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Testify in support of Olelo – deadline April 5

We ask you to submit testimony to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) in support of Oleloʻs application for a license to continue providing public access TV to Oahu.

You can email catv@dcca.hawaii.gov, fax 586-2625, or mail DCCA-CATV, P.O. Box 541, Honolulu, HI 96809

Some points you may want to cover are:

•    Why is public access important to you?
•    What is your personal experience with Olelo’s staff and services?
•    How has Olelo made a difference in your life? To your organization?
•    What additional service would you like Olelo to add?
•    Why should the DCCA renew Olelo’s contract?
Whatever you can do to help Olelo secure a new contract and protect public access in Hawaii is greatly appreciated.

Why is Olelo important to the Environmental Caucus?

Because Olelo produces our workshops that are broadcast live on the Internet so our members statewide can participate in our meetings.  I then edit these shows into half hour segments that Olelo can continue to broadcast and stream to the internet.  OLELO IS OUR VOICE TO HAWAII.

I attended the DCCA. Thursday evening March 27 and gave personal testimony as an Olelo producer. We listen to oceanic Time Warner call Olelo a corrupt, ineffective organization that should have its budget slashed and its organization dismembered. Their testimony was countered by about 30 very passionate Olelo producers who recounted how positively Olelo has affected their lives. Olelo is the voice of our community.

Be aware that Oceanic Time Warner is a very powerful foe of public access television in Hawaii. Every year, Oceanic introduces legislation designed to both breakup Olelo as an organization and to slash the Olelo budget. Oceanic takes every opportunity to attack Olelo as they did last night in the DCCA hearing.

Only your voice can preserve our axis to community-based public television. Take a moment now to express your support for Olelo to the DCCA. The deadline for your testimony is April 5. For more information go to FreeSpeechHawaii.org.

General Caucus Mtg and House Congressional Candidate Roundtable.

In order to allow more people to view our upcoming Congressional Candidate Roundtable on February 29, we have arranged to hold the entire event at Olelo’s Mapunapuna Station. In this way the roundtable can be viewed Statewide on channel 53 from 7:00 pm to 8:30, and neighbor Island members unable to attend in person may call in with questions during this live broadcast.

This is a first for us, and we would like to thank Olelo for helping us pull together this last minute change. Being able to broadcast live statewide is a opportunity we simply couldn’t pass up.

A reminder of our original email invitation follows:

Democratic congressional candidates, Bob Marx, Rafael Del Castillo, and Esther Puakela Kiaaina, have consented to join the Environmental Caucus’s next General meeting to discuss their national environmental concerns. We hope that you can join us as well. (Mufi Hannemann was also invited, but he is unable to attend due to a prior engagement. Tulsi Gabbard originally accepted our invitation, but has since discovered a schedule conflict and will no be able to attend. We have only invited officially declared democratic candidates, and undeclared candidates will not be represented.)

Date:
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
(special note: Congressional Broadcast beings at 7:00, so if you are on the neighbor islands and wish to attend the first hour of our general meeting, you will need to use our gotomeeting connection as usual. Contact lynnmariesager@gmail.com if you need the meeting login and password.)

Location:
Olelo’s Māpunapuna Community Media Center
1122 Mapunapuna Street, Honolulu, HI 96819
(Best bus route: #3 Salt Lake)
For directions and map, visit http://www.olelo.org/locations/mapunapuna/

Agenda:
We will spend the first fifty minute reporting on Caucus concerns, including our May elections, SCC nominations, upcoming resolutions, and important environmental bills that are currently working their way through our State Capital. We hope that all our official members will come by during that first hour to cast their votes and help us move forward with a quorum of votes.

At 7:00 pm that same evening, we will begin to broadcast an open “Townhall” with our candidates. All attending candidates will have up to ten minutes to speak about their primary environmental concerns. Following their presentations, we will open up the room for questions from the audience and callers.

Here are just a few of the national issues we hope to discuss with our Candidates:

Natural Gas and concerns about Fracking
The Tar Sands Pipeline Controversy
Off Shore Drilling
Alaskan Wilderness Reserves
Water rights and subsidies; including Colorado River depletion
Empowering or dismembering the EPA
Alternative energy investments
Views on Climate Change: Is it Fact or Fiction?
How do we attain a sustainable future?

This is a wonderful chance to come down and meet the people who want to represent you in the US Congress.

Neighbor Island members may view the event on Channel 53, and call in with questions. The phone number will be provided during broadcast.