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PEACE FIRST

The following is my personal comment it is not necessarily the point of view of WCCA, it’s staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and associates. It is my comment as a person who has dedicated my life long career to stand tall for freedom of speech and public access.

My heart goes out to the families that experienced loss and bloodshed in Charlottville and also in Barcelona and Cambrils and elsewhere. There is no excuse and such horrific unjust acts of hate and violence and it must NOT be allowed to continue.

We are certainly experiencing the testing of our FREE SPEECH.

We keep a poster in our home where everyone in our family can see it every day. It reads:

“A thought reaps an action, an action reaps a habit, a habit reaps a character, a character reaps a destiny”

Some can say this saying amounts to the definition of psychology, I say it can be a guide to provide a path for our free will.

This saying should make it abundantly clear why there is no room in this nation or in our communities for “any” group, international or domestic terrorist, political,(including bigoted hate groups) that replaces free speech, peaceful protest, and peaceful discourse with violence. When you see such violence what THOUGHT comes to mind ? What ACTION do you follow that thought with? Anger, push back, anxiety ???

We can not pretend our natural flight or fight responses do not exist, but we can control them.

We know in our hearts violence is never the solution, and we must also learn to overcome hate for the sake of hate, because hate begets hate and it’s outcome is unrest and it can only be counter to peace and our Constitutional right to pursuit happiness.

Too many in this nation, of all races, creeds, places, and philosophical persuasions, feel disenfranchised.

If there is any role for our government to play, outside of securing our individual freedoms, it is to ensure no one is disenfranchised and all are included equally under the laws of our constitution.

Unless everyone has an equal opportunity to participate share their point of view or express their beliefs, if they desire too, free speech will continued to be challenged. Media Biased and in some cases, inaccessibility, can not be denied, and it is important to understand that throughout the ages, as long as media existed, an amount of media biased existed on behalf of those who controlled it. This is where media literacy comes into play. Unless there is an ability to read, to express, and to have access to and the know how to use the tools to express and disseminate points of view, made available for ALL and for ALL to be included and to participate in, there would be a vacuum rendering free speech useless. This is not to say speech used to instigate violence, fuel hatred is acceptable, it is not. Again, such speech runs counter to FREE speech for ALL

Free speech can provide a healthy point – counter point needed to debate matters openly, academically, holistically, and constructively. The expression of Free Speech should be without fear of retribution and physical harm in anyway.

One of the reasons why PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION / COMMUNITY Media (like WCCA TV) exist is to level the playing field, assure media literacy (digital inclusion), and to enable a true participatory media that fosters, nurtures, and encourages our free speech process.

In these United States our freedoms are being tested everyday. It is NOT the purpose of government alone to “FIX” or address all our social challenges, it is up to each and every one of us to do our part. It is, however, the role of government to protect and to ensure our constitutional right to free speech is maintained and protected, including right to access the tools and technologies needed to do so.

We must calmly think, move our thoughts away from ideas that pit us against each other, to consider all the struggles of human times, all the horrible wars, and travesties and injustice that never was resolved through hate and violence or actions that fueled the fires of resentment and negative thoughts and disenfranchisement. Over centuries, these horrible actions, paths and situations have became a habit and the character of this habit is raising it’s ugly head every day in senseless violence, fatalities, and hurt to fellow human beings.

We must find another way. We can make the Promised Land our destiny. I propose each of us make it our own personal quests to put PEACE first.

PEACE FIRST ! Not always easy, but why not try?

Do you want a world of Peace ? The way may be before each of us. Please think about it:
“A thought reaps an action, an action reaps a habit, a habit reaps a character, a character reaps a destiny”

Thank you and I wish us all peace.

