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Action Alert: Help Save NABET and CWA Jobs as Congress Threatens Public Broadcasting Cuts
In the current debate over cutting the federal budget, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives has proposed cutting the entire budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to ZERO. The potential elimination of federal funding from the budget for NPR, PBS, local public radio, and television stations (like WGBH and KQED) could affect the jobs of up to 1,500 NABET-CWA, TNG-CWA, and CWA members.
With the deadline fast approaching for Congress to agree upon a budget for the current fiscal year, this fight is urgent!
Please take action now by telling Congress that Public Broadcasting in the United States is too important to be zeroed out!
Call Your Member of Congress – Tell Them Don’t Zero Out Public Broadcasting! 800 number will be live by Monday, for information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write a handwritten letter to your Member of Congress, and fax it to (202) 434-1426. We will make sure your fax is hand delivered to your Representative’s office.
Stay tuned, because this fight will go from the House of Representatives to the US Senate in the next couple of weeks!
Federal funding for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio on a national basis and at your local station level comes via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While these broadcasters receive other funding from donors and grants, the elimination of Federal funding for CPB will be catastrophic.
Of course, trimming the Federal Budget needs everyone’s attention, but cutting the funding for the jobs in our communities that bring us news, information, the performing arts, and educational programming is not going to solve the deficit and will cost workers their jobs, and citizens will lose the programming that they value.
INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND FULL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL, SO WE CAN FORWARD APPROPRIATELY.
FEEL FREE TO PERSONALIZE THE MESSAGE
Dear Congress(wo)manYour Representative here ,
Please support continued funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Public Radio and Television support programming and jobs that are critical to communities in every single community in your state here.
Write two or three sentences on why public broadcasting is important to you. You can talk about your job, or the people who work at your station. You can talk about your favorite public programming. You can talk about how it’s important to your children, or important to your community.
Do not cut Public Broadcasting. It is important to me, my family, and my community.
Your Mailing Address
Your Email and Phone Number
Once Your Letter Is Written: Fax your letter to 202-434-1426. You can also PDF your letter to email@example.com. Once you have faxed your letter, mail your letter to your member of Congress at their closest district office (this address can be found on your congressperson’s website, or at www.vote-smart.org).
In the debate over cutting the federal budget, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives has proposed cutting the entire budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to ZERO. We oppose zeroing out the budget for NPR, PBS, local public radio, and television stations. Because the deadline is early March to agree upon a budget – for this current fiscal year – this fight is urgent.
Dial 1-877-426-8013 or text CPBFUND to 69866 to be connected to your Congresswoman/man and use the script below. It’s so easy, and makes a difference.
Here is what you can say when you call:
Hi, my name is your name and I’m from your City, State, and Zipcode . I support continued funding to Keep Public Broadcasting in the Federal Budget. Does the Congressman/Congresswoman have a position on proposed cuts to public broadcasting? Thank you.
You Can Also Text CPBFUND to 69866 –
You’ll get a call and will be connected to your Congressman