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Petitions Filed at FCC to Free Community Broadband
by Chris MitchellMuni Networks/Institite for Local Self-Reliance
July 28th, 2014
Two municipal broadband projects in North Carolina have filed petitions with the FCC to lift local restrictions on expanding their services.

Media Alliance Filing - Net Neutrality
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
July 17th, 2014
Here's our individual filing in the FCC Net Neutrality proceeding. MA is also signed onto several larger group filings.

Is Net Neutrality on the Ropes?
by Gautham NageshWall Street Journal Online
April 23rd, 2014
A 4-23 article in the Wall Street Journal announces FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposal to allow ISP's to give preferential treatment to some content providers.

Hold Big Media Accountable


30 Groups Object To Chevron Humanitarian Nomination
EarthRights International and Amazon Watch
Update 12/9 Chevron did not win. Coke did.

Proposed FCC Expansion of Curbs on Prison Phone Call Charges
National Coalition on Prison Phone Justice
November 27th, 2014
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission proposed several additional new regulations to protect the families of incarcerated people from the predatory prison telephone industry.

New WAM Initiative on Gender Harassment on Twitter
November 22nd, 2014
Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) has a collaboration with Twitter, aiming to cut down on the harassment of women on the popular social media platform.vWAM! is running a pilot project to support all Twitter users experiencingvharassment and abuse on the platform due to their gender. Users are invited to use thisvsimple form to report it : https://womenactionmedia.wufoo.com/forms/wamtwitterharassmentreportingtool/. WAM! will escalate validated reports to Twitter and track Twitter’s responses to different kinds of gendered harassment. At the end of the pilot test period, WAM! will analyzethe data collected and use it to work with Twitter to better understand how gendered harassment functions on their platform, and to improve their responses to it.

Media Ownership


CA Public Utilities Commission Buries Net Neutrality Vote
September 25th, 2014
Hours before a scheduled vote to authorize the California Public Utilities Commission to weigh in on the federal network neutrality debate and share the overwhelming opinions of Californians that the Internet should be re-classified as a public utility, the item was suddenly withdrawn from Thursday's meeting agenda for undisclosed reasons.

65 Groups Send Letter Objecting to Comcast-Time Warner Merger
August 25th, 2014
Sixty-five organizations representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy-reform advocates called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to reject the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The FCC is currently reviewing the deal to determine whether it serves the public interest.

CPUC Setting Cable Franchising Rules
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
June 26th, 2014
The CA Public Utilities Commission is Debating Cable Franchising Rules

Press Freedom and Media Workers


Fixing Congressional Oversight of National Security
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
December 17th, 2014
A coalition of 50+ organizations (including Media Alliance) and individuals from across the political spectrum released a letter and white paper with recommendations on how the House of Representatives can start to make improvements. The problems are shocking.

Private Prisons Act of 2014 Introduced
Human Rights Defense Center
December 14th, 2014
U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) reintroduced the Private Prison Information Act (PPIA) in Congress. The bill, HR 5838, requires non-federal correctional and detention facilities that house federal prisoners to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), by making certain records available to the public.

City of Oakland to Consider 1st in Nation Surveillance Ordinance
November 22nd, 2014
Oakland's City Council will consider a sweeping privacy policy and an ordinance requiring informed consent to the acquisition and use of surveillance equipment in early December.

Raising Our Voices


Digital Literacy Curriculum
Curriculum from 2009-2010 Raising Our Voices Workshops

In Memory of My Son
This film was created by Consuelo Sopelario as a part of the 2008 Raising Our Voices Training Program coordinated by Media Alliance and sited at the East Side Arts Alliance in Oakland. Thanks to Eloise Lee, Renee Geesler, Tiny Grey-Garcia, Jess Clarke, R.J Lozada, Dorothy Kidd, Erika Myszynski, Karl Jagbanhandsingh, Taizet Hernandez and many others.

A Socially Responsible DTV Transition
This film was created by students at Centro de Raza's Youth Law Academy in the Spring of 2009 as a part of the 2008-09 Raising Our Voices Training Program coordinated by Media Alliance and sited at the East Side Arts Alliance in Oakland. Thanks to Eloise Lee, Renee Geesler, Tiny Grey-Garcia, Jess Clarke, R.J Lozada, Dorothy Kidd, Erika Myszynski, Karl Jagbanhandsingh, Taizet Hernandez and many others.



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