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what? Public Access for the animals?? (long, but read on!)

From: Jennifer G.
Sent on: Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:11 AM
Dear Vegan Long Island members,

This email is a pitch for Public Access activism for the animals!

Public Access programming?  "But isn't that a thing of the past?" I hear you ask...  

Okay, I grant you that there probably aren't THAT many public access viewers nowadays, what with the advent of YouTube and satellite tv and Netflix and all that... 

But I know there are still people out there checking out the public access channel.  

(How do I know?  I got a call last year from someone who saw the Dr. Greger program I was showing in the Hauppauge system...this viewer wanted to know how to get a copy for himself so he could show it to his nursing students!)

Submitting tapes/dvds for the public access channel is free.  And relatively easy.  

And I have a bunch of vegan-themed dvds, just WAITING to get shown.

Wanna help?  Here's how: become a public access timeslot "sponsor."  

For your convenience, I've pasted info below, too. 

And feel free to pass this email on to someone else you think would like to do this!

Thanks for all you do,
Vegan Long Island Organizer
Jennifer Greene
Program Manager, Public Health
Humane Society International
2100 L St., N.W. | Washington, DC 20037 | t (631)[masked]

Here are the steps to become a timeslot sponsor:

Step 1: Be a resident of one of the municipalities listed below.  (You do NOT have to be a Cablevision subscriber.  You just have to have a driver's license, state ID, or utility bill that shows that your residential address is in one of Cablevision's service regions.)

Step 2: Call the appropriate Cablevision office -- see phone #s below -- to request a Public Access application & envelope.   They'll just ask for your name & mailing address.  They might also ask for the name of your "show," so you should probably decide beforehand which tape you want to submit...see the menu of possibilities below...

Step 3: After the PA application arrives in your mail, call me if you want my guidance in filling it out...

Step 4: Put that filled-out PA application & copy of your proof-of-residence in the mail (if they tell you there are timeslots available right now). Or, if the schedule is currently all filled up, they may tell you that you need to wait for the next mail-in date for the next 6-month contract period. No problem. That mail-in date will be in a few months. 

Step 5: Now wait for Cablevision to send you notification about your timeslot.

Step 6:  O Happy Day!  You'll receive the postcard in the mail that notifies you of the day & time of your very own weekly Public Access timeslot, yay!! 

Step 7: At least 3 days before your first show will be cablecast, the actual tape/dvd will need to be dropped off at your Cablevision center.  If you want, we can do it together, or if you're a bold, adventurous & independent sort, you can do it yourself!  (And I'll mail you the supply of dvds I've got for you.) does that sound?  Not too hard?  Wanna try it?  

We might be able to get a whole bunch of animal or veg programming on the schedule now, or for the next 6-month period, April through September 2012. 

Some of the programming I have IS explicit & disturbing footage of factory farming, but not all of it is.  
Some of it is suitable for younger viewers.
Some of it is cooking shows.
Some of it is nutrition and medical information.  
I have a variety, so you can pick what you feel most comfortable submitting.

And it WILL reach somebody out there & change their life, I guarantee it.

I *know* this programming can change lives.

How do I know? In the past, I ran a program that showed a contact email address, and I got emails from people writing to say thank you... to say how upset they were to see the truth about factory farming, but how glad they were to have their eyes opened, and how they felt motivated to start making more compassionate choices...

So, if you're interested in using CABLE TV...
to bring ANIMAL-COMPASSION-INSPIRING INFORMATION to others on Long Island...
please RSVP to this opportunity.  Thank you! 

Here's the link to RSVP, or you can email me directly at [address removed]:


Below is a list of videos & dvd I have that could be shown...

But hey, if you want to burn your own dvd with, say, material you can get from the Internet, go for it!!  
I haven't done that myself, but I'm sure it's easier today than ever before.

Note that you'll be requesting a 30-minute or a 60-minute timeslot (you get to choose).

EASIEST OPTION: use the "Animal Matters" dvds from Neil Hornish. They're ready to go, each one is a half-hour show.

Some of the tapes I list below don't have running times of 30 or 60 minutes, so they'll have to be cut or combined with other footage to make 30 min or 60 min.

Suitable for all ages:
- Eat This! (Four British teenagers explore the way animals are raised for food...20 minutes)
- Just Choices (A group of US high school students research animal protection issues for a class project on social justice...21 minutes)
- Share the World (Animal feelings, humane choices -- for grades 3-5...28 minutes)
- My Friends at the Farm (Children meet rescued animal ambassadors at Farm Sanctuary, and learn their stories -- for grades 3-6...19 minutes)
- The Emotional World of Farm Animals (Jeffrey Masson tours animal sanctuaries, learning about the emotions and intelligence of farm animals...52 minutes)
- Maximum Nutrition with Doctor/Chef Michael Greger, MD...120 min
- Latest in Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 1 by Michael Greger, MD...90 min
- Latest in Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 2 by Michael Greger, MD...90 min
- Latest in Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 3 by Michael Greger, MD...180 min
- Latest in Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 4 by Michael Greger, MD...180 min
- Processed People (interviews of leading health experts)...40 min

Contains disturbing footage, so not suitable for a daytime or early evening timeslot:
- Meat the Truth (The massive impact of livestock farming on climate change...73 minutes)
- Earthlings (Disturbing footage of animals used/abused for food, clothing, entertainment, lab research...95 minutes)
- A Cow at My Table (Interviews of animal rights activists & slaughterhouse scenes...90 minutes)
- Veg Video (Episodes featuring footage of mistreatment of animals on factory farms...60 minutes)
- Undercover TV (Episodes hosted by Kenneth Williams & others, featuring hidden-camera footage of factory farming, fur farming, etc....30 min)

You could always call your timeslot by a general-purpose name, such as "Animal Issues" or "Go Veg."



