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Feb 11th is The Day We Fight Back: A day of action on surveillance and privacy reforms

Today, Tuesday, February 11th, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is asking library supporters to participate in “The Day We Fight Back.” Thousands of websites will host banners will promote a major call to action to urge Congress to pass major reforms to our surveillance laws. ALA supports this effort because of the library community’s long standing commitment to privacy, starting with the protection of patron library records.

To call or email your Congressional legislators, visit “The Day We Fight Back.” You can also use ALA’s Capwiz Action Alert to call your legislators to urge them to vote for reforms such as those in the USA FREEDOM Act (S 1599 and HR 3361) and other reform proposals. Just go to Capwiz and click on the Take Action button below “Ask Your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor USA FREEDOM Act.” Background information and a list of co-sponsors of the USA FREEDOM Act are also available with the Capwiz Action Alert.

For more information, see the announcement on the District Dispatch.

Thanks in advance for taking action today!

Action Alert! Sign the Petition to Protect Online Privacy

On December 5th, the American Library Association joined a nationwide day of action calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). It’s not too late to participate! Just sign the We the People online petition to the White House. The goal is to have 100,000 signatures by December 12th.

Why sign? The ECPA dates back to 1986, before most people had computers. The act does not require that the government have a warrant to access your documents stored in the cloud. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 (S 607 and HR 1847) would reform ECPA so that a warrant would be needed to access email and documents in the cloud.

Please sign the online petition to show your support for online privacy and help spread the word! Thanks in advance for any support!

Action Alert! Ask Senators to Support Email Privacy

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 to tell your senators you oppose Grassley’s amendment.  Urge them to support warrants for email.

At 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!

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy


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