Frequently Asked Questions

What’s happening?

The Rally Against Mass Surveillance includes a march and a rally.

When is this happening?

We will rally and march on Sat., Oct. 26 between 12 noon and 3 p.m.

Where are the activities happening?

Marchers gather at Union Station (in Columbus Circle) and will proceed to Union Square (on 3rd Street and Madison Dr. NW in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool) where the rally will take place. Check out this map that pinpoints Columbus Circle and Union Square.

How do I find accomodation?

We've set up a list of accomodation options to help.

Why rally?

Right now the NSA is spying on everyone's personal communications, and it’s operating without any meaningful oversight. Since the Snowden leaks started, more than 569,000 people from all walks of life have signed the StopWatching.us petition telling the U.S. Congress that we want it to the NSA accountable and to reform the laws that got us here.

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

Who’s rallying?

We expect thousands of people from across the political spectrum will attend the rally. We will draw attendees primarily from the DC metro area and locations within approximately 8 hours from DC.

Attendees will join members of the StopWatching.us coalition, which includes more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. We came together in June 2013 to demand the U.S. Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA's spying programs. Go here to read our letter to U.S. Congress demanding accountability and reform.

Members of the StopWatching.us coalition include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, Freedom Works, ACLU, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Restore the Fourth, Center for Democracy and Technology, Demand Progress, Mozilla, Public Knowledge, Fight for the Future, Access, Libertarian Party, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and more. See the full list.

What’s the point of the rally?

We want the U.S. Congress to rein in the NSA. Specifically, we call on Congress to immediately and publicly:

  1. Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
  2. Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying.
  3. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
  4. Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.

If I want to come into town for the lobby day, when should I arrive?

If you are coming from out of town, you should plan to arrive in D.C. on Thursday night (October 24th) so you can join us for lobby day trainings on Friday morning.

Will there be trainings before the lobby day?

Yes. On Friday morning, legal experts and trainers will give you an overview of NSA surveillance, including talking points and handouts, and prepare you to meet with staffers. Then you will meet with key Hill staffers and elected officials to explain your concerns about NSA surveillance. Don't worry - we schedule the meetings for you.

What time will the lobby day be over?

We’ll be done by mid afternoon.

Where will the lobby day training take place?

RSVP on this page and we'll send you information with the exact location.

I'm on the fence about attending the lobby day on Friday. Is it really worthwhile?

Yes. In person meetings are the most effective way for an individual to influence Congress on an issue (except maybe giving them a lot of money). Even if you've never considered lobbying on an issue, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to help change America’s stance on surveillance.

What do I need to bring / wear for the lobby day?:

We will provide and discuss with you the materials to give to your congressional offices. We recommend dressing "business casual" for the lobby day.

Need more info?

For general questions about the rally, please contact organizers@stopwatching.us.

If you are interested in volunteering sign up here.

For information about getting involved in the lobby day, sign up here.

If you are a member of the press, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com..