Sunday, September 17, 2006

News about another rally for The Santa Barbara News-Press, September 24th:

The Star picked this up from the Santa Barbara Independent's comments area. Funds raised will go to the Journalist's Loan Fund recently set up over at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. We hope that there will be many speakers there, and actually we hope local politicians also attend. There are very large issues at stake about freedom of the press in Santa Barbara. We hope many reporters up and down the California coast can also attend, as well as our politicians. It's THAT important, for all citizens of Santa Barbara.

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RALLY and FUNDRAISER TO SAVE THE SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS

The Rally:
3-4 p.m. Sunday, September 24
De la Guerra Plaza
Prominent speakers will be invited. More details to come.

The Fundraiser:
4-6 p.m. at Ruby’s Café
De la Guerra Plaza
Hors d’oeuvres and music
Suggested Donation: $20.00
Proceeds will be donated to the Journalist Loan Fund to help current and former News-Press employees who have been forced out, fired or suspended without pay.

Please join the organized newsroom of the Santa Barbara News-Press in a show of support for journalistic integrity and a fair employment contract. In recent weeks, 22 top journalists have left the newsroom because Wendy McCaw, the owner and co-publisher, was interfering in the news. An atmosphere of intimidation and surveillance has replaced the openness that a free press requires.

This month, 11 newsroom employees received notice that they would be suspended for two days without pay for the “offense” of attempting to deliver a letter to McCaw. The letter asked her to stop harrassing employees who were seeking union representation.

The No. 1 priority of these employees, some of whom have worked at the paper for decades, is to restore ethical standards at the News- Press. They expect to win their union election by a large margin on Sept. 27. Until their demands for a fair contract have been met, they are asking subscribers to CANCEL THE
NEWS-PRESS TODAY.

The Sept. 24 rally is organized by newsroom employees and the Graphic Communications Union of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Please help us send a message to McCaw that SANTA BARBARA DEMANDS A FREE PRESS.

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