May 31, three key committees in the European Parliament will vote on ACTA. As of this writing, that is tomorrow – by the time you read this, it is less than 24 hours away.
The committees voting on ACTA tomorrow are ITRE (the committee for Industry and some more), LIBE (the committee for Civil Liberties) and JURI (the committee for Legal Affairs). These are three heavyweight committees that will give their input to the INTA committee (International Trade), which gives the final recommendation to the European Parliament as a whole for a vote later this summer. (Schedule here.)
The three committees have voted, and they all voted to reject ACTA, three out of three. Victory!
It is time to make our voices heard – and it really does work.
La Quadrature du Net has a summary of what all the different recommendations and amendments mean, but it takes some time to get into.
Instead, I suggest that all of us send three mails, one to each committee. I have drafted the following format (adapt and rewrite to match your writing style as you like):
TITLE: Please reject the ACTA agreement [or something similar in your words]
Dear MEP on the [insert committee name here] committee,
As a citizen of [Europe/the world], I am gravely concerned about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, on which your committee will vote May 31.
This agreement, which has legislative effects but has been negotiated with corporate stakeholders outside of democratic transparency and accountability, appears to have severe curtailing effects on free speech online, as well as preventing the European Parliament and the parliaments of Member States from making very necessary future adjustments to key IPR concepts as we transition further into a digitally-framed economy.
Accordingly, I urge you to vote along lines that withhold the European Parliament’s consent to the ACTA agreement.
[your country, if in the European Union]
I have set up three distribution lists to make it easier for you to contact the Members of European Parliament on the respective committees in this urgent matter. They are email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.
Please act. It takes but a minute.
ITRE votes at 10:00 Brussels time tomorrow, LIBE at 12:00, and JURI at 10:30. That’s how long we have to let them hear from us.
UPDATE 2: If you want to look up a subset of MEPs, like the Czech ones (as suggested in the comments), here’s the lookup tool I used to generate the mailing lists, run through Google Translate. It can not only filter by committee, but also by nationality of MEPs.
UPDATE 3: The voting is completed, and we won. (That also means it’s no longer fruitful to send mails as per this article.)