Friday, June 30, 2006

Picture 200


Picture 200
Originally uploaded by GinoPR.
GinoPR took this at:
Faro de Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

bronx3m9


bronx3m9
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Gearing up for the "Bronx 3M"

Veteran actor Jaime Sanchez (pictured here) is co-producer of the "Bronx 3M." Reading, "Bronx 3M," PRdream/MediaNoche, East Harlem

Director: Judith Escalona
I am serving as producer of this independent movie project to start filming this summer.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I don't know what flower this is.....

david6of7 says:
"I shot it in my Mothers garden in Puerto Rico on negative film using a Mamiya 330f TLR."

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The News-Press: Lehigh Acres Lehigh Medical Center turns to Puerto Rico to recruit nurses

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Opportunity

ooking for Crew for Movie to Film in July

Seeking the following crew members for an independent film to start shooting in July in NYC: director of photography and camera operator with knowledge of the Panasonic AG-DVX100A, production designer (who will serve as set designer and art director), makeup artist, hair stylist, sound recordist and boom person. Grips and production assistants too.
Bilingual (English-Spanish) a plus. Experience necessary. Deferred payment.
Please send resume to:
PRdream/MediaNoche
Attn: Clarisel Gonzalez
161 East 106th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10029
Bronx 3M is produced under the auspices of MediaNoche's Digital Filmmakers Program and is made possible with the support of the NY Foundation, NYSCA, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, NYS Senator Jose Serrano, and individual donors.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Reminder -- PRSUN TV is an independently produced monthly cultural arts show that airs on Bronxnet's Channel 69.

Shows so far:

-- Upcoming -- coverage of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade

-- Reggaeton symposium "A Closer Look @ Reggaeton" at Hunter College -- one-on-one interviews with panelists, including author Raquel Z. Rivera and ethnomusicologist Wayne Marshall. PRSUN also speaks to Centro's Anthony De Jesus (current show)

-- Feature on mystery writer (Bronx native) Steven Torres, author of the "Precinct Puerto Rico" series

-- Poetry activity at El Museo del Barrio in honor of the late Rev. Pedro Pietri, the Nuyorican poet

-- Latino Lens photo exhibit, showcasing work of boricua photographers Marisol Diaz and Enid Alvarez (both raised in the Bronx)

-- 16th anniversary celebration of KR3TS dance school from Spanish Harlem

-- "Voices for the Voiceless" poetry activity at Amherst College in Massachusetts, featuring Nuyorican, Chicano and other poets dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless such as Tato Laviera, Shaggy Flores, Jose Montoya...

-- BLOGS exhibit at MediaNoche, Spanish Harlem (featuring images of the NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun and East Harlem photoblogs)

PRSUN TV is committed to documenting stories on Puerto Ricans/Nuyoricans with a Bronx/NYC audience.

Have ideas? Have feedback? Want to underwrite our work? Click on the PayPal icon to support.

Thanks. Palante.
Entertainment

Movies gain popularity online
(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)--In the entertainment world, creativity and imagination have categorized themselves as determining factors when it comes to gaining public acceptance and grasping its attention, especially when it comes to films. Film directors and producers are becoming overwhelmed by the need to constantly search for interesting topics and ideas that they can transform into that long-awaited blockbuster. In spite of the magic of technology, where you can create your own cinema in-house, going to the movie theater to catch a flick continues to be a favorite pastime for the consumer who enjoys feature films. But did you know that short films are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative means of entertainment thanks to the Internet?

Previously, the creation and production of short films was limited to screenings at college campuses and film festivals. Although short films have been promoted online for quite some time, they are experiencing their best moment ever. The Internet has transformed this industry into a lucrative and the new Hollywood; it has sparked the interest of film lovers who want to catch up on short films, most notably the Hispanic moviegoer, according to AOL Latino.

This new trend among Hispanics has paved the way for numerous film festivals like the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) and the Chicago Latino Film Festival, which present a wide array of short film screenings that reflect the Latino culture in Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. It has also sparked an explosion of websites where movie fans can enjoy this particular film genre, these include cinemanow.com, atomfilms.com and 60secondfilmfestival.com, among others.