Mauro DePasquale

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WCCA TV News Letter January – February 2017

WCCA TV Newsletter – January 2017

All Happening at WCCA TV

Testimonial by Bill Safer, Host of ‘Hidden Treasures’:

Many thanks to the WCCA TV staff and all the people who make this station fantastic! Another show done and I am at my 50th show! I get contacted, sometimes in person, about my show. People have given me a shout-out at CVS, supermarkets, and even in front of the studio! Since WCCA is worldwide on the internet, I have received questions from places like Iceland, Italy, China and many others. A gentleman in Florida was watching his computer TV and landed on WCCA and my show! Now we are pen-pals! Thanks again everyone, your work and dedication do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Most Sincerely,
Bill Safer

WCCA Special Presentations:

The WCCA TV ‘New Voices Awards – Singing and Poetry Competition’ is an exciting opportunity for youth in Worcester to showcase their singing as well as their poetry talent and skills. This year it was especially difficult for the judges to make their choice about who would win, because the talent was incredible!! See for yourself: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/NEWVOICESFINALE2016 . This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council. Thanks for watching and supporting WCCA TV, The People’s Channel!!

WCCA TV was recently invited to record the District Attorney and the Central Mass Opiod Task Force ‘Opiod Awarenss Forum’ at the Worcester Technical High School. It was a unique opportunity for Worcester public school parents to hear directly from public safety officials about current state and local efforts to combat the opiod epidemic and to get substance abuse and prevention information: http://www.wccatv.com/video/specials/OPIODAWARENESSFORUM

WCCA TV PROGRAMMING

Time for a coffee break and another episode of COFFEE WITH KONNIE. Join Konnie Lukes and her guests as they discuss city issues at Worcester area coffee shops. Konnie has coffee with Charles Longeway, the author of the book “Worcester’s Forgotten Catacombs”: http://www.wccatv.com/video/coffee-with-konnie/COFFEEWITHKONNIE483

Should substitute teachers in Worcester get a pay raise? Watch this episode of ROSEN’S ROUND TABLE to find out what host Gary Rosen and his panel members think about this issue: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE288 . In another episode, the guys make their predictions about what’s going to happen in Worcester in 2017: http://www.wccatv.com/video/rosens-roundtable/ROSENSROUNDTABLE286

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS is a show that informs viewers of their civil rights. Host of the show, Ron Madnick, talks about U.S. Supreme Court Case: Detention and Torture of Muslim Prisoners in USA: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS249 . In another episode, Ron talks about the history of the separation of Church and State in the US: http://www.wccatv.com/video/civil-liberties/KNOWYOURRIGHTS248

CONNECTING THE DOTS is a non-traditional legal program with emphasis on the attorney as a trusted advisor, with an interdisciplinary approach to solving life’s issues. Host of the program, Attorney Liz Myska, welcomesLindsey Silva, the Quality Improvement Nurse at Family Health Center of Worcester: http://www.wccatv.com/video/connecting-the-dots/CONNECTINGTHEDOTS20

EXPOSURE WITH MOSHER is a WCCA TV show that spotlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and good news. Show host Amy Mosher Berry welcomes Allison Chisolm, the author of ‘The Presiding Genius of the Place’; Alex Corrales from the Worcester Housing Authority’s ‘A Better Life’ Program; and Chantel Bethea from ‘Women in Action’: http://www.wccatv.com/video/exposure-with-amy-mosher/EXPOSUREWITHMOSHER75

ACTIVATE WORCESTER, hosted by Ron Motta, shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester. Ron’s guests are Worcester City Councilor, Michael Gaffney, and his wife, Coreen: http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER170

CLOSE TO HOME is a WCCA program about people and situations that demonstrate deep respect for mankind. Host of the show, Molly Finn, welcomes Anne Fox, the president of Mass Citizens For Life: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME488 . In another episode, Molly talks to Father Bill McCarthy: http://www.wccatv.com/video/close-to-home/CLOSETOHOME486

NUESTRA ESPERANZA is a Spanish-language religious program hosted by Lucy Tomey. This program has been airing on WCCA TV since 1990! Programación christiana de inspiración en Español, de mas larga duración en WCCA TV desde el año 1990, anfitriona y productora Lucy Tomey: http://www.wccatv.com/video/nuestra-esperanza/NUESTRA52_201701

HIDDEN TREASURES is a show that helps you learn how to find that hidden antique or collectible that just may add cash to your life. Host Bill Safer welcomes Mark Alzapiedi back tho the show to talk about vintage toys: http://www.wccatv.com/video/hidden-treasures/HIDDENTREASURES49

