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If you can't speak your mind, share photos of yourself in a bikini on the beach, dressed up for Halloween, drinking wine or beer, swear or exercise your free speech, and countless other activities on your facebook/social media account because you may be fired at work/punished/or not hired, you are facing something the majority of Americans in almost every job industry are facing: EMPLOYER ABUSE OF TECHNOLOGY, INVASION OF PRIVACY, AND ABUSE OF POWER, NOT TO MENTION THE SHOCKINGLY LEGAL PRACTICE OF FIRING SOMEONE FOR ACTIVITIES THAT OCCURRED AFTER YOU LEFT WORK AND CROSSED THE BOUNDARY INTO YOUR OWN PRIVATE LIFE, PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION'S CLAUSE OF LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

We are being oppressed, at an ever-growing, disturbing and alarming rate by outside forces especially our work places or potential workplaces who are abusing their power through use of social networks to spy and snoop into their employees private lives to make hiring decisions, decide whether to fire someone, and monitor their own daily activities. Like a camera installed into a bedroom from an unseen voyeur, employers are watching our separate private lives away from work online with the ferocity of a CIA agent team monitoring a suspect. It is shown in polls that the majority of Americans do not approve of, or want this corruption to continue, yet it does and we have no legislation to protect us from a new abuse occurring on a natural extension of our private lives-the social networks.

We are now seeing employers everywhere in America abusing technology and using facebook, twitter, myspace, and other social networks including email to invade the private lives of their unknowing employees, employees who are not even posting at or in the workplace, are not committing dangerous/illegal acts, and are exercising their right to a private and free existence of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Something sinister, corruptive, and uncontrolled has happened in America with the advent of the internet and social networks and email sharing. Employers, who rightly should act if an employee is actually abusing or disobeying workplace policies INSIDE THEIR WORKPLACES, or are caught in ILLEGAL/DANGEROUS/OR OBSCENE ACTS such as pedophilia, sex with minors, drug selling, murder, terrorism and other felonies/serious crimes on the internet, are instead discriminating/acting/making decisions related to the future or the continued position of YOUR  JOB, on the innocent details of their unknowing employees private lives. They are now discriminating us if we are caught living and acting as normal human beings, if we are swearing, posing in a bikini on a fishing trip, drinking a cup of wine at a famous winery while on vacation in Italy, wearing a pirate costume for Halloween, or expressing ourselves and opinions freely to our friends and families in our social networks.

Even if their employee has a public profile, firing/suspending/punishing them for something that occurs outside of work which has now crossed the boundary of THEIR PRIVATE LIVES-unless it falls into the categories of pedophilia, adults trying to have sex with minors, killing, terrorism plots, or other illegal/dangerous acts-is DEAD WRONG. The teacher in Florida fired for wearing a bikini during a fishing trip, the employee fired for dressing up ON HALLOWEEN AS A PIRATE, the other teacher fired for holding a wine glass at an Italian winery, and all other perversions of facebook employer abuse, corruptions, and acts are ruining people's lives permanently, and will continue to unless we put a stop to it.

HELP ME GET CONGRESS, OUR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, AND ANYONE ELSE WITH THE AUTHORITY AND OBLIGATION AND DUTY TO OUR FREEDOM IN AMERICA, OUR PRIVACY IN AMERICA, AND OUR LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS TO STOP THIS ILLEGAL INVASION OF PRIVACY AND EMPLOYER ABUSE OF POWER AND TECHNOLOGY BY SIGNING THIS PETITION.

THIS PETITION WILL ASK CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT, AND ALL OTHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR UPHOLDING OUR FREEDOM AND PRIVACY, LIFE AND LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AS AMERICAN CITIZENS, TO STOP THESE CORRUPTIONS AND RESTORE OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY, TO MAKE EMPLOYER SOCIAL MEDIA INTRUSION/ABUSE OF TECHNOLOGY/AND FIRING/SUSPENSION/PENALTIES AT WORK FOR INFORMATION/PHOTOS/VIDEOS/ETC THAT DON'T FALL INTO THE CATEGORIES LISTED ABOVE ILLEGAL, AND TO PROTECT US FROM THIS CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION.