In an effort to support new Hispanic talent, AOL Latino has created the first online short film festival: The AOL Latino Short Film Festival. This one of a kind festival offers up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to present their original short films about Hispanics in English, Spanish or Bilingual. "We're very exited about offering the public this festival; we've found the perfect way of promoting Latino talent while offering to screen their short films in front of millions of people", said Ángel Sepúlveda Senior Programming Manager, Music & Entertainment, AOL Latino.

Every week starting on June 1st, AOL Latino will be showcasing three new screenings for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, while offering you the opportunity to vote for your favorites. You'll help select 16 finalists who will then be evaluated by a panel of experts. The festival will be open for six months and anyone who'd like to participate with a short or with a vote can do so online at http://entretenimiento.aol.com The winner will receive $5,000 in cash and an opportunity to present his or her film to an important Hollywood movie studio.

There is no doubt that the Internet provides new filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their creativity, without having to hire a publicist or agent in order to pitch it to a major studio. In this growing industry, talent is the key to successfully captivate the growing audience online.

Experiencing a short film provides the viewer with a deep and immediate gratification, because he or she is able to maintain a better concentration and understanding of the message that the filmmaker is trying to convey. That's why, we can assure that "shorts" are becoming more and more popular online.

Source: Hispanic PR Wire

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Looking for Artists

Hope Community, Inc. is looking for artists to perform at its outdoor series, Poetas con Café, which is held monthly during the summer. The event is held in the Modesto Flores Community Garden in East Harlem and features two artists (who are provided a small stipend). There is also an open mike session; refreshments and snacks are also provided. Artists interested in being featured should submit their bios, website links, and photos to mortiz@hopeci.org as soon as possible. Visit for more information: http://www.hopeci.org/code/project_poetas.html. Paz.

source: virtualboricua.org
Politics
Inside Costa Rica - National News UN Passes PR, Falklands Resolutions

Smile, We're Number 1


Smile, We're Number 1
Originally uploaded by my new clever name.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Health
New York Daily News - City Life - Happy to be alive Ronaldo Martinez tells about his choice to turn his personal story of cancer to promote anti-smoking ads on TV.

the visitor.


the visitor.
Originally uploaded by Oxygen Destroyer.
Oxygen Destroyer says:
"He tells the ocean: 'Do not get me wet. I am just a visitor.' " San Juan, PR.

parade1


parade1
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Photo published in Tiempo New York.
National Puerto Rican Day Parade, NYC
Featured story
A Celebration of Island, Diaspora and Nation - NY Latino Journal

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Featured story
Experts To Discuss Puerto Rico's Future (in Hartford)

DYBX6


DYBX6
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Daddy Yankee performs in the BX
Loews Paradise Theater
Bronx, NY

tito2


tito2
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Reggaeton's Tito "El Bambino" during a CD signing at Rincon Musical record shop, El Barrio, NYC.

King of Kings


King of Kings
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Reggaeton Don Omar's float
National Puerto Rican Day Parade, NYC
PRSUN TV -- "A Closer Look @ Reggaeton"
Check out PRSUN TV at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Channel 69, Bronxnet, the community TV station in the Bronx. The show usually repeats at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays on the same channel.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

SUMMER NIGHTS AT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO

Del Son al Reggaeton
Free Eight-Week Concert Series Features a Diverse Mix of Latin Music
June 22 – August 10, 2006
Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

New York, NY – May 2006 –  El Museo del Barrio is excited to announce its annual  Summer Nights at El Museo del Barrio, the FREE outdoor concert series that will take place on eight consecutive Thursday evenings from June 22 through August 10. 

Celebrating the diversity within contemporary Latin music, the 2006 Summer Nights at El Museo lineup features a range of sounds, from traditional Cuban son to the cutting-edge rap of  reggaeton.  The concerts will be held in El Museo’s courtyard at 1230 Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets overlooking Central Park’s Conservatory Gardens. In the event of rain, concerts will take place in El Museo del Barrio’s theater, Teatro Heckscher. 

