Dean, a Los Angeles anti-torture and anti-war student organizer became
educated and influenced by other activists (Progressive Democrats of Los
Angeles, LA National Impeachment Center (LANIC), World Can't Wait,
Santa Monica Greens, Iraq Veterans Against the War and the Ron Paul
Presidential Campaign of 2008) and documentary films circulated abroad
in 2006-2007 (9-11 Truth, Venus Project).
October of 2007, after absorbing enough about the current trajectory of
corporate and governed data surveillance, she became a media activist. She circulated articles and speaking out against US national identity
programs. She, like many, discovered there was very little information
online available about government actions. According to Project
Censored, Real ID and other associated national ID initiatives have
been censored in the US.
January 2008, she took initiative to organize, inform and to push back
against data surveillance abuse in the United States. She decided to
start her blog, BeatTheChip.org.
BEAT THE CHIP
is a blog acting as an ongoing library of analysis and public input for
those opposed to the Real ID Act, identity & data surveillance.
What started out as a way to simply attack RFID technology mandates,
quickly exhumed more troubling government plans to build an entire US
citizen data surveillance infrastructure. Based on current events, it
later expanded its coverage to include opposition to existing statutes
and practices which violate the Bill of Rights and domestic surveillance
DHS acquiesced to States resistance to regulations in March of
2008, plans were made to organize locally and nationally to sustain
public resistance to an emerging national identity system for data
surveillance. The 5-11 Campaign was launched in Austin, Texas on May
THE 5-11 CAMPAIGN
bulk of anti Real ID (legal) advocacy work in the first chapter went
directly into the State of Texasduring the 2009 session. Texas
shares the largest border with Mexico of all 50 States making it one of
the most important states for Immigration and Homeland Security
was achieved was achieved with frequent legislative visits to the
Austin Capitol, casual coalition building, routine organizing meetings
and some speaking at public events. Anti-national ID legislative aims
were supplemented with support for 10th Amendment bills rejecting
federal bailout stimulus. She also coalitioned with area grassroots
groups to fight Voter ID mandates, DNA data retention of infants and the
mentally ill and involuntary blood draws by the Austin Police
largest impact made on Texas was stopping HB 4036, the Real ID of
Texas, staving off attempts to hitch Real ID to Voter ID and promoting
the sponsorship of an anti-Real ID resolution, authored by Rep. Carl
Isset in 2009.
outreach expanded during this time to include a weekly radio program to
give legislative news about bills affecting civil liberty called Waking
Up Orwell. Further, broadcast analysis was traded on conservative LPFMs
with an online following.
Texas campaign concluded it's work shortly after the session's end in
June 2009. This was to answer the evolution of the PASS Act and other
federal developments with the Real ID Act in Washington. At that time,
key coalition introductions were made and aims to seek a repeal was
initiated and model legislation was circulated. The Campaign was publicly retired May
11th, 2010 to strike out in a pragmatic direction developing a
non-profit agency for fundraising purposes from the San Francisco Bay
5-11 Campaign makes reappearances to deliver input on various public
interest forums: UN Human Rights stakeholder meetings, San Francisco
City Hall ID card proposals, the National Strategy for Trusted
Identities in Cyberspace or NSTIC proposal, a California bill to submit
drivers license applicants to selective service in the US military,
numerous national sign-on letters from advocates against privacy and
identity threats, and ongoing action alerts about electronic
of the continued aims of the 5-11 Campaign is to reinforce sponsorship
of a bill to repeal and defund the federal Real ID Act. To date,
actions and intent to resist of the Real ID Act continue.
However, the fate of the 5-11 Campaign itself is unknown.