We’re 9 days out from a big protest march in Washington DC demanding that the U.S. government stop its massive warrantless surveillance programs targeting hundreds of millions of innocent, law-abiding people. If you have the time, come on down to DC for a march to Capitol Hill at Noon on 10/26. I’ll be taking part in the march from Union Station to Capitol Hill, and it would be great to meet you in person there (post a comment here if you’d like to coordinate).
This brand placement is great fundraising fodder for “sponsor” organizations: it helps build the image of opposition to Big Brother government, which can lead to valuable donations. What I want to know is whether these organizations are just buying sponsorship in some way or are prominently promoting the march on their own web pages, actively direct their followers to show up for the DC march by doing so.
Are the top 15 listed supporting organizations doing everything they can to support the October 26 demonstration? Do they mention and link to the march on the front pages of their own websites? I decided to check and find out. Results are shown below.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org: YES!
Free Press (freepress.net): YES!
FreedomWorks (freedomworks.org) — NO. There’s absolutely no mention of the protest on FreedomWorks’ front webpage, and no mention on their secondary “Take Action” page either. FreedomWorks wasn’t supporting the action on its web page in September either.
American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org) — NO. There’s absolutely no mention of the protest on the home page of the ACLU, and no mention on their secondary “Action” page either. The ACLU was similarly inactive in promoting the march in September.
Competitive Enterprise Institute (cei.org) — NO. There’s absolutely no mention of the protest on the home page of the CEI, just a picture of one of its lobbyists looking smug in a business suit. The CEI didn’t make a peep in September either.
RestoreTheFourth (restorethefourth.net) — NO. Although RestoreTheFourth put out an article in September, they’ve erased mention of the march from the front page of their website in October, right when the mobilization efforts should be in high gear. Super-lamely, RestoreTheFourth doesn’t even mention the march in its events calendar.
Center for Democracy & Technology (cdt.org) — NO. There’s absolutely no mention of the protest on the home page of the CDT, and no mention of the protest on its blog either. Not in September, and not in October.
Demand Progress (demandprogress.org): YES!
Mozilla (mozilla.org) — NO. There’s absolutely no mention of the protest on Mozilla’s home page, and there wasn’t last month either.
Public Knowledge (publicknowledge.org) — NO. There’s absolutely no mention of the protest on the Public Knowledge home page. Instead, they’re talking about people charging $20 to let people see a picture of a beaver by the artist Banksy.
Fight For the Future (fightforthefuture.org) — NO. Just… no. It’s not there. Wasn’t. Isn’t. Asses.
Access (accessnow.org) — STILL, UM, SORT OF. Access links to the website stopwatching.us, which in turn links to the protest, but there are no direct links or mentions of the protest. That’s the way it’s been for a month.
Libertarian Party (lp.org) — YES. The Libertarian Party hadn’t bothered in September, but they have stepped up in October.
Bill of Rights Defense Committee (bordc.org) — NO. The Committee hasn’t placed any promotion of the protest on its home page. Then again, the Committee doesn’t seem to have updated anything on its home page since August. Really.
Students for Liberty (studentsforliberty.org/) — NO. Students for Liberty is talking a lot about itself. It isn’t saying a word about the march against surveillance on October 26.
Big thanks to the organizations listed in green for using their institutional megaphones to get the word out. But can I just mention how frustratingly lame it is for the organizations listed in red above — all of which have big budgets and staffs and public relations directors — to not even bother to put up a tiny little graphic or a single web link on their home pages? While actual, non-funded human beings are making their way to Washington, it would be polite for the paper movement organizations to make some kind of a peep.