Appealing to audiences of all ages and interests, the concert series showcases exciting performances of national and international new music styles emerging from traditional Latin forms.  For the August 3rd concert, El Museo teams up with the ever-popular Latin Alternative Music Conference held that week in venues across New York City to present a fun, funky performance by Pacha and by Hip Hop Hoodios.

On Thursday evenings during Summer Nights at El Museo, the museum’s galleries will be open free of charge until 8:00 pm.  Two exhibitions will be on display:  Between the Lines: Text as Image. An Homage to Lorenzo Homar and the Reverend Pedro Pietri and Héctor Méndez Caratini:  The Eye of Memory – 1974-2003.

TALENT LINE UP FOR SUMMER NIGHTS AT EL MUSEO

June 22, 2006   Larry Harlow and Latin Jazz Encounter**       Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa Mix

A true living legend of Afro-Cuban music, Larry Harlow completely revolutionized what is known today as salsa.  He was the first artist signed to the Fania label for which he has produced over 300 CDs.  Harlow is also the producer/pianist for the legendary Fania All-Stars.  He has been nominated three times for a Grammy and was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

**This performance will be held in the Teatro Hecksher of El Museo del Barrio and will be dedicated to the late Hilton Ruiz.

June 29, 2006           Alex Cuba Band                                                                   Son and More

Recorded in Havana's celebrated Egrem Studios, The Alex Cuba Band’s debut disc, Humo de Tabaco, recently won the 2006 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Best World Music album.  El Museo is proud to present this multitalented Cuban instrumentalist, singer and composer who combines the indigenous genres of the Caribbean island - from Afro-Cuban rumba to música campesina - with contemporary jazz and Latin pop.

July 6, 2006              Freestyle DJ Dance Party                                          Latin Mix/Freestyle
        Featuring Coro, The Cover Girls, Reina, and TKA

Future Entertainment and Kalvin Stevens host this night of dance music featuring some of the biggest names of the freestyle sound.  Coro, The Cover Girls, Reina and TKA will perform their hits, along with surpise guests that will keep the party going strong.

July 13, 2006            Chino Nunez. George Delgado & Friends                                         Salsa

Two of salsa’s hottest percussionists, Pablo "Chino" Nuñez and George Delgado, who have recorded with some of the greatest Latin Jazz musicians of our time, team up with their friends to play this special concert. After years of arranging, producing and performing with the Grammy-award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Chino has released his own debut album, It’s Showtime.

July 20, 2006            Reggaeton and Hip Hop                                          Reggaeton/Hip Hop

With Urban Box Office and Sano-In

Super promoter Sano-In rounds up New York reggaeton and hip hop artists such as….to come together for this performance at El Museo.  Urban Box Office, the online home to Latin Hip Hop and reggaeton, will be bringing some of their top artists on the stage as well.

July 27, 2006            Los Ciegos del Barrio                                      Merengue/Bachata/Bolero

Los Ciegos Del Barrio are five visually impaired Latino musicians from New York City who handle all the traditional rhythms and modern dance styles with an energetic ease, from fiery salsa and merengue to the more romantic bachata.  Los Ciegos have toured Russia and the Dominican Republic under the auspices of Project Troubador, an organization that sends American musicians abroad to perform in developing nations.  Their new release Dominando has enjoyed a tremendous amount of underground success with three #1 hits, Y Sigues Hablando, Si Tu Me Quisieras and their bachata version of I Will Survive.

August 3, 2006          Pacha and Hip Hop Hoodios              Latin Funk/Urban Latin Jewish Mix

Pacha, the New York City funk group who won the Battle of the Bands at the 2005 Latin Alterntative Music Conference, headlines this concert, co-hosted by the LAMC.  They will be joined by Hip Hop Hoodios, the all-star Latino-Jewish urban music collective led by Josué Noriega and Abraham Veléz.  From Latin funk to klezmer to cumbia to straight-up hip-hop, Los Hoodios are cross-cultural mayhem at its best.

August 10, 2006      Los Amigos Invisibles                                                                          Rock

Back by popular demand, this hot Venezuelan fusion band returns to El Museo for a second summer performance to close out this year’s Summer Nights series.  Internationally adored for their infectious dance beats, Los Amigos mix salsa with rock, pop and house to produce their very own brand of lively retro-techno sound. 

