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Legendary Actor Stars in New NHMC Video Urging the FCC to Protect Internet FreedomPASADENA, Calif. – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), the leading media advocacy and civil rights organization for the benefit and advancement of Latinos, today released a video featuring legendary actor and filmmaker Edward James Olmos speaking out for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) action to restore an open Internet. The video is the latest action in NHMC’s campaign to preserve an open Internet following a January federal appeals court decision that struck down open internet rules–opening the door for Internet service providers to block and slow down traffic to websites and other online content. Video and more information about the open internet and NHMC’s campaign are available here: www.nhmc.org/openinternet. In the spot, Olmos, best known for his roles as Commander William Adama in Battlestar Galactica, Lieutenant Martin Castro in Miami Vice, Gaff in Bladerunner, and Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, highlights the importance of Internet freedom: “Many of the non-profit organizations that I support use the internet to organize for social and economic justice. Bloggers earn a living and tell their stories. Small business owners sell their goods and services to larger markets. Creative people showcase their content to new audiences. Imagine if one day you were restricted from using your favorite websites and applications. In fact, a recent court decision jeopardizes the freedom we have all come to enjoy on the internet.” Olmos adds that “Hope is not lost – the court left the door open for the Federal Communications Commission to right this wrong.” He concludes the spot calling viewers to take action, saying, “Please join me and the National Hispanic Media Coalition in calling on the FCC’s Chairman, Tom Wheeler, to reassert the FCC’s authority over internet service providers and develop new rules to protect internet freedom and prevent online censorship and discrimination. Go to www.nhmc.org/openinternet
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.
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