Action Field Trips -- St.Louis

Draft 5/5/10. Email comments c/o Bob Gallie by clicking HERE.

Action events with signs and flyers.
Calling attention to media issues and our organizations!

[NEW. Click HERE for the summary. (As an MS Word .doc HERE.]

Thousands of activists will be there!

St. Louis, May 13-15, 2005

Satellite view

Photo by Mitchell Szczepanczyk. Chicago 9/4/2003.


Our main site will be the public park in downtown St. Louis next to Viacom-CBS's building (1 S. Memorial Dr., near the Jefferson Memorial arch and northwest of the Interstate highways junction). The park is at the Old Courthouse, about a block northeast of the Milennium, the National Conference for Media Reform's main hotel (of 3). Over 2000 people will come to the conference!

The Viacom-CBS building has "KMOV-TV" and "KMOX-AM" logos on it. The forboding guarded entrance has an 'under siege' appearance. Still, the law will require that they allow the public in for public files inspections (more information below). The building directory lists Viacom's stations and offices.

We will have signs and flyers, and we will discuss the media issues with people. It is very likely that some members of activist St. Louis groups and the public will have time to join in. Our signs can include your own media issues and organizational signs. Some prepared signs will be available ("Break up media monopolies!", "Fox News sells wars!", ...).


Thursday May 12, 2005, through Sunday May 15 --

Participants' BRIEFING SHEET on "Action Field Trips." (Still an early draft.)

Walk 2 blocks northeast to the park anytime you are not at Conference events. Borrow a prepared sign, or use or make your own. Take some of our handout flyers. And your camera.

Afterwards, return the sign and report when and where you went, how many other Conference people were there, how the public responded to conversation and flyers, how the stations responded to the public files inspections, etc. Copy your digital camera pictures into our computer to submit them for publication in the media and for FP's web site.

Matters of laws (DRAFT TEXT):

Broadcast licensees have a unique legal obligation to let you examine and copy from special FCC public files pertaining to licensing, equal employment, and public service obligations. But they can deny you access if you are not there within normal business hours. Upon your request, a station must provide you with your own copy of an FCC booklet 'Broadcasting and the Public.'

Examining these files asserts the fundamental principle that American television and radio airwave licenses are not for private business, but are to be services for the public interest, convenience, and necessity. The public interest is always to be paramount to the licensee's interests.

We have all the ordinary public rights to visit open private stores, offices, buildings, and plazas unless a police officer or the owner's spokesperson, possibly a security department employee, tells us to leave.

Always obey any official police order! You may not walk in the streets without a special permit. If you are on the public sidewalk or in a public park, you may not interfere with other pedestrians. Amplified sound might require a permit; and laws might require cardboard tubing instead of sticks on signs. If an officer tells you not to keep standing in one place, because that interferes with other pedestrians, form a moving circle.

Free speech: You have the right to display and wear messages. If other people are willing, you may engage them in conversation and give them cards and literature.

[A few paragraphs here will summarize some major media reform issues, especially those most related to particular public education sites. Viacom-CBS, GE-NBC, Murdoch-Fox, and Clear Channel are media monopolies issues, PBS in 2005 is a privatization and politicization issue, and SBC lobbying is a municipal wireless rights issue. The briefing sheet will have references for further education and research.]


Maps for further RESEARCH: Optional additional media issues public education sites. --

The following links have good information on the monopolies issues, even though some of the pages may presently stress Chicago aspects:
The editor is gathering some items here temporarily --

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