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A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in Lansing MI this past week at the ACM Central States Region, ACM Michigan, Michigan NATOA Spring Conference!   It was great to talk with people from around the region, and meet so many people – old and young alike – who want to spark a change with PEG community media operations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

On Thursday I delivered a talk at lunch about the barriers to civic expression that are placed on our communities – both by our own organizations and more importantly by industry groups – and the need to push for action to break those barriers by way of advocacy and innovation.    And during the rest of the conference, I talked with people about what they can be doing to create better community media in their towns and cities.

Part of the other reason to be in Lansing was to attend the Spring National Board meeting.   The ACM Board of Directors has made a commitment to engage more with our members and be accessible and responsive to member needs.  So many attended the Lansing conference to hear directly from members, and then the Board conducted its regular meeting there.

I’m looking forward to seeing people in the region next April in South Bend, IN.   For updates on what’s going on in the Central States, go to http://www.csregionacm.org/  And thank you again to Deb Guthrie at  HOM TV  and all the other organizers of the conference for their great work!

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ACM Members around the U.S. are coordinating in-district meetings with their Members of Congress this month.   The next window to organize a local meeting is March 30-April 10 when Congress is on break.   We think it’s important that PEG operations around the country continue to contact Congress this session.

If you’d like to help out with our grassroots advocacy work and organize a local meeting, please contact  me at mwassenaar@allcommunitymedia.org or 612-298-3805.   We’ll provide assistance and talking points to help you with the meeting.

Thank you!