WE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM CONTINUING TO BE LEGALLY OPPRESSED FROM HAVING PRIVACY AND FREEDOM BY HAVING INVISIBLE CYBER BARS ON US, TO BE OURSELVES AND CONTINUE TO LIVE OUR OWN LIVES, WHEREVER WE MAY CHOOSE TO LIVE AND SHARE THEM, IN OUR OWN LIVES OUTSIDE OF WORK. GOD BLESS AMERICA, FORMER LAND OF THE FREE, FORMER REFUGE FROM PERSECUTION, AND FORMER PLACE WHERE AMERICANS COULD LIVE FREELY IN PRIVACY, WITH LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. LET'S GET IT BACK.

Letter to
U.S. Congress, President, Supreme Court
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 4 others
California State House
California State Senate
President of the United States
California Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama, and the protectors of the Constitution

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We write you urgently. We no longer are allowed to separate and live our private lives away from our work lives on social networking sites without fear of or actual employer retaliation for daring to live freely in our own lives outside of work, regardless of whether our profiles are public or private, and be human beings in our social networks like facebook, twitter, msypace and online activities. Our individual freedoms as defined by the Constitution are at stake, as well as our Bill of rights, in a new territory that fails to protect these constitutional provisions: the internet, specifically email and social networking sites such as but not limited to: Facebook, twitter, myspace, youtube, and email.

At this moment in time, we the people cannot speak our minds, share ridiculously questioned, monitored and condemned details of our lives such as photos of ourselves in a bikini or shirtless picture on the beach, dressed up for Halloween, or just playing dress up, drinking wine or beer, or swearing and countless other normal, legal activities that human beings do on our public or private facebook/social media accounts because we may be fired at work/punished/or not hired. None of these occurrences meant and listed are the ones that happened at the workplace, yet we the people are facing something the majority of Americans in almost every job industry are facing: EMPLOYER ABUSE OF TECHNOLOGY, INVASION OF PRIVACY, DISCRIMINATION, AND ABUSE OF POWER, NOT TO MENTION THE SHOCKINGLY LEGAL PRACTICE OF FIRING SOMEONE FOR ACTIVITIES THAT OCCURRED AFTER WE LEAVE THE WORKPLACE AND CROSS THE BOUNDARY NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY BUT ALSO VIA TECHNOLOGY INTO OUR OWN PRIVATE LIVES, VIA THE INTERNET, WHICH REGARDLESS OF IT'S CYBER EXISTENCE, IS A PART OF OUR LIFE AND THEREFORE PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION'S AND BILL OF RIGHT'S CLAUSE OF LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

We are being oppressed, at an ever-growing, disturbing and alarming rate by outside forces especially our work places or potential workplaces who are abusing their power through use of social networks to spy and snoop into their employees private lives to make hiring decisions, decide whether to hire, keep, or fire someone, because they are monitoring our public or private social network account's profile activities with the disturbing and unnerving level of obtrusiveness and voyeurism of a dictatorship agency or regime tracking a citizen target of oppression for discrimination, invasion of privacy, and abuse of technology for the "hiring, maintaining, and firing" of their business, a business who is only a fraction of our lives as human beings, and should not control our entire existences and lifestyles as we choose to live them freely as people. These include pictures, posts, sharing, videos, groups, apps, and all other social media aspects.

Some employers, without any penalty, limitations, or respect for their employee's privacy and freedom to choose to share information, are requiring their employees or candidates for job positions to submit their Facebook user names and passwords. Like a camera installed into a bedroom from an unseen voyeur, employers are watching our private lives with the ferocity of a CIA team monitoring a suspect. It is shown in polls that the majority of Americans do not approve of, or want this corruption to continue, yet it does and we have no legislation to protect us from a new abuse occurring on new territory, one that while recently new, has become a natural extension of our private lives outside of work as we share them with others whom we have the freedom to choose, within the limits of effective technology and privacy barriers, regardless of whether we choose to make our profiles public or private, on our social networks and email accounts.

