In the words of Phil Collins: "I can feel it coming in the air tonight…Hold On!"
Or better stated, in the words of Patti Smith: "The people have the power."
A good friend of FMC — John Nichols — once said, “The civil rights movement didn’t start in the 60s.” In other words, there were good people in America fighting segregation and racism for years and years and years before they finally reached the historic moment when a national movement came together and change was possible. This change didn’t happen by accident. It was the cumulative result of years of preparation, education and organizing which finally came to full flower as a bus boycott that captured the imagination of a country.
In the wake of the FCC’s June 2nd decision to side-step the will of the people and hand more of the public airwaves over to media giants we challenge you to see Chairman Powell’s deeply cynical action as the modern equivalent of the first television footage of water cannons and police dogs let loose on peaceful civil rights protesters.
His action has galvanized a movement. This time last year it was very difficult to explain media concentration as a phenomenon or a threat. Today, thanks to the arrogance of Clear Channel and the deaf ears of our FCC commissioner, not only does everyone “get” this issue, they are lining up to get in the fight.
So if there’s anything we want you to take away from what happened this Monday it’s that Chairman Powell just delivered us a movement and that this movement is going to win the battle against media concentration. With this many people on our side, it’s inevitable. So, welcome to the white hats. We’ve got work for you.
PS: To the thousands of folks who have recently joined our mailing list after co-signing our FCC musicians’ letter, we’re really excited to have you on board. Tell your friends that we’re going to win this thing, because we are.