Please note that program is subject to change.

Acknowledgements

El Museo is grateful for the ongoing support of Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser Select for the 2006 Summer Nights at El Museo del Barrio concert series.  Support has also been generously provided by Target. In addition, funding has been provided by a grant from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and the NYC & Company Foundation.  Media partners for this series are Amor 93.1 and Mega 97.9, El Especial/El Especialito, and TIEMPO NEW YORK. Partial support for the August 3 concert is provided by The Latin Alternative Music Conference.

About El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio is New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, representing the diversity of art and culture in the Caribbean and Latin America.  As the only museum in New York City that specializes in representing these cultures, El Museo continues to have a significant impact on the cultural life of New York City and is a major stop on Manhattan’s Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue.  El Museo was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem’s Spanish-speaking El Barrio, the neighborhood that extends from 96th Street to the Harlem River and from Fifth Avenue to the East River on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

El Museo’s varied permanent collection of 6,500 objects from the Caribbean and Latin America includes pre-Columbian Taíno artifacts, traditional arts, twentieth-century prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, as well as photography, documentary films and video. Through the sustained excellence of its collections, exhibitions, publications and bilingual public programming, El Museo reaches out to diverse audiences and serves as a bridge and catalyst between Latinos, their extraordinary cultural heritage, and the rich artistic offerings of New York City.

Directions/Hours/Admission

El Museo del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets and may be reached by subway: #6 to 103rd Street station at Lexington Avenue; #2, #3 to Central Park North/110th Street station or by bus: M1, M3, M4 on Madison and Fifth Avenues to 104th Street; local cross-town service between Yorkville or East Harlem and the Upper West Side in Manhattan M96 and M106 or M2.  Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays will be open with free admission from 4 – 8 p.m. through August 10. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Suggested museum admission: $6 adults; $4 students and seniors; members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult enter free. To learn more about El Museo del Barrio, please visit our website at www.elmuseo.org or call 212-831-7272.


# # #

 
From MoveOn:

Last week, the House of Representatives dealt a blow to Internet freedom—voting to gut Net Neutrality and give companies like AT&T and Verizon more control over what you see and do online.

But your representative, Jose Serrano, voted to protect Internet freedom and deserves our thanks.1

This issue is far from over. All eyes are now on the Senate, where we face a more friendly environment. Our SavetheInternet.com Coalition is energized for this fight. But we've got to act fast—the telecom lobbyists are working on every vote.

Can you call Rep. Serrano to say thanks for supporting Internet freedom, and then call Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton to demand support for Net Neutrality?

Here are the numbers:

Congressman Jose Serrano
Phone: 202-225-4361

Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: 202-224-6542

Senator Hillary Clinton
Phone: 202-224-4451


Please click here to let us know you called and to share how it went:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1866&id=8042-6969961-x2j70ynS__vHMh5wCvvhew&t=1

Tell your Senators to protect Net Neutrality by supporting the bipartisan Snowe-Dorgan Internet Freedom Preservation Act (S. 2917). If you get voicemail, leave a message—they'll get it.

Thanks for keeping the pressure on Congress as we fight to save the Internet.

–Eli Pariser, Adam Green, Noah T. Winer, and the MoveOn.org Civic Action team
Thursday, June 15th, 2006

P.S. Here are the relevant votes:

Markey Net Neutrality Amendment (A vote for Internet freedom was "Aye"):
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll239.xml

Bad overall COPE telecommunications bill without Markey Amendment that passed the House and gutted Net Neutrality (A vote for Internet freedom was "No"):
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll241.xml

P.P.S. After you call Rep. Serrano and Senators Schumer and Clinton, do you want to do more?

The best way to fight back after calling Congress is to help expand the reach of our coalition. Ask 5 friends to join our fight for Internet freedom by signing our petition to Congress:

http://civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/?id=8042-6969961-x2j70ynS__vHMh5wCvvhew&t=2


If you are active in local organizations, ask them to join our coalition at:

http://www.savetheinternet.com/=coalition

Sources:


1) Vote tally on COPE telecommunications law (which guts Net Neutrality), June 8, 2006
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll241.xml


2) "House Turns Deaf Ear To Net Neutrality," WebProNews.com, June 9, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1867&id=8042-6969961-x2j70ynS__vHMh5wCvvhew&t=3

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

PRSUN TV Invited to Speak on Public Access

Today, I was a guest on two shows on the "Signature" channel of Bronxnet, Channel 67. I appeared in "OPEN," Bronxnet's new interactive program and was interviewed by Gary Axelbank. On this show, I got to talk about the work PRSUN TV is doing.