We are now seeing employers everywhere in America abusing technology and using facebook, twitter, myspace, and other social networks including email to invade the private lives of their unknowing employees, employees who are not even posting at or in the workplace, are not committing dangerous/illegal acts, and are exercising their right to a private and free existence of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and sharing information with friends, families and citizens across the globe. Other employees are at home sick, yet because they chose to make a Facebook update or post while lying in bed recovering, or on a needed day off, have now been penalized by losing their job positions which they use to support and keep their families fed.

Amid the positive changes of being able to share with others, meet new friends across the globe, represent ourselves like never before, and share our lives with whom we choose, their has also been a very dominantly darker side. Something sinister, corruptive, and uncontrolled has happened in America with the advent of the internet and social networks and email sharing.

Employers, who rightly should act if an employee is actually abusing or disobeying workplace policies INSIDE THEIR WORKPLACES, or are caught in ILLEGAL/DANGEROUS/OR OBSCENE ACTS such as pedophilia, sex with minors, drug selling, murder, terrorism, and other felonies/serious issues on the internet, are instead discriminating/acting/making decisions related to the future or the continued position of OUR  JOBS, on the innocent details of their unknowing employees private lives. They are now discriminating us if we are caught living and acting as normal human beings, if we are swearing, posing in a bikini on a fishing trip, drinking a cup of wine at a famous winery while on vacation in Italy, wearing a pirate costume, or expressing ourselves and opinions freely to our friends and families in our social networks.

They are also monitoring who we choose to befriend, who we are online as people, and use every detail they can to discriminate at will if they choose to control their business, at the expense of our privacy, invasion into our live's details as shared outside of work, when we have crossed the boundary from the office to our home via the internet, and the world outside where we are not held responsible for maintaining our reputations and identities as employees in our chosen profession or day jobs, but are instead living our private lives with the freedom of speech, communication, sharing, in the realms of life, liberty and happiness that our founders of the Constitution intended.Even if their employee has a public profile, firing/suspending/punishing them for something that occurs outside of work which has now crossed the boundary of THEIR PRIVATE LIVES, regardless of the public or private status of a social media account-unless it falls into the categories of pedophilia, adults trying to have sex with minors, killing, terrorism plots, or other illegal/dangerous/obscene acts-is DEAD WRONG.

The teacher fired for wearing a bikini during a fishing trip in Florida (Tiffany Shepherd), the employee fired for being dressed up in costume AS A DRUNKEN PIRATE (she wouldn't be valid as a pirate if she didn't drink, and whether she was really in or out of character, as long as she was not drinking at the workplace, she has a right to post that picture without employer retaliation for living her private life regardless of whether her social network profile is public or private), another teacher (Ashley Payne) fired for holding a wine glass at an Italian winery, and all other perversions of facebook employer abuse, corruptions, and acts are ruining people's lives permanently, and will continue to unless we put a stop to it.

While employers are granted a vague and what should be a limited right to protect their reputations online, that does not mean they can abuse that right and demand to control or act towards us according to how we live our private lives as long as we are living our separate and inherently essentially more important and sacred lives that form the most important part of our existence as human beings, whether as represented in public or private profiles online, outside of the workplace (and are not doing these activities at the workplace or posting pictures of ourselves at or of our workplace without our boss's permission unless it's to highlight an injustice/illegal issue or human rights issue, etc going on at the workplace) and are not abusing our free speech , life, liberty, and happiness, or rights to harm our employer reputations while we are employed. While some have been convicted of this, the majority of employees are simply living their life as normal citizens, and are now having their private or public lives lived outside of work as shared on social networking sites abused, stripped away, and invaded like never before. Thanks to the internet, both sides, the employee, and the employer, has access to shared information about each other, but abusive, aggressive, invasive, fanatical, or intrusive employers who do not respect our existence to live as a full human being-which means a life outside of work and our positions while on the clock-are using and exploiting this as an massive cyber green light to discriminate against future, current and former employees on a corruptive, intrusive, creepy and constitutionally immoral level never seen before. In individual profiles on a social network, profiles that an employee can choose to make public or private for friends and family, that inherently are deserving and should be protected by privacy as extensions of our existence as human beings in this 21st century, regardless of whether a profile is public or private, are being invaded and made criteria for their future or current status as job holding citizens.

