Is PBS Leaving Latino Filmmakers On The Cutting Room Floor?

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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:

Independent Lens and POV are in danger. And they are the two series that most consistently showcase diverse makers, diverse voices, and underrepresented perspectives on public TV. These series brought us films on how to stop sex trafficking in American cities, the challenges rural and homeless high schoolers face, the inside story of Native government, the history of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, and the untold story of Muhammad Ali’s struggle with the draft. Films shown on these series have resulted in legislation on women combat veterans’ rights, changes in how social workers and health care providers do their jobs, and have spurred community conversations about race. These series show us films that change lives. Many were made by members of underrepresented communities, and by women. They are about more than ratings; they’re about engaging people in a democracy. 

PBS is considering moving Independent Lens and POV off their primetime spot on primary stations. That move would weaken station support, make it much harder to find these programs, and threaten their very existence.

 

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What You Need To Know About Comcast - Time Warner Cable Merger

we deliver two striking written presentations on the potential **Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger. An issue that has certainly been playing a factor within the Latino media and organizational community through heated debates, wedging conversations and interactions. Here below are written pieces highlighted by our members and submitted to NALIP: One by Presente.org (First appearing on Huffington Post) - a Latino advocacy organization waging an effort to stop the merger and the other exclusively for this edition and directly from Comcast in proposition of the merger. Click on each image below to read each piece - We highlighted key points below as well:


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Presente.org piece: "Comcast could have greater control over our ability to access news and information about our community from our community, which is already vastly underrepresented and has a largely stereotyped portrayal by the media...The merger would give Comcast the power to decide what programming Latinos can watch, what services we receive and what prices we pay."

Comcast piece: "Comcast is America’s biggest and best provider of Latino network packages in Spanish and English language, with up to 60 Hispanic networks offered on Comcast cable systems.  Comcast has increased Latino-focused Video on Demand and digital programming across platforms, and provided easier access to this content with unprecedented support for all Latino-focused independent channels to drive viewers to the content."  

What are your thoughts on the issue? Let us know HERE! (Not your issue? Well let us know which issue is important to you using the same form!)

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