[A2k] Open Letter to President Rousseff Now Online - Undersign and Spread the link

Silke Helfrich Silke.Helfrich at gmx.de
Fri Feb 18 02:10:15 PST 2011


Online Petition for Signature
http://www.petitiononline.com/CSGFeb11/petition.html


Dear all,

The international open letter to President Dilma Rousseff initially
signed 
by international organizations, academics and activists in support of
the 
work of the Brazilian society and government for the cultural commons is
now online. 
Please support this initiative with your signature! 
The open letter was highly welcomed at the World Social Forum in Dakar
by 
Brazilian Organizations who know that international pressure can make a
big difference.

The International Open Letter follows an Open Letter by the Brazilian
civil society in December expressing concern that Rousseff’s appointment
of Ana de Hollanda as new Minister of Culture might lead to a reversal
of the progressive policies of under the Ministers Gilberto Gil and Juca
Ferreira.

The letter points out a range of achievements by the previous Ministry
of Culture (MinC), including the support for free software, the
Development Agenda at WIPO, an open inclusive dialogue in society about
culture policies, the adoption of free licenses and the copyright bill.
For some background on the issues see here.

The letter, an initiative of Commons Strategies Group with the help of
some friends, was presented to a considerable number of international
media and communication networks at the World Social Forum and will be
released to international media by Monday, February 21. 

The more people join us before the international media release, the
better! 


Many thanks in advance for your support 

Silke Helfrich
Commons Strategies Group








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