This is dead wrong. This is exactly the opposite of what the framers and writers of the constitution intended for our country. It is an invasion of human rights, rights that are protected by the constitution of America: the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A life where we can share photos with friends and families of our vacations and fun times, memories and adventures, the liberty to share them in privacy whether our profiles are public, or private, whether we are shy or outgoing, whether we are comfortable with our bodies or not within the social networks own policies of inappropriate picture content. This means no nudity or x-rated/graphic content, it is NOT a ban on bikinis, party or costume pictures, drinking alcoholic beverages within the realms of the law as adults, or other parts of our life that human beings can share at their discretion, without our workplace reputations being damaged, and the pursuit of happiness from being able to share who we are with others in our lives outside of work. Even if we befriend other coworkers, these rights stay the same. Even if we befriend the boss, these rights are ours as well as theirs in both of our private lives. We need to defend these rights and keep them so we have the freedom to live our own lives across the boundary that separates the workplace and home/private lives.

Without it, it is an imbalanced life, without it is an incomplete and incompatible existence that denies us our basic rights and with our essential existence as human beings. No one should be persecuted or forced into an unacceptable monitored and persecuted existence where we cannot be ourselves, exercise our freedom online and off, and share with those who we know and congregate when we are not at the workplace or during breaks, lunches and times when we are not on the clock and are obligated to do the jobs we are being paid for. However even in that sense there are extremist employers who are abusing that criteria and punishing/firing an employee for checking a Facebook status while on the clock for a short amount of time, yet did not make these employees sign a form acknowledging they will lose their jobs if this happens or be penalized, yet fired or punished them for violating workplace policies on social networking they didn't know existed. This abuse of employers against employees also needs to be addressed, but it is the fact that we are no longer allowed to have private lives on the internet due to employer abuse of social network technology and invasion of our own privacy and right to free speech, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we are mainly addressing today. If what we share occurs outside of the workplace, regardless of whether the post or photo or cyber information or media in question is on the internet on a public or private profile of an individual or group, etc, it is without question violating the constitution if it is not in the categories of illegal/serious crime as listed before, it should be free from employer discrimination and free with the employee's rights to be protected from privacy invasion exercised, and we the American people demand that right back. It has been taken from us with the exploitation of our online profiles and lives as shared freely within those rights as American people, and we demand it back!

While we are on a social network, we still have a right to exercise our social activities with a right to privacy, discretion, freedom of speech and information, regardless of whether our profiles are public or private, as long as the pictures/posts and information we put about ourselves occurs while we are not at the workplace, or off clock time, and are within this activity committing or a part of an illegal/serious offense category as listed above, to be free of discrimination, harassment, job decision infringement or employee status resting on those rights, unless they fall into an unacceptable category, which our society defines as dangerous/illegal activities. Employers should act if an employee is actually abusing or disobeying workplace policies INSIDE THEIR WORKPLACES, or are caught in ILLEGAL/DANGEROUS/OR OBSCENE ACTS such as pedophilia, sex with minors, drug selling, murder, terrorism, and other felonies/serious issues on the internet, not discriminating/acting/making decisions related to the future or the continued position of a job because someone is wearing a swimsuit, posing in a photo that does not contain graphic nudity/vulgarity that elevates it to x-rated content and unacceptable on social network acceptable use policies, a legal age person drinking a glass of wine or alcoholic beverages, dressing in a costume, swearing outside the workplace, or other normal aspects of human life across the boundary that separates work from the other life categories as shared on our social networks. They are instead crossing the line we hold sacred for our freedoms as American people, and we demand to put a stop to it!

