August 10, 2012 by 99pickets
ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 10TH & WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15TH, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER THE TWITTER FEED OF VERIZON, THE FCC, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND CABLE COMPANIES AND TELL THEM ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Members of CWA & IBEW at Verizon have been working without a contract for the last year. Verizon is demanding workers agree to concessions in healthcare, retirement and job security while increasing pay for executives by millions of dollars each year. At the same time, Verizon is trying to make a deal with cable companies that will create a media monopoly, giving them free reign to increase prices.
We are tired of corporate greed winning out over the interests of consumers and workers!
Learn more about this fight and how you can get involved.
What is a Twitter Rally/Picket?
A twitter rally is a short period of time where people come together to make their voices heard on an issue. The goal is to get a particular hashtag to become so popular it shows up as a “trending topic” on Twitter. In this case we also want every tweet to show up in the Twitter feed of Verizon and the FCC so they are bombarded with messages from the public.
I’m in. What do I do?
Participating in a Twitter rally is easy! Just sign in to Twitter (on your cell phone or computer) & follow the #canyouhearmenow hashtag to see what folks are saying! Then chime in to the conversation and add your voice to the rallying cry for good jobs and against monopolies. Below are some sample tweets you can use, or you can write your own. You can also retweet what others have posted.
Also – sign the Twitter petition!
How long will it take?
You can send as many or as few messages as you’d like. How long you’d like to participate is up to you.
What’s that # sign about? / What’s a hashtag?
A hashtag is any word or phrase that starts with the # symbol. You can follow specific topics on Twitter by searching for all posts that contain a particular hashtag. Some companies have hashtags that they use to promote their brands, like Verizon’s #canyouhearmenow.
What’s with that @?
The @ symbol is used to designate someone’s name, or Twitter handle. You use it to address someone on Twitter, like @99PicketLines or, in this case, @Verizon and @FCC.
#CanYouHearMeNow, @Verizon @twxcorp @comcast? Can I buy a monopoly with $6 million in campaign contributions, too?
#CanYouHearMeNow, @Verizon @FCC? Please create 25k jobs and give us FIOS in upstate NY. No #digitaldivide
Tell @FCC: NO to media monopolies! Stop the @Verizon crossmarketing deal! #CanYouHearMeNow http://act.ly/60j RT to sign
#CanYouHearMeNow, @Verizon @FCC @TheJusticeDept? No VerizoWarnerCast monopoly. http://youtu.be/0XEobXB2mak
Want to pay more for cable, phone & internet?@Verizon and big cable deal would raise prices http://youtu.be/0XEobXB2mak
.@Verizon deal with Big Cable would raise prices and kill jobs. Tell @FCC today http://bit.ly/PIpNUz #canyouhearmenow
#CanYouHearMeNow @FCC – Stop the @Verizon/cable media monopoly deal. I signed the petition! http://act.ly/60j RT to sign
Monopoly deal btw @Verizon & big cable companies would raise prices and kill jobs. Call @FCC today http://bit.ly/PIpNUz
#CanYouHearMeNow, @Verizon? Don’t raise prices for cable, phone & internet. Call @FCC http://bit.ly/PIpNUz
#CanYouHearMeNow, @Verizon? We are tired of your greed! Say NO to media monopoly, call @FCC http://bit.ly/PIpNUz
.@Verizon @FCC, I support @CWAUnion, not #corporate greed. #CanYouHearMeNow ?
Time-Warner Cable: @twxcorp
Federal Communications Commission (FCC): @FCC
The Department of Justice (DOJ): @TheJusticeDept