Besides the legislative actions for expanding community radio (both high and low power) across the United States, there are assorted actions closer to Chicago that you're encouraged to help with.
(1) In the realm of the physical word: This Wednesday, August 15, there will be an emergency rally outside of Chicago's ABC affiliate to help support unionized workers at the station in their efforts to maintain worker benefits. (As much as CMA is critical of the media, we also support working class initiatives like higher wages, worker rights, and strong benefits within the media, and across society.)
(2) Chuck Mertz, the host of the excellent Chicago radio show This Is Hell, who has given CMA plugs and support in the past, is now calling on everyone else for support: Chuck is one of seven finalists at the Public Radio Quest -- think Survivor but for aspiring public radio stars -- and there's currently a vote for "immunity" (advancing to the next round). Chuck is calling for folks to sign up and vote at the Public Radio Quest website; the deadline for voting is Sunday, August 19.
(3) Organizing around the Chicago FCC hearing in 2007 is continuing apace. We've got a 30-second radio PSA available for use on your radio show or podcast available here. Also, we're working on a flyer (or two) and hope to have something posted soon, and are actively involved in coalition efforts to organize folks to attend the hearing. In the meantime, here's a flyer from StopBigMedia.com to pass around.
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