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Help bring fearless, independent journalism to BT in March 2012. Sign up to become a "Friend of Free Speech TV in Burlington."

Have you heard the news?

Free Speech TV is coming to Burlington!

Thanks to the work of many in our community, Free Speech TV is bringing its 24/7 independent news, analysis and documentaries to Burlington Telecom. Starting March 1st, we’ll be able to tune in to FSTV on BT’s newest channel (122) on its “basic tier."

But first, we need to rally to finish the task of making Burlington the first city in the country to offer a fulltime FSTV channel on cable.  FSTV has until the end of February to raise a one-time $10,000 to cover its start-up costs.

Here’s some more good news:

We raised half the money before we even launched this page.

A group of us founded the Friends of Free Speech TV in Burlington, and we've already pledged $5,000 as a Founding Friends Challenge Fund.  That means that for every dollar you pledge here, we'll kick in another dollar to match you. If we can raise just $5,000 by the end of February, FSTV will receive the full $10,000 it needs to launch its new channel in our community.

Why do we think you'll want to support this campaign?

That's easy. Free Speech TV is a great fit for our community. FSTV covers the issues the other networks won’t, offering diverse viewpoints and truly independent journalism. FSTV airs daily news from Democracy Now! and The Thom Hartmann Program, including the live weekly "Brunch with Bernie" (Sanders) call-in segment. It airs current affairs programs like Gay USA and environmental talks from the Bioneers conferences.

FSTV is a great outlet for amazing--but hard to find--independently produced documentaries, like The Billionaires Tea Party (about the Koch Brothers),  The World According to Monsanto (GMOs and food safety), Waging A Living (low-wage workers), Beating the Odds (public education), and Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary (immigration).

FSTV airs live coverage of events like the Wisconsin labor battles, the Occupy Wall Street protests, and the 2012 elections.You can see program highlights in this short network trailer.

To top it off, FSTV is commercial-free and non-profit. Your donation is tax-deducible. How cool is all that?

Given your support of media that matters, we hope you'll join us today. Your support of FSTV will provide vital alternative programming to our local cable dial. 

How does Kickstarter work?

Kickstarter uses a fun new way to fund innovative projects, called "crowd-sourcing." It relies on friends telling friends to tell friends to join them in pledging support for a project they believe in.

Kickstarter employs a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $5,000, we lose everything. All pledges are canceled, and you pay nothing.

We know Burlington can meet this goal. Once we have reached it, your credit card will be charged, and FSTV will contact you to get your address so we can send you the "rewards" on the right. 

To make a pledge, just click the green "Back This Project" button and select your giving level and rewards. You must then finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.

What if we exceed our goal?

Even more good news for you: All funds raised above this $5,000 campaign goal will be invested into new FSTV programming, particularly their 2012 election coverage. If you want something better than the commercial networks' usual horse-race coverage, this is a great investment. Doesn't our democracy deserve to have the issues that matter the most to our communities discussed with meaningful substance?

Can't donate right now?

First, remember that every donation counts--even the small ones--and you've got until midnight on February 29th to make your pledge. In the meantime, you can help by spreading the word.

Send a shout out on Front Porch Forum. "Like" this page on Facebook. Tweet it to the universe. Email it to your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Tell the cashier at the grocery store, or wave down a stranger on Church Street!

Please share the news: every dollar helps!

Thank you! From the Founding Friends of Free Speech TV in Burlington

Individual Founding Friends

  • Scott Campitelli
  • Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Center for Media & Democracy
  • Linda Deliduka
  • John Douglas
  • Deb Ellis, University of Vermont
  • Greg EplerWood, MediaVox
  • Drew Frazier
  • David Goodman
  • Greg Guma
  • Alexandra Halkin, Americas Media Initiative
  • Dan Higgins, The Photo Lounge
  • David Jenemann
  • Bobbie Lanahan
  • Robin Lloyd, TowardFreedom.com
  • Sam Mayfield, Lower Thirds Productions
  • Seth Mobley
  • Andrea Rogers
  • Donald Schramm
  • Jan Schultz
  • Bill Simmon
  • Shay Totten, Chelsea Green

Institutional Founding Friends

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    You'll sleep better at night knowing that you helped bring more fearless independent news & analysis to your community. Your name will be added to the "Friends of Free Speech TV in Burlington" list on FSTV's website. Best of all, you'll be able to tune in to FSTV on BT channel 122 on March 1st!

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    How about a signed copy of "Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country," the stunning book by FSTV host Thom Hartmann? Plus, we'll send you our OCCUPY THE MEDIA bumper sticker and list you as a "Friend of FSTV in Burlington."

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