Friday, May 14, 2010

Free Speech TV

Weekly News From Free Speech TV

Dear 12/17/09 5:46 PM EST,

Welcome to Free Speech TV's weekly newsletter, offering news and information about programs, features, and tips for making the most of Free Speech TV, the only 24/7 progressive television news network in the country.
FSTV's Spring Membership Drive Ends May 30th
As you probably know, Free Speech TV is a unique television station and website. We don't take money from corporations, and we don't receive government grants. We are beholden to our viewers, who are also our financial engine.

Viewers have been asking for a stronger web presence, and we have responded by adding an on-demand 24/7 library with a huge collection of documentaries and cached versions of our news programs, a new national Progressive Action Calendar for people to post events and find new ways to get involved, and a YouTube page for mobile phones with access to headlines from The Thom Hartmann Program and Democracy Now!. Viewers told us they wanted to see Free Speech TV on DirectTV, and we responded by signing a contract with that provider, and we will launch there later this year.

All of this doesn't come cheaply, so we come to viewers a couple of times during the year to ask them to become members of our growing movement. It's a way for our viewers to check in with us and find out more about us as well as a way for us to find out more about what our viewers and members want.

We're behind in our daily fundraising goals, which need to be met to allow us to bring you the kinds of programming to which you have become accustomed. We ask that you consider making a donation and becoming a member of the only independent progressive television station in the country today.

New Programs Throughout May on Free Speech TV
We are premiering several new documentaries during this pledge drive that we think you'll find interesting. You won't see them on any other network.

Pirate Radio (photo), for instance, is an intimate look inside the underground world of illegal radio stations, where people play and say what they want -- until the FCC catches them. Constantine's Sword, the latest film by Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby, is an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity, following acclaimed author and former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning. And don't miss David Edward's documentary about unsustainable suburbs, Sprawling from Grace.

These documentaries, along with our progressive news programs -- Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, The Thom Hartmann Program, Al Jazeera News, Global Report and Gay USA -- are among the many offerings you will see only on Free Speech TV.

Thanks so much to all the people who have become new members or have already renewed their membership to Free Speech TV. If you haven't already, take the time now to become part of the only truly progressive television station in the country, where TV is more than a pastime -- it's a movement.

Thanks again,

Leland Rucker
Web Editor/FSTV

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