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Rev. Traci Blackmon

Rev. Traci Blackmon to be 2016 Parker Lecture on October 13, 2016

The Rev. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries, will deliver the 34rd annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture. The event, organized by the UCC’s media justice ministry, the Office of Communication, Inc., will be held at 8 a.m. EST on Thursday October 13 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.  Blackmon assumed her current position with the UCC’s national setting on January 1, 2016. Later that month, President Barack Obama appointed her to his 15-member Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Blackmon came to national attention in the fall of 2014 as part of the pastoral presence in Ferguson, Mo., working to quell months of civil unrest following the fatal police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in August of that year.  Read more.

UCC OC Inc. Celebrates Low-Income Broadband Subsidies
On March 31, the Federal Communications Commission voted to modernize the Lifeline to provide a subsidy for low-income consumers to obtain broadband Internet access. The vote to modernize Lifeline and to provide the first nationwide subsidy for low-income household access to broadband service will make a huge difference in the lives of tens of millions of families. The Internet is the tool that unlocks the doors to information, jobs, education--and for too many low income people that door has remained locked. The Internet has been out of reach, glimpsed from afar courtesy of kind neighbors, 30 minute slots at the library, or by kids huddling outside school to catch a wi-fi signal to do their homework. Millions of households are waiting to unlock the door to economic equity and opportunity. This vote was a critical step toward that open door. Read more.

Prison Phone Rules Partially Here and Partially Delayed - Consumer Guide Updated
Last fall the FCC issued a new ruling to bring down the cost of local calls to and from prisons, jails and other correctional facilities.  Unfortunately, the prison phone companies sued to block the new ruling and a court has temporarily prevented some of the new rulings from going into effect.  Nevertheless, much of the new rules are in place.  UCC OC Inc. has issued a guide to make clear which rules apply and which ones do not.  Read more.

Start Planning for the Just Peace Media Violence Fast in September
Next year's violent media fast will be Sept 15-21, 2016.  www.media-fast.org


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