California Assembly Bill 2635 makes a small but important change to current California law. It would require the local PEG access channels to be in high definition (HD) or the modern technology used by local broadcast TV if the material is created in HD format. This change would ensure that open captioning embedded into video (for example on Zoom) for deaf, hearing impaired, and elderly audiences are legible. It would ensure that documents presented during public meetings such as maps, spreadsheets, and presentations are not indecipherable.
It’s critical that ACM members and their local governments and supporters take action now to keep the bill alive! For the bill to move forward we need ACM members, community media center users and supporters, and local governments to act NOW!
Here’s what we all can do:
1. Call your Assembly Member and encourage strong support for AB2635. Here’s the contact info and how each member voted on May 2nd: drive.google.com/file/d/1rI2cnR_ILAOricaeW4r2tlm0bAaFDVWQ/view?usp=sharing
2. Send an email to Assembly Members using Media Alliance’s “Take Action” page. This page has helpful “Facts vs Myths” for dispelling the cable industry lies. takeaction.salsalabs.org/AB2635MythFact/index.html. (Also, here’s proof that HD PEG channels did not increase cable rates in Oregon: drive.google.com/file/d/1bP7VZhWnroDNzkdNRE6ULfJLdbuPKmgW/view?usp=sharing)
3. Send this letter of support to your Assembly Member and the persons listed at the top of the letter. Encourage other elected officials or government officials to send the letter also. Link: docs.google.com/document/d/18wIj1O1SUQMH6jcuwjVD_MIbUtv_pITQ/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=112745945501984474403&rtpof=true&sd=true
We all will benefit if AB2635 passes… but we need your support NOW!
NEW ACM Offering, Hosted by the IEE Caucus
Deadline to register is Friday, June 3
Topics covered: What is social power? Bringing power to people, interrupting bias within ourselves and in institutions, structural inequities and more.
“I have gone through the training with my team. We have found it to be approachable for people new to sometimes difficult conversations on power and oppression. I think you will enjoy Mia’s onsite facilitation and debrief discussion. She is one of my favorite facilitators. Don’t miss this opportunity to start these conversations with your organization and team. Community media plays a critical role in addressing power and oppression in media and fostering a more just and equitable media system.”
– Matt Schuster, Public Media Network, Kalamazoo, MI
Registrants will have 4 weeks to participate in virtual training modules and review related content in preparation for an in-person training from 1-5pm on Monday, June 27 at the ACM National Conference at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Virtual sessions must be completed prior to June 27 convening. This event is hosted by the IEE Caucus and facilitated by Mia Henry and Freedom Lifted.
Training is broken down to three areas (4-5 hours online):
– Identity and Power
– Five Faces of Oppression
– Resistance and Solidarity
The capacity for this event is 30 people. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot. The deadline to register is Friday, June 3.
Cost: $75 per person
A group lunch will be served from Noon to 1pm prior to the start of the program on June 27.
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.