As many of you know, Public Access Television is under a huge threat. For Oahu, Olelo Community Media will have to shut down its community media centers and suffer a 67% funding cut. The public’s ability to have an alternative voice will be shut down and Hawaii’s corporate media dominated airwaves will prevail. Of course, this may be because we have been so successful in using public access TV to call attention to important issues.

OPPOSE HB 2652 TODAY! – Relating to Public, Educational and Governmental Access Facilities.

The vote is on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 2:15pm. Please check out HB 2652 and then register your opposition to this destructive bill. This will destroy over 20 years of building an effective model for giving the public a voice. Write a letter, make a phone call, say something or in the end we will all lose.

Who to call by 2:00pm, Monday, 2/6/12 and leave a message opposing this:

The hidden agenda here is to silence the public voice as proven by this deceptive committee action.

It is financially irresponsible to force each sector to buy the same broadcasting equipment and resources to air their programming.

Across the country, when Public, Education and Government (PEG) are separated, the public has lost its voice.

LEGISLATIVE DOUBLE CROSS

The committee voted to defer the bill on 1/30/12 after hearing unanimous opposition from the community. On Friday they switched their action and decided to vote on the bill on Monday, 2/6/12. Conveniently, Super Bowl weekend will take everyone’s attention away from this. Public access television must be very effective to warrant this devious action to shut it down. Help protect Free Speech in Hawaii! Oppose HB2652!

Click here to submit testimony.

Donna Wong is the Executive Director for Hawaii’s Thousand Friends. Reach her at 808-262-0682 and see more at www.hawaiis1000friends.org

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