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Scenes from a rally,

Here’s for a taste of the day’s activities, a video, a slideshow and background information.

Jim Newell reports at The Guardian:

Thousands gathered by the Capitol reflection pool in Washington on Saturday to march, chant, and listen to speakers and performers as part of Stop Watching Us, a gathering to protest “mass surveillance” under NSA programs first disclosed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Billed by organizers as “the largest rally yet to protest mass surveillance”, Stop Watching Us was sponsored by an unusually broad coalition of left- and right-wing groups, including everything from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Green Party, Color of Change and Daily Kos to the Libertarian Party, FreedomWorks and Young Americans for Liberty.

The highlight of the rally was the statement from Edward Snowden read by Jesselyn Radack, Kevin has it posted at The Dissenter.

And here’s the photostream posted by swu dc on Flickr:

And here’s background and the list of speakers from the Stop Watching US website

About the rally

The NSA is spying on everyone’s personal communications. It’s operating without any meaningful oversight.

On October 26th, the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA Patriot Act, we’re holding the largest rally yet against NSA surveillance. We’ll be handing more than a half-million petitions to Congress to remind them that they work for us — and we won’t tolerate mass surveillance any longer.

A stellar group of whistleblowers, activists, researchers and others from both sides of the political spectrum will be speaking at this historic event. The list includes:

Congressman Justin Amash
Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist
Former senior NSA executive and whistleblower Thomas Drake
Indie pop senation YACHT
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson
Lt. Dan Choi, LGBT advocate and U.S. veteran
Laura Murphy, ACLU
Rainey Reitman, EFF
Craig Aaron, Free Press
Social critic Naomi Wolf
Kymone Freeman, Director of the National Black LUV Fest
Khaliah Barnes, EPIC
Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Malachi Byrd, DC Youth Poetry Slam Team
Wafa Ben Hassine, writer and human rights advocate
NOT4PROPHET, Hip Hop MC and community organizer
Black Alley, DC-based soul-garage band

Marchers will gather in front of Union Station at 11:30 a.m. by the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain in Columbus Circle. Shortly after noon we’ll march to the National Mall at 3rd Street and Madison Dr. NW, in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, where there will be a stage set up for our rally speakers, musicians, and performers.

Apologies for the odd layout folk.

H/T to Josh Sterns @jcstearns for the links to the pictures and the video

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