Next week, there are two important community events focusing on the OffNow campaign to turn off resources to warrantless surveillance programs in Utah.
The OffNow strategy focuses primarily on state level legislation to cut off resources to the NSA and other federal agencies engaged in illegal spying, and stopping the use of warrantless data in state courts.
But legislative success takes grassroots support, and the OffNow strategy depends on people getting involved and letting their lawmaker know that they want the state to protect their privacy rights. That means local folks need to get educated and engaged.
The NSA data center in Bluffdale, Utah, serves as ground zero for OffNow efforts. The facility will reportedly use 1.7 million gallons of water each day when operating at full capacity. The city of Bluffdale supplies that water. It doesn’t have to. The stae of Utah does not have to help the federal government violate your rights. It can turn off the water!
Last year, Rep. Marc Roberts introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, a bill that would do just that. It was carried over to the 2015 legislative session and will be taken up next January.
In the meantime, we need to mobilize and let the Utah legislature know that we want it to take action and refuse to cooperate with the NSA as long as it insists on ignoring the Constitution and trampling our privacy rights.
Residents in two Utah cities will have the opportunity next week to learn more about the effort and how they can get involved. OffNow coalition partners the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Tenth Amendment Center, along with several Utah activist organizations will host panel discussions on how the NSA violates your rights, undermines our democracy, wastes your water–and how Utah can stop it!
The first event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Grand County Public Library, 257 East Center Street, Moab, Utah.
The second event will take place Thursday, Aug. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Some of the panel members include
— Rocky Anderson, former Mayor of Salt Lake City, Justice Party 2012 pres. candidate
— Iliana Correa-Hernandez, Peaceful Uprising
— Josh Daniels, Libertas Institute
— Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
— Marie Duffin
If you live in these areas, please make plans to attend. Also, share the two following Facebook links widely to spread the word.
Ultimately, protecting your privacy is up