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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!

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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