[sixties-l] Urgent Help for Free Speech TV live Convention Coverage

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    Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 07:26:51 EDT
    From: RozNews@aol.com
    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

    or call:
    Brian Drolet

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