Category: Politics & Public Policy

national policy, media democracy, justice, civil rights, climate policy, legislation

Oppose Further Media Consolidation

This is really a no-brainer- you would think they’d quit trying. Our democracy depends on the diversity and variety of our media. The conglomeration that followed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has eroded that diversity. It really is plain to see. Blockbuster movies are ‘news’ events. The screeching of opinions that passes for news on…

Riverkeeper: Stop VX Dumping!

VX nerve gas is one ot the most lethal chemicals ever devised by man. A drop on human skin will kill a person within minutes. As a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Treaty in 1997, the U.S. agreed to dispose of the deadly substance. The U.S. Army has plans to dump large quantities of VX nerve gas…

Operation Transparency

On Monday, October 30th, members of the coalition organization Casino Free Philadelphia launched Operation Transparency at City Hall. The campaign spotlights the secrecy surrounding the casino licensing procedure from the time of its creation, without a public debate, by an act of legislation in 2004, and that continues today, with only a fraction of the…

Can We Take the Heat?

by Nathaniel Popkin In six to ten years, in a minor but important step in the response to Global Warming (air travel is the fastest growing emitter of carbon dioxide), a substantial portion of express air travel is likely to be outlawed or heavily taxed. To the delight of many of us, the federal government,…

Media Reform Now

This year’s National Media Reform Conference is in Minneapolis, Minnesota (an awesome town). All the bright lights in the fight for media reform are gathered here- Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Bob McChesney- as well as Philadelphia’s righteous Prometheus Radio Project. It seems strange to me to think there may still be people in…