You usually don’t get emails from NOI about federal legislation, but the bills before the House and Senate could dramatically alter our ability to use the internet for social change if we don’t stand together as the community of organizers.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are real threats to everyone who uses the internet in America, and especially to those who organize online. This issue is too important for us to remain silent, and we’re asking you to join us and many others in standing up against this tremendous overreach by Congress.

Sign the petition from Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Reddit to stop SOPA and PIPA.

When we started NOI in 2006, we wanted to create a place where online organizing could grow and thrive, and where we could teach a new generation of organizers. Since then, online organizing has become a powerful tool for social change, and we’re proud of the role we’ve played in its growth. But these bills have the potential to undo everything so many have worked for.

SOPA and PIPA won’t stop online piracy, but they will have a chilling effect on the ability of organizers to engage others online, and undermine the right to free speech on one of the most important and powerful mediums available to everyday Americans. These bills will undermine the internet as we know it.

We’re standing up, and we need you to stand with us. Even if you’ve already signed a petition, please sign this one to show that you stand with our entire community.

Show your support for free speech online by signing the petition here.

Today, thousands of organizations are taking their websites offline to protest these bills, and we’re joining them. It’s important to show Americans just what the internet might look like if these bills pass, and we’re proud to be part of that effort. I hope you’ll join us by signing the petition to keep the internet free.


Judith Freeman
Co-Founder and Executive Director

P.S. If you want to get a better idea of what these bills actually do, read this great article that clearly explains the threat posed by SOPA and PIPA.

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