Archive for January, 2010
We’ve all heard alot of talk lately about “heightening security” at the airports. Well just want to say the members of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS-SI-NYC) in coalition with other outraged activists, both locally and nationally, aren’t having it.
SIGN OUR PETITION FIRST AT: Say NO To Virtual Strip Searches, at http://www.rallycongress.com/2/2759/
WE ARE PLANNING PROTESTS AT LOCAL AIRPORTS. AND WITH YOUR HELP, ON A NATIONAL BASIS.
The use of full body scanners is as invasive to our privacy as it is degrading to our dignity. Targeting “terrorist prone counties” amounts to nothing less than racial profiling. We aren’t moved by pleas for increased security from “terrorists”.
We can’t be convinced that even more abuses to our privacy rights are needed for anyones safety. We won’t be bullied by government or media hysteria — No matter how ratcheted up the fearmongering gets or how overheated the propaganda becomes.
We plan to make our voices heard, and we’d like you to join in this campaign if you agree. The government violates privacy rights and makes people jump through hoops enough under the pretext of security. But the right to privacy is an inalienable human right. And our determination to protect that human right from increasing intrusions is unshakeable.
We not only refuse to subject ourselves to full body scans, we reject their use altogether. On any person, from any country, at any time!
THEY SAY, extra security screening of people from “terrorist prone countries” will make everyone safer.
WE SAY, it’s racist, and can’t be allowed to stand. Not in our name.
THEY SAY, head-to-toe x-raying of the entire body, adults and children alike, is “simply precautionary”, “safeguarded”, and “for our own good”.
WE SAY, we’d rather be blown to bits than to live in a world where fearmongering was the norm, and dehumanizing violations of our privacy were accepted.
Full body scans are nothing less than virtual strip searches. All human beings have a right to be secure in their person, and no amount of fearmongering should be able to strip that right away!
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information on how you can participate, help plan and organize
If you’d like to engage in discussion, join the Google Group, “ScanThis”, at http://groups.google.com/group/scanthis
Our protest group is as yet unnamed, but our discussions begin immediately.
Look for our low volume Riseup list when it becomes active to receive
digest updates and action announcements.
And sign our preliminary petition, Say NO To Virtual Strip Searches, at
Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) – SI-NYC Chapter