View CAN TV's undemocratic by-laws & SIGN A PETITION to give voting control
to its volunteers and donors

Posted by Scott - December 6, 2016 (entry 725)

CHICAGO MEDIA ACTION ALERT: Sign the petition to give voting control of CAN TV to its volunteers and donors

Most readers are aware that Chicago community media provider Chicago Access Network (CAN TV) is an essential communications resource with great potential. And some of you have heard of the labor unrest there that resulted in a union contract and the exit of some of its overpaid managers. But at the root of these issues remains CAN TV's undemocratic by-laws. Section 2.3 of those by-laws state that its "Board shall elect. . . (all) directors".

Media democracy is more than just a lofty ideal or a vague catch phrase. Please read and sign the linked petition which seeks amendment to Chicago Access Network (CAN TV) by-laws that will put control of the organization into the hands of the volunteers and donors. That is, unless you think that one of Chicago's only media avenues with substantive and continuing funding for independent information, perspectives, and culture should be abandoned to the will of a few self-selecting, establishment-connected board directors.

>>> HAVE YOU SIGNED YET? THANK YOU AND APOLOGIES FOR THE DUPLICATE EMAILS IF YOU ALREADY HAVE. MORE SIGNATURES ARE NEEDED BEFORE THE CAN TV BOARD MEETING ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH. Please click here to read more and sign the petition.

You can find past coverage of the unionization efforts at CAN TV, including management's absurd disciplining & even termination of staff for no cause, here, here, and here.

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This entry was posted by Scott Sanders, a co-founder to date of seven Chicago area media and democracy activist groups.
Sanders has worked for long stretches in social science research, in the creation of video documentaries, as a librarian, and also in movie theater management.
You can link to Scott's combined curriculum vitae, timeline, and resume here.



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