Rights Groups Call For Senate Hearing On PPM
May 26, 2009 at 4:07 PM (PT)
Several civil rights and minority broadcast groups have sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman PATRICK LEAHY that his Committee to hold a hearing examining the negative impact a performance tax will have on minority and female-owned radio stations.
"Minority and women-owned radio stations speak directly to our communities and are a cherished resource that must be nurtured and protected," they wrote. "Therefore, we respectfully urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to ensure proper due process by conducting a thoughtful public hearing on the likely consequences this legislation would have on minority and female radio broadcast ownership and service to minority communities before any official Committee action is taken on this legislation."
The letter was signed by Rainbow PUSH Coalition's JESSE JACKSON, MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL's DAVID HONIG, LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW's BARBARA R. ARNWINE, AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION's MARIA E. BRENNAN, BUSTOS MEDIA's AMADOR BUSTOS, SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM's FRANK FLORES and SPANISH RADIO ASSOCIATION's FRANCISCO R. MONTERO.