The New York City General Assembly hereby expresses its firm opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.3261) and the Protect IP Act in the U.S. Senate (S.968) as they are currently written and calls on all Occupy movements nationwide to mobilize supporters against their passage.
We oppose this bill because it gives too much vaguely-defined and unchecked power to the Department of Justice to regulate the transmission of information. These bills create the potential for governmental and corporate force to censor the internet and poses a threat to digital platforms that:
a) play a central role in the organizing of community meetings and direct actions; b) are essential channels through which millions of people share information vital to holding their government accountable; and, c) are integral to interoccupation communication and cooperation.
We commit to (1) taking individual action to ensure our respective legislators oppose or make significant improvements to this bill, (2) signing as individuals online petitions (ex “Stop the Internet control bill now!”) against these bills (3) and call on the Outeach, Movement Building and other working groups to organize other General Assemblies to take action against this legislation.