Awe, yeah... It's on! Global PIPA / SOPA protests are a go. #NoPIPASF Websites all over the globe are going Dark to protest radical copyright legislation. Tech meetup groups around the country are joining forces to rally against PIPA. Join us for an epic rally in San Francisco on Wednesday from noon to 2pm. ***UPdate*** Blackout script: In detail: Tech Startups are one of the few bright spots on the global economy. We were under threat from SOPA, and are still under threat from PIPA, or whatever the media moguls decide to call their protectionist agenda next. Right now, we're being written off as a loud but unimportant vocal minority. I feel very strongly that we need to educate the population at large, clearly and succinctly. Our memes: We are the job creators. Tech companies are bringing the economy back from the brink. Laws like SOPA and PIPA break the internet. If PIPA gets made into law, startups will die. Radical, protectionist copyright legislation like PIPA is terrible for the economy. These laws are job killers. Please join us. Hackers & Founders is joining forces with tech meetup organizers around the country. We'll be holding rallies in New York, Washington DC, Seattle and Silicon Valley to put a public face to the online protests and blackouts that are still moving forward this Wednesday. Silicon Valley groups involved: Hackers & Founders, 106 Miles, SV NewTech, Designers and Geeks, Hacks & Hackers, and hopefully more... invite everyone you can... Please promote this on Hacker News, Reddit, The Problem: Even though the DNS blocking provisions have been removed from the Senate PIPA bill it is still toxic. Both California Senators, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein are co sponsors of the PIPA bill in the Senate. We need registered voters to call / email Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer's offices and voice their opposition to these bills and to voice their opposition to radical copyright laws like these. The goals: 1. Give a human face to the online protests this Wednesday 2. Have a phone call drive to have people call their Senators and representatives right then and there. 3. Attract media attention to the largest legislative threat the internet and startups have ever faced. 4. Educate the public about how toxic this legislation would be to technology startups. 5. Be calm, respectful, stay off the sidewalks and clean up after ourselves. To pull this off, we need: As many people as possible to attend rallies around the country on Wednesday Have people to bring signs with the above memes and variations. People to bring blank posterboards, markers, paint, for those that don't bring signs. Attract national media attention. Convince as many people as possible to call / email their senators their opposition to these bills and the radical copyright agenda of the media moguls of the MPAA and RIAA. Pro Tip: What lobbyists do is simply convince as many people as possible to call their Senators and Representatives and register opposition to a bill. Let's do this. Senator Barbara Boxer's contact information: DC:[masked] District: (510)[masked] or email her via Contact Congress. Instructions on what to say to register your opposition. Senator Diane Feinstein's contact information: DC:[masked] District:[masked] or email her via Contact Congress. Instructions on what to say to register your opposition. Then, in the next few months, we need to talk about how we can fix these problems long term, rather than just react to these issues all the time. I believe we need to create a Startup PAC to educate legislators and their staffers on these issues. There's a lot of other issues that a Startup PAC could take on to improve our industry and promote it: Startup Visa Immigration reform so people on H1B's can have expect green cards in reasonable time frames Copyright reform Crowdfunding Patent reform Creation of health care exchanges for small companies, solo founders and contractors to purchase health insurance as a group Net neutrality Creation of an early warning system for terrible tech legislation like SOPA/PIPA Worst case scenario... This turns into the largest H&F meetup ever. Besides, what else are you going to do? Cheezeburger and Reddit will both be down. And, please with the Twitter, the Social Media-ing, the Social News-ing and the Facebookifying. Thanks, Jonathan

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