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IEE Webinar: When Hate Speech Meets Free Speech

Friday, April 9, 2021 • 12:30 p.m. Pacific / 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Community media has always been a bastion of free speech, but what happens when that speech targets or threatens others? Join community media professionals from across the country for an informative and timely webinar which asks the question: is there speech that is not worthy of protection? Our society’s views on what is acceptable speech is quickly evolving, but does community media need to evolve with it?

The webinar will feature Anthony Riddle, Senior Vice President of Community Media at BRIC in Brooklyn, NY, as the keynote speaker. Anthony has a long history of working with community media in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York. Prior to BRIC, he worked with the Maysles Institute, the Pacifica Foundation, the Funding Exchange, and the Alliance for Community Media – where he is a lifetime member and has served on the Board of Directors and as Executive Director.

After the keynote, there will be a panel discussion featuring Carmen Scurato from Free Press, and James Horwood from Spiegel & McDiarmid. A question and answer session will follow the panel.

Register for this free webinar at

What does the ACM do?

In order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, free to express themselves, and educated to think critically.

Founded in 1976, the Alliance represents over 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media centers throughout the country. The ACM works to protect the interests of these organizations and those who use PEG facilities and equipment to advance their causes through cable television and the Internet.


Please explore this website, become an ACM member, or contact us for more information. We look forward to serving you by promoting civic engagement through community media. Also learn about our many training activities like our annual conference and trade show.

The best part of the ACM is that in addition to learning about issues, you also learn how to address them in your community. Through the ACM West and our national parent organization, you can learn how to help local voices on the most powerful medium. In addition, we support democratization of the media. This means we support radio, internet and many other means of communication integral to an informed world. Learn about creating a local news program on a shoestring, explore media literacy and digital inclusion issues, and learn how to address them in your community.

IEE Caucus of ACM

The purpose of the Inclusion, Equity, and Engagement (IEE) Caucus is to provide resources and knowledge to members encouraging positive action items and efforts to increase services to marginalized communities. With the input and participation of the ACM community, the caucus monitors concerns and issues relative to your operational programs. A critical element of the collective work is to identify and share a range of resources and information that provides you with reasonable and effective activities to develop and enhance your ability to promote and foster inclusion, equity, and engagement within the ACM and our members’ organizations to eliminate any barrier to participation.

Please consider making a donation to IEE fundraising campaign. The proceeds will help support IEE initiatives such as quarterly webinars with engaging speakers, Grassroots Scholarships to the National Conference. Donations to the Emerging Leader Institute and the Brian Wilson Scholarship Fund. Here is the link to the Mighty Cause fundraising page –

ACM statement on social and racial justice

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) has a long history of organizing to empower individuals, organizations, and communities to address significant issues in the pursuit of justice, liberty, and equity. The ACM’s mission and values are based on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and in particular the First Amendment.

The Alliance for Community Media’s vision is that all communities have the resources, ability and right to express themselves, create community dialogue and engage in civic life through local media. Our guiding principles are to promote free speech, expand civic engagement through local media, and ensure the people can seek redress of their grievances.
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