IN THE HOUSE is a WCCA TV program that shows the viewers the ins and outs of real estate, home buying and housing issues. Host George Russell welcomes Amarildo Silva to explain how a kitchen remodel is done: http://www.wccatv.com/video/in-the-house/INTHEHOUSE18

VIDEO JAM is your source for eclectic music videos. Your favorite host Tracy Foley has been presenting mainstream and indie rock for more than 10 years on cable TV public access stations. Today’s Playlist includes: AV Supersunshine/ Love NYD, Hotei/ Move It, Secret Friend/ Something’s Happening, My Silent Bravery / Warning Signs, Mako/ Wish You Back, Virginia to Vegas/ Lights Out, Matt Citron / Stay Down, The Album Leaf/ Between Waves, and more: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam/VIDEOJAM919 . Keep jammin’ with WCCA TV!

Spend an hour enjoying the latest and greatest in country music WITH VIDEO JAM COUNTRY, hosted by Tracy Foley. This show features: Blackberry Smoke/ Sunrise in Texas, Jeff Bates/ That Thing We Do, Stephanie Quayle/ Drinking with Dolly, Jesse Dayton/Possum Ran Over My Grave, Camille Rae/ But I Want You, Cody McCarver/ Rise Up, Mo Pitney/ Everywhere, Drew Baldridge/ Train: http://www.wccatv.com/video/video-jam-country/VIDEOJAMCOUNTRY138 . Enjoy!!

BEN BEHIND THE SCENES is a half hour show of music videos, interviews, reviews, and short films. The show is produced by Ben Alotey, one of WCCA TV’s longest active producers. Tune into WCCA TV for another episode of this entertaining program: http://www.wccatv.com/video/ben-behind-the-scenes/BENBEHINDTHESCENES23

Tune into a new episode of SMART METERS. Featured in this episode: Canadian EMF activists raise issues about the 5G network and antenna installations; Suzanne Somers speaks against smart meters; Ali McGraw speaks against tower installations; Montgomery activists regarding Wifi in schools: http://www.wccatv.com/video/about-smart-meters/ABOUTSMARTMETERS67

SENIOR SPEAK is a WCCA program recorded at the Worcester Senior Center. Senior issues are discussed, and a good time is had by all: http://www.wccatv.com/video/senior-speak/SENIORSPEAK663. There is something for everyone on WCCA TV, now seen on cable Channel 194!

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Worcester Community Cable Access is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation administering public access cable television for Worcester, Massachusetts. Our mission is:

*To advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
*To provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
*To promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
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WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated and the views and opinions expressed in the news articles embedded herein are not necessarily those of WCCA TV, it’s Board of Directors, It’s Staff, It’s sponsors and associates.

CALL FOR MUSICIANS and BANDS BE SEEN and HEARD: BandEdge and VIDEO JAM

ATTENTION MUSICIANS and MUSIC ARTIST of all styles of music:

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WCCA TV produces music shows that are ALL ABOUT YOUR MUSIC no gimmicks just a pure showcase to spotlight your music and talent in a manor it deserves.

If you have a video (DVD) submit it to WCCA TV’s VIDEO JAM in care of VIDEO JAM/WCCA TV 415 Main Street, Worcester MA 01608

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If you are a solo artist or have a band ( of ANY genera ) request consideration to appear on WCCA TV’s BANDEdge by contacting mauro@wccatv.com or at 508-755-1880 ext. 11

These are the longest running music shows in Central Mass. Be seen and heard around teh world in a line up that includes world-class artist.

Rock ON , WCCA TV

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MORE so called SMART meter controversy:

Here is an article, today, by the Center for Public Integrity about Peter “Walberg”, who is actually Peter Valberg, who provided expert testimony before the Zoning Board regarding the safety of the antenna supporting the smart meter pilot in Worcester.

Lack of scrutiny of the Worcester pilot, which is at least $11M over budget, may result in the deployment of smart meters through-out Massachusetts.

After reading the article, I hope that you will consider calling on the Attorney General with your colleagues to investigate the pilot, the meter mandate, and safety claims by the industry made to the community.

