December 10, 2013 - 9:57pm
Public/Community Access/ PEG TV NEWS
Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced a bill, the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act
Baldwin Markey Introduce Bill To Protect PEG Channels
Law Would Require MSOs to Continue Funding Channels, Make Them as Accessible as Other Networks
By: Mike Reynolds Dec 10 2013 - 02:26pm
Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced a bill, the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, that would bolster public educational and government access channel as "budgets tighten" and delivery models change.
Markey and Baldwin argue the channels are necessary to preserve diverse voices in a time of media consolidation. The bill is also a way to address state video franchising laws that have "devastated" PEG funding. They point out that in six states, including Baldwin's home state, all funding for PEG channels has been cut. The FCC also rule in 2007, under then chairman Kevin Martin, that PEG fees could only be used for equipment and facilities, not operating expenses.
The CAP Act would amend the Cable Act of 1992 to say that those franchise fees can be used for any purpose, including salaries. It also "...
December 10, 2013 - 3:46pm
Media Killed the Public Access Television Star?
Public access television began as a dream and a struggle of community activists. They saw in cable a new platform for alternative voices—a counterbalance to the gridlocked political commentary that dominated commercial news channels. And for many, public access TV became an effective way to engage local constituents and spur discussion. Gearing up for his 1996 bid for the Illinois Senate, a young Barack Obama shared his political journey in his first televised interview on a government-access cable program—Connie Martinson Talks Books. But today, mainstream media—from Fox News to MSNBC—has subverted community cable. And its advocates are sounding the alarm.
“In this democracy, we should have the ability to use our airwaves—it’s basic,” said Tonya Gonzalez, Vice President of Public Affairs for DCTV, in a recent conversation at New America about how cable and telephone industry lobbying has undercut Public, Educational and Governmental Access Channels, or, “PEG Channels.” Mark Lloyd, moderator and Director of New America Foundation’s Media Policy Initiative, kicked off the discussion with a key question: How is PEG...
December 6, 2013 - 4:44am
With Allah's Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
The Mosque Cares
Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
It is with heavy hearts that we send condolences and messages of love and support to the Mandela family.
Nelson Mandela's influence and excellent leadership have led to great things for South Africa and all of humanity; we have all benefited from his promotion of peace and reconciliation.
President Barack Obama said, "We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice."
May G-d/ Allah have mercy on him and grant him Paradise.
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Mr. Hasson J. Rashid producer and host of CCTV's The History, Community Life, and Diversities of Muslim Americans in News England, the "Human Service News and Information" weekly CCTV program.
December 6, 2013 - 4:20am
Writing a book is therapeutic
Eric Donald Hackley | December 4, 2013
I decided to write a book after I was Kicked off Fort Wayne Public Access Television after 30 years of Hosting and Producing Cable TV Talk-Shows. The 1st thing I want to say about Fort Wayne Public Access TV Manager Norman is, he’s one helluva nice guy. Low keyed, stoic, and will listen calmly and extremely patiently to what you have to say or discuss. He’s a good manager although, perhaps his company policies that he’s chocking me with may reap with just a pinch of Historic White Supremacy and Jim Crow. I had believed that we were partners together in cable Television, to enlighten the world of ethnic people in Fort Wayne. I thought that sharing my goals and objectives would be intelligent, as I viewed him as an ally in pursuit of my and his Public Access TV destiny. Therefore, I with full clarity of mind, henceforth nominate myself retroactively, “HOUSE Nigger” of the Year 2011. I confidently thought we were a team until I was kicked off the air after doing a Live Call-In Talk-show with Kevin Muhammad.
Norman, like I said is a heckuva nice guy. When he finally wrote me the letter that for months I asked him to...
December 6, 2013 - 3:30am
By Douglas Kellner (http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/)
A community will evolve only when a people control their own communications.- Frantz Fanon
Genuine democracy requires the participation of individuals in matters of concern to their common social and political life. During an era in which mass media of communication arbitrate political and social reality and wield tremendous power over how individuals see the world and live their lives, the democratization of the media becomes an issue of paramount importance. Democratic media require media that further democracy and that allow individuals access to their fellow citizens. Genuine democracy requires individuals who, minimally, are informed concerning the political issues and processes in their country, and, maximally, who participate in public debate and decision-making. One could argue that in the United States today, neither of these preconditions are met and that the U.S. is thus suffering a crisis of democracy (Kellner 1990).
In this article, I shall argue that public access television provides one of the few real existing possibilities for alternative television, and the best possibility for using the broadcast...
December 4, 2013 - 8:32pm
November 22, 2013 - 8:55pm
Check out a few more behind-the-scenes photos in the image gallery below:
Omnipresent civili rights imagery: a picture of the AJ+ newsroom.
Separate from Al JAzeera’s cable channels
A studio in progress: AJ+ is getting ready for a soft launch early next year.
No grid, no anchors
Al Jazeera’s AJ+ is an ambitious attempt to produce news for a generation that doesn’t watch news networks on TV anymore. Here’s a first behind-the-scenes look.
Across from San Francisco’s AT&T Park stadium, a small group of news junkies is working on building a different kind of startup. The first thing you notice when entering their building is the omnipresent imagery of civil rights leaders and pop culture icons from around the world. Nelson Mandela, John Lennon and Aung San Suu Kyi are everywhere, as are promises of defiance and empowerment. But the building, which formerly housed Al Gore’s Current TV, isn’t home to some kind of progressive nonprofit. Instead, it’s the birth place of AJ+, Al Jazeera’s ambitious attempt to produce news for an audience that gets its information from the internet.
Al Jazeera first announced its plans to launch an internet news network at an industry conference...
November 22, 2013 - 5:01pm
November 21, 2013 - 5:14pm
Trayvon Martin forum in Cambridge tackles racial profiling, safety
Photo by Erin Baldassari/Wicked Local Cambridge.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, sat down with Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree for a forum to address racial profiling at St. Paul AME Church in Cambridge Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.
For Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, the worst moment after her son’s death was not the immediate phone call informing her he had been shot and killed. It was seeing him in a casket, looking like he was about to go to prom.
“It was at his home funeral service, seeing him in a white casket with a white suit on looking like an angel,” Fulton said. “It made it just that much more difficult to realize that he wasn’t going to be going to the prom. He wasn’t going to be graduating. He wasn’t going to walk through the front door again. It’s the simple things that make me realize death is so final. Death is so final.” A crowd of over 100 people tackled questions about racial profiling, safety and liberty at a community forum with Fulton and her lawyer, Daryl Parks of the Parks & Crump Law Firm, moderated by Harvard Law School professor Charles...
November 19, 2013 - 6:57pm
December Women and Words!
Come hear a presentation by Cambridge teens on how to talk with teens about relationships. This should be a fabulous and informative evening. Please share with your networks.
How to Talk with Teens about Relationships: what parents and others should know
Produced and presented by Transition House’s Youth Action Corps
Thursday, December 5, 2013 • 7–8:30 pm
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
Youth Action Corps (YAC) is a team of Cambridge teens
working within the community to promote safe, respectful,
and healthy relationships for everyone.
SOURCE: Shield, Emily ; http://lists.cambridgewomenscommission.org/mailman/options/events; Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org