Public Access

Thank you for epic community service, Chad Johnston

Chad Johnston is the director of Chapel Hill's grassroots public access station The People's Channel. Not many people truly know the scope of the contributions he has made toward democratizing media both in Orange County and in Orange County. Sadly he's leaving us to run a station in a bigger community. The Independent Weekly has a wonderful cover story about him this week, and the public is invited to a potluck to say farewell to Chad tonight at the TPC studio on Elliot Road. If you can't attend in person, you can watch it live on TV!

I highly recommend reading the Indy article which gives a sense of how Chad has gone to bat to protect community media at the state level, as well as the thankless work of building and sustaining capacity for grassroots voices to be heard both in Orange and Durham Counties.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to speak in Durham!

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! comes to Durham to benefit The Peoples Channel, WCOM, WNCU and Balance and Accuracy in Journalism!

April 8th, 7-9pm at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707 

Please support local community media by coming to this wonderful event! The event will sell out quickly, so make a donation for your ticket now!

Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and David Goodman

Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help. Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is the mass revulsion against the killing and torture being carried out in our name? Where are the environmentalists? Where is the peace movement? The answer: They are everywhere. The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed.
ISBN: 1401322883



Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 2:00pm


Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707

Homestead Park is padlocked

Homestead Park is in the news, especially since the new Aquatic Center opened to the public. However, what people may not know, and it is certainly newsworthy, is that other facilities in Homestead Park are firmly padlocked, and the public do not have access. Namely, the football fields (of which there are two), and the baseball fields (of which there are also two). "It must be maintenance", I hear you say -- but no. There are two of each kind of facility, so while one is padlocked for maintenance, the other could be available. No again -- they are ALL padlocked. I am sure this is not what people had in mind when the funds were approved for this important development. Nowadays it is quite common to see parents hoisting their children over the five-foot fences so they can have a game. When questioned about this, a representative from the Parks Dept responded, "... the fewer people we allow on the turf, the less work we have to do". Our tax dollars at work! Is this what we had in mind?

The Peoples Channel's Satisfaction Survey

Good evening OP folks,


I thought community members might find it interesting to see the results of our most recent satisfaction survey. I think it pretty accurately shows where the organization is: We’re doing a whole lot, with very little! You can view it at:


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