I later appeared with Cynthia Carrion, director of the Youth Channel at MNN, on the "Dialogo con Glenis" Spanish show.

Both shows dealt with the issue of the importance of saving public access.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Community Event during Bronx Week

"Puerto Rican History & Culture in the Bronx"
June 21

Bronxnet's Puerto Rican Documentary Sneak Preview & OPEN House
Bronxnet, the borough's community TV station, will screen portions of "Puerto Rican History & Culture in the Bronx", the first in a documentary series. Also, arts & cultural groups can record 30 second spots for the new interactive call-in program OPEN (pre-registration required).

LOCATION: Bronxnet Studios, Lehman College, Carman Hall, Room C4
TIME: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
ADMISSION: Free
INFO: 718-960-1181

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Featured story
CBS-TV New York, Fri, 09 Jun 2006 4:51 PM PDT
Jaimie Sanchez: Spanish Harlem Success Story
http://wcbstv.com/local/local_story_160193256.html
On 106th Street in Spanish Harlem, the store-front gallery called "Puerto Rico and the American Dream," and it's co-founder and executive director, Judith Escalona, gallery will screen a number of independent films Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as part of it's celebration of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. One of the stars of the films is Jaime Sanchez.



Note: Jaime Sanchez is co-producer of the "Bronx 3M" film project. Judith Escalona is director and I am a producer. Check out this feature on Sanchez.

Puerto Rican Day Parade Is Coming

House Passes Bill to Gut Local Control of Cable Franchises

The House (recently) passed H.R. 5252, a bill to replace local control of cable franchises with a set of minimal requirements under a national franchise. Currently, each local franchising authority, typically a municipal government, is permitted to negotiate agreements with video service providers that are looking to introduce service into an area. The agreements include compensation to the locality for uses of its rights of way, funding for PEG (public, educational and governmental) programming, customer service dispute procedures and other terms.

"Without stronger anti-discrimination and build-out requirements in the bill, my constituents in the Bronx stand to benefit very little from a national video franchise," said Serrano, who opposed the bill. "Until such protections are in place, I cannot consider supporting legislation that would usurp local authorities' ability to police their public rights of way and gut funding streams for public interest programming."

Serrano also supported a "net neutrality" amendment that would have prevented network service providers from degrading or giving preference to internet traffic from any content provider or application.

source: The Serrano Report

Friday, June 09, 2006

Update: Future of Public Access TV Threatened

HR 5252-COPE passes by a margin of 321-101

"Nearly all Republicans and a majority of the Democrats voted for the Resolution and the interests of their corporate patrons, the telephone companies. The net neutrality amendment was defeated and was excluded from this bill. The final resolution with the attached amendments is not just bad - it's ridiculously bad. We can only hope the Senate will act with greater integrity, truthfulness and foresight," reported www.saveaccess.org.

Check out the site to find our how YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL voted.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

pinkpr3


pinkpr3
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
The Reading Life

Book Release “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry”

Contact: Luis Cordero at LCordero@galeriacemi.com

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Scheduled for publication in June 2006, The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry by Bobby González, is a book that challenges the reader to confront preconceived notions about the history and contemporary struggles of the Native Peoples of the Americas. The book is the first title issued by the recently formed publishing company www.CemiPress.com, which is a subsidiary of www.GaleriaCemi.com. Books can be ordered at www.cemipress.com.

Writing from the perspective of a modern Taino Indian, Mr. González takes on such varied themes as religious freedom (or lack thereof), cultural & physical genocide, violence against women, homophobia and the issue of racial/political identity.

“Dangerous memories.
Stolen histories.
Identity theft on a Cosmic scale.

Who/what determines
Who/what we are?

