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Casa Latina, RTM and Seattle NOW tell CNN: stop Dobbs' media hate

Today, people across the US are telling CNN that their continued support for Lou Dobbs' on-air racism and misinformation is seriously harming their claim to be America's "most trusted name in news." This week, as CNN launches the 4-part miniseries Latino in America, three national campaigns are calling on CNN to rein in Dobbs' fearmongering harangues: Basta Dobbs, Drop Dobbs and Tell CNN Enough is Enough.

In Seattle, Casa Latina, Reclaim the Media, and the National Organization for Women (Seattle Chapter) have joined BastaDobbs' national call for CNN to stop broadcasting Dobbs' daily attacks on immigrants (Dobbs, meanwhile, is rumored to be considering a move to Fox. If CNN is sincere in their desire to woo Latino viewers, they should enthusiastically hand him his hat.)

Add your voice to the BastaDobbs campaign today!

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Rick Larsen's opposition to net neutrality

Our friend Mike Weisman looks at Congressman Rick Larsen's opposition to Net Neutrality:

It’s a surprise Larsen would sell out to the telco/cableco sock puppets. His district used to have dozens of independent ISPs. Now, there are nearly none, and the nascent high-tech industry that was developing in this beautiful area of Washington State is gone. Larsen’s district suffers from lack of high-speed Internet service; I know because I’ve met with the leaders in the area. Lack of quality Internet has hampered job creation and made it impossible to create or relocate the kind of jobs that would permit young people to remain in the area. And the few success stories (Bellingham’s fiber to the industrial park project, San Juan County’s decision to build it themselves) are public efforts to get around the tail-dragging, dishonest, manipulative telcos. Thanks Rick Larsen, you outed yourself as a telco sock puppet.

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Listen Up! Northwest program 65: Healthcare

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

This week, Listen Up! Northwest takes a timely look at healthcare. In Salem, Oregon, an unlikely group of Northwest residents share their thoughts on healthcare coverage. (Clayton Morgareidge and Ivan Welty, Old Mole Variety Hour KBOO, Portland) Gender discrimination is often found in health insurance programs. Hear how women and transgender people struggle with the healthcare system (Laura Calvo and Jacob Anderson Minshall, Gender Blender KBOO, Portland) A look at why Canadians need to pay attention to healthcare reform in the United States (Redeye Cooperative Radio, CFRO, Vancouver) In the age of high tech, Eva Castellanos, a curandero in Nyssa, Oregon, uses massage, herbs, and prayer to help those who seek her healing. (Hal Cannon, Western Folklife Center)

Music by DJ B-Girl, Daniel Anderson, WD4D and Aaron English.

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Media Shoutout: Up with community radio, down with media mad haters

The Media Shoutout is a new periodical update on recent Reclaim the Media projects, including our Mad Haters protest against Glenn Beck's hate speech, and an exciting milestone in our campaign to expand LPFM community radio.

It's also an opportunity to ask our readers to please consider becoming a supporting member of Reclaim the Media, if you're not already. Our traditional sources of funding have been hit hard this year, and we are in great need of support from individuals like you. Can you afford to become one of our "100 Friends" by contributing $10-$25 a month or more?

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Listen Up! Northwest program 64: the Slave Next Door

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

This week, Listen Up! Northwest presents an interview with Kevin Bales of Free the Slaves, co-author of the Pulitzer prize-nominated book The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking in America Today. (Linda Olson Osterlund, A Deeper Look, KBOO Portland).

Music by DJ B-Girl.

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

House panel approves Community Radio bill

Oct 15 UPDATE: The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Local Community Radio Act on a voice vote; the bill is headed to the House floor. On Oct. 7, the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet has voted 15-1 to approve the bipartisan Local Community Radio Act. Now the bill heads to a full committee vote. The long-awaited bill (see our op-ed from last fall) would finally allow the nationwide expansion of noncommercial, community-based Low Power FM (LPFM) stations, run by community groups, schools and religious organizations. Read more for Prometheus Radio Project/RTM statement.

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Listen Up! Northwest program 63: The Hmong and the Secret War

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

This week, we hear the experiences of Hmong veterans who fought in the CIA's Secret War in Laos, and how the Hmong people arrived in the Pacific Northwest. (Joaquin Uy, Voices of Diversity, KBCS Seattle).

Music by DJ B-Girl and Outback.

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.










Digital discrimination: why Seattle needs citywide fiber broadband

Over at PubliCola, tech writer Glenn Fleishman is on a roll. An interview with Seattle's Chief Information Officer Bill Schrier elaborates the economic case for why Seattle needs a robust fiber broadband network. In a followup article, Fleishman critiques the very real digital discrimination that persists between the Central District/Beacon Hill cable franchise area and the rest of the city. Improving affordable digital access in these neighborhoods has been a central concern of Reclaim the Media's Seattle Digital Justice Campaign.

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Fairbanks Open Radio seeks labor-of-love assistance

Up in Fairbanks, the applicants for a new full-power community radio license anticipate they'll soon get the goahead from the FCC; and will need some help getting off the ground. Here's their announcement seeking a stipended station coordinator...

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Listen Up! Northwest program 62: Wolves

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

This week, nature writer Richard Nelson takes us to Denali National Park to observe gray wolves at the foot of Mount McKinley. (Lisa Bush, Encounters North, KCAW Sitka).

Music by DJ B-Girl and Outback.

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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