Call To Action Week 46

Tags: Social

This weeks actions will focus on getting different organizations making statements about Julian Assange and the threat to global press freedom that his case represents. We will also be continuing to contact labor organizations in the United States in an attempt to build solidarity with workers and organizers across the country.

Help Plan The September Protests in DC!
You can join the Discord to help organize
We also need people to help share the GoFundMe

Asking Organizations To Join The Action!
Often times organizations are willing to respond to public pressure, and providing them with updated information, link to statements from other groups, and information from the UN.

Alliance For Justice www.AFJ.org
(202) 822-6070 / (415) 408-5673 / (213) 346-3288 / (214) 530-9144
Email; alliance@afj.org

Institute For Free Speech www.ifs.org
(202) 301-3300 / (202) 301-9200 / (202) 301-9100 / (202) 301-9900
Email; LWachob@ifs.org / AKroll@ifs.org / MNese@ifs.org

Black Youth Project 100 www.byp100.org
773-940-1800
Email; info@byp100.org / media@byp100.org / membership@byp100.org

Transgender Law Center transgenderlawcenter.org
510-587-9696 / 510-587-9672
press@transgenderlawcenter.org

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) www.rainn.org
202.544.1034
erinnr@rainn.org / AndreaP@rainn.org / Comment Submission

Contacting the IBEW
As part of our continuing outreach to different members of organized labor, we are randomly selecting different local and state branches of the IBEW about Julian’s situation. Please, as always, be polite when you are contacting different people and dont take any differences in opinions personally.
(Tool; http://www.ibew.org/Tools/Local-Union-Directory)

Seventh District Representative
Steven Speer (817) 557-1611 / IVPD_07@IBEW.org

Local Chapter 33
Anna Lascurain (732) 299-6212 / ibewbm@yahoo.com

Ninth District Representative
John O’Rourke (415) 398-2202 / IVPD_09@IBEW.org

Local Chapter 214
Wayne Licastro (815) 243-1404 / waynelicastro@yahoo.com

Local Chapter 1383
Ryan Northcraft (410) 636-3891

Eleventh District Representative
Mark Hager (816) 358-4632 / IVPD_11@IBEW.org

Pushing Back Against The State

Local Government Education About Facial Recognition
Contact your local mayor, sheriff, police chief, and councilfolk about dangers of facial recognition and the ways others communities have banned it. Often times providing examples of other cities that banned facial recognition shows them how it can be done for them locally.
You can share these articles and resources with them:
https://www.law.com/legaltechnews/2019/11/25/why-4-local-governments-banned-facial-recognition-tech/
https://www.banfacialrecognition.com/map/
https://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-cities-ban-government-use-facial-recognition.html

Contacting Congress!
That’s try to get a member of the House to speak up in favor of Julian Assange. This week we are going to contacting 4 different House members.
1 Rashida Tlaib
313-203-7540 Twitter Facebook
2 Thomas Massie
859-426-0080 Twitter Facebook
3 Marcia Fudge
330-835-4758 Twitter Facebook
4 Jim Jordan
419-663-1426 Twitter Facebook

Supporting Targets and Journalists

Please donate if possible, if not please share their fundraiser links across social media!

Elizabeth Mueller – Anti-TPP Activist/Organizer
@LizActivate on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/targeted-activist-needs-help-wcar-repairs

David McBride – Australian Whistleblower
@MurdochCadell on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/50-years-in-jail-for-whistleblowing-on-the-adf

Suzie Dawson – New Zealand Journalist and Activist
@Suzi3D on Twitter
https://gogetfunding.com/protect-suzie/

Jason Bermas – Activist and Journalist
@JasonBermas on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/bermasbrigademediamonth10

Chelsea Manning – Hero and Whistleblower
@xychelsea on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/Help-Fund-Chelseas-Living-Expenses

Official Wikileaks Fundraisers
https://defend.wikileaks.org/donate/
https://www.couragefound.org/donate/
https://dontextraditeassange.com/donate/

Call To Action; Week 45

Tags: Social

With the month of May standing as a symbol as international worker solidarity, we are going to use this week’s action to contact labor leaders and worker groups around the world! Please make sure to be respectful!

