May 30, 2015
At the beginning of the Access Tucson Board meeting, May 28, 2015, the chair had a call to the audience. The public could speak for 3 minutes to the Board. No discussion, comments, or questions were allowed. Even though the mission of Access Tucson is to be run by a grassroots democracy, such democracy—which allows for open speech-- is not allowed during the meetings. I feel that this lack of direct democracy is one of the reasons why there is little community spirit at Access Tucson, and it is one of the reasons why the public seems to not care about the fate of the station. I wrote an essay about the problem I had with the City’s Request for Proposal that outlines its new mission for the government’s station, which doesn’t included it to be a forum for free speech. I requested to the Chair that she send my essay to the general Access Tucson membership. She failed to do so. Why would she choose to not send my essay to the membership? My solution is to empower ourselves by direction action, broadcasting Lovolutionary ideas over the airwaves.