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Nope, this is NOT a hoax.  I heard it covered in detail by the news
program (radio and TV) Democracy Now!  And MoveOn is the new
grassroots/internet organizing model/example.

At 9:17 AM -0700 5/12/03, Nancy Willard wrote:
>  > Date:    Sun, 11 May 2003 17:48:19 -0700
>>  From:    Ken Umbach <kumbach@UNLIMITED.NET>
>>  Subject: Re: Stop Media Monopoly
>>  This sounds like a hoax on the face of it. for the FCC and
>>  information on genuine policy proposals.
>>  Ken
>>  ----------------------------------------------------
>>  Kenneth W. Umbach, Ph.D.
>The amazing thing is that this looks like a hoax because it is so incredibly
>at odds with our democratic principles. But it is not a hoax. The F.C.C. is
>poised to make decisions that will allow total media monopoly, on June 2.
>Haven't heard about this through your traditional news sources? Well as the
>media in this country comes under ever increasing control by just a few
>companies, expect that there is a whole heck of a lot you will not hear
>The Move On folks are an amazing example of how Internet-facilitated
>communications for political advocacy. This effort was formed during the
>Clinton impeachment, hence the name -- "let's just move on, this is not
>worth spending so much time over." This group played a major role in
>facilitating protests against the war in Iraq, and have also provided
>support for the filibusters of several judicial candidates.
>You can learn more about the F.C.C. moves and More On at
> I receive their periodic e-mail messages. I have
>never had any indication that they have violated my privacy by providing my
>address to anyone else (which they promise not to do.). The messages are
>also not so frequent as to bother me. Their reports seem to be
>well-researched. This group is also trying to generate greater federal
>support for funds to states to address education.
>Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
>Center for Advanced Technology in Education
>University of Oregon, College of Education

Johanna Halbeisen, Library Media Teacher
Woodland Elementary School (preK-4)
80 Powder Mill Rd,  Southwick, MA 01077

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