On Thursday of last week, we at OpenMedia made a call to a print shop in San Diego, which responded to our order with an "..oh!".
Well over one thousand pages (double sided, and in a reasonably small font) of the StopTheTrap.net petition were fed out of a printer just five minutes away from the hotel where TPP negotiations were taking place.
For those who don't know, I'm referring here to talks around the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which we at OpenMedia, citizens around the world, and a variety of other groups have come together to stand against. You can learn more about that at StopTheTrap.net.
But back to the story: the petition—which as you can imagine was fairly heavy—was picked up by legal and policy experts and supporters from the StopTheTrap.net coalition, including Public Knowledge, Public Citizen, SumOfUs, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Together, they delivered the over 90 thousand-strong petition to TPP negotiators. Pictured here is an officer from the U.S. Trade Representative being handed this little bundle of dissent.
We're talking about over 90,000 people who have sent a message to key government leaders and trade reps saying that we oppose provisions that would expand conglomerates' power to restrict use of the Internet, and we oppose the secrecy they're being shrouded in. The TPP's Internet trap may well be the biggest threat to our digital future yet, but many of you are clearly ready to do your part to stop it.
The petition launched on the 27th of June. It's been two weeks. 90,000 people. It's pretty awesome.
And we could hit 100,000 by week-end, and get crucial momentum if everyone—people watching this especially—pitches in and spreads the word. This is how change is made. It won't be the first time our community has grown to unprecedented proportions and seen unprecedented success.
On the OpenMedia.ca Facebook Page on Tuesday, we asked how you would describe the pro-Internet …something. Most of you called it a movement.
So at risk of being terribly corny, I have one last thing to say today: let's get moving.