Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Have a drink, call your congress critters about SOPA and PIPA

I thought about shutting RST down for the day in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, but I know nothing drives me to drink more than bad legislation.

These laws put websites that have user created content at risk of being shut down without warning and without due process. These laws promote censorship and violate The U.S. Constitution. SOPA and PIPA have been shelved for now, but they will resurface so please pay close attention. They may resurface during a holiday or even under a completely different name.

This evening, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage and make some phone calls and send some emails to your congress critters to let them know that you will not tolerate legislation that promotes censorship:

Richard Burr (has not revealed his stance on SOPA and PIPA)

Asheville Office
(828) 350-2437

Rocky Mount Office
 (252) 977-9522

Washington, DC Office
 (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem Office
(800) 685-8916
(336) 631-5125

Gastonia Office
 (704) 833-0854

Wilmington Office
(888) 848-1833
(910) 251-1058

Kay Hagan (co-sponsor of PIPA, so it may not do much good, but call her anyway)

Washington, DC Office
(202) 224-6342

Greensboro Office
(336) 333-5311

Raleigh Office
(919) 856-4630

Charlotte Office
(704) 334-2448

Asheville Office
(828) 257-6510

Greenville Office
(252) 754-0707    

Want to contact more congress critters? Find yours.  Also, vote with your dollars. Here's a list of companies that support SOPA and PIPA.

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