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10 Delegates + YOU

donation buttonNo family should have to choose between Internet access and putting food on the table.

From homework assignments to job applications to staying connected to loved ones, most people can’t get through their day without the Internet.

But low-income families who can’t afford expensive Internet bills are being left behind.

That’s why I’m excited to share that, tomorrow, MAG-Net is putting pressure on DC lawmakers to make Internet access more affordable. Right now, Lifeline – a government program that helps low-income families afford telephone service – is outdated. We need to update Lifeline to include affordable Internet.

But if we don’t convince lawmakers to update Lifeline before they vote in March, millions of families will continue to suffer without essential Internet service. Will you pitch in $5 to put pressure on DC lawmakers?

Yes – I’ll pitch in $5 to help cover travel costs to DC and connect low-income families to the Internet.

It’s the most vulnerable families – low-income families, families of color, and rural families – that have the hardest time staying connected online. By making the Internet affordable for everyone, you can help these families access the opportunities the Internet provides, like job postings and online college courses.

On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016,  MAG-Net is teaming up with the National Hispanic Media Coalition to bring together myself and a team of 9 seniors, students, rural residents, and current Lifeline subscribers in DC. We will meet with policymakers to share how updating the Lifeline program will help fight economic inequality. This is our big opportunity to share solutions with the people in power and convince them to update Lifeline before they vote in March.

But some lawmakers want to keep Lifeline just the way it is: outdated. And we know an outdated Lifeline program means millions of families will be left without this vital service.

We can’t win this battle without your support. Will you chip in $5 to help us travel to DC to expand Internet access?

Yes – I’ll donate $5 to help expand affordable Internet access. Because everyone deserves to be connected.

In solidarity,

Steven Renderos, Senior Campaign Manager


About the Author

Steven Renderos is the Senior Campaign Manager at the Center for Media Justice. He is passionate about the role of media and communications in building movements for social change. He's been a community organizer for the past 10 years leading campaigns for affordable housing, immigrant rights and most recently media policy fights. He helped lead CMJ's advocacy and organizing efforts including the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, a national campaign fighting to lower the high costs of prison phone calls. Previously, Steven led the Media Justice program at Main Street Project in Minneapolis, MN where he helped jumpstart a local collaborative that will be applied for a radio license in the fall 2013. Steven aka DJ Ren is also the co-founder of Radio Pocho, a collaborative of [email protected] radio DJs in Minneapolis who's mission is to explore the musical roots of [email protected] raised in the United States. Steven currently resides in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA.

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