🚨 The internet needs you 🚨

You’re up again, Tumblr. 

Back in 2015 you demanded that the FCC adopt strict net neutrality rules and establish a free and open internet. And you won

That should’ve been the end of it. But apparently not.

The new head of the FCC wants to undo the net neutrality protections you fought so hard for.

His proposed changes open the door to your web traffic being slowed down, or even blocked altogether. You could be forced to pay extra to use your favorite apps. You could even be prevented from getting news from the sources you trust.

Title II protects consumers and democracy by ensuring all voices can be heard.

You know the drill. Here’s what to do:

The FCC is taking comments from the public, and dearfcc.org is making it as simple as possible for you to make your voice heard.

Go there now 👉 dearfcc.org ✌️

You’ll just need to provide a name, an address, and then say a little bit about why rolling back Title II protections is a bad idea. If you’re not quite sure what to write, here’s something to get you started:

I’m writing to urge you to keep our Open Internet rules based on Title II in place. Without them, we could lose the internet as we know it.

The proposed changes to FCC rules would allow fast lanes for sites that pay, and force everyone else into slow lanes. We’ve already seen access to streaming services like Netflix, popular games like League of Legends, and communication platforms like FaceTime slowed down, or even blocked. Conditions like this hurt businesses large and small, and penalize the users who patronize them. 

The changes also open the door to unfair taxes on internet users, and could also make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can’t pay up to have their voices heard.

Please leave the existing net neutrality rules based on Title II in place.

Thank you!

If you need more ammo, feel free to quote these experts from our net neutrality Issue Time. TechCrunch and Battle for the Net also have some good starters.

Everyone is counting on everyone else here. Do your part and tell the FCC to keep a free and open internet under Title II. 

We are appalled by President Trump’s tweets about banning transgender people from military service. There are an estimated 15,000 transgender people already working in the Department of Defense, putting their lives on the line to protect our nation and its values. Those values do not include the heartlessness exhibited by Mr. Trump this morning. Discrimination has no place in our government, in our workplaces, our schools, or anywhere else in our lives.

While it’s still unclear what the actual policy ramifications of these tweets will be, we recommend keeping up with (and, if you can, donating to) the ACLU and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

You can also directly tell the president how unacceptable his attack on American servicepersons is by using this form provided by the @transgenderfreedomproject.

We know there will be plenty of conversation about this on Tumblr in the coming days, and we urge you to take this moment to support and educate each other in whatever ways you can. And if you just need someone to talk to right now, there are people here to listen, 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

Day of Action: NAMI

Hey Tumblr, in honor of Mental Health Month and Post it Forward (@postitforward), we’re declaring today as a Day of Action to support NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (@namiorg), because we believe that everyone is entitled to mental health care and support.

What’s NAMI?

NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the US. On behalf of the millions of people who are affected by mental illness every day, NAMI is dedicated to increasing awareness and resources for mental health conditions, combating the social stigma that surrounds mental illness, and advocating for better and equal health care for anyone seeking mental health treatment.

How can I support?

For Tumblr’s Day of Action, we’re encouraging the community to take the NAMI StigmaFree Pledge. By signing the pledge, you’re showing that you wish to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness and demonstrating your support for all who are affected.

And, if you have the means, you can donate $5 or more to Tumblr’s Crowdrise fundraiser to support NAMI and help build a national network of accessible mental health support and resources for all.  

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime, we’re all likely impacted by mental illness—by friends, family members, or people in our community. Together, we can encourage acceptance, understanding, and support for mental health, and ensure that no one is alone on their mental health journey.



“Turn your outrage into action.”

source: twitter.com/eemanabbasi

“Don’t just #prayforSyria. Donate if you can. Make yourself aware of what’s going on. Work to make other people aware of what’s going on. (edit: people are saying not to support SAMS or Syrian Civil Defense because they’ve been reported to use and be affiliated with misusing supplies and resources)” source: Lily at feminism.and.flowers

Planned Parenthood x Tumblr — Never Going Back

Tumblr stands with Planned Parenthood. We believe that access to their vital healthcare services is a fundamental human right. In times like these, we must take it upon ourselves to support them on behalf of the millions of women who depend on them.

Join us on Sunday, March 12 at 6:00pm CT at Mohawk, 912 Red River Street, Austin TX during the SXSW interactive festival for the “Never Going Back” rally for Planned Parenthood.

The all-ages event is open to the public (RSVP here) and will feature live performances by Sleigh Bells, Girlpool (@girlpoool), Hoops, and PVRIS (@thisispvris). Planned Parenthood reps will be on site to share resources, literature and ways to get involved and stay active.

If you can’t join us in person, please join us in spirit with a donation to Planned Parenthood.

