ADVISORY: Activists to Hold ‘Don’t Kill the Internet!’ Net Neutrality Rally Outside Obama Fundraiser in Silicon Valley

LOS ALTOS, CALIFORNIA — On Wednesday, July 23, progressive activists from more than a dozen grassroots organizations will gather outside a high-profile fundraiser with President Obama and tech industry leaders to call on President Obama to protect Net Neutrality. The rally, organized by MoveOn.org Political Action and Free Press, will pressure President Obama to live up to his promise to defend Net Neutrality, currently under threat by a proposal, from an FCC chair appointed by the president, that would divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us.

Since his first campaign, President Obama has promised to preserve the open Internet that helped him get elected and that every American relies on to access information, start a new business, and compete on a level playing field. The free and open Internet propelled President Obama to office in 2008 and 2012, and his campaign relied on new and innovative ways of organizing people to engage in politics. President Obama has promised to uphold Net Neutrality but has yet to address the issue this summer or push for the FCC to treat broadband Internet as a public utility.

 

WHAT: Don’t Kill the Internet! Net Neutrality Rally

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Los Altos, CA  |  (Please RSVP to press@moveon.org for exact location.)

WHO: Progressive activists from organizations including MoveOn.org Political Action, Free Press, Common Cause, CREDO Action, Color of Change, Demand Progress, the Media Alliance, Code Pink, Daily Kos, SumOfUs, Progressives United, ACLU, and the Greenlining Institute.

Some representatives will be available for comment and photos.

 

More than 1 million Americans have already submitted comments to the FCC on the need to preserve the open Internet, recently causing the FCC’s comment website to crash, and grassroots activists are calling the White House every day to urge President Obama to live up to his promise and make sure that the FCC treats the Internet as the public utility it is.

For more information, or for interviews with a MoveOn.org representative, please contact Brian Stewart at 319-936-3901 or by email at press@moveon.org.

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MoveOn.org Political Action is a community of more than 8 million Americans from all walks of life who are using innovative technology to lift up their voices in our democracy and build progressive power in campaigns for progressive change and in elections.

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