This Saturday, October 26th, on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act, StopWatching.us, a coalition of over 100 advocacy organizations and individuals across the political spectrum (including the American Library Association) will host the largest rally against against NSA surveillance in Washington, DC. Beginning at 12PM, in front of Union Station, marchers will deliver more than a half-million petitions to Congress during the rally to remind Congressional representatives that mass surveillance is unacceptable and should be stopped. For more information on joining the rally, check out Stop Watching Us coalition website at rally.stopwatching.us.
Libraries and individuals unable to join the rally can continue to work on behalf of privacy rights by participating in Choose Privacy Week. Sponsored by the American Library Association, the fifth annual Choose Privacy Week will take place May 1–7, 2014, and provide an opportunity for libraries to educate and engage users about privacy and surveillance issues. For more information go to chooseprivacyweek.org.