Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 07:26:51 EDT
Subject: Urgent Help for Free Speech TV live Convention Coverage
One of the best things that has happened since Newsreel in the Sixties is
Free Speech TV. Can you imagine if Newsreel would have had television
access. Live coverage at the Chicago convention, live coverage of the police
attacking a Black Panther house, or at Days of Rage.
Big news: Free Speech TV has secured one of the new Digital
Broadcast Satellite channels on Dish TV and has a good shot at getting a
channel on Direct TV before mid summer.. The Dish TV channel (9415) is up
and running, but its high impact inauguration will be live, "alternative"
coverage from the Republican and Democratic conventions in Philadelphia
and Los Angeles this summer.
In addition, the coverage will be down linked by Public Access stations
across the country. There is a potential audience of over 10 million homes.
Free Speech can't do it alone. They have to raise $80,000 (or commitments)
by this week to reserve the satellite trucks and uplink time. Free Speech
TV is asking former Newsreel members to collectively come up with $10,000
to help make this happen
The coverage will include a two hour telecast of Pacifica's Democracy
Now with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonsalez from Philly and LA each day and two
hours of live evening coverage from the streets. The evening segments
will be "anchored" in the Independent Media Centers that are being
established in Philly and LA, similar to the IMC's that provided
alternative radio and Internet reporting from Seattle and DC actions
against the World Trade Organization and IMF. (http://www.indymedia.org0
. In Seattle and DC, in addition to the tens of thousands of young people
and scores of organizations, there were dozens of independent, activist
videographers and journalists who broke the corporate media blockade and
helped turn these demonstrations against corporate globalism into events
of world wide significance.
In both LA and Philly radical filmakers are working with community groups
to preproduce some segments, and then be on the
scene for live action stuff.
This is arguably the biggest media development for radical film and
video since the founding of Newsreel. And the amount to make it happen
seems small compared to the impact its going to have. J The fact that
there are all these "non-professional", progressive camera people and
reporters, linked to people in the communities, with the means to go up
on a mainstream outlet will have a big impact.
All contributions to Free Speech TV are tax deductible. Please make checks
payable to Public Communicators Inc, a 501 (c)3 corporation that owns and
operates Free Speech TV. Please be as generous as you can. This is a great
opportunity we do not want to miss.
A budget and descriptive material on the project are available.
Send donations to
Public Communicators Inc.
c/o Free Speech TV
2945 Center Green Court South
Boulder Colorado 80301
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