[Libs-Or] Fwd: [ALA-WO:289] URGENT ACTION ALERT: Call Representatives TODAY and ask them to oppose DOPA
diedrec at charter.net
Tue Jul 25 13:20:23 PDT 2006
Well, it has been at least a month since we have been asked to contact our U.S Representatives about DOPA. This is the act dealing with social networking such as MySpace, blogs, and who know what else. Remember, if you are hesitant about speaking directly with someone in a Washington, DC office you call after 5:00 p.m. and just leave a message. Your comments count just as much this way. Or send an email. Below is all kinds of contact information.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (3rd Congressional District) Phone: (202) 225-4811, Fax: (202) 225-8941, web site: http://www.blumenauer.house.gov/
Rep. Peter DeFazio (4th Congressional District) Phone: (202) 225-6416, Fax: (202) 225-0032, web site: http://www.house.gov/defazio/
Rep. Darlene Hooley (5th Congressional District) Phone: (202) 225-5711, Fax (202) 225-5699, web site: http://hooley.house.gov/
Rep. Greg Walden (2nd Congressional District) Phone: (202) 225-6730, Fax (202) 225-5774, web site: http://walden.house.gov/
Rep. David Wu (1st Congressional District) Phone: (202) 225-088, Fax (202) 225-9497, web site: http://www.house.gov/wu/
Or go to and use the information provided by the ALA Washington Office to submit an email message: http://www.onlineadvocacy.net/ . This is what I do when I want to e-mail a message.
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027, Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work: diedre at beachbooks.org
Home: diedrec at charter.net
Subject: [ALA-WO:289] URGENT ACTION ALERT: Call Representatives TODAY and ask them to oppose DOPA
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 14:19:51 -0400
From: "ALAWASH E-MAIL" <ALAWASH at alawash.org>
To: ALA Washington Office Newsline <ala-wo at ala.org>
ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 15, Number 73
July 25, 2006
In This Issue: URGENT ACTION ALERT: Call Representatives TODAY and ask
them to oppose DOPA
URGENT Action Needed:
The Washington Office has learned that the House may try to expedite
passage of H.R. 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA),
TOMORROW, July 26th.
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TODAY and ask that they oppose HR
5319. Capitol Switchboard number is: 202-224-3121.
DOPA is sponsored by Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and supported by the House
Republican Suburban Caucus. It would require that, as a condition of
receiving E-Rate support, all schools and libraries block access to
social networking websites and chat rooms.
The bill raises a number of issues:
1) Local school districts and libraries should determine what content
should flow into schools and libraries. Federal mandate over content
control is very problematic.
2) Districts and libraries already have the power to block access to
social networking sites and chat rooms and a number of them have already
3) DOPA imposes yet another burden on schools and libraries
participating in the E-rate and may deter many from continuing to
4) This bill paints an unflattering and distorted view of the Internet
as a whole, serving to scare away parents, students, teachers and
librarians from making use of all its resources.
Last week, YALSA Executive Director Beth Yoke testified on DOPA before
the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet on DOPA.
You can read her testimony here:
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