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NLG Committee on Democratic Communications
Attn: Mike Lee
4816 Hazel Ave. #1
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Email: cdc@nlg.org
*** Action Alert - SKILLS TRAINING ***

ARE YOU SICK OF CORPORATE-DOMINATED AIR WAVES?

THEN PLAN TO JOIN US FOR A GUILD CDC SKILLS BUILDING TRAINING FOR LAWYERS HELPING HUNDREDS OF COMMUNITY GROUPS SEEKING LOW POWER FM LICENSES:

DATE TBD

HELP IN A RARE CHANCE TO CREATE LOW POWER COMMUNITY BASED FM RADIO STATIONS IN MAJOR METRO AREAS !

The National Lawyers Guild's Committee on Democratic Communications (CDC) has a chance to be part of ensuring that grassroots community groups have maximum opportunity to obtain these rare Low Power FM Radio (LPFM) licenses.   Later this month we plan to do online training sessions on how to give legal support to grassroots LPFM applicants faced by opposition from unqualified national organizations and/or needing to develop cooperative agreements with other applicants for the same frequencies. No prior FCC experience needed. Learn new skills, get some practical experience and make a real difference for democracy! We expect that some of these groups will be able to afford modest legal fees.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Please email your interest call to Heidi Boghosian at director@nlg.org We will send you a link to introductory training materials and planned training schedule.

The Low Power FM (LPFM) filing window to closed on November 15, 2013. The LPFM licensing process and the related legal needs of community applicants for these rare licenses comprise several stages, each requiring related but somewhat differing legal work:

  • Review of competing applications and filing Informal Objections & Petitions to Deny with the FCC on illegitimate ones.  The Applications are available online.
  • Assisting community groups tied for a license under the FCC point system to reach time-sharing agreements.
  • Filing Informal Objections and Petitions to Deny or defending against them.

There is very little spectrum space left. There have been a lot of cookie cutter  applications filed in the name of organizations, such as ultra conservative churches, lacking the required true local presence. The FCC staff screening process will probably not find and disqualify all of these. The Informal Objection procedure flags such defects at an early point, making it less likely that such applications will be accepted for filing or proceed to the next stage. If they do, a formal Petition To Deny must be filed within 30 days of the FCC's announcement of the tentative selection of Licensees.

Sound interesting? It is! Please join us!

For more on the LPFM licensing process, read this article in Truthout.

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The Committee on Democratic Communications (CDC) is an organization devoted to protecting the right to communicate of all people. The work of the CDC focuses on the rights of all peoples to a system of media and communications based upon the principles of democracy, and cultural and informational self-determination that is not dominated by commercial interests.

The CDC's newest initiative in 2011 surrounds application rulemaking and assisting organizations in applying for low power FM (LPFM) licenses over the coming year. For more information, see our Actions section.

The Committee for Democratic Communications is a committee of the National Lawyers Guild, a non-profit federation of lawyers, legal workers, and law students. Since 1937, Guild members have been using the law to advance social justice and support progressive social movements. It has committees and chapters throughout the United States.

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