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OC Inc. at the UCC’s General Synod 29

Leaders of the United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc. (OC Inc.) traveled to Long Beach, California, at the end of June to participate in the denomination’s 29th biennial General Synod.  OC Inc. Board members Earl Williams and Sara Fitzgerald and Cheryl Leanza, OC Inc.’s public policy adviser, led a workshop entitled “The UCC and Media Justice: The Next 100 Years,” in which they celebrated the legacy of OC Inc.’s founder, Everett C. Parker, in this, the centennial of his birth, and educated church leaders from around the country about OC Inc.’s advocacy work and how they can engage on current media reform issues.   Read a copy of the presentation and handouts from the workshop.  More information about General Synod 29 is available from the UCC's web site.

Social Justice Radio: One-time Chance October 2013

The Federal Communications Commission has set October 15-29, 2013, as the window for filing applications for organizations that want low-power FM radio stations.  If you are tired of radio that ignores social justice, take action now! In conjunction with Faith in Public Life and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, OC Inc. sponsored a webinar in May to help faith organizations understand the low-power radio license opportunity.  We’ve also created a listserv to help interested faith communities support each other and get questions addressed by persons who have previously been through the process. Sign up for the listserv and review the webinar.

Media Violence Fast September 15-21, Prayers for Peace

Start making plans to participate in a “fast” from media violence, scheduled for September 15-21, 2013, in conjunction with International Prayers for Peace Day on September 21. This provides an excellent way for individuals, congregations, youth groups and others to reflect on the pervasiveness of violence in our media and its negative effects on children and teens, and society in general. More details and resources will be available as that week approaches, but mark your calendars now!

UCC Fights Merger, Emphasizes Research Supporting Diversity

UCC OC Inc. made several filings last week addressing the continuing problems of media concentration.  UCC OC Inc. sought to stop Gannett Company, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, from expanding its hold in five media markets by buying a TV company called Belo Corp.  The filing was supported by UCC members who wrote explanations of how they would be harmed by the merger.  In addition to the merger filing, UCC OC Inc. led a coalition of civil rights groups that offered suggestions for an FCC-proposed study that could provide data supporting new proposals to promote diversity in the new technological era, and offered analysis demonstrating why another study purporting to justify media consolidation was deeply flawed.

Plan on Attending the 2013 Parker Lecture on October 1

Now’s the time to purchase your tickets for the 2013 Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Breakfast, which will be held at 8 a.m. October 1 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC. Hilary O. Shelton of the Washington office of the NAACP will deliver the 31st annual lecture. It will also recognize Albert Kramer, founder of Citizens Communications Center, and Malkia Amala Cyril, founder of the Center for Media Justice. Purchase tickets or get more information about the Lecture online.  Thank you to our sponsors, featured on the Parker Lecture page: Google, Comcast, Nielsen and Time Warner Cable and other contributors that make the Parker Lecture possible.


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