Activism Technology

The Day We Fight Back

We had participated in The Day We Fight Back to protest and fight back against the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance program. A forecasted high temperature of 11°F did not stop John and me from heading outside to join the protest. We took the day off from work and traveled to East Lansing to protest near Welles Hall at the Michigan State University. Upon arrival, we were met by two incredible MSU students who had come to help and brave the cold. They discovered us through some Reddit posts I had made to promote the protest.

Two people talking beside a sign that says, "The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance"
Protest at Michigan State University.


We also had friends at Utah Valley State University and the University of Michigan join us in the protest and we hooked them up with some of our info cards and buttons to pass out as well.

Sign with multiple eyes and text that says, "The Day We Fight Back".
Sign used at Utah Valley State University.


John made about 500 cards to hand out, his father built the A-frame signs for our posters, and I pressed almost 300 buttons and printed posters using the Day We Fight Back imagery. All items we handed out directed people to the official website where they could learn more about the issue and also contact their legislation.

Many of those we spoke to had not heard of the NSA and were not aware of Edward Snowden’s leaks. One person gave us a passive, “but they’re protecting us”, but for the most part people seemed to be mostly unaware of the NSA or any surveillance and were open to The Day We Fight Back message.