The Last Puerto Rican Indian,
with an abundance of love,
bites into a Cuban sandwich
on the corner of 145th Street and Brook Avenue.”

There are also verses that pay tribute to outstanding indigenous leaders such as Anacaona of Haiti, Guamá of Cuba, Cotubanamá from Quisqueya (the Dominican Republic), Sitting Bull of the Lakota and Osceola of the Seminole.

This unique volume contains many rare and intriguing graphic illustrations which document the lifeways, art and spirituality of Natives folk from the Amazon and the Caribbean. Most of these pictures are over one hundred years old and have not been viewed by most of the general public since the late 19th century.

An added bonus is a suggested Taino reading list which is a guide to both primary sources and current publications.

"The Last Puerto Rican Indian is beautifully written with a multiplicity of voices that capture both profound sadness and passionate defiance. Rich with spiritual meaning, Bobby Gonzalez brings us closer to the indigenous men, women and children of the Americas as he harmonizes between the past and the present, traveling great distances in time from before the conquest, through mass genocide and the resistance, to the contemporary and beyond. Affirming the enduring strength of our heritage, González declares, 'The Last Puerto Rican Indian has not yet been born.'"
- Iris Morales, community activist/former Minister of Information, the Young Lords Party

Visit Bobby González' website at www.BobbyGonzalez.com

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Community calendar

Here is an invite I received today:

Please join us on tonight (Tuesday, June 6, 2006), from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at PR Dream, 161 East 106th Street, for a Community Dialogue and presentation of the "Remembering Julia" Mosaic project.

This project seeks to support the work initiated by Councilwomen Mark-Viverito and El Museo de Barrio towards the transformation of 106th as the Cultural Corridor renamed for Julia De Burgos. Light refreshments and munchies will be provided.
Activism

source: Manhattan Neighborhood Network

SAVE ACCESS TV ACTION ALERT

THIS WEEK TELL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE "NO TO COPE!"

ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 7TH CONGRESS WILL VOTE ON "THE COPE ACT"—IF PASSED "COPE" WILL END PUBLIC ACCESS TV AS WE KNOW IT!

TAKE A MOMENT FROM YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE AND SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO CONGRESS.
GO TO: http://saveaccess.org/takeaction

TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY!
Even if you’ve reached out to your representatives already, we need you to contact them one more time and tell them to vote "NO" to the "Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006" (COPE Act/HR.5252). And encourage them instead to support legislation that guarantees local franchises and local control of Public Access TV.

Please raise your voice and tell your Congressional Representatives:

1) The COPE Act will weaken or end Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) TV! PEG TV is a cornerstone of local government, education, and our democracy. Any new legislation must guarantee current or increased levels of funding and channel capacity for Public Access TV .

2) The COPE Act will end local control and local oversight of PEG TV. PEG TV is America's local television service—local communities must be able to determine our own PEG TV needs!

3) The COPE Act does not include "build-out" requirements—it would allow phone companies to 'redline' low income, rural and minority communities. All communities must have equal access to video, data, and voice services!

4) Also, remind them the New York City Council unanimously passed Resolution (Res. 0136-2006) on May 10th, opposing the COPE Act or any similar legislation. The COPE bill could take away the $80 million New York City currently receives in local video franchise fees each year —local franchises make Public Access TV possible.

Thanks for all your support! Please continue to check http://mnn.org/saveaccess for up to date local info—and http://saveaccess.org/ for updates on what's happening on this issue nationally.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Travel
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico - New York Times
IPA NY Voices That Must Be Heard "Statistics show Puerto Ricans have not given up on NYC," article originally published in Tiempo New York, May 19

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Save Access TV and an Open Internet

Here's a PSA
Boricua
By Samaris Ayala


Boricua
Born on the island and came here
Puerto Rican those living on the island
Neyorican those born here of PUerto Rican Descent
Me and my sisters had a rough time in LOs Sures.
Sorry about stereotypes.

c 2006 Samaris Ayala

Samaris Ayala is a New York City-based writer. She contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. You may reach Samaris at sallypatches@yahoo.com.

Perfumada por la luz.


Perfumada por la luz.
Originally uploaded by skullberry.