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Calls for Participation, aiming at different target groups.

Letter to potential supporters

Dear Sir/Madam (or name of contact person),

a broad movement of civil rights defenders is once again calling upon everyone to participate in actions under the motto “Freedom not Fear 2009 – Stop Surveillance Mania” on Saturday, 12th September 2009. The protest is directed against the ongoing spread of excessive surveillance measures on the part of businesses, administrations and governments worldwide. With this international campaign we aim to raise public awareness of this issue and to form a broad and sustainable movement for freedom and democracy within and beyond Europe.

Last year over 15 countries participated in the international action day. With over 70.000 people participating Berlin witnessed the greatest protest against surveillance in German history. Currently our alliance, already consisting of more than sixty different organizations (including human and civil rights, new media, youth and religious organizations, trade unions, political parties and occupational groups) is organizing this year’s mass protest, which will take place on 12th September 2009 in Berlin.

We would like to repeat and even exceed the success of last year’s international action day. In order to do so, we need your support!

Sign the International Appeal!
We have compiled an international call for action (see attachment), in which we criticize the ongoing spread of excessive surveillance measures and put forward demands directed at governments, administrations and businesses. The higher the number of organizations signing the international appeal the more people can be mobilized worldwide to join actions and protests on 12th September 2009.
The International Appeal can be found here:
If you would like to support the International Appeal please send an email to:

We also kindly ask you to forward the call for action to your members as well as to your local and international partner-organizations.

Organize your own protests and events!
We would also like to encourage you to organize actions/protests under the motto “Freedom not Fear 2009 – Stop Surveillance Mania” in your own country. Feel free to translate the call for action into your language. To raise public awareness you may even release it to your local media with a description of your planned action/event.

For the organization and coordination of this year’s international action day we have set up a coordination office in Berlin. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any enquiries:

coordination office “Freedom not Fear 2009”
contact: Nina Eschke
Hessische Straße 10
10115 Berlin, Germany
phone: + 49 (0) 30 488 206-40/-41
fax: + 49 (0) 30 488 206 42

We would be very pleased if you supported our call for a greater protection of our right to privacy and freedom and participated in the international action day on 12th September 2009.

Best regards



Feel free to edit this to meet your national requirements - replaceit with information about your organization, your campaign!

Enter some information about your organization or alike here! For example: The protest is based on an idea of the "AK Vorrat" ("German Working group on data retention";, a german human rights group, which is supported in Germany by over 49 national organizations like human and civil rights groups, associations of journalists, lawyers and doctors, the associations of confessional and emergency h

[1] The AK Vorrat has filed the largest "class-action" constitutional case of all times in Germany (as a symbol) against the adoption of the european directive on data retention (DR 2006/24/EC): (de/en)

[2] Joint statement on the draft bill on telecommunications data retention: (de/en)

[3] International Call for Action:

Please also read the following pages:

The info-page about the campaign is:

The idea and concept:

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