Action 3

Action 3 – [US HOUSE & SENATE] – Oppose Department of Homeland Security journalist database

From Seattle Indivisible

The Department of Homeland Security has put out a request for bids on “Media Monitoring Services.” This damaging effort is a project to compile a database of journalists and media influencers, and to do sentiment analysis on their content.

Under normal circumstances this would be troubling. However, this week, with news of privacy violations at Facebook, and President Trump speaking out against the press and threatening to fire the special prosecutor, this action is downright terrifying. This administration has shown that it will attack the free press at the heart of our democracy. We don’t need to give it even more tools for harassing journalists and bloggers.

  • Sen. Patty Murray: DC 202-224-2621 | Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell: DC 202-224-3441 | Seattle 206-220-6400
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st) DC – 202-225-6311 | Bothell 425-485-0085
  • Rep. Dave Reichert (8th) DC – 202-225-7761 | Issaquah 425-677-7414
  • Rep. Adam Smith (9th) DC – 202-225-8901 | Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

“Hello, I’m [NAME] from [CITY,ZIP]. I am alarmed by the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed project called “Media Monitoring Services,” which would create a database to track journalists, bloggers, and other media influencers. The American public needs a free press to gets answers to important questions about our government’s actions and behavior. I am asking [Senator/Representative] to speak out against this project, and to work with [his/her] Congressional colleagues to prevent this project from happening.”

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