And if you’re in town early, Tumblr CEO David Karp and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards will be discussing the importance of activism and allyship on the SXSW stage on March 10 with moderator Aminatou Sow, Editor-at-Large at Racked (@racked).

Happy Earth Day everyone. Remember this year we march for science, so wherever you are, however you can, please get involved. Science serves us all, it protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives, creates new industries, puts food on our tables, educates the next generation, and safeguards our future. We all have a voice and we can only bring about change if we band together to use it.

Hey Tumblr, have a question about net neutrality?

We’re hosting an Issue Time right here on Action (@action) on July 12, 2017 with the above panelists who will be here to answer all your questions about net neutrality. ^^^

What’s net neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the principle that the things we do and see online should not be controlled by Internet providers. In 2015, with the help of tech companies, Internet activists, and millions of people (including the Tumblr community!), the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted strong net neutrality rules with Title II classification. These rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, censoring, or slowing down sites, and prohibit providers from putting paid prioritization into play—fast lanes for sites that pay, and slow lanes for those who don’t.

Winning the net neutrality fight was a huge feat, but it’s being challenged again. There are new, proposed changes from the newly appointed head of the FCC that could undo the standing net neutrality protections and get rid of a free and open internet. That means you might see your favorite websites slow down, or be forced to pay extra to use certain apps, or be blocked from seeing things that you want to see.

If you want to learn more about net neutrality and how you can help protect it, submit your question(s) right here!

Update re Lush’s Support of Anti-Animal Organizations

@lushcosmetics has been hearing the voices of people upset at their support of CompassionWorks International and their anti-zoo, anti-conservation misinformation.  (as detailed http://animalsustainability.tumblr.com/post/159695339626/the-lush-charity-pot-that-supports-an-organization ) The CSR I spoke to said they have been hearing a lot on social media. Let’s keep it up!

I called 188-733-5874 on my lunch break and was able to reach a CSR fairly quickly, and calmly and reasonably explained my concerns with Lush’s repeated support of CWI.  I explained that as an animal scientist who is passionate about sustainability and conservation, I was very frustrated to see a company whose products I enjoyed in the past support a group whose work was directly aimed at undoing the education and conservation myself and other animal scientists and zoologists devote our lives to. I explained that CWI was deliberately spreading misinformation about species reeintroduction and conservation (I believe the phrase I used was “the black-footed ferret would like to disagree”) and asked them to reconsider their support of an organization that is actually fairly anti-animal. I also did point out that if they were really pro-animal as their advertising says they’d stop partnering with groups that actively harass animal scientists, unless they were just doing it to get extra money from the gullible. His response was the same canned “well we want to hear from all sides, and I appreciate your passion about this”. It was a hard dodge.

Please, if you have a few minutes, call  188-733-5874 and let Lush know how disappointed you are in their support of groups that are anti-science and anti-conservation. 

anonymous asked:

What can college kids with limited resources do to help the environment?

The fact that you are asking this question makes me feel very hopeful as it shows you care. Helping the environment is not about the amount resources you have. I could give you a shopping list of behaviours you can change to decrease your impact on the planet, but what I want to tell you is find the environmental cause you are passionate about and get the best education you can so you can have voice and make a difference. Invest in your future through education. You will be able to make a difference.

There are lots of little ways we can all help the environment in our everyday lives. One of the easiest ways is becoming an informed consumer. Every time we spend a dollar we are casting a vote, from the products we buy, to the food we consume, and the transportation we use. The choices we make as a consumer can have far reaching influences, from across the globe to your friends and family. This became clear to me during my first trip to Borneo. I was confronted by vast, seemingly endless acres of oil palm plantations that were once dense primary forest. Those forests were once home to orangutans, elephants, and sun bears. It made me realized just how much palm oil I was consuming in the products I used every day. I began to eliminate those products from my home, and started writing letters to manufactures, urging them to find sustainable alternatives. Becoming an informed consumer really opens the door to understanding the influence, and impact we are having across the globe. Although it may sound cliché, it really does translate to acting locally and thinking globally.

cantxeven  asked:

how can average internet users (such as myself) advocate to keep net neutrality without necessarily going out and protesting?

First and foremost: take a few minutes right now to submit a comment to the FCC. EFF has created a simple page at DearFCC.org to help you do that. We’ll give you some example text and a few questions for you to answer, but what you submit is ultimately up to you. What’s most important is that the FCC hears from everyone.

A great next step is to write or call your members of Congress. Tell them to do everything they can to protect the 2015 Open Internet Order and oppose any effort in Congress to undermine it. https://act.eff.org/action/tell-congress-don-t-surrender-the-internet

After that, our next move depends a lot on what the FCC does.