All posts tagged: Congress

Saving Net Neutrality

UPDATE: The FCC has voted 3-2 to repeal Net Neutrality, but there’s still hope! Congress can pass a “Resolution of Disproval” in order to overturn the FCC vote. Continue to write, Tweet, and call Congress using battleforthenet.com. This week I wanted to share a post on how the internet has democratized creativity, serving as a space for all to create and disseminate art and ideas. But then I remembered the fast approaching vote on net neutrality, which impacts the very existence of a free and democratic internet. In the U.S., internet is a public service, accessible to all. In 2016 a federal court ruled that internet access should be classified as a utility, not a luxury, and that as a result government regulation is vital in maintaining a balanced dynamic between users and providers. “The decision affirmed the government’s view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power and should be available to all Americans, rather than a luxury that does not need close government supervision.” – “Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not …

Today Marks The 50th Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Act

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. present, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill on July 2, 1964. The Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – ending segregation in schools and unequal voter registration requirements. The bill was originally called for by President John F. Kennedy in June of 1963, just five months prior to his assassination. On November 27, 1963, during his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Johnson said, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long.” Eight months later, Johnson signed the bill into law. With the 4th of July just a few days away, it’s a wonderful time to appreciate some of the accomplishments we’ve made as a nation in regards to equality and civil liberties. We have a long ways to go, but we’re still on the right path.