On Friday, September 23rd, hundreds of people participated in the launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom, attending in person or watching on-line.  The digital townhall launch took place at the offices of New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Check out the entire video and photos from this precedent setting event and panel discussion that explored the potential impacts of these developments.  The event marked the official launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom and celebrate the success of Latinos for Internet Freedom.


Black and Latino communities are coming together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination. Because communities of color rely on the Internet and are increasingly embracing wireless technology, we are organizing to protect our online communication rights. These rights are currently at risk: FCC Net Neutrality rules provide few protections for wireless users — and a pending congressional resolution would overturn these rules and hand control of the Internet to corporations. What’s more, the Department of Justice has acknowledged that AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile is a serious threat to wireless competition and would raise prices for consumers.

Participants included:
Welcome by:
Sascha Meinrath – Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
Opening Remarks:
Joseph Torres – Author, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
amalia deloney – Center for Media Justice & Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
Jessica Gonzalez – National Hispanic Media Coalition
Rev. James Patterson – Partnership of African American Churches
Elandria Williams – Highlander Research and Education Center
Chancellar Williams – Free Press

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