Monthly Archives: April 2009

Backers Of Low-Power Radio Bill Dial Up Their Optimism

by Katie Sanders

Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., assured supporters of his renewed effort to  expand low-power, noncommercial FM radio stations that bipartisan  legislation reintroduced in February is likely to become law this  year, saying there are no valid arguments for not taking action.

He told a roomful of self-proclaimed “community radio advocates”  preparing to lobby for his bill that House Energy and Commerce  Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., seemed  “inclined” to schedule the measure for a hearing and markup soon.

“Once we get this out of committee and onto the floor, I think we’ll  just sail it through the House,” said Doyle, whose bill has 38 co-sponsors.

The measure would statutorily repeal “third-adjacent channel”  restrictions imposed by the FCC that have prevented the licensing of  more stations that generate signals of no more than 100 watts. A  companion bill has been introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Past bills have been opposed by the National Association of  Broadcasters, which has argued that a proliferation of low-power FM  stations can significantly interfere with transmissions from larger  commercial radio stations.

Doyle called the assertion a red herring that has been refuted by a  2003 MITRE study, which found no significant problems with  interference. The study’s findings have been challenged by the NAB.

Representatives from low-power FM radio stations, joined by New  Jersey musician Nicole Atkins, said easing FCC restrictions would  bring more diversity in station employment and programming while  offering an outlet for discussions on topics pertinent to local  audiences.

The community stations are also critical for spreading local  emergency alerts, said Liz Humes, national programming director of  Richmond Independent Radio.


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Fed-up man stuns city meeting with bag of drug use items

“…It was likely not the response Fish was anticipating…”

Oregon senators question Navy training off coast

PORTLAND, Ore. AP — U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon have sent a letter to the secretary of the Navy about concerns over the potential environmental and economic impact of expanded training off the Pacific coast.

The two Oregon Democrats said in their letter to Secretary B.J. Penn that the training may pose substantial risks.

The expanded warfare training proposal includes underwater minefield testing, explosive ordnance use, expanded land and air-based exercises and widespread sonar use.

The senators cited four specific concerns: irreparable harm to fisheries, sonar impact on marine mammals, possible threats to endangered species and the potential release of hazardous materials into sensitive marine ecosystems.

A public comment period ends Saturday.

Local group calls on Rogue Valley citizens to oppose US military surge in Afghanistan

peacenotwarsmalllogoIn solidarity with the Call for National Action for Peace in Afghanistan by United for Peace & Justice, three  rallies/vigils for peace in Afghanistan will be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass.

Citizens for Peace & Justice of Medford is urging citizens to gather with signs of protest or peace at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, April 7th, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Vogel Plaza, Main at Central, Medford

Wednesday, April 8th, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Ashland Plaza, Ashland

Thursday, April 9th, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Josephine County Courthouse, 500 NW Sixth St., Grants Pass

The following news release from United for Peace & Justice explains what these actions are about:

Call for National Action for Peace in Afghanistan

Recently, President Barack Obama announced his plans to send another 21,000 troops to Afghanistan:  he is girding the nation for a long and costly military occupation there.

While he also made some good statements on increasing diplomacy and economic aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the emphasis is clearly on military operations. Predictably, the Pakistan and Afghan factions of the Taliban are already uniting to oppose our escalation of troops. As the spring fighting season approaches, only one thing is certain — more death, destruction, and misery in a desperately poor country that has had little respite from war for decades.

Here in the U.S., Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan and the continuing occupation of Iraq threaten our nation’s urgent economic and domestic agenda. Now is the time for more diplomacy, not more war!

United For Peace and Justice calls for immediate action for peace in Afghanistan. Here are three things you can do:

1) Call the White House today – 202-456-1414 or toll-free 1-800-828-0498

Make sure President Obama knows that you disagree with his plans to send more troops to Afghanistan. Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1414 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM ET. (Or call the activist Capitol switchboard toll-free at 1-800-828-0498 and ask for the White House.)

2) Help organize local actions April 6 – 9

Congress will be in recess so this is a perfect time to meet with your representatives while they are home. Actions can also be community or media-focused — vigils, rallies, public education forums with local speakers, film showings or
other events to educate and mobilize support in your community. This is an important time to educate people about Afghanistan and the urgent need to change U.S. policy.

UFPJ calls for the following:

a.. A halt to the planned escalation of 21,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. We need to bring all our troops home now, not to send more into a country where military solutions have never worked.

b.. A strong commitment to diplomacy as the only solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. The U.S. must support negotiations already underway among various actors in Afghanistan, and must also engage all countries in the region with a stake in a peaceful Afghanistan. The announcement that Iran will join negotiations over Afghanistan is a positive development. We need to share more cups of tea for negotiating rather than more weapons where military solutions have never worked.*

c.. A dramatic shift from military spending by the U.S. to funding for Afghan-led humanitarian community development and reconstruction projects to enable Afghan communities to improve daily life for their own people. Our goal is to put an end to U.S. war funding.

Life and Legacy of Cesar Chavez

NOWIA Unete Center for Farm Worker Advocacy would like to invite you and your family to celebrate the Life and Legacy of Cesar Chavez with us on Friday, April 17 at 6:30 pm,  Medford Public Library, Large Conference Room,     205 S Central, Medford OR.

chavezThe evening’s program includes Whistling Elk Drum, 4-H Youth theater STOP THE HATE, dance, mural art and video. There will be a youth panel addressing issues related to higher education, at-risk behaviors and legislation affecting immigrants.

For the first time at this year’s event we will be honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the local immigrant community.  Please join us as we honor these individuals and commemorate the life of Chavez and his dream of dignity and justice for farm workers and immigrants.

Viva la Causa!!   Si… se puede!

NOWIA Unete Center for Farm Worker Advocacy is the new full name for the Medford-based group we used to call simply Unete, which has been one of the most consistent partners with CPJ in all our peace & justice activities and events.

For more information please contact NOWIA Unete at 541-245-1625 or at