Defending Democracy with Informed Community Action in WNC

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

— Abraham Lincoln

Free Press/Media Action Team

The Free Press/Media Action Team has a vision of America as a place where citizens are informed and therefore able to be engaged in the process of self governance.  We want to help this country become a place where no one is afraid to speak truth to power.

Our mission is to increase public media literacy and access to information, promote journalistic integrity, and protect the constitutional right to accurate information about the world in which we live.

Our strategies include organizing and promoting educational events, organizing and attending rallies, and lobbying legislators to protect the free press.

Actions we have taken so far include the promotion of talks on the importance of the media for a healthy democracy as well as postcard and telephone campaigns urging our legislators to support free speech, truth in politics, and honest media.

If you are interested in learning more, you can reach us at freepress@indivisibleavl.org.

FOCUS GROUPS

  • Defending 1st Amendment
  • Supporting Good Journalism
  • Open Internet & Social Media
  • Fake News, Propaganda, & Other BS

ACTIONS WE TAKE:

  • Creating and promoting educational opportunities within our community
  • Campaigning
  • Demonstrating

Show Up & Speak Out: Rep. Mark Meadows Coming to Asheville 4/20

Rep. Mark Meadows, representing WNC’s 11th Congressional District (Candler, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Fletcher, Woodfin, Weaverville), is making a quiet stop in Asheville on Thursday, April 20. If you’d like to send him a message, show up and bring your signs in peaceful protest to remind him of the issues that are important to his constituents! WHO:      Rep. Mark…
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ERA Postcard & Women’s Reproductive Rights Poster Party

Drop in any time between 5:00 and 8:00- we will have postcards to support the ERA in NC, and we'll make posters for our upcoming trip to Charlotte to advocate for reproductive rights at Senator Tillis's office! Donations for supplies and postage welcome but totally optional.
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Equal Rights Amendment Calls to Rules Committee

The ERA bill is currently sitting in the Rules Committee and for it to move forward, it must be put on the agenda. These 4 calls are to the House and Senate leaders who have the power to put it on the agenda.
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Support NC Senate Bill 554 – Fair Redistricting

Tuesday April 4 is the final day that North Carolina Senators can co-sponsor Senate Bill 554, the fair redistricting bill. Call or email your Senator now and ask them to sponsor Senate Bill 554. Ask your red county friends to call and email, too! Why is Senate Bill 554 so important? We all know that North…
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NC Senate Alert: Oppose SB 325

NC Senate Bill 325 proposes a $1 billion tax cut that primarily benefits the wealthy and corporations. This bill is expected to go to the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, April 4th. Please call your state senator on Monday and ask them to vote NO on this bill to preserve revenue for the programs needed to serve all…
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Supreme Court Alert: Tell Sen. Tillis by April 2 to Stop the Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 am.  Senator Thom Tillis is a member of this committee. If he is confirmed by the Committee, his nomination will go to the full Senate for a final vote (date TBD). Call…
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Communication within your Focus Group

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Free Press/Media Focus Groups

Defending First Amendment

This focus group works to defend and promote the American right to free speech in a political climate where it is not just more important than ever, but more threatened than ever.

First Action Plan:  President Trump is using his elected office to abridge the freedom of the press, in violation of his oath of office.  Members of Congress also have taken an oath to support the Constitution.  Please send postcards, make phone calls, and write emails to your elected representatives to denounce the un-American assault on our First Amendment rights.  Example: "Banning media from a press conference? Make DEMOCRACY great again. Speak out and defend our First Amendment Rights."

Supporting Good Journalism

This focus group works to recognize and promote journalistic integrity, and to advance the needs of a healthy free press.

Action in the works.  Check back for more soon.

Open Internet & Social Media

This focus group works to increase public awareness about the importance of an open internet, as well as to promote public access to information.

Action in the works.  Check back for more soon.

Fake News, Propaganda, & BS

This focus group aims to combat the spread of false information and prevent the detrimental effects that an environment full of "alternative facts" has on democracy.

First Action Plan:  We need to fight the effects of the Trump Administration's disinformation campaign, both on our own psyches and on the behaviors of our legislators.  Please write postcards and emails highlighting individual untrue statements made by the White House Administration and/or legislators.  Each time you hear or read about such a thing, write that particular quote (or a summary) on a postcard and underneath it write “THIS IS NOT NORMAL”.  Example: "On January 30, 2017, Kellyanne Conway stated 'Here's the fact: The No. 1 source of income into Mexico are Mexicans working here and sending the money back,' which is patently untrue.  THIS IS NOT NORMAL."