*** Action Alert - SKILLS TRAINING ***
ARE YOU SICK OF CORPORATE-DOMINATED AIR WAVES?
THEN JOIN US FOR A GUILD CDC SKILLS BUILDING TRAINING FOR LAWYERS:
TUES. OCT. 22, 2013, 4pm Eastern
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. Join our on line training session this Tues., Oct. 22 at 4pm (eastern), and then help groups through the application process in the next four weeks, and be briefed on the legal support they will need over the coming months. 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 intent to be on the call to Heidi Boghosian at firstname.lastname@example.org We will send you PDFs of the FCC application form, a link to an introductory training video & a written transcript. Please read the transcript and have the form in front of you for the on line training session.
You may also download these materials from the links below:
The Low Power FM (LPFM) filing window is scheduled to close on November 14, 2013. The LPFM licensing process and the related legal needs of community applicants for these rare licenses comprise five stages, each requiring related but somewhat differing legal work:
- The LPFM License Application (to be completed online no later than November 14.
- Review of competing applications and filing Informal Objections & Petitions to Deny with the FCC on illegitimate ones. (This can start as soon as Applications are available online, likely by late November.)
- Assisting community groups tied for a license under the FCC point system to reach time-sharing agreements. (This work will likely start early in 2014)
There is very little spectrum space left. We anticipate a significant number of âcookie cutterâ 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!
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.
The CDC engages in a variety of activities including assisting with litigation, working with other organizations and government agencies to democratize regulations, and providing educational materials for whose who wish to join our work. See our Actions section to learn more.
Membership of the CDC is open to all who support and are interested in our work. Membership in the NLG is not required, but highly encouraged. CDC members are invited to join our listserv and to make use of our library (coming soon!) of resource materials.