September 21st is international Prayers for Peace Day, and the UCC's media justice ministry gives individuals and congregations a way to more fully experience a world without violence. Sign up today and commit to forgo media violence between September 15 and 21. What would it be like if the world were truly free from violence?
Parker Lecture and Breakfast Oct. 13, featuring Rev. Traci Blackmon, Dee Davis, and FCC Commissioner Clyburn
Rev. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries, will deliver the 34th Annual Parker Lecture. Rural advocate Dee Davis, president and founder of the Center for Rural Strategies, will receive the Everett C. Parker Award. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will receive the Newton F. Minow Award. Reserve your spot today, and join us in Washington DC on October 13 at 8am. Can't come to Washington? Join us via online live streaming instead.
OC Inc. Policy Advisor Describes Options for Low-Income Broadband Access
Cheryl Leanza, UCC OC Inc.'s policy advisor, participated in the National Consumer Law Center's webinar teaching poverty groups around the country how to help low-income individuals and families to obtain high speed broadband Internet service at lower costs. The webinar was designed, in part, to describe the new benefits that will become available at the end of the year after our joint campaign to modernize the Lifeline program. The webinar and slide presentations are available on NCLC's web site.
Federal Communications Commission's New Media Ownership Order "Waves a White Flag" on Diversity
After two years of consideration and another negative court opinion, the Federal Communications Commission issued an order completing the so-called 2014 Quadrennial Review. UCC OC Inc. worked tirelessly to educate the FCC and to seek protection against media consolidation. In response OC Inc.'s statement said, "The critical issues of race, power, white privilege and justice are at the center for our national conversation; the media’s coverage of the presidential election may well be determinative of the outcome; and the FCC is peering timidly out from the shadows, showing none of the bold leadership that it brought to bear elsewhere in the last two years." Read the rest.
FCC Changes Course in its Effort to Cap Predatory Prison Phone Rates
In August, the FCC unexpectedly took up the question of predatory prison phone rates, revising the decision it made in March. As part of the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, UCC OC Inc. and its allies expressed its disappointment because the new ruling will mean higher caps, but we're are all "hopeful that these caps will not be stayed by the courts, setting the stage for full affirmation of the FCC’s actions to end predatory prison phone rates." Read more.
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