Project:Stop SOPA and PIPA
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The initial structure was set up by the OpenCongress staff, but the project is open to participation and leadership by all. Our non-profit, the Participatory Politics Foundation, is a founding member of the American Censorship coalition to stop PIPA. We're launching this whip-count page to facilitate constituents contacting their senators before the crucial first vote on PIPA on January 24th, 2012, in four successive ways:
- Over the phone, both D.C. & state district offices, with detailed talking points (below)
- Over email, using our Contact-Congress tool here on OpenCongress (links below)
- Over social media, sharing the letter sent via OC
- In-person, to the greatest extent possible, by coordinating group visits to district offices & staff (links below)
This wiki project is slightly different from the great independent site SOPAOpera in a couple significant ways: we're encouraging visitors to contact their members of the U.S. Congress in all the above layered ways, publicly sharing notes about their communication; and our methodology for determining supporters of PIPA is slightly different (more on that below). Find materials & research for fighting net censorship.
We've built this PIPA whip-count on a wiki and a tiny budget, though with additional resources, we can make this feature more powerful and well-designed, all in free & open-source web code -- to support our public-mission work, please donate to OpenCongress. Also, now that we've built this whip count for PIPA, with further non-profit funding support we can bring it to every bill on OpenCongress (including SOPA) and encourage far greater public accountability. We have plans to continually enhance this whip-count and publicize our findings - volunteers welcome, both editors & organizers & especially web designers & developers - get in touch. To get started, click the first link below for the Senate whip count.
Ways to participate
How to contact congressional offices
About the Contact Congress feature
About SOPA and PIPA