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If you're a resident of one of the following municipalities, contact the HAUPPAUGE office at[masked] (Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 5:30) to ask them to mail you a Public Access application & submission envelope.

Bayport, Bay Shore, Bellport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Brightwaters, Brookhaven, Calverton, Center Moriches, Centereach, Central Islip, Commack, Coram, East Islip, East Moriches, Eastport, Farmingville, Fort Salonga, Great River, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Holtsville, Islip Terrace, Kings Park, Lake Grove, Manorville, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Medford, Middle Island, Miller Place, Mount Sinai, Nesconset, Oakdale, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Ridge, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, St. James, Sayville, Selden, Setauket, Shirley, Shoreham, Smithtown, Sound Beach, Stony Brook, Village of Port Jefferson, Wading River, West Islip, West Sayville, Yaphank

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If you're a resident of one of the following municipalities, contact the WOODBURY office at[masked] or[masked] (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to ask them to mail you a Public Access application & submission envelope.

Albertson, Amityville, Asharoken, Atlantic Beach, Babylon, North Babylon, West Babylon, Baldwin, Bayshore, Bayville, Bellmore, Bellerose, Bethpage, Brightwaters, Brookville, Old Brookville, Upper Brookville, Carle Place, Cedarhurst, Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Copaigue, Cove Neck, Deer Park, Dix Hills, East Hills, East Islip, East Meadow, East Northport, East Norwich, East Rockaway, Eatons Neck, Elmont, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Garden City Park, Gilgo Beach, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Great Neck, Green Lawn, Greenvale, Half Hollow Hills, Harbor Hills, Hempstead, Hewlett, Hicksville, Huntington, Huntington Station, Inwood, Island Park, Islip, Islip Terrace, Jericho, Lakeview, Lattington, Laurel Hollow, Lawrence, Levittown, Lido Beach, Lindenhurst, Lloyd Harbor, Locust Valley, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset, Manorhaven, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Matinecock, Melville, Merrick, Mill Neck, Mineola, Muttontown, New Cassel, New Hyde Park, North Bellmore, Northport, North Woodmere, Oak Beach, Oceanside, Old Bethpage, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainedge, Plainview, Point Lookout, Port Washington, Rockville Center, Roosevelt, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn Heights, Sands Point, Sea Cliff, Seaford, Stewart Manor, Syosset, Uniondale, Valley Stream, Vernon Valley, Wantagh, Westbury, West Hempstead, West Hills, Wheatley Heights, Williston Park, Woodbury, Woodmere, Woodsburgh, Wyandanch

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If you're a resident of one of the following municipalities, contact the RIVERHEAD office at[masked] (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to ask them to mail you a Public Access application & submission envelope.

Amagansett, Aquebogue, Bridgehampton, Calverton, Cutchogue, East Marion, Eastport, East Hampton, East Quogue, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Jamesport, Laurel, Mattituck, Montauk, North Haven, New Suffolk, Orient, Quogue, Remsenberg, Riverhead/Flanders, Sagaponack, Sag Harbor/Noyac, Shelter Island, Southampton, South Jamesport, Southold, Wading River, Wainscott, Waterhampton Beach, Watermill, Westhampton


FYI, I've pasted below an excerpt from the Cablevision website which explains the submission process...
(I think MY explanation, above, is much more entertaining...<grin>)
You don't have to read this; I'm just providing it in case you want to see it for yourself.

Public Access producers must adhere to the following application submission guidelines if they are from one of several areas: Woodbury, Riverhead, Hauppauge, Brookhaven, Bergen, Cresskill, Rockland, Paterson, Morris County, Warwick, Oakland, Monmouth County, Raritan Valley, Raritan, Bayonne, Elizabeth, Newark, Hudson County.

  • All applications will be accepted by United States mail only, beginning on August 10, 2010. Any applications received with an earlier postmark will be unopened and returned to the sender. No in-person, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted, nor will we accept applications by any private mail delivery service.
  • To apply for Access, please contact the Access Department for an application and envelope. Cablevision will only accept one application in the specially marked Cablevision envelope.
  • Applications mailed to addresses other than the ones listed will not be accepted or returned. There will be no exception to this rule.
  • If you are requesting more than one timeslot for your show, additional requests for second airings of the same program from the same applicant or second airing of the same program from different applicants will be done in a separate random selection process. These applications will be accepted and processed after October 2010, only if time is available.
  • In addition to the completed forms, applicants must include proof of residence (Cablevision will only accept a driver's license, state ID card or a utility bill, which includes electric, gas, water, cable or land line phone, tax bill and/or non-profit tax-exempt document 501(c) 3).
  • Applicants will be considered for the first air slot requested. As is the current procecdure, if that slot is taken, your next consecutive request will be considered. Please be sure to indicate 10 choices for airtimes/airdates on your application and give Cablevision a daytime phone number, which will be used only to contact applicants about their submissions.
  • Do not call Cablevision to check the status of your renewal. Notification will be sent regarding applicants' scheduled timeslots.

We will commence with the scheduling of timeslots on a first come first served basis (based on the USPS postmark date). As the mail is opened (again by random drawing in the order of USPS postmark day) each application will be considered for the first air slot requested. As is the current procedure, if that slot is taken, the second air slot request will be considered. If all requested air slots are taken, the applicant will be called and offered another day and time.

Any additional air slot requests for the same program will be considered only after all first requests have been scheduled.

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