mitchell at szcz.org
Mon Dec 17 09:15:28 PST 2007
You're not alone on this issue. I've spent the past five years working
on FCC matters pertaining to media concentration. You can see most of
my exploits on the Chicago Media Action website:
At this point, I would encourage you to do two things: One, contact
folks who can contact their representatives in Congress. The more
people who can chime in (especially to the House), the better. There's
an easy-to-use form on the stopbigmedia.com website:
And two, spread the word as much as you can. Indymedia has been a great
resource for doing so, and has been very receptive to this issue when
damned few news outlets were, or are. You can also organize an
impromptu holiday singalong, as we did in Chicago two weeks back. More
info, including songbooks with media-themed Christmas carols, are on the
Chicago Media Action website.
I will say this as well: We've been here before, and have won before,
under far worse circumstances. In 2003, then-FCC-chair Michael Powell
approved a far-more-sweeping revision of the media ownership rules, but
an unprecedented outcry fueled an emergency court order which blocked
the rules, leading to a lawsuit which overturned them and forced the FCC
to do over.
The more people know about this and speak out, the better our chances.
The work you'll do today will help fuel the future victories yet to come.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
Sandra R Mackie wrote:
> I am in a panic about FCC rule changes that apparently are coming
> despite public outcry. I attended and spoke out at the public hearing
> that was held in Harrisburg. I have written to my members of Congress
> and several times to the members of FCC. Over the weekend (after Bill
> Moyers' excellent program) I wrote a scathing letter to Kevin J
> Martin. I am wondering who else I could write to or call before the
> damage is done tomorrow, Dec 18.
> I am well aware of the long arms of the Bush/ Cheney neo-con influence
> in this matter. I see that Mr Martin is just another low
> level soldier in this war against our democracy. I'm sure he will be
> well rewarded and promoted for his willingness to take the heat for
> the sake of the greater vision of this group. He cannot possibly be
> ignorant of the desire of the public yet he pushes forward, without
> even a blink of the eye.
> Still, I hold out hope that there is always some way to combat such
> corruption and apathy toward the well being of the masses for the sake
> of the elite.
> In God's amazing grace,
> Rev Sandra R Mackie, ELCA
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> Gettysburg, PA 17325-2431
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