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31st Annual Parker Lecture Honorees with UCC OC Inc. Board members and staff

31st Everett Parker Lecture Recognizes Shelton, Kramer and Cyril

The United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc. (OC Inc.) held the 31st Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture and Awards Ceremony October 1st at First Congregational UCC in Washington. Hilary O. Shelton, senior vice president of advocacy and policy director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau, delivered this year’s lecture. Albert H. Kramer, founder of Citizens’ Communication Center, received this year’s Parker Award, and Malkia Amala Cyril, founder of the Center for Media Justice, received this year’s Donald H. McGannon Award.  We were thrilled that despite the start of the government shutdown, Mignon Clyburn, acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, joined us for the event. Check out our photos, and our video clips on YouTube.

Media Justice Workshop.

UCC, CMJ Explore Media Justice Workshops

Following this year’s Parker Lecture, leaders from the United Church of Christ and the Center for Media Justice met to explore workshop activities around the theme of “Recapturing Our Stories: Active Learning for Media and Racial Justice.”  Participants, including leaders involved with the UCC’s Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (LED) initiative, explored “popular education” techniques for helping people to better understand media justice and its importance to their lives. The United Black Christians organization was also a co-sponsor of the gathering.

OC Inc. Participates at Extravagance UCC Gathering

OC Inc. Policy Director Cheryl Leanza participated  at headquarters in Cleveland in early November to begin building Extravagance UCC, a new online-based congregation to serve the needs of persons who are not able to participate in a UCC church the traditional way.  More information is available at Extravagance's Tumblr feed at www.extravaganceucc.org or by following #envisioneucc on Twitter.  After attending, our policy director posted this blog, inviting Extravagance to join our ministry for online media justice.

Federal Communications Commission Chief Tom Wheeler

Clyburn completes successful term as FCC Chair, UCC OC Inc. Welcomes new FCC Chief Tom Wheeler 

The United Church of Christ, OC Inc., the UCC's media justice advocacy ministry, looks forward to working with Tom Wheeler as he begins his tenure as Chair of the Obama Administration's Federal Communications Commission.  Because of his background in the private sector, UCC OC Inc. believes that Mr. Wheeler possesses a unique opportunity to make strides toward including all people in the vibrant world of media and telecommunications.  Acting Chairwoman Clyburn's successful term positioned Mr. Wheeler well to address many issues of importance to the civil rights and social justice communities.  In particular, her initiation of the Critical Information Needs research protocol, implementing Section 257 of the Communications Act, has put the agency in a position to adequately collect data about the media ecosystem's ability to meet the needs of historically underserved populations for the first time in more than a decade.  

UCC OC Inc.'s Policy Director, Cheryl Leanza, recognized by the Ranbow/PUSH Coalition

Leanza Recognized by Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

The OC Inc. Board of Directors joins in congratulating Policy Director Cheryl Leanza, who was recognized Nov. 14 by the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition as an “inspirational and engaged leader within the corporate, private and public sectors.” The honorees, the organization said, “have a proven track record of embracing selflessness and inspiring others within their industries and communities.” Leanza will be recognized as part of the organization’s annual media and telecommunications symposium in Washington.  Congratulations, Cheryl!

Support OC Inc.’s Media Justice Work in 2014

As 2013 comes to a close, OC Inc. is proud of the work it has been able to accomplish this year. But we could not continue to do it without support from all of you.  Please consider making a gift of any size.  Think of it as a birthday gift for Everett Parker, who will turn 101 in January!


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