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Dear Friends of the First Amendment:

We need your help. 

In the past several years, we have lost almost $800,000 in funding from the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.  That used to be about 80% of our total annual budget.

We continue to help our community learn video production skills and to share their messages over cable television and the Internet -- no matter their point of view. We tour children and encourage them to become a part of the media landscape -- not just observers. We produce and air public service messages and programs for and/or about our local non-profits and governmental agencies -- conveying information on resources available to those in need. We have covered local events so that shut-ins may feel a part of the community -- even if they can’t attend in person.

We promote the importance of the First Amendment locally and globally, giving voice to all sides of local issues and concerns. Programs produced by staff and community members educate, enlighten, entertain and increase understanding of differing viewpoints and religious beliefs -- one of our major goals. 

We're happy to have increased minority membership and to have made new friends while also holding on to our old friends. 

But, we need you and all those who care about and believe in the importance of community media, particularly now when mainstream media consolidations and mergers have resulted in an almost complete absence of local community coverage. That is the void that we fill. 

Please consider a tax-deductible gift in any amount -- $5, $10, $25, $100, $1,000 -- to help us meet these new challenges and to assure that TBCN, the only public access center still alive in the State of Florida, continues to operate and to thrive. 

You can give through our website at http://www.tbcn.org/ or mail a check to Speak Up Tampa Bay, PO Box 4177, Tampa, FL 33677-4177 or you can call us at 813-977-5200 with your credit or debit card information. You can arrange to spread your contribution over the next year, if you prefer. 

Thank you in advance for whatever you can contribute to this cause. We appreciate your help and support.

Sincerely, 

TBCN Staff, Board of Directors, Current & Future Community Producers 

Tampa Bay Community Network

A Service of Speak Up Tampa Bay Public Access Television, Inc. [a 501c3 non-profit]

www.tbcn.org 

Seen on FIOS channels 30 and 36; Bright House Networks channels 638 and 639 and Comcast channel 20

And over the Internet through our website.

 

 

 



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