Worcester is in a unique position to insure scrutiny, accuracy, integrity, and safety.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/02/08/19223/meet-rented-white-coats-who-defend-toxic-chemicals

Thank you,
Patricia Burke

ON A RElATED NOTE:
1. MA Bill S1222 is before the Joint Committee on Public Health;

An Act creating a special commission to study the health impacts of electromagnetic fields. Said Commission shall study all facets of health impacts of electromagnetic fields from all sources, including but not limited to the use of cellular devices, utility smart meters, Wi-Fi, and the use of Wi-Fi in public schools.

Link to Bill: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/S1222

Link to Committee: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J16

Please contact the chair and ask that the bill be moved out of committee:

Kate.Hogan@MAhouse.gov

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WCCA has a new revised monthly e-newsletter. To receive a copy you need
to get added to the mailing list by visiting the WCCA website at
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WCCA TV is a regional leader serving Worcester’s community media public access needs and an anchor institution that stands for Media Democracy, Media Literacy and Creative Innovation. Learn Create and Connect at WCCA TV
For more information browse this website, watch our programming on cable channel 194 or here ( at wccatv.com) , streaming live or “On-Demand”, and or contact Mauro DePasquale our Executive Director. We offer community volunteer memberships, special sponsor membership plans for businesses, Workshops and training for ALL ages, and whole lot more. Get involved, create, network, share your story, opinions, and fresh ideas on “THE PEOPLE’s CHANNEL” WCCA TV

Thanks for your support.
NOTE this blog may be updated and the views and opinions expressed in the news articles embedded herein are not necessarily those of WCCA TV, it’s Board of Directors, It’s Staff, It’s sponsors and associates.

WCCA TV News and Information Round UP: Dec. 2, 2015

“Concentrate on the positive, be creative, do something to place a smile on the face of another. Be intentional about that.”

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First Night Worcester ready for New Year’s Eve
Exciting new performers, venues and activities set for First Night ‘16

WORCESTER, MA – [December 1, 2015] – First Night Worcester is set and ready to go for this year’s arts celebration. Heading into its 35th year of operation, the nonprofit is the oldest First Night in the nation and has produced a New Year’s Eve arts festival in downtown Worcester every year since 1981. “We’re really excited for this year’s show,” said Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester. “Our schedule is final; we’ve got exciting new performances, a terrific new venue (Jillian’s Worcester) and, best of all, a brand new mobile app so folks on the go can get the most out of their First Night experience!”

First Night’s first-ever Apple mobile app is available for free in the App Store. “Users will have access to the entire event schedule with links to venues, performers, activities, sponsors and maps, right on their Apple device,” said McGinn. “It’s going to change everything!”

Nearly 60 performances will take place on 12 stages this year including a spectacular opening act – a performance by the Southeast Asian Coalition “Youth Effect” group at Tuckerman Hall, sponsored by Saint-Gobain. Artists will present an Asian fusion dance incorporating a dazzling traditional Chinese Lion Dance, a graceful traditional Thai dance, finishing up with a relaxed performance of a traditional Vietnamese dance.

First Night artists run the gamut from musicians to acrobats, jugglers to comedians, hypnotists, dancers, and for the second consecutive year, psychic mediums. “Our psychic medium venue was absolutely packed last year,” said McGinn. “We’re delighted to be able to offer this special experience once again at the Courtyard by Marriott.”

In addition to a robust line-up of First Night performances, there will be many activities around town to take advantage of, all free with a First Night button. “There will be pony rides and, new this year, guided tours by Canal District Horse & Wagon Tours, a local favorite,” said McGinn. “Up on the Common we’ll have free ice skating sponsored by baystateparent and hot cocoa sponsored by Becker College. The Worcester Art Museum will be hosting a special craft project, sponsored by FLEXcon, and we’re bringing back the incredibly popular Kids Zone at Veteran’s Inc., sponsored by UniBank.” MassLive, new to First Night this year, will be sponsoring Ralph’s Rock Diner. Jillian’s Worcester, First Night’s newest venue partner, will be hosting a free pasta bar for First Night attendees as well as giving out free $10 gift cards to use in its game room. Other activities include open houses at the Joy of Music Program (with family-friendly drumming circles, student performances and creative movement groups) and the Worcester JCC (with swimming, Gaga, a basketball clinic, bounce house and craft projects).