Another part of this must be addressed, a most disturbing phenomenon, and a hypocritical issue at best. Our leaders and employers are themselves by nature of authority exempt from this in most instances, while the people are prosecuted. We have had senators, presidents, religious leaders, celebrities, politicians and many of higher statuses step down or face impeachment because of unacceptable conduct in office, or participation in the categories we discussed earlier, such as pedophilia, sex with minors, prostitution, drug selling, murder, felonies, terrorism, and other corruptive acts, yet never, or on a normal basis, do we see employers and others in higher positions being subjected to this invasion of privacy, this boundary violation, this complete dismissal of our rights to keep our private lives private, for our families and friends on social networks and other places that are extensions of our lives across that line via the internet from the workplace. We do not ask our boss for his password or user name, we do not monitor and discriminate who our employers are based on their private lives as individuals before sending resumes and approaching interviews, we do not review their off workplace photos and conversations, or spy on their social network activities as a majority when searching for a job or holding one, yet this criteria exists for us.

Instead, it is legal act in our country, it is tolerated, and it is the difference maker in something that was never the difference maker in the past for such positions in history. We have experienced discrimination in the past, in other forms, but we now have a new vulnerability that has shaped out of an online internet community, one that has been exploited to the detrimental experiences of people everywhere. Online is a territory that needs protection for our safety and rights, because we are very vulnerable to this abuse and invasion from our employers, from those that abuse their rights to check and ensure the character or identity of their employees, and it is happening, with every second that ticks on the social networks sites and inherent activities. Like rape victims who are blamed for wearing short skirts, we are blamed for being on the internet despite the corruption of those acting against the social networks intended purposes, the right to share with our friends and families and extend our identity further, to experience another dimension that was not granted in the past, and a technology that has improved our lives in other instances for the better. This recent corruption is not only unfair, but unjust, and unequal. This is not America's choice, and we as a people ask you to change this corruption. We demand it now. We demand our rights, and we will not stop demanding and fighting for the values people fought so hard for this country to protect, in a battle from within, of extremist policies, of work discrimination and invasion of our privacy as employees and individuals, equal across all positions, in all places unless we are doing our jobs, whether online or off, whether as employer or employee, independents, and all others who are members, and citizens of a free country.

THIS PETITION ASKS CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT, AND ALL OTHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR UPHOLDING OUR FREEDOM AND PRIVACY, LIFE AND LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AS AMERICAN CITIZENS, TO STOP THESE CORRUPTIONS AND RESTORE OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY, TO MAKE EMPLOYER SOCIAL MEDIA INTRUSION/ABUSE OF TECHNOLOGY/AND FIRING/SUSPENSION/PENALTIES AT WORK FOR INFORMATION/PHOTOS/VIDEOS/ETC THAT DON'T FALL INTO THE CATEGORIES OF PEDOPHILIA, DRUG SELLING, SEX WITH OR INNAPROPRIATE SEXUAL INITIATIONS WITH A MINOR OR PERVERTED INTERACTIONS OF COMMUNICATION WITH THOSE UNDERAGE, MURDER, TERRORISM, OR OTHER ILLEGAL/OBSCENE ACTS THAT VIOLATE THE SOCIAL NETWORKS POLICIES THEMSELVES, AND TO PROTECT US FROM THIS INEQUALITY, DISCRIMINATION THAT INFRINGES ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
WE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM CONTINUING TO BE LEGALLY OPPRESSED FROM HAVING PRIVACY AND FREEDOM BY HAVING INVISIBLE CYBER BARS ON US, TO BE OURSELVES AND CONTINUE TO LIVE OUR OWN LIVES, WHEREVER WE MAY CHOOSE TO LIVE AND SHARE THEM, WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF ETHICS AND THE LAW, IN OUR OWN LIVES, OUTSIDE OF WORK.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, FORMER LAND OF THE FREE, FORMER REFUGE FROM PERSECUTION, AND FORMER PLACE WHERE AMERICANS COULD LIVE FREELY IN PRIVACY, WITH LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. LET'S GET IT BACK.

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Sincerely,