Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Three Hundred Calendar Days Left!

Take a look at that number to the right, folks. Three hundred! That's how many calendar days we have left until the end of the current session of Congress. It is actually less when you subtract holidays and weekends as well as Congressional session breaks!

So we REALLY have to push now. If we want legal protection against being left out of the vastly expanding world of Internet video. If we want the next generation of deaf and hard of hearing adults not to be left out. It is fantastic that we now have the automatic captions on YouTube (YouTube is proof that internet video can be captioned!), but what about the rest of the commercial Internet? What about national mobile digital television?

Keep contacting your Representatives! Congress.org has a transcript for a video that explains why it is so important that YOU be the one who contacts his or her Representative. If Caption Action 2 contacts a Representative on your behalf, chances are Caption Action 2 will be ignored! Read the three crucial rules for success that are posted by Congress.org in that transcript.

Even if HR 3101 does not pass, we will build a strong foundation for support in Congress, that we can continue to build on. Already we have doubled the size of that foundation this Congress, from the previous Congress. It can take multiple tries to get a bill to pass - which is why we might have to wait until as late as 2025 for legal protection from being left out on the Internet.

What's that? You don't like the idea of having to wait until 2025? You don't like the idea of having to be satisfied with whatever companies voluntarily caption? Then MAKE LOUD NOISE (with apologies to @marleematlin) and CALL or WRITE your representative, and get your friends, families, and even your enemies to do the same!

Join Caption Action 2!

Help ensure that the new Facebook Twilight Series has captions, and help get Starz to caption its YouTube channel! Join Caption Action 2 on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/captionaction2!

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