We have been contemplating next year's work after this month's presidential election -- taking seriously our obligation to find the common humanity in all people and, at the same time, to raise loudly our prophetic voice for justice.
In communications policy here in Washington, we do not know what will occur next year: we are still learning about the people President-elect Trump will appoint to help him run his administration. But we have identified three serious threats:
- Media concentration. The Federal Communications Commission or Congress could permit a single company to own multiple local TV and radio stations as well as the local daily newspaper in a big cities and small towns across the country.
- Net neutrality for an open internet. Our Faithful Internet campaign demonstrated that all people and organizations in the U.S. rely on the Internet to build networks, organize and raise much-needed funds. These rules could be rolled back by the new Congress or simply not enforced at the FCC, meaning slow lanes for those who cannot afford to pay.
- Prison phone rates. Because the rules stopping predatory rates are under legal attack by the prison phone companies, they could be vulnerable to changes by a new FCC leadership.
You can help! Take these three steps now over the Thanksgiving Holiday:
1. Make recurring contributions to organizations led by people of color fighting for media justice and accountability. In the media justice space, we recommend: The National Hispanic Media Coalition, ColorofChange.org, and Center for Media Justice.
2. Engage in civil conversations online and over the holiday. Can you post in a way that opens hearts and minds, listens to others, and also stands up for what you believe is just?
3. Support our work in Washington with a recurring donation to OC Inc. At this time, we need your support more than ever.
Cheryl A. Leanza