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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).

City of Oakland to Consider 1st in Nation Surveillance Ordinance
January 22nd, 2015
Update: 2/10 Public Safety Committee unanimously opens 30 day public comment period on all privacy recommendations and then pledges to pass on to full city council.

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.

Private Prisons Act of 2014 Introduced
Human Rights Defense Center
December 14th, 2014
U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) reintroduced the Private Prison Information Act (PPIA) in Congress. The bill, HR 5838, requires non-federal correctional and detention facilities that house federal prisoners to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), by making certain records available to the public.

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.

Sudden Arrest of WP Iran correspondent and Two Others by Iranian Government
August 5th, 2014
Update: 8/21 The photojournalist arrested with Rezaian and his wife was released on bail.

CISA - CISPA Without The "P" - Obama Veto Request Letter
July 15th, 2014
Overreaching cybersecurity bills come through DC like bad pennies.

Supreme Court Prohibits (in most cases), Searching Cell Phones Without A Warrant
by Adam LiptakNY Times
June 25th, 2014
A unanimous decison at the US Supreme Court placed limits on warantless search of the cell phones of those arrested or suspected of a crime.

Oakland Ethics Reform
June 19th, 2014
Oakland's City Council will consider governmental ethics reform at a July 1st City Council meeting

Lofgren-Sensenbrenner-Massie Amendment to Cut Funds for Back Doors and Warrantless Searches
June 18th, 2014
Update 6-20-2014: The Lofgren-Massie Amendment passed the House of Representatives on Thursday night in a lopsided 293-129 vote, providing a measure for the sea change in Washington DC since the Amash amendment failed to pass the House by 5 votes a year ago.

CA Corrections Department Proposes New Sweeping Prison Censorship Rules
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has proposed new sweeping censorship rules for information going into and out of California prisons

Sting Ray Records Seized by Federal Marshalls in Florida
by Aaron RiekeEqual Future
June 11th, 2014
Unprecedented federal seizure of cell phone surveillance records in Florida

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