1. Provide recent news and updates about Julian’s situation for them to distribute to their membership.
2. We should educate and encourage them to start groups similar to Doctors 4 Assange and Lawyers 4 Assange, but specific for their trade.
3. We can also ask them to have the organizations issue statements on Julian’s behalf about his trial and treatment.
4. Ask for a point of contact about who in the organization would handle a request like this.
5. You can always share Action 4 Assange’s contact information;
Email ActionForAssange@ProtonMail.com

Contacting the Industrial Workers of the World
Organizing Department at organize@iww.org
Press Officer at press@iww.org
General Executive Board at gebchair@iww.org
International Solidarity Commission at international@iww.org
Full Contact List and Local Directory can be found here;
https://iww.org/directory/

Contact Major United States Unions
United Auto Workers
Phone 1-313-926-5000 or 1-800-243-8829
Email feedback@uaw.org or pr@uaw.net
Contact Submission Page https://uaw.org/organize/contact-uaw-organizing/

National Education Association
Phone 202-833-4000
Email mgonzalez@nea.org
Contact Submission Page http://www.nea.org/home/827.htm

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Phone (202) 833-7000
Local Chapter Directory http://www.ibew.org/Tools/Local-Union-Directory

Contacting Unions Internationally
IG Metall (German Trade Union)
Phone Number 069 66 93-2670 or 069 66 93-2672
Email pressestelle@igmetall.de

Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees
Phone +46 (0)702-022132 or +46 (0)8-782 91 00
Email andreas.beckert@tco.se or tco@tco.se

Finnish Confederation of Professionals
Phone +358 (09) 131 521
Email sttk@sttk.fi
Associated Unions https://www.sttk.fi/en/contact/regional-activity/

Pushing Back Against The State

Local Government Education About Facial Recognition
Contact your local mayor, sheriff, police chief, and councilfolk about dangers of facial recognition and the ways others communities have banned it. Often times providing examples of other cities that banned facial recognition shows them how it can be done for them locally.
You can share these articles and resources with them:
https://www.law.com/legaltechnews/2019/11/25/why-4-local-governments-banned-facial-recognition-tech/
https://www.banfacialrecognition.com/map/
https://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-cities-ban-government-use-facial-recognition.html

Please sign and/or share these petitions to help push back against the surveillance state!

Paper Ballot Petition
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-american-people-demand-paper-ballots-november-2020-federal-elections

Ban Facial Recognition Petition
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-american-people-demand-paper-ballots-november-2020-federal-elections

Stop The EARN IT Act Petition
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-american-people-demand-paper-ballots-november-2020-federal-elections

Open Letter To Defend Assange
https://defend.wikileaks.org/openletter/

Petitions To Free Julian Assange
1 https://speak-up-for-assange.org/
2 https://www.change.org/p/don-t-hand-assange-over-to-the-u-s
3 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition
4 https://internal.diem25.org/en/petitions/1
5 https://rsf.org/en/free-assange
6 https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/judge-baraitser-do-not-extradite-julian-assange-to-the-usa
7 https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/julian-assange-usa-justice/
8 https://www.change.org/p/world-leaders-release-imprisoned-journalists-worldwide
9 https://www.change.org/p/urgent-call-release-julian-assange-from-belmarsh-now
10 https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/assange-must-be-free

Call To Action Week 44

Tags: Social

Mike Pompeo is a GOON!
On World Press Freedom Day the Spook known as Secretary Pompeo released a tweet praising journalists who work in repressive environments.. Give this creep a flyby middle finger.
“We commend the efforts of journalists working in repressive environments to support the free flow of accurate information, including on #COVID19. We call for the immediate release of all journalists imprisoned for their reporting. #WPFD20
https://mobile.twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1256737003179323394

