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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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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Policing Twitter: arrest of G-20 protester shows double standard

During last month's G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, police in riot gear openly clashed with protesters on the city's streets. Protesters were arrested for offenses one can expect at a large demonstration – lobbing rocks at police cruisers, failing to comply with orders to disperse and the like. Yet one of the most highly publicized arrest made during these protests was not due to activities on the streets, but on the web.

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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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Broadband views separate Seattle Mayoral candidates

Seattle Mayoral hopefuls Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan concur on many progressive issues; their highest-profile disagreement being whether to replace the aging Aurora viaduct with a tunnel or with a combination of surface streets and transit upgrades.

However, during a labor-sponsored political debate last week, Seattle's broadband future emerged as another dividing line, with Mallahan downplaying the idea of public investment in a citywide broadband network extending affordable, high-speed connectivity to low-income neighborhoods, as McGinn has proposed. As reported in the Seattle Post-Globe, Mallahan instead suggested that poor people can use the internet in libraries.

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RTM and WashPIRG release broadband white paper in Seattle

On One Web Day (Sept. 22), Reclaim the Media and WashPIRG jointly released the Media and Democracy Coalition's white paper A Public Interest Internet Agenda in Seattle. The document, collaboratively produced through the efforts of more than a dozen regional and national public interest groups across the country, makes recommendations for the National Broadband Strategy which the FCC will be creating over the next few months. Joining us on One Web Day were Seattle's Community Technology Program Manager David Keyes and Mark Okazaki, director of the innovative social service agency Neighborhood House, whose services to immmigrant families and young people include a robust Community Technology Center program.

From the press release:

"The US has fallen behind in universal Internet access, in affordability and in speed, thanks to years of hands-off public policy," said Reclaim the Media executive director Jonathan Lawson. "We need a concerted national effort to get back on track, and policymakers specifically need to hear from the unserved and underserved sectors of our community, not just the telecommunications carriers who have let us fall so far behind. The community-generated recommendations in this report bring balance back to the discussion."

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One Web Day Seattle: digital justice and the power of free

Tuesday, Sept 22nd is One Web Day, a global celebration of life online. Seattle Net Tuesday, in partnership with Knowledge As Power and Reclaim the Media, is making the day all about Free!

Join us a at Capitol Hill's Sole Repair Shop (1101 E Pike Street). Doors at 6pm, short program at 7pm followed by nonprofit technology networking and conversation. Cash bar.

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Broadband Stimulus Watch: Application rate for round 1 (rural) broadband stimulus is high

With submissions for the first round of broadband stimulus funds underway, the high rate of submissions is proof that demand for broadband access is heavy.

From the Business first of Columbia:

Nearly 2,200 state and local governments, businesses, nonprofit groups and other entities submitted applications for $28 billion in loans and grants for projects that would expand broadband access. That’s seven times the amount of funding available through this round.

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Expand Low-power FM in 2009!

Now is the time to expand Low Power FM radio! Once again, Congress is taking up the Local Community Radio Act, which would dramatically increase community access to the public airwaves by allowing for thousands more low-power noncommercial radio stations to pop up across the country.

People across the country have been waiting patiently for Congress to take action to expand LPFM. This could be the year that it happens! Read more on how you can help support Local Community Radio.

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