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To Plead Our Own Cause: What’s At Stake in the Fight for the Open Internet

On Thursday May 15th the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on a proposal that would give corporations like Verizon and Comcast the power to create a fast lane and a slow lane on the Internet.  The fast lane would be reserved for the privileged websites with the money to pay for quicker service.

Between now and then here are four things you can do to support:

1. Call the FCC: Tell them this proposal has got to go.

2. Let your friends know on Facebook and Twitter:  Change your profile pic, cover photo or send a tweet to members of Congress.

3. Share Pictures: Show rather than tell the FCC how you feel.  Share a picture on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #mediajustice.

4. COME TO WASHINGTON D.C.: If you’re near D.C. and want to come down the rally begins at 9am outside the FCC.

Why is this your fight? Read more:

Could Latinos End Up Censored Online? It Certainly Looks Like It…

Will Our Voices be Silenced Online?

To Plead Our Own Cause

MAG-NetCalls on the FCC to Protect the Open Internet, and Our Communities Now!

COC: More Than 1 Million People Call on FCC to Save Net Neutrality

COC Calls for Members to Sign Petition to Save Open Internet

Presente: Tell the FCC: Stand Up for Internet Freedom!

Latino Groups to Deliver Tens of Thousands of Petitions Demanding FCC Secure the Free and Open Internet

What’s at Stake for Latinos Without #NetNeutrality?

NHMC Laments Court’s Gutting of FCC Network Neutrality Rules

This is Why the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Could Disempower Communities of Color

Hell No, We Won’t Go: No Fake Net Neutrality for Racial Justice Advocates

Meanwhile, thousands of people protested in Mexico over a bill to kill the Open Internet. The protests were successful in stopping the bill.

Editorial cartoon about the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules published by the New York Times 

FCCs Net Fatality

About the Author

Steven Renderos is the Senior Campaign Manager at the Center for Media Justice. He is passionate about the role of media and communications in building movements for social change. He's been a community organizer for the past 10 years leading campaigns for affordable housing, immigrant rights and most recently media policy fights. He helped lead CMJ's advocacy and organizing efforts including the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, a national campaign fighting to lower the high costs of prison phone calls. Previously, Steven led the Media Justice program at Main Street Project in Minneapolis, MN where he helped jumpstart a local collaborative that will be applied for a radio license in the fall 2013. Steven aka DJ Ren is also the co-founder of Radio Pocho, a collaborative of [email protected] radio DJs in Minneapolis who's mission is to explore the musical roots of [email protected] raised in the United States. Steven currently resides in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA.

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