The American Library Association is asking people to email their Senators and ask for support for e-mail privacy. This Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to ensure our email and online data finally receive the same privacy protections from government access as postal mail and phone calls.
However, Sen. Grassley of Iowa is pushing an amendment to allow government agencies to read our email without a warrant. Go to VanishingRights.com to tell your senators you oppose Grassley’s amendment. Urge them to support warrants for email.
At VanishingRights.com you can send an email to your senator and find their office number to make a call. You will also find more information on ECPA and talking points. Please ask your senators to protect privacy today. Although MD does not have a Senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, please consider contacting Senators Mikulski and Cardin to increase awareness and gain support on the issue.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!
If you would like a recap of the 2012 elections, a preview of what library issues may be considered during the 113th Congress, and some ideas of how to connect with and influence members of Congress, this webinar is for you! Sign up for the “Election Update and Connecting with the New Congress” webinar being held on Monday, November 19th from 4:00-5:00pm, and sponsored by the American Library Association Washington Office. Click on this link for more information, including a registration form.
Also, if you haven’t already done so, you can use Capwiz to congratulate legislators who won in the elections (and help to put libraries on their radar). If you’re new to Capwiz, this is an easy way to try it out. Not sure who won? Check the election results on the Maryland State Board of Elections web site.
Are you heading to Seattle for the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in January? If so, then you can learn about the new political landscape during the ALA Washington Office Update session featuring Jennifer Duffy, political strategist. Ms. Duffy will address librarians and library activists and discuss how the elections and the new class of politicians will impact libraries, library policies and legislation. This session will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 8:30am to 10:30am. For more details about the session and Ms. Duffy, please see the District Dispatch post.
The Minutes from the Legislative Panel’s Meetings on September 14, 2012 and October 12, 2012 are now available.