Encouraging Global Press Freedom Organizations To Do More!
Many of these organizations have spoken up in favor of Julian Assange and whistleblowers around the world. Our goal should be to ask them to do more to advocate on his behalf and warn other journalists about what his extradition hearing means for their profession.
1 European Federation of Journalists
https://europeanjournalists.org/contact-us/ Twitter Facebook
2 International Federation of Journalists
https://www.ifj.org/contact.html Twitter Facebook
3 Association of European Journalists
https://www.aej.org/contact.asp Twitter Facebook
4 Article19
https://www.article19.org/contact-us/ Twitter Facebook
5 Index On Censorship
https://www.indexoncensorship.org/contact/ Twitter Facebook
6 Free Press Unlimited
https://www.freepressunlimited.org/en/about-us/contact Twitter Facebook

Contacting Congress!
That’s try to get a member of the House to speak up in favor of Julian Assange. This week we are going to contacting 4 different House members.
1 Rashida Tlaib
313-203-7540 Twitter Facebook
2 Thomas Massie
859-426-0080 Twitter Facebook
3 Marcia Fudge
330-835-4758 Twitter Facebook
4 Jim Jordan
419-663-1426 Twitter Facebook

September DC Protest and GoFundMe Launched!
Please contribute and share the official Action4Assange GoFundMe to help us get to DC this September for Julian’s court trial. We will have additional details on dates as this is a 3 week long hearing.
Please begin the initial planning steps for joining us in DC or holding a protest in your own community!

Actions For Week 43

Tags: Social

Welcome back to the Action4Assange! This week we will be focusing our efforts on media institutions, supporting whistleblowers/Activist/Journalists, as well as pushing back against the expanding surveillance state.

Julian’s Court Trial Effects All Journalists!
Reach out to these difference media organizations and demand better coverage of Julian’s extradition hearing. Lets explain to them the threat all journalists face if he is sent to the USA for a secret court case under Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) and other equally insane gag orders.

Washington Post
@washingtonpost on Twitter
Contact Us https://helpcenter.washingtonpost.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

New York Times
@nytimes on Twitter
Letters To The Editor letters@nytimes.com or inytletters@nytimes.com 
Contact Us https://help.nytimes.com/hc/en-us/articles/115015385887-Contact-Us

Daily Caller
@DailyCaller on Twitter
Contact Us https://dailycaller.com/contact/

London Real
@LondonRealTV on Twitter
Contact Us https://londonreal.tv/about/#get-in-touch

Australia Broadcasting Company
@ABCaustralia on Twitter
Complaint Line https://help.abc.net.au/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360000036795
Contact Us https://help.abc.net.au/hc/en-us/articles/360001150496-What-are-the-contact-details-for-the-ABC-

BBC World News
@BBCWorld on Twitter
Complaint Line https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/complaints
Contact Us https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact

Supporting Targets and Journalists

Please donate if possible, if not please share their fundraiser links across social media!

Elizabeth Mueller – Anti-TPP Activist/Organizer
@LizActivate on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/targeted-activist-needs-help-wcar-repairs

David McBride – Australian Whistleblower
@MurdochCadell on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/50-years-in-jail-for-whistleblowing-on-the-adf

Suzie Dawson – New Zealand Journalist and Activist
@Suzi3D on Twitter
https://gogetfunding.com/protect-suzie/

Jason Bermas – Activist and Journalist
@JasonBermas on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/bermasbrigademediamonth10

Chelsea Manning – Hero and Whistleblower
@xychelsea on Twitter
https://www.gofundme.com/f/Help-Fund-Chelseas-Living-Expenses

Official Wikileaks Fundraisers
https://defend.wikileaks.org/donate/
https://www.couragefound.org/donate/
https://dontextraditeassange.com/donate/

Pushing Back Against The State

Please sign and/or share these petitions to get people fighting back against the surveillance state!

