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UPDATE (March 21, 2013): It's been a few years now since I sponsored a Public Access timeslot.
Here's what I'm wondering: these days, are there enough people watching the public access channel to make this type of advocacy worth our time & effort? Perhaps there are. But I don't want to keep showing them outdated content.
And I can't, myself, do the digital editing necessary to produce new programming.
But maybe someone else can. If you're handy at creating dvds (or you know someone who is), then maybe we could continue putting pro-animal, pro-veg material on the public access channel.
Otherwise, if nobody can make dvds suitable for the 30- or 60-minute timeslots, then I'll declare this project finished for now (or dormant, until someone comes along who's got the software & the skills to revive it).
Dear Vegan Long Island members,
This 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."
Read the steps below, and RSVP!
Thanks for all you do,
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.)
So...how 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.
I've got 10 hours of Dr. Michael Greger's "Latest in Nutrition," which can be copied onto DVDs for you to submit.
I also have "Eating Mercifully" and "Honoring God's Creation" DVDs, which present the case for a plant-based diet from Christian perspectives. (Since there's already a lot of religious programming on public access, I figure these DVDs might have a ready-made audience...)
I know this programming can change lives.
How do I know? In the past, I ran some programs that showed a contact email address, and I got emails from people writing to say thank you... to say how glad they were to have their eyes opened, and how they felt motivated to start making better 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.
In addition to the DVDs mentioned above, I've got other videos & dvds that could be shown, if someone can help duplicate them on dvds.
I know it's also possible to burn your own dvd with downloaded video, though I haven't tried it myself. If you're a digital editing wiz and want to help, please let me know.
Note that you'll be requesting a 30-minute or a 60-minute timeslot (you get to choose).
Some of the tapes I list below don't have running times of 30 or 60 minutes, so they'd 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)
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."
WHICH CABLEVISION OFFICE DO I CALL TO REQUEST MY APPLICATION? Hauppauge, Woodbury, or Riverhead? Read on...
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If you're a resident of one of the following municipalities, contact the HAUPPAUGE office at 631-846-5542 (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 516-393-3614 or 516-393-3631 (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 631-996-6040 (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, the Cablevision website also explains the submission process here: