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Elections 2018 — The Progressive Path Forward: The Power of Women of Color
New York, April 10, 2018 — Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and Free Speech TV (FSTV) are premiering the third episode in the monthly series, Elections 2018 — The Progressive Path Forward: The Power of Women of Color, this Thursday, April 12, at 8:00 pm ET on both MNN-FSTV (Spectrum channel 1301 and FiOS channel 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming online worldwide at mnn.org) and Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348, and streaming on Roku, Apple TV, and freespeech.org).
Women of color are at the core of the progressive movement and their collective voting power is key to victory in the midterm elections. Now nearly 20% of the population, women of color are emerging as leaders and candidates up and down the ballot. In Alabama, 98% of African American voters supported Doug Jones, and were credited with ushering in the Alabama’s first Democratic Senator in 25 years. Yet the DCCC’s list of endorsed candidates does not include any of the African American women running in competitive primaries. Women of color seeking Democratic Party nominations are the most likely to face contested primaries. How long will Democrats continue to ignore the voices of women of color?
"It is critically important that women of color candidates, who have historically been excluded from public office, have equal access to platforms that can reach voters before they head to the polls," said MNN President and CEO Dan Coughlin.
Aimee Allison, President of Democracy in Color and former co-host of The Morning Show on Pacifica station KPFA, hosts this episode. Produced by Globalvision and taped at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center in East Harlem, this episode is a co-production of Free Speech TV, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and Democracy in Color, an organization dedicated to empowering the New American Majority through media, public conversations, research and analysis on race and politics. Featured panelists in The Power of Women of Color episode include:
Sayu Bhojwani (New York City) - NYC’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, founder and president of the New American Leaders Project, and founder of South Asian Youth Action in Queens, NY.
Kimberly Ellis (Richmond, CA) - Executive director of Emerge CA, and former candidate for chair of the California Democratic Party.
State Representative Ponka-We Victors (Kansas, District 103) — A member of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona and the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, Ponka-We Victors is the first and only Native American in the Kansas state legislature.
State Representative Mary González (Texas, District 75) — A third-term state representative, Rep. Gonzáles is currently serving her first term as Vice Chair for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. Named “Advocate of the Year” and twice named a “Champion of Equality” by Equality Texas, she is the first openly pansexual elected official in the United States.
This episode also features an interview with Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who could make history as the nation’s first African American female governor.
“This is what an open and democratic media looks like. This is exactly why Free Speech TV and MNN exist. These amazing next-gen leaders represent the best chance America has to resist and rebuild and they must be heard,” proclaimed FSTV Executive Director Ron Williams.
Elections 2018 — The Progressive Path Forward:The Power of Women of Color will premiere on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00pm ET on MNN-FSTV (Spectrum 1301 and FiOS 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming live online worldwide at mnn.org) and on Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348 or streaming on Roku, Apple TV and freespeech.org).
During the broadcast, MNN (@MNN59) and FSTV (@freespeechtv) will host a live Twitter chat with Aimee Allison and several panelists from the episode, using the hashtag #ProgressivePath18. Broadcasts are scheduled as follows:
Thursday, April 12, 8:00 pm ET – Premiere
Friday, April 13, 4:00 am ET
Sunday, April 15, 11:00 am ET
Sunday, April 15, 5:00 pm ET
Wednesday, April 18, 4:00 pm ET
Sunday, April 22, 10:00 am ET
About Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Founded in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network is New York City’s free public-access cable network. Operating seven channels (Community, Lifestyle, Spirit, Culture, HD Community, MNN-FSTV and NYXT.nyc) and reaching over 600,000 cable subscribers in the Manhattan area, MNN is the largest public-access cable network in the nation, with programs airing in more than 40 languages. Find MNN on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and at mnn.org.
In 2012, MNN opened a state-of-the-art community media center at the old Engine Co. 53 Firehouse on East 104th Street in East Harlem. The facility features three HD production studios, including a three-camera studio, as well as editing services and a Youth Media Center. The Firehouse offers classes in English and Spanish and hosts community events throughout the year.
MNN also produces the cable and digital channel NYXT.nyc (pronounced next dot N.Y.C.). Presented in partnership with more than 60 Manhattan community-based organizations, NYXT.nyc shines a spotlight on groups that are working to connect people and build neighborhoods. NYXT.nyc is available on TWC 1992, FiOS 38, and online at nyxt.nyc.
About Free Speech TV
Free Speech TV is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change. As the alternative to media networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, Free Speech TV elevates unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage.
Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), and over 150 community cable affiliates. Free Speech TV streams live at freespeech.org and is available on Roku, Apple TV, and maintains an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Free Speech TV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.