Paper Ballot Petition
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-american-people-demand-paper-ballots-november-2020-federal-elections

Ban Facial Recognition Petition
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-american-people-demand-paper-ballots-november-2020-federal-elections

Stop The EARN IT Act Petition
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-american-people-demand-paper-ballots-november-2020-federal-elections

Open Letter To Defend Assange
https://defend.wikileaks.org/openletter/

Petitions To Free Julian Assange
1 https://speak-up-for-assange.org/
2 https://www.change.org/p/don-t-hand-assange-over-to-the-u-s
3 https://www.change.org/p/free-julian-assange-before-it-s-too-late-stop-usa-extradition
4 https://internal.diem25.org/en/petitions/1
5 https://rsf.org/en/free-assange
6 https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/judge-baraitser-do-not-extradite-julian-assange-to-the-usa
7 https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/julian-assange-usa-justice/
8 https://www.change.org/p/world-leaders-release-imprisoned-journalists-worldwide
9 https://www.change.org/p/urgent-call-release-julian-assange-from-belmarsh-now
10 https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/assange-must-be-free

Week 42 Tuesday Actions

Tags: Social

Each #FreeAssangeVigil we will be providing coordinated actions for everyone to take, if they so choose, as they are watching/listening to us live. Please share these page as well as the vigil!

Thank you so much for taking action!

Join The Discord Community Click Here
Help coordinate events, volunteer behind the scenes, and build a community with us!

Petitions; Sign, Comment, Share!
Change.Org – Stop The Extradition
EU Petition Pressuring To End Extradition
DiEM25 – Don’t Extradite Assange Petition
Amnesty – Charges Must Be Dropped!
Ban Facial Recognition
Petition For Paper Ballots!
Investigate Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation

Those Who Asked For Assange To Be Sold;
These are the social media accounts and one of the local officer numbers of the Senator’s who demanded Julian’s asylum be revoked. Let’s take this time to educate them about the facts of Julian’s case this evening! https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/1012446834760011779

Bob Menendez@SenatorMenendez Local Phone# 973-645-3030
Dick Durbin@SenatorDurbin Local Phone# 312-353-4952
Richard Blumenthal@SenBlumenthal Local Phone# 203-330-0598
Ed Markey@senmarkey Local Phone# 617-565-8519
Michael Bennet@SenBennetCO Local Phone# 303-455-7600
Chris Coons@SenCoonsOffice Local Phone# 302-736-5601
Joe Manchin@Sen_JoeManchin Local Phone# 304-342-5855
Jeanne Shaheen@SenatorShaheen Local Phone# 603-647-7500
Dianne Feinstein@SenFeinstein Local Phone# 415-393-0707
Mark Warner@MarkWarner Local Phone# 804-775-2314

Courage Is More Contagious Then Coronavirus!

Thursday Action Toolbox

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We have seen a dramatic raise in public support for Julian Assange among activists and regular citizens across the country and across the world.

Every Thursday (and hopefully every day) we are encouraging supporters spend ONE HOUR of their time to pressure US elected officials on the state and federal levels to immediately end the extradition of Julian Assange and ensure his health and safe release from Belmarsh prison (the Guantanamo Bay of the UK).

We will not be providing templates or pre-written messages, instead we will be providing tools for people to use. We encourage everyone to write and speak in their own words to their representatives, and other officials across the country.

All we ask is you engage politely!

Toolbox Resources – 
1. https://resist.bot is an online web-tool that send free faxes for you to BOTH state or national Legislators. ResistBot can be used via text messaging, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and/or iMessage to send personally written faxes, as quickly as you can type them.

2. https://www.contactingcongress.org is a website which offers a simple search format for people to find the addresses and phones for all Federal Congressional Representatives. This includes the Phone Number and Address for their local offices inside their district. Engaging the local offices with personal phone calls and hand written letters is the most effective way to capture the attention of Congressfolk and their staff members.

3. https://www.nationalpriorities.org/take-action/contact-your-representative/ is an effective tool which provides links you to the Congressfolk’s Phone Number, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts.

Please spend as much time as you can using these free tools to politely pressure your representative (in multiple ways, and through multiple avenues) with us every Thursday.

