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Media advocacy and reform groups

The Alliance for Better Campaigns seeks to break the chokehold of money and ads on political campaigns by challenging the television industry to open the airwaves to brief nightly issue forums for candidates for federal, state and local office in 2000. Specifically, we ask broadcasters to make good on a recommendation by a presidential advisory panel that calls on television stations to voluntarily air at least five minutes of "candidate-centered discourse" every night during the month preceding the primary and general elections. 202-879-6755.

The Alliance for Community Media (Washington, DC) is a nonprofit, national membership organization founded in 1976, representing the interests of over 1,000 public, educational and governmental ("PEG") and cable access organizations (generally known as "public access") and public access internet centers throughout the country. The Alliance is committed to assuring everyone's access to electronic media. They accomplishes this by creating public education, advancing a positive legislative and regulatory environment, building coalitions, and supporting local organizing. 202-393-2650.

The Alliance for Public Technology (APT) is a nonprofit membership organization based in Washington, DC. Membership is open to all nonprofit organizations and individuals, not members of the affected industries, concerned with fostering access to affordable and useful information and communication services and technologies by all people. 202-263-2970.

The Benton Foundation (Washington, DC) Since 1981, the Benton Foundation has worked to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications. Through its projects, the foundation seeks to shape the emerging communications environment in the public interest. Bridging the worlds of philanthropy, public policy and community action, Benton demonstrates and promotes the use of digital media to engage, equip and connect people to solve social problems. 202-638-5770.

The U.S. Catholic Conference's Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) (Washington, DC) produces and supports media projects that promote Gospel values and bring the Catholic Church's message to the marketplace. Established in 1978 by the U.S. bishops, the CCC provides alternative family oriented media resources, PSAs, documentaries, a weekly talk show, and a radio show. 202-541-3000.

The Center for Democratic Communications (CDC) (San Francisco, CA) A program of the National Lawyers Guild, CDC is devoted to protecting the right to communicate of all people, that is, the right of all people to a system of media and communications based on principles of democracy and cultural and informational self-determination, not dominated by commercial concerns. Since 1988 we have worked with groups challenging the FCC's ban on low power radio, participated heavily in the FCC's "rulemaking" while they were considering legalization, and now emphasize help to community groups in applying for and getting the new Low Power FM (LPFM) licenses. 415-522-9814.

The Center for Democracy and Technology (Washington, DC) works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media. 202-637-9800.

The Center for Media Literacy (Los Angeles, CA) is dedicated to a new vision of literacy for the 21st century: the ability to communicate competently in all media forms, print and electronic, as well as to access, understand, analyze and evaluate the powerful images, words and sounds that make up our contemporary mass media culture. Our mission is to bring media literacy education to every child, every school and every home in North America. 800-226-9494.

Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting (Washington, DC) is a national membership organization dedicated to putting the PUBLIC back into public broadcasting. At the national level, CIPB has developed a detailed proposal for a Public Broadcasting Trust (PBT) that is independently funded, publicly accountable and true to the service's founding mission. At the community level, CIPB builds chapters, and is working with national partner organizations to democratize community public broadcasting service. Toward these goals CIPB offers a training manual, video and a national clearinghouse for organizing. 202-638-6880.

The Civil Rights Forum on Communications Policy (Washington, DC) works to bring civil rights organizations and community groups into the debate over the future of our media environment „ that environment is the key to the future of the nation. 202-887-0301.

Federal Communications Commission, Mass Media Bureau, Audio Services Division (Washington DC) http://www.fcc.gov The Audio Services Division is the FCC branch that handles low power FM. 202-418-2700.

Future of Music (Washington, DC.) Musician's advocacy group: "No longer will corporate media and big money frame the terms of the discussion as we draw together the strongest voices in the Internet and independent music community to reframe these questions with a clear-eyed focus on the interests of the artists."

Independent Media Centers (Nationwide) is a network of collectively run anti-corporate media outlets for the creation of radical and accurate truth-telling. The first IMC was established by independent and alternative media organizations and activists for the purpose of providing grassroots coverage of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in Seattle. Formed during that time, their website, which uses a democratic open-publishing system, has since logged more than 2 million hits. Through a decentralized and autonomous network, hundreds of media activists have since setup independent media centers all over the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, Mexico and South America.

Independent Media Institute (San Francisco, CA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism, and to improving the public's access to independent information sources. They believe that democracy is enhanced, and public debate broadened, as more voices are heard and points of view made available. 415-284-1420.

Low Power FM Radio Coalition (Washington, DC) is a media advocacy group formed to educate both potential beneficiaries of low-power FM radio (LPFM) and legislators about the benefits of LPFM, and to help link up microradio advocacy groups to move towards effective action.

Media Access Project (Washington, DC) is a non-profit, public interest law firm which promotes the public's First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media of today and tomorrow. Offers recent summaries on FCC documents regarding LPFM 202-232-4300.

Media Working Group (Covington, KY) founded in 1987, is a non-profit media education, production, research and development organization that provides an organizational framework for diverse multi-disciplinary work in media culture. It is a hybrid of media arts center, incubator, institute, producer network, laboratory, and consulting organization that provides services to its community-at-large. 859-581-0033.

Microradio Implementation Project (Portland, OR). Created in January 2000 under the auspices of the United Church of Christ, a leading national advocate for the last four decades for public access to the airwaves and the monitoring of media technology development, the Microradio Implementation Project promotes the LPFM opportunity, assists groups in the planning and implementation of LPFM stations, offers educational and technical resources, and networks with national, regional and local partners in this new endeavor. A new 14-minute video titled LPFM: The People's Voice is now available. 877-468-8884.

Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (Washington, DC) The MMTC was founded in 1986 to fight for minority participation in the broadcast, cable, telephone and wireless industries. We believe that democracy flourishes when citizens have affordable and unfettered access to the airwaves. We have used a number of strategies to promote minority participation in the media, including participation in FCC proceedings, holding job fairs annually throughout the country, marketing and brokering the sale of full power radio and TV stations on behalf of minorities, and training law students in communications and civil rights law. 202-332-0500. No web page currently available.

The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) (San Francisco, CA). The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) is a national membership organization of community-oriented, non-commercial radio stations. The NFCB's mission is to promote ideals and role of community radio in the public broadcasting system; assist and advocate for the successful operation and funding of local stations and projects, and to facilitate the production of high quality and innovative programming from diverse sources. 415-771-1160.

People for Better TV (Washington, DC) is a coalition of over 100 groups formed to empower the public to get something back for the recent giveaway of over 100 free digital TV licenses by the FCC. 888-37-4PBTV (888-374-7288).

The Prometheus Radio Project (Philadelphia, PA) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the democratization of the airwaves through the proliferation of non-commercial, community based, micro power radio stations. It is our belief that access to communications for all citizens is at the heart of a democratic society. 215-476-2385.

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