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California legislature is currently considering a bill that would stop the Public Utilities Commission from regulating internet service providers. With the internet becoming a basic necessity in our ability to navigate our everyday lives, this bill would leave our communities without any consumer protections and in the hands of corporations.
By Betty Yu. This past weekend in New York City, activists and organizers came together to celebrate thirty years of Paper Tiger Television (PPTV). They were one of the nation’s first radical and independent media collectives started back in 1981. Founded on the fundamental principles of media activism and social justice, Paper Tiger Television’s guerilla making style and groundbreaking videos inspired generations of independent media makers.
Check out some blogs from yesterday’s historic online action to protect internet freedom. SOPA and PIPA are part of a larger agenda for communication and media rights to end poverty and racism. Join the movement, and as always click the like button above if you feel me!
I know there is a lot to unpack here. Let me just say for the sake of a short blog post that 512 years of occupation should encourage us to weigh in on ANY laws that impact the knowledge, creativity, unique world views and ways of being that reside in our communities. We should be especially vigilant about any laws that could limit our ability to transmit this information—through any medium–between and among ourselves and to future generations through specific cultural channels and designated community knowledge holders.
The Internet isn’t freedom, but it’s promise is a path to freedom for black communities- and both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), threaten that promise. That’s why the Center for Media Justice faded to black yesterday- to protest censorship of black voices, brown voices, and the voice of innovation in this country.
Grassroots Leaders Discuss What the Passage of the Local Community Radio Act Could Mean for Social Justice Movements
“Historically and even today, radio is still a vital vehicle for our social justice movements, particularly in low-income, immigrant and communities of color,” said Betty Yu. “It’s still an extremely accessible medium for communities in the U.S. and abroad, it’s one of the most culturally and politically relevant outlets for many of us.”
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced plans to make some major changes to the Lifeline low-income telecommunications connectivity program. The Chairman’s plan to modernize Lifeline to include broadband is an important first step toward achieving this goal, but we fear it does not address the immediate needs of thousands of people across the country who cannot search for employment, fully participate in their education, apply for social services and meet their healthcare needs.
“I don’t say ‘net neutrality,’ that bores me, too. But when I tell people their ability to communicate and connect is threatened, they care about that,” Malkia Cyril talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about systemic reform in media justice.
amalia deloney, Media Policy Field Director stated, “Since AT&T first announced its intent to takeover T-Mobile, CMJ has continuously raised concerns about what role a duopoly would mean for those who rely on access to mobile broadband to find employment, access healthcare, advance their education and organize for social and economic justice.”
Jamilah King, News Editor at Colorlines, drops a new article which takes a compelling and thorough look at the $190 billion dollar telecom industry and why people of color and poor communities need to take up the fight for Internet freedom.
New America Foundation Panel: The Open Internet Goes to Court (featuring National Organizer Steven Renderos as one of the panelists)