Organizing & Mobilizing: What we’ve been up to in 2022!

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Here’s a bulk update, in one post, about some of our work and wins this year, ordered from most recent going back to January. We’ll make an effort to go back and fill in anything major that’s missing, and try to include links where we can!

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In progress over the next week or so:

  • Mobilizing Public Comments to Seattle City Council on the 2023 Budget to StopShotspotter;
  • Mobilizing Written Public Comments to the FTC’s for their Historic Federal Rulemaking Process on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security. Particularly focused on comments from the public with stories about the harms, as well as disproportionate impacts on unfavored groups and individuals;
  • Meetings with fellow organizers and lawmakers regarding Federal and State Data Privacy bills.
  • Other mystery things in the works we can’t talk about yet! 🙂

Ongoing:

  • building and amplifying via social media and organizing networks;
  • weekly meetings with privacy organizers;
  • supporting anti-surveillance & privacy advocacy with local, state, and national campaigns we’re in coalition and/or solidarity with;
  • seeding national collaborations toward local and state laws.

Nov. 10
Signed on to Open Letter via the Open Internet Society calling on UK Prime Minister not to weaken encryption, and maintain people’s privacy.

Nov. 7
Stream Hosted Webinar on ShotSpotter in collaboration with Seattle Solidarity Budget, the StopShotspotter Coalition, and speakers from Seattle, Portland and Chicago.

Oct/Nov
Joined up with coalition, strategized, planned, and amplified “Stop Shotspotter in Seattle” campaign on social media and with coalition and mobilizing partners.

October 14
Joined Starbucks workers on the picket line.

Late Oct.
Joined with group of folks reviewing early draft of Health Data privacy bill in the WA Legislature.

Oct. 21
Participated in Global Encryption Day and amplified the national call to “Make our DM’s Safe!” This was a WIN! The action made waves and FFTF and coalition organizations are in talks with social media platforms toward encryption as the default privacy setting for all DMs!

Oct. 11
Offered public comment in Seattle City Council’s Budget Meeting voicing opposition to the Mayor’s proposed purchase of ShotSpotter – a neighborhood surveillance system employed in poor, black and brown neighborhoods, and in support of a budget that centers care and meeting human needs.

Oct 8
Tabled with actions and information at rally to protect reproductive rights, freedom, and privacy.

Sept. 18
Joined Fight for the Future in mobilizing sign-ons to an open letter to all messaging platforms to “Make DMs Safe!” Calling on companies to encrypt all messages, as the default setting. Signed on as an organization.

Sept. 20
Offered public comments in support of a city-funded Immigrant Resource Center in Bellingham, WA’s Immigration Advisory Board meeting.

Sept. 14
Co-presented a teach-in webinar “An Alphabet Soup of Privacy Legislation” with WA Privacy Organizers, hosted by EF Georgia, all about federal data privacy bills we’re watching, and their implications for states.

Sept. 9-10
Attended WA State Poor People’s Campaign Leadership Retreat to strategize on GOTV efforts.

Sept. 8
Delivered live public comment in FTC’s Historic Rulemaking Public Forum on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security.

September 1-8
Prepped for FTC Public Forum, boosted awareness-raising info and content on data privacy and surveillance.

August 15
WA People’s Privacy founder joined with four other members, amicably resigning from their Steering Committee roles in Communtiy First Whatcom (a greatly altered and reformulated new top-down 501c4 that was formerly known as People First Bellingham, which had been a cozy, sweet, and amorphous collective that got a lot done) to focus on Data privacy, tech justice, and anti-surveillance organizing. The five resigning members asked CFW to proactively and reflexively address race and equity concerns within its leadership structure and bylaws.

August 13
Joined Starbucks workers on the picket line, shared information on organizing and data privacy.

August 7
Joined in local art installation of thousands of butterflies in Bellingham’s City Hall in suport of an Immigrant Resource Center, followed up with letter to the Mayor and City Council.

July
Met with Federal lawmakers staffers regarding privacy post-Roe. Read bills, contributed to bill markups.

July 19
Signed on to Free Press’ letter to House Judiciary Committee calling for members to defend online privacy.

July
Offered public comment in historic CA Privacy Board meeting about the American Data Privacy Protection Act and the issue of state preemption.

June 18
Traveled to DC with the Poor People’s Campaign (we are mobilizing partners of the WA State Poor People’s Campaign).

May 29
Held an info webinar and created actions to drive public comments on final group of six (out of 20+ total) surveillance technologies (4b) to be reviewed by Seattle City Council pursuant to review by the Community Working Group under the Seattle Surveillance Ordinance. That was a win! We drove significant public comment.

May 19
Traveled to Los Angeles to speak at the Poor People’s Campaign’s National mobilization tour, addressing the need for tech justice and data privacy.

May – all month
Drove additional awareness campaigns and early advocacy on privacy with the threat of Roe’s overturn, spoke about data privacy at abortion healthcare rally.

April 11-15
Participated in the national Ballot Initiative Strategy Conference as a representative of both WA People’s Privacy and People First Bellingham.
March – Jan

Deep organizing, advocacy, mobilizing for strong data privacy laws in WA State, helped prevent bad/weak laws from passing, founded WA People’s Privacy,

January 2022
Joined ACLU WA-convened Tech Equity Coalition, and the loosely formed WA Privacy Organizers group.

In 2021, Maya (WA People’s Privacy founder) poured huge amounts of work and time into the successful passage of people’s municipal ballot initiative 2, a ban on the purchase and use of predictive policing and face recognition software in Bellingham WA, as part of the People First Bellingham campaign, which brought a slate of four people’s initiatives to voters. Initiatives 2 & 3 were wins!