We can free Julian Assange, but only if we act together.

Join the DC Protests!

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Action 4 Assange is holding a series of peaceful protests and demonstrations in the nation’s capital during part one of Julian Assange’s full extradition hearing beginning Monday Feb. 24, 2020 through Friday Feb. 28, 2020. This initiative is sponsored by Code Pink, Veterans For Peace, Woman Against Military Madness, Green Party of Ohio and Popular Resistance.

Sign up here!


Schedule:

Monday: 12pm EST meet at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500)

Tuesday: 12pm EST Corporate Media Engagement Day (locations to be determined)

Wednesday: 12pm EST meet at William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center 2011 Mill Road Alexandria, VA, 22314

Thursday: 12 pm EST meet at 1 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20543

Friday: 12pm EST meet at the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500)

Show your support for Julian Assange!

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Show your support for Australian award-winning journalist Julian Assange by contributing to our Support for Julian Assange Awareness project.

On Monday Feb. 24, the first day of the full extradition hearing, a compilation video will be posted including a mash-up of video statements of support for this brave journalist and publisher.

We are asking indie media journalists and production to join us by submitting a video clip expressing your support for Julian Assange.

Instructions:

PART 1

  • Film a 30-40 second video clip at your typical filming location or where you work.
  • (For on-camera talent and writers) Follow this script: “I’m (your name) of the/with the (show name) and I support Julian Assange because ________.”
  • (For tech and production crew) Follow this script: “I’m (your name) a/an/the (your position) of the/with the (show name) and I support Julian Assange because _________.”
  • Please submit the video file as an mp4 by Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020 8pm EST/ 5pm PST.

PART 2

  • (Optional, but strongly encouraged) Take a photo holding a sign that reads a message of support for Julian Assange. Your photo will be placed in a collage with other journalists and Assange supporters through ScotsDefendAssange.
  • Please submit photo as a jpeg or pdf by Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020 8pm EST/ 5pm PST.

by Steve Poikonen

Sen. Bernie Sanders has amassed more volunteers than any other 2020 presidential candidate, he noted to 7,000 volunteers on a conference call Aug. 27. He has more small and individual donors, and the most diverse base in the democratic 2020 field, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Sen. Sanders has built this army of supporters by championing labor, LGTBQ+ rights, going after Wall St., big Pharma, CEOs, banks and most recently, the corporate media bias. Bernie, to the casual observer, is THE candidate for the average American who has long suffered under unfettered capitalism and a media complicit in perpetuating false narratives in support of the status quo. 

So why the hell won’t Sanders say Julian Assange’s name out loud? 

Action 4 Assange’s own Taylor Hudak published the first and only complete list of presidential candidate statements on Julian Assange. The totality of Bernie’s remarks are contained within this tweet, written 44 days after Julian was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The Sanders campaign is marketed as a worker collective. It has a union. Independent journalists work for Team Sanders. David Sirota and Brie Gray know how important it is to stop, as journalist Chris Hedges puts it, the slow motion crucifixion of Julian Assange. They have not said a damn word.
There is an axiom among US progressives that goes, “Bernie Sanders listens to his base, and we can move him to the left.” I would challenge and plead with those progressives to make the case to Team Sanders for the life of Julian Assange and the future of press freedom. 

I hold no deep convictions that Sanders will make it through another openly rigged primary and into a general election to challenge Trump. Should that happen, due to his silence on this issue, I cannot begin to speculate how a President Sanders would treat the case of Julian Assange. The current administration has filed a request for extradition, taking the previous administration’s desires and turning them into a possible reality. There are no candidates polling above 5% who have provided written or verbal support for Julian, Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning or whistleblowers in general. 

Bernie Sanders has made Medicare For All a cornerstone of his campaign. His apparent refusal to comment on Assange leaves a deeply concerning question to fill that silent space. Are you willing to trade press freedom for health care? 

Steve Poikonen hosts Slow News Day on YouTube, co-hosts the Free Assange Vigil Series, occasionally writes and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains.