FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2017
NHMC Joins Major Web Companies and Public Interest Groups in Announcing Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality
Organizations behind largest online protests in history plan massive action on July 12th. Initial confirmed participants include Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla, Vimeo, GitHub, and Y Combinator
The National Hispanic Media Coalition along with major tech companies and other internet activists will be participating in an “Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality,” a day of action scheduled for July 12th to oppose the FCC’s plan to revoke Title II, the legal framework for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.
The effort is led by many of the grassroots organizations who have organized the largest online protests in history including the SOPA blackout and the Internet Slowdown. The day of action will focus on grassroots mobilization, with public interest groups activating their members and major web platforms providing their visitors with tools to contact Congress and the FCC.
The organizing for the day of action has just begun, but already as of yesterday’s announcement more than 30 public interest groups and 15 major web companies have signed on in support of the effort.
Said Carmen Scurato, director of policy and legal affairs at the National Hispanic Media Coalition:
“For Latinos and other communities of color that have been marginalized and shut out of traditional media, the open internet has served as a vital outlet for authentic storytelling. The current net neutrality rules also level the playing field allowing historically underserved communities to organize for change. On July 12th, we will proudly stand with tech companies and other advocacy groups fighting to save net neutrality, and we urge all Latino creators, entrepreneurs, organizers and citizens to join us, too.”
Other companies participating include Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla, Vimeo, Y Combinator, GitHub, Private Internet Access, Pantheon, Bittorrent Inc., Shapeways, Nextdoor, Patreon, Dreamhost, and CREDO Mobile. Organizations participating include Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, Demand Progress, Center for Media Justice, Internet Archive, World Wide Web Foundation, Creative Commons, Greenpeace, Common Cause, ACLU, American Library Association, Daily Kos, OpenMedia, The Nation, PCCC, MoveOn, OFA, Public Knowledge, OTI, Color of Change, and many others.
See the announcement for the day of action here: https://battleforthenet.com/july12
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Receive real-time updates on Facebook, Twitter @NHMC and Instagram @NHMC_org.