BORDC/DD Activism: Turn up the heat on Congress

We’re running out of time for making visits to our elected officials in August – when Congress Members are in their home state – but you can also plan to meet your officials in Washington, DC or call them by phone. Here is Defending Dissent’s activism plan…

Tun up the heat on Congress!

Our campaign to Investigate the FBI is gaining steam– but we need your help to make Congress feel the heat this summer. 

Members of Congress will be in their home districts in August, so it’s a great opportunity to meet with them face to face to demand an end to FBI political spying and a full investigation into FBI abuses of its counterterrorism authorities.

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Humane Campaign August 19 – December 10, 2015 Schedule of activities for September

The Humane Campaign (asking humanity for humaneness) is a pilot program of 16 weeks of activism. It starts on August 19, 2015, which is World Humanitarian Day, and concludes on December 10, 2015, Human Rights Day. During this time Targeted Individuals and allies can participate in a wide variety of activism, either from home or by coming to Washington, DC. If you have any suggestions to add or any comments, please use the comment section below. Thank you.

Humane Campaign…A campaign asking humanity for humaneness

August 19 – December 10

16 Weeks of Activism

SEPTEMBERA September to Remember

This month is dedicated to remembrance of lives lost through violence from 9/11 to Aaron Alexis and the 12 lives he took. It is also a time to reflect on our history – from Operation Paperclip to non-consensual human experimentation, from COINTELPRO to the consequences of 9/11, and from the continued increase in the use of technologically advanced weaponry, psy-ops, and militarization of police and countries.

Dates Occasion Action Notes
Sept 1 – Oct 3 Keep Peace in Space Week [October 3-10, 2015] Send letters to Congress asking for Peace in Space and the end of space-based weaponry and non-consensual human experimentation Will provide template; add or delete information from template as needed; find Congress Members online and send by October 3.
Sept 6 – 13 Labor Day Post notices on Craigslist about hiring TIs or offering a warning to the community Place notices on Craigslist – template provided for community warning; place a notice that explains what organized stalking is and why people should hire TIs or not black-list them [to be developed]
Sept 11 9/11 Use slogan “Activists are not Terrorists”

Contact Congress Members by phone or email asking them to preserve the first amendment

Remember the 1st Amendment – freedom of speech, freedom of the press, & freedom to protest

Will provide articles demonstrating freedoms must be balanced with national security

Protest against treating TIs like terrorists

Protest the media for ignoring our pleas

Show support for activists

Support country; protesting is patriotic

Sept 14-16 Navy Yard Shooting memorial on 9/16 Call or send letters to Congress letting them know Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, was a TI. Slogan “No more TIs, no more AAs” or “No more targets, no more Aarons”

Attend Navy Yard peaceful presence with Tyrone Dew on 9/16

Will provide a template for letters

Contact Tyrone Dew for information on going to the Navy Yard (DC) on 9/16

Sept 20-27 Non-violence Week 9/22- Walk from Congress to the White House for non-violence [see: http://worldbeyondwar.org/a-call-to-action-september-22-2015-in-washington-dc/]

9/25 – Pizza 2 Police

Send a pizza to your local police department and tell them it’s from a local Targeted Individual

Come to DC for a protest

Order and have delivered a pizza to a police department on Friday 9/25 to provide an olive branch during non-violence week. Make sure they know it is from a Targeted Individual. We need the police as much as anybody else and this positive step can potentially result in compassion for our issues.

Some potential allies…

Here are a few potential allies we can contact. I have not reached out to them yet…

Secure World Foundation

Our Mission

SWF works with governments, industry, international organizations and civil society to develop and promote ideas and actions for international collaboration that achieve the secure, sustainable, and peaceful uses of outer space.

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

The arms race is moving into space. The U.S. Space Command, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has publicly stated that it intends “to control space in order to protect U.S. interests and investments.” It is crucial that the movement to stop this new round in the arms race moves quickly ahead.

During the Persian Gulf War the U.S. became convinced that whoever controls space will be able to project force “in space, from space and into space”. The Pentagon believes that future military success will depend on space capabilities.

Reaching Critical Will

WILPF created Reaching Critical Will in 1999 in order to promote and facilitate engagement of non-governmental actors in UN processes related to disarmament. RCW was designed to increase the quality and quantity of civil society preparation and participation in UN disarmament processes and of NGO interaction with governments and the United Nations; to provide timely and accurate reporting on all relevant conferences and initiatives so that those unable to attend can stay informed, and to maintain a comprehensive online archive of all statements, resolutions, and other primary documents on disarmament. RCW also produces research studies, reports, statements, fact sheets, and other publications on key issues relevant to disarmament, arms control, and militarism.

Pax Christi International

Pax Christi International expressed deep concern about the scandal of excessive military spending in a world where human and ecological well-being are in dire need of investment. Read Pax Christi’s analysis of the SIPRI figures entitled World Military Expenditure 2014 – Military investment is still a significant global problem.

Global Campaign on Military Spending

Like many peace campaigns, GCOMS is an ambitious undertaking. To succeed in challenging the established spending priorities of governments we need to join forces with many other sectors of civil society, especially those who would be the natural beneficiaries of such a shift.

Public Justice

Public Justice was just in the news for a case involving a Mexican woman who lost both hands in a factory machine. I went to their website and they seem like a perfect fit for TIs. I sent them a letter – please consider doing the same.

Public Justice

Mission statement: Public Justice pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.

Some words of wisdom from PublicEye.org

If you feel you are being surveilled, your phones tapped, or that you are being followed, the best overall advice is to trust your instincts. If you feel something is wrong, trust the feeling. Your instincts are usually right. Most of us recall the times when we “felt something was wrong” or we “knew better but did it anyway.”

Talk to colleagues and make yourself as secure as you can. Experts claim that people who resist get away from attackers more often than those who do not. The same logic applies to keeping outsiders out of your business; it is a more subtle form of attack.

Trust your instincts and resist when possible. One of the biggest blocks to resistance is the failure to recognize that we are under attack. None of this advice is intended to frighten but to create an awareness of the problems. A knowledge of the strategies and tactics of your adversaries will strengthen your movement. Cover yourself; it’s a tough world out there.

Source: Public Eye website

Check out other parts of the website, it’s pretty interesting.

Center for Constitutional Rights – Know your rights with federal agencies

I’ve been browsing this website Center for Constitutional Rights and think others may be interested in it, too. Here is a brochure called

If an Agent Knocks

I just glanced over the brochure. It explains the rights of the FBI, NSA, etc. and the rights of citizens. Basically, as most of us have learned (the hard way), these federal agencies have a lot of leeway when it comes to surveillance, intimidation, and harassment. However, I think you’ll find the organization and its resources helpful.