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15 for 3: Contact Your Local Congressional Office
We are asking our members to contact their local congressional offices in coming month as part of our campaign to protect community media. That means I’d like you and your colleagues from your organization to take 15 minutes in the next month to make three phone calls.

It’s important to be heard, especially with all the changes, and craziness, in Washington right now. We are asking members, including their staff, volunteers and supporters to call the local offices of their Senators and Representatives.

That’s three phone calls to those local offices in your state.

We’ve prepared sample scripts to use and modify to talk about your station and your services, and why PEG community media is important in your community. We are now organizing all our members to make those three calls in the next month.

Will you join us? I will send you sample scripts and who to call if you email me at

Let’s take 15 for 3 this month!

Upcoming Webinars
We’ll begin our 2017 Webinar series on Wednesday, February 22 at 3:00pm EST with a discussion of Closed Captioning Requirements for PEG. You can sign up for the webinar this Wednesday, February 8. Stay on the lookout for further communications on registration.

Webinar Costs
Organizational Members – free
Individual Members – $5
Non-Members – $25

Here’s a list of what we’re planning so far this year:
February 22 – Closed Captioning Requirements
March 8: Closed Captioning Solutions (tentative)
March 22: Partnerships with Libraries
April 12: Ethnic Press and PEG
April 26: Starting a Fundraising Program
May 10: Journalism Partnerships
May 24: Equipment Planning (tentative)
June 14: Strategic Planning
August 9: Radio Development and Partnerships
September 13: Multiplatform Distribution (tentative)
September 27: Youth and Civic Engagement
October 11: Starting Youth Programs
October 25: Advocacy for NonProfits and Government Agencies
November 15: Workflow and Storage Planning (tentative)
Save the dates, and look for invitations to sign up for each one!

Mike Wassenaar
President & CEO