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Calling On Alaska Grassroots to Help Ban Material Support and Resources to NSA

An Alaska senator sponsoring legislation to take on federal spying told me that grassroots support will play a critical role in getting his bill passed.

With that in mind, OffNow has reached out to grassroots groups from across the political spectrum, urging them to join together and push for passage of this this legislation. Following is an email sent out to groups from all over the Last Frontier asking for help. While this email is specific to Alaska, it provides a template for action in the other nine states considering similar legislation as well.

I’m reaching out to you in the hope that we can work together in support of some strong pro-privacy legislation introduced in the Alaska Senate.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski introduced SB13 last month. This legislation that would ban “material support or resources” to the NSA.  This would not only support efforts to turn off NSA’s water in Utah, but have practical effects on federal surveillance programs if passed.

For more details on the bill, how it would work and the legal basis, click HERE.

The bill enjoys bipartisan support with Rep. Mark Dunleavy and Rep. Berta Gardner signing on as cosponsors.

Our goal is straightforward – follow the path of great civil rights activists – from Thoreau to Rosa Parks – and use the power of “NO!” to stop participation with mass surveillance programs.

You and your organization can help get this important legislation passed in Alaska in three important ways.

  1. Distribute action alerts to your supporters as important votes come up. We will create new alerts as the bill moves through the process.
  2. Write a letter of support from your organization for SB13. I can provide additional information if you’re willing to take this step.
  3. Spread the word to other organizations and groups in your network.

There are other specific actions that you can take in concert with other organizations that I would love to discuss with you.

Last year, the Alaska legislature passed a resolution condemning NSA spying and urging further action. This bill represents the next logical step. Sen. Wielechowski is committed working this bill through the process and seems optimistic of its chances, especially with concerted grassroots support.

Please contact me at [email protected], or call or text 213.863.0576 if you have any questions or for more information.


Mike Maharrey

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