New Protest!Seattle July 6, 2013 Link

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