Returning this year will be the First Night trolleys – two of them – sponsored by Bay State Savings Bank and SG&D Insurance Agencies. “For obvious reasons, the trolleys were a big hit last year,” said McGinn. “We’re so grateful to to be able to offer this service again this year so folks can travel in comfort to all the performances they want!”

As in years past, a First Night button grants free access to the area’s leading cultural centers. Museum partners include the EcoTarium, Museum of Russian Icons, Old Sturbridge Village, Salisbury Mansion, Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester Historical Museum. “This is a terrific perk for First Night button holders. Last year it added up to literally hundreds of dollars in savings for a family of four. That’s a pretty great deal!”

Buttons are on sale now – $10 before December 25, $12 after December 25, $15 at the door. Kids 7 and under are free. The full event schedule and button details can be found at www.firstnightworcester.org.

First Night Worcester is made possible through the generosity of the following:

Presenting Sponsors: PENTA Communications, Inc., Polar Beverages, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Platinum Sponsors: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Magazine

Gold Sponsors: FLEXcon, IMMEDIA, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Price Chopper, Worcester Rotary, WRTA

Silver Sponsors: Atlas Pyrovision Productions, Inc., baystateparent, CVS, EcoTarium, Grafton News, Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Leominster Champion, MassLive.com, Millbury Sutton Chronicle, Museum of Russian Icons
Old Sturbridge Village, Saint-Gobain Corporation, Salisbury Mansion, The Landmark, UniBank, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum

Bronze Sponsors: AAA Southern New England, AbbVie Bioresearch Center, Assumption College, Bay State Savings Bank, Becker College, MCPHS University
Rand Whitney Container, LLC, Reliant Medical Group, SG&D Insurance Agencies, Webster Five Cents Savings Bank

Supporters: Armenian Cultural Center, Commerce Bank, Courtyard by Marriott, Epworth United Methodist Church, Hilton Garden Inn, Jillian’s Billiard Club, MarketKING
Millbury Federal Credit Union, National Grid, Ralph’s Rock Diner, Southbridge Savings Bank, Spencer Bank, The Berry Group, Trinity Lutheran Church, Tuckerman Hall
Veteran’s Inc., Wegmans Food Market, Inc., Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Wesley United Methodist Church, Worcester JCC
About First Night Worcester
Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing access to the Arts. Best known for its New Year’s Eve Arts Festival, the non-profit work of First Night Worcester continues throughout the year with educational programs and community outreach initiatives. Taken together, the programs of First Night Worcester create a true spirit of community by providing shared cultural experiences, accessible and affordable to all.
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REMEMBERING THE FALLEN HEROES SIX
Please be advised that there will be a gathering at the Franklin Street fire station, 266 Franklin Street (Worcester, MA), on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00pm to remember the Worcester Six.
District Chief Robert J. Courtney
Worcester Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division
Office: 508-799-1851

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The Central MA Housing Alliance is changing its Housing Counseling Hours effective January of 2016 to 4:30 pm to 6:30pm. Please help us spread the word so case managers and clients have enough time to be aware of the new time frame for Thursdays ONLY. Thank you!
Thank you,
Miurka Torres
Housing Counselor
6 Institute Road P. O. Box 3
Worcester, MA 01609
Tel. 508-791-7265 ext 131
Direct Line 774-243-3831

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Frank Kartheiser. writes :
December 1, 2015

Raise Up Massachusetts Submits Final Signatures for Constitutional Amendment Campaign to Raise Additional Revenue for Transportation and Public Education

Over 157,000 Signatures Collected for 2018 Constitutional Amendment

BOSTON – Workers, community members, faith leaders, transportation and education advocates, and business leaders rallied today to celebrate a successful first step in the campaign to invest in transportation and public education by creating an additional tax on annual income above $1 million. This morning, the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition rallied on the steps of the State House and submitted signatures to the Secretary of State that will advance the coalition’s constitutional amendment toward the 2018 ballot.

