On Monday, Michael Powell and his allies on the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to authorize media consolidation. It's a sad day for democracy -- this decision will place the bulk of our country's newspapers and TV stations in even fewer hands. Diversity, fairness, and competition will decline as a result.

Luckily, democracy's awful resilient. Congress has the power to overturn these rule changes. More than 100 members of the House and roughly 20 members of the Senate asked the FCC not to approve these rule changes at this time. The members of Congress were right to be concerned, and they have the authority to act on those concerns now by introducing legislation that will undo these changes. Our friends at Common Cause have made it easy to contact your Representatives and Senators and let them know that you want the FCC's rules repealed.

You can take action now at:

Thus far, we've had a truly remarkable campaign. Here are some of the highlights:

* The Stop Media Monopoly petition now has just under 200,000 signers -- one of the largest public statements ever made on this issue. Combined with comments from members of the NRA, Common Cause, the Consumer Federation of America, and other groups, the FCC has received over 700,000 comments on this issue. As of last count, about 1 in 1,000 of these supported the rule change. So the FCC clearly knows where the public stands.

* So many MoveOn and Common Cause members called and emailed the FCC on Friday that their voicemail system and web site went down. CNN covered the story.

* MoveOn members raise! d over $180,000 to pay for print and TV ads, which we ran in partn ership with Common Cause and Free Press. The ads played an instrumental role in making newspapers and TV stations cover the rule change: the day after they were launched, the Washington Post discussed them in a front-page story. George Stephanopoulos showed our TV ad to Michael Powell and Senator John McCain on Sunday, and grilled them on the media issues. They also attracted the attention of the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and even The Guardian in the UK -- and that's only a partial list. Common Cause President Chellie Pingree and I were both invited on to cable news shows to debate the issue.

It's pretty clear where Americans stand on this issue: no one wants a few big companies controlling their access to news and entertainment.
Thank you for being a part of the first stage of an incredible campaign, and stay tuned for the next steps.

--Carrie, Eli, Joan, Peter, Wes, and Zack
The MoveOn Team
June 4th, 2003