The NYC City Council to Hold Hearing on Public Access TV
WHAT: The NYC City Council will hold a hearing the morning of Thursday, May 4th in support of Public Access and against the COPE bill, currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives (see attached Resolution).
The City Council has been supportive of Public Access in the past, so this is a friendly hearing. This is an opportunity for MNN to forge stronger relationships with our friends and allies of Community Access TV. We need to demonstrate our unity as producers, friends and supports of Public Access. This will help build relationships and support for MNN's upcoming franchise negotiations in 2008.
WHO: It is critical for MNN producers, community and faith-based groups, to attend the hearing to show the Council how important Public Access is for the residents and organizations of Manhattan. MNN will be joined by staff, producers and community organizations from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island -- setting a powerful example of unity in opposition to the COPE bill.
You MUST sign up to attend the hearing, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-757-2670 x 308. Please provide your NAME and the best PHONE NUMBER and TIME to contact you at. We will need to get in touch with all producers and representatives of community groups who wish to attend so we are able to quickly to give you updated logistical information, such as our initial meeting place.
The hearing is from 10 am-12:30 pm. We hope you can stay for a potential press conference and/ or photo opportunity at 1 pm on the steps of City Hall.
WHEN: Thursday, May 4th. Pre-assemble and Prep at 9:15AM; Hearing at 10am.
WHERE: Pre-assemble at City Hall Park, @ the corner Center and Chambers Streets at 9:15AM. Take the 4/5/6/N/R to City Hall, or the A/C/E/1/9/2/3 to Chambers.
WHY: We all need to say NO to COPE! We need you to play critical role in PROTECTING THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC ACCESS!