“With these signatures, we are moving forward our campaign to invest in better schools and safe transportation infrastructure by asking millionaires to pay their fair share,” said Maria Elena Letona, Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor. “The best way to help working families and build a stronger economy for us all is to make sure that we have quality public schools for our children, affordable higher education, and a transportation system that lets people get to work and customers get to businesses.”

This grassroots effort was made possible with the support and leadership of thousands of coalition members and unpaid volunteers across the Commonwealth, who spread the word of the campaign by hosting signature-gathering events statewide. The coalition collected over 157,000 signatures, all without using paid signature gathering companies.

“Our grassroots coalition of community, labor, and faith groups won in the Legislature with the first increase in the state minimum wage since George Bush was in office,” said Barbara Gutman of the Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action (JALSA). “We won at the ballot with the strongest statewide earned sick time law in the country. Today, we take the next step towards winning in our state constitution with a tax on annual income over $1 million to make needed investments in transportation and public education.”

Local supporters have been out every day for months, talking to voters in front of supermarkets, at youth sports games, outside MBTA, bus, and commuter rail stations, at religious congregations, on busy street corners, at community events—anywhere and everywhere as they collect signatures from their neighbors and community members.

“I stood outside supermarkets on many occasions, but more importantly, we utilized our amazing grassroots membership network,” said Kamillah Hamilton, an organizer with 1199SEIU. “Our members, who work in nursing homes, hospitals, community centers, and home care, collected signatures from their co-workers, in their communities, and from their family members because we know, this is a group effort—we all had to get involved.”

The constitutional amendment would create an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above $1 million. The more than $1.5 billion in new revenue generated by the tax could only be spent on quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation. To ensure that the tax continues to apply only to the highest-income residents, the $1 million threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.

“If passed, this amendment would make a huge difference for students in badly underfunded schools and for students in our public colleges and universities who are burdened by too much debt,” said Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

“Across the state, people need better transportation, including safer roads and bridges, public transportation that works, and safe ways to walk and bike around town,” said Kristina Egan, Director of Transportation for Massachusetts. “Right now, our transportation network is stuck in the last century. For the state to compete against other regions around the globe, we need to step up and invest in modern, reliable transportation.”

“Our tuitions and fees are among the highest in the country, and students are forced to take on enormous debt to receive a degree,” said Kimberly Selwitz, President of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM). “We need to invest in public higher education, to make it affordable for low- and middle-income students in our state.”

The petition must now go to a Joint Session of the Legislature and be approved by 25 percent of legislators (50 votes) in 2016. The petition will then need a second approval by 25 percent of legislators in a Joint Session in 2017 or 2018 to appear on the ballot on November 6, 2018.
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Senators Push Back on FCC revision in JUST favor of consumers, municipalities, and PUBLIC ACCESS MEDIA CENTERS

http://katyonthehill.com/dem-senators-push-back-on-fcc-revisions-to-cable-regulation/

“One of the primary outcomes of state regulation in Illinois has been incumbent cable ops abandoning local franchise negotiations to opt into the state deal. It definitely hasn’t increased competition and in significant ways has lowered the bar on public benefits.” Barbara Popovic CAN TV Chicargo

“If the proposed rule is implemented, all cable systems will be assumed to have ‘effective competition’ for their services in local markets. If all cable systems are deemed to have competition, then local franchising authorities would no longer have the power to set basic cable rates in their municipalities or require that a cable system provide public access, educational or governmental access channels as a public service.”
Bryan Harley
Facilities/Operations Manager,CMAC
1555 Van Ness
Fresno, CA 93721

[This push-back is good , ]”This would do what state franchises have done in many states and allow cable companies to circumvent local efforts to make basic cable affordable to low-income families and seniors. In places with State franchises, basic cable rates have doubled and tripled as a result of this deregulation.”
Michael Eisenmenger, Executive Director
Community Media Center of Marin
415.721.0636 x16 | michael@cmcm.tv
www.cmcm.tv

“I appreciate everyone’s input, comments, and petitions, let’s hope together we will avoided further unnecessary and harmful cable reforms for the Consumers, Public Access, and our Municipalities.” Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director, WCCA TV, Worcester, MA