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Contact:   Joel Landy, Songs of Freedom Television

Songs of Freedom Television presents . . .

“October 26, 2002:  We Were There!"

an evening of acknowledgement and empowerment

at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network  /  Wednesday, January 22nd, 2003, 8pm

If you believe the polls, you would think the pResident and his plans for an upcoming war and other “endless” wars are popular with the people living in the United States.

Yet . . . when you ask your neighbors and friends you discover quite the opposite is true.

What is going on?

Don’t look to the corporate media for help.  What is happening is hundreds of thousands of Americans are gathering in the streets, town halls, television studios and in other places to declare their unity and disgust with the Bush Administration and their plans of “Blood for Oil”, civilian surveillance and global domination.

On October 26 of this year hundreds of thousands of Americans organized and articulated this message in Washington DC, San Francisco, and in other cities across the country and around the world.  Mainstream media outlets either ignored the story or predictably framed it condescendingly and inaccurately, accountable only to themselves and their corporate sponsors.  One lesson learned again was that even with the greatest outpouring of citizen outrage since the Vietnam War, the movement for peace and humanity must chronicle itself.  This movement of all ages, all genders and all colors, must also have places to gather to recognize each other, acknowledge each other and inspire each other to find their own voice and the voices of their brothers and sisters speaking out.

Public access television is such a place to gather.  On Wednesday evening, January 22nd, 2003, Songs of Freedom Television and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network will host an evening remembering what happened in Washington on October 26, as told by video artists who were there, featuring the work of MNN producers and others.  In addition, activist performers and invited speakers will share their opinions and perspective. And of course, there will be your voice and time for your comments and questions.

The goal of the evening is to acknowledge the work of brave activists and videographers participating in and chronicling this movement, speaking truth to power, both recording and making history. The greater goal is to empower you to use your skills, your art and your voice to tell this story.

The Manhattan Neighborhood Network is located in Manhattan at 537 West 59th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.  The closest subway stop is Columbus Circle at 59th Street.  For more about MNN, call 212.757.2670.