Protesters target AT&T today, Twitter tomorrow


Today (Tue/11) marks a nationwide protest against government surveillance that is partially taking place online, as websites such as Reddit post banners opposing the National Security Agency domestic spying program.

A group of protesters plans to gather outside AT&T’s Folsom Street facility at 6pm for an outdoor rally and projection show against mass surveillance. Speakers will include whistleblower Mark Klein on his discovery of the NSA’s secret room inside that building.

To mark the occasion, Code Pink activists also surveilled Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s home (again).

AT&T is an old-school telecom, but new tech companies that facilitate online communication are coming under fire in San Francisco, too – albeit for a different reason.

City employees’ union SEIU Local 1021 will lead a march from the San Francisco Department of Human Resources, at One South Van Ness, to the mid-Market headquarters of Twitter, at noon on Wed/12.

City workers represented by SEIU 1021 are pissed because while Twitter’s economic benefit from the infamous 2011 Twitter Tax Break continues, it seems public employees are about get hit with higher health care contributions.

As Valleywag pointed out last year, Twitter’s gentrifying impact on mid-Market has been such a point of focus that it’s led some to invent new vocabulary to describe the phenomenon.

As SEIU 1021 contract negotiations get underway, expect this fight to continue.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, by the way, was named CEO of the Year at the The Crunchies tech awards at Davies Symphony Hall last night (check out John Oliver's roast of the awards).

Costolo was also a winner at The Crappies, an alternative event hosted by Jobs With Justice that was staged just outside. Costolo was named "Best Tax Evader."

According to a press release sent out by SEIU Local 1021, Sups. John Avalos and David Campos will join tomorrow's rally. The point of the march, according to organizers, is “to deliver a message that corporate favoritism is coming at a price San Francisco residents can no longer afford.”


Anything you want to tell us? We'll find out eventually anyway.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

Guest, sweetie, only idiots and morons assert the "nothing to hide" defense. To the average cop, Everybody is guilty of Something. The only question is whether that Something gives the cop the license to bust your ass six ways from Sunday.

Posted by Peter on Feb. 11, 2014 @ 4:55 pm
Posted by Guest on Feb. 11, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

Interestingly on 88.5 news this morning the author of this book "Selling Your Secrets: The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters" gave startling reasons much graver than what this article alluded to for the protest today. PROTESTERS: Make sure the media knows why your there and don't let them misinform the public with confusion and mixing back stories.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll found 70 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of Republicans believe the NSA’s spying programs intrude on their privacy rights. So America is behind your protests! Thank you for being there when we cant be there with you!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 11, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

Wow. I don't suppose it ever occurred to these geniuses to protest, you know, the singular representative figure of all that they're raging against, the President of the United States? I mean, he's absolutely responsible for the actions of the NSA, failing to close Gitmo (and signing legislation that lets him send you, an American citizen there, for life without trial), among dozens of other atrocious acts.

I'm sure Bush's name was invoked, though. Idiots.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 11, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

We have more city employees than any two cities need, they are upset that it costs the city money to keep them employed?

Campos and Avalos are not antidotes to big business and all the progressive monsters, they are the flip side of the coin, just owned by SEIU.

Posted by guest on Feb. 12, 2014 @ 7:36 am

>>>Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, by the way, was named CEO of the Year at the The Crunchies tech awards at Davies Symphony Hall last night...<<<

CEO of the Year?

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Posted by Miguel on Feb. 12, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

This is the time when a few brave good Patriots need to sacrifice their all to put down this Tyrany of the Ologarchs and the Federal reserve system.

Anyone connected to any of these organizations including elected officials should from now on live in fear of loosing their lives to this unconstitutional activity and the numerous and major crimes of treason.

The onset of a major political purging is at hand., beware to all who feed off the tax payers tit.

Posted by Guest gstlab3 on Mar. 28, 2014 @ 1:07 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 28, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

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