From George Phillies, June 30, 2013:
Restore the Fourth
Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4th, 2013. Protesters in over 100 cities across America will gather to demand that the government of the United States of America adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment.
And no matter where you are you can always send a message with
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Here is the Restore the Fourth Press Release:
For immediate release
RESTORE THE FOURTH TO HOLD PROTESTS ON JULY 4TH FOR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS
United States of America (June 18, 2013) —
Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4th, 2013. Protesters in over 100 cities across America will gather to demand that the government of the United States of America adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment. http://www.RestoretheFourth.ne
Restore the Fourth maintains that justification of the Fourth Amendment beyond the original text need not be given; the legitimacy of which is self-evident. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly protects all citizens’ assets, both digital and physical, against searches and seizures without warrant; they aim to assert those rights. They insist that the proper channels of government work to ensure that all policy complies with the supreme laws of the United States of America in their entirety.
Restore the Fourth requests that American citizens’ right to privacy is respected and stands with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and StopWatching.us on their open letter to Congress. As informed members of the American electorate, they endorse and echo the letter’s 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.
The July 4th demonstrations seek to demand an end to the unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government and to ensure that all future government surveillance is constitutional, limited, and clearly defined.
Restore the Fourth aims to ensure that the will of the people is reflected in the government of the United States of America. This movement intends to bring an end to twelve years of Fourth Amendment abuses, and demonstrate the need for a return to the Constitution. All Americans should stand with them in this cause to protect the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
For a list of protests:
I will note two, because in a sense it started here
Boston, MA the Old State House
Please join us in planning and attending a protest at 10:00 am on the 4th of July against the NSA, PRISM, and the Patriot Act. We will be meeting to quietly and respectfully listen to the reading of The Declaration of Independence at the Old State House at 09:30 am.
Organizational Meeting: Sunday 6/23 – 2pm – Boston Common – Soldiers and Sailors Monument (Mt. Mary Jane)
I offer a short sampler, the front end of the alphabet, of listed protests.
Birmingham, Alabama July 4, 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org
Arizona Tempe July 4, 2013 Tempe Beach Park July 4, 2013 4:00pm email@example.com
Arkansas Fayetteville July 4, 2013 75 N. East Avenue, Fayetteville July 4, 2013 10:00am /u/KOVUDOM
California Huntington Beach July 4, 2013 Main St. and Yorkstown Ave. July 4, 2013 9:30 am http://www.occevent.com/ Apparently this protest is taking place during an annual 4th of July parade – assumedly, the protesters will be marching in the parade.
California Madera July 4, 2013 Madera Marketplace July 4, 2013 10:00am Peace Madera We will be meeting at the corner on Cleveland Avenue. Details can be found at www.peacemadera.org
California San Diego July 4, 2013 Balboa Park fountain near the Reuben H. Space Theater to Sen. Feinstein’s office at 750 B Street July 4, 2013 11:00:00 firstname.lastname@example.org