WSWS/SEP/IYSSE public meetings

Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship

14 February 2018

The World Socialist Web Site, Socialist Equality Party, and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing public meetings throughout the United States to alert workers and youth to the far-advanced efforts to control and censor the Internet.

The US government, in the closest collaboration with Google, Facebook, Twitter and other powerful information technology corporations, is implementing massive restrictions on Internet access to socialist, antiwar and progressive websites. Capitalist governments in Europe and throughout the world are enacting similar repressive policies. This is combined with the abolition of net neutrality and an intensification of government surveillance operations.

The ruling class launched this desperate campaign because it is terrified of the growing mass opposition to social inequality and war. Workers and young people around the world are using the Internet to coordinate struggles and share information outside of the control of the corporate media.

The World Socialist Web Site, which has been a principal target of the censorship campaign, is leading the fight against the greatest attack on free speech since the Second World War. In January, it called for an International Coalition of Socialist, Antiwar and Progressive Websites Against Internet Censorship to expose what is taking place and coordinate opposition.

These meetings will explore the political context of efforts to censor the Internet, examine the pretexts used to justify the suppression of free speech (e.g., “fake news”), and discuss a political strategy to mobilize the working class in defense of democratic rights.

Meeting details (additional meetings are being planned. Contact us for information on setting up a meeting in your area):

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Monday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Union Ballroom West
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

San Diego State University
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Storm Hall West Room 011
San Diego, California

University of California - Berkeley
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Barrows Room 20
Berkeley, California

University of California San Diego
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Social Sciences Building Room 101
San Diego, California

Eastern Michigan University
Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
EMU Student Center Room 330
Ypsilanti, Michigan

University of Florida
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Student Union Room G320
Gainesville, Florida

Wayne State University
Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Room 384
Detroit, Michigan

New York University
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center Room 905/907
New York City, New York

Western Michigan University
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Bernhard Center Room 212
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Syracuse, New York
Saturday, March 31, 3:00 p.m.
Beauchamp Library
211 South Salina Street
Syracuse, New York

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan League Hussey Room
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Cambridge Community Center, Common Room
5 Callender Street

SUNY Geneseo
Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
Newton 209
Geneseo, New York

Northern Virginia Community College
Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m.

CC Room 237
Annandale, Virginia

Portland State University
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Urban Building, Parson's Room
Portland, Oregon

Regional Meeting
Detroit, Michigan
Sunday, April 22, 11:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wayne State University
Student Center Ballroom

Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.
Daniel Day Gallery
3025 6th Ave
Birmingham, Alabama

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