The protests “1984 Day,” named for George Orwell’s classic novel about an ultramodern surveillance state, have taken place across the nations, most notably in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. A grassroots movement of Fourth Amendment activists is rallying across at least 20 US cities to protest illegal surveillance techniques by the American government.
The rallies have been organized by a number of social media initiatives by a grassroots organization called Restore the Fourth that demands an end to “unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications.”
"By rallying this Sunday, we are sending a very loud message to our Representatives that to earn our trust they must restore the Fourth Amendment, and support the passage of legislation to revoke the NSA's authorization to conduct mass surveillance of US and foreign citizens,” their website says.
The movement has been gathering momentum since initially starting after Edward Snowden’s revelations about the activities of the NSA. Guest speakers include Danniel Ellsberg, a former US military analyst, author, and activist who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in 1971, revealing the systematic deception of four presidencies. He is scheduled to speak in San Francisco. ..................................................