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Justice is Not For Sale Act Introduced to Congress
Grassroots Leadership
The bill bars the federal government and state and local jurisdictions from contracting with private corporations to run prisons and detention facilities, reinstates the federal parole system, and makes several changes to immigration detention law.

Stop CISA (CISPA Without The "P")
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
July 27th, 2015
The Senate is trying to vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) in the coming weeks, and only you can help us stop it.

Oakland Passes Privacy Policy At 3:00AM
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
June 3rd, 2015
Domain Awareness Center (DAC) Resistance Leads to First in Country Standing Municipal Privacy Commission

MA Supports the Speak Free Act of 2015
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
May 27th, 2015
Media Alliance is pleased to endorse the Speak Free Act of 2015

Court of Appeals Rules Bulk Metadata Collection Illegal
by NY Federal Court of AppealsDocket 14-42
May 7th, 2015
On May 7th, a Federal Appeals Court in New York ruled that the bulk metadata collection program attached to Section 215 of the Patriot Act is "‘irreconcilable with the statute’s plain text’.

Repeal The Patriot Act? H.R. 1466 Says Yes
by Representative Mark Pocan, Representative Thomas Massie
March 25th, 2015
Sometimes the best way to an outcome is direct. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) cut straight to the point: introducing H.R. 1466 to repeal the US Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act.

55 Organizations Support The Re-Introduction of The Private Prison Information Act
by Alex Friedmann and Chris PetrellaHuman Rights Defense Center
March 15th, 2015
Media Alliance is proud to join the Human Rights Defense Center and 54 other organizations calling for PPIA which requires private prisons and detention centers to comply with FOIA.

City of Oakland to Consider 1st in Nation Surveillance Ordinance
March 15th, 2015
The Privacy Policy package is the first citizen-developed comprehensive privacy package in the nation. Let's have Oakland lead the way with a citywide privacy policy.

Washpo Iran correspondent Remains Held By Iranian Government
March 15th, 2015
Update 3/15 While Rezian's spouse, Iranian citizen Yeganeh Salehi, has been released from custody, the WP reporter remains in Evin Prison on undetermined charges.

Improving FOIA
Open The Government
February 28th, 2015
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is one of the most important tools for investigative journalism.

SB 178- California Electronic Communications Privacy Act
February 9th, 2015
ECPA - SB 178 was introduced today by Senator Mark Leno. Media Alliance is a co-sponsoring organization.

ACLU In Court To Get The Whole Torture Report
February 5th, 2015
ACLU legal initiative to get the "whole" torture report via an FOIA (Freedom of Information Act Request).

Fixing Congressional Oversight of National Security
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
December 17th, 2014
A coalition of 50+ organizations (including Media Alliance) and individuals from across the political spectrum released a letter and white paper with recommendations on how the House of Representatives can start to make improvements. The problems are shocking.

Muzzle Mumia Law Falls Outside the US Constitution
by Bret GroteAbolitionist Law Center
October 23rd, 2014
A prisoner gag law in Philadelphia, apparently triggered by rage at a recent commencement speech at Goddard College by alumni, inmate and author Mumia Abu-Jamal, is being challenged in court as an unconstitutional abrogation of the right of speech. The legal challenge is being mounted by the Abolitionist Law Center and Prison Radio producer and former MA board member Noelle Hanrahan, who has been distributing Abu-Jamal's commentaries for decades. Their press release below.

Bay Guardian Shut Down
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
October 15th, 2014
The San Francisco Media Company suddenly and with no notice shut down the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the city by the Bay's alternative newspaper for decades

USA Freedom Act: It May Be A Drop In The Bucket, But It's A First Step
Update: A first step that didn't happen. The USFA fell a few votes short in Congress. Stay tuned for the next episode of "stop government spying".

SB 828 - Turn The Water Off On The NSA Bill Signed by Jerry Brown
Off Now Coalition
October 5th, 2014
Gov Jerry Brown signed SB828, albeit a weakened version, into law.

Barbara Lee Relocates Fundraising Event from Oakland Marriot During Urban Shield
August 25th, 2014
Update 9/1: Congresswoman Lee has responded to our letter and relocated her event from the Oakland Marriot. Urban Shield has announced the show will not be held at the Marriot next year. Thank you, Barbara Lee!

Urban Shield Lands on Oakland: Community Resistance Building
Facing Teargas
August 22nd, 2014
Urban Shield, the BAUSI SWAT/Military cooperative event, gets underway in Oakland on September 4th.

Declassified Documents
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
August 15th, 2014
As courts release formerly classified documents, albeit heavily blacked out, the extent of surveillance overreach gets a bigger paper trail.

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