Stop Smart Meters! and friends held a successful protest both outside and inside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Thursday as Julius Genachowski, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, spoke about the need to increase wireless capacity, ignoring the millions who are suffering ill health as electrosmog pervades nearly every last corner of our nation.
Bracing for heckles (this is Silicon Valley after all) we were pleasantly surprised by many honks of approval and support from passing drivers. Several even stopped and joined our demonstration, showing that the growing resentment against corporate intrusion into our private lives and the backlash against wireless technology is alive and well even in the midst of the world’s tech capital.
A driver of an SUV- license plate “DNS” swerved into the driveway at a high rate of speed, narrowly missing several protesters on the sidewalk. Perhaps this was a Silicon Valley exec who was not too keen to see us out there. This individual’s dangerous actions echoes how little the industry cares about human health or safety. (If you know who this vehicle belongs to, please let us know.)
We smuggled a Stop Smart Meters! banner inside the talk and just when we thought everyone in the audience was about to go to sleep, we stirred things up a bit with the classic banner drop disruption that was also caught on film by some tech bloggers.
Apparently we weren’t the only ones upset by FCC policies. Almost immediately, a woman whose husband has a brain tumor from his cell phone use spoke up, and another woman who is being forced from her home because of smart meters told Julius how she felt.
We don’t relish or enjoy disrupting public proceedings like this but these kinds of protests are inevitable when the democratic system breaks down and an agency like the FCC becomes virtually an arm of industry rather than a public servant.
More coverage of yesterday’s protest on Indymedia.
Excellent vid, excellent effort. However,
THIS IS NOT A FREAKING DEMOCRACY!!!!!! Good god, what will it take for people to learn what this country is founded upon? This is a Constitutional Republic–HUGE DIFFERENCE. It’s been said that a democracy is like 2 wolves and a sheep discussing what’s for dinner. What do ya think is going to happen there?
Greetings and thanks for your activism.
How do I become involved in your group?
Thanks, Terry in Santa clara
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Well… It’s now December 18th 2013 and our criminal government has since installed Tom Wheeler as head of the FCC. “Smart” technology is alive and well, and making record profits in the former land of the free. More and more fools are still buying all the latest “high-tech” trash for Christmas, so they can radiation poison their children and destroy my planet with their infantile and habitual stupidity.
Unfortunately, Stop Smart Meters is never going to succeed in reducing the planetary carnage from digital, until PEOPLE stop buying this junk for themselves and their children. Sorry. It’s just obvious. Quit buying digital junk, and quit lighting your cities up like Christmas trees. It’s simple.
You people are insane! You’re trying to stop progress! There is no proof that smart meters have done any harm! I hope you’re all arrested for treason!