Tell the FCC to Maintain Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality concerns all of us.  Actor friend Carl Bressler just gave me the scoop on Facebook on how to petition the FCC to keep the net neutral.

Here’s how to do it, courtesy of Carl:

1. On your computer, not your phone! – go to: www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
2. Enter under Proceeding the numbers 17-108.
3. In comments, say you support Title 2 oversight of ISPs. Also say that you support net neutrality.

*Fill in the form carefully; they’ve made it less friendly and impossible to fill in by phone, on purpose. 

Here was what I wrote to the FCC:

 I support Title 2 oversight of ISPs. I support net neutrality. Like the printing press of the 1400s, the internet fundamentally democratized the way we communicate, make it easier for everyone to have a voice–not just leaders or the wealthy. Any attempt to de-neutralize the internet is deeply damaging to our freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of assembly and no “free market” consideration should ever infringe on our freedoms of speech, press and assembly.

So many of us actors and other creatives are now really in the business of content creation, just as much as we are in the entertainment biz or the movie biz.  The neutral net has created immense opportunities for us to showcase our talents and a net that is not neutral will limit what audiences we can reach.  It is important for every creative to fight for net neutrality.

Please do this today!

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Join the Thunderclap for #GivingTuesday

1 out of 6 children in the U.S. do not have enough to eat.  In this season of abundance and goodwill, it is so important to raise awareness to support these children.  Please join the Thunderclap campaign for No Kid Hungry to support #GivingTuesday.

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Walk with Me

In March, I received a call I was never prepared to receive.

Earlier this month, I received a similar call.

Both times, my mother called to inform me that someone I knew had committed suicide.

At first, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the realities of these situations.  I’ve dealt with deaths.  There’s an ineffability of the aftermath of a suicide.  No words can fully contain it.  I am the type of person that always feels better when I DO something, which is why I am walking in the Out of Darkness Walk in Pasadena on November 4.

Please help me to vanquish the darkness of suicide by raising funds and awareness.

Not Just a Hollywood Problem

I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of women in the world.   Hollywood was reeling over the avalanche of harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.  The #MeToo hashtag is near-constant in my various feeds.  I am saddened.  I keep asking myself, “How do I take action?”  And more importantly, how to take action that reverbs beyond just Hollywood?

I see Saudi women claiming their right to drive and wanting more of the rights that we in the USA take for granted.  There’s been significant action to stop child-marriage in India.   Men are expressing remorse, sympathy and solidarity for the women brave enough to tell world their “Me Too”.   There IS progress.

I had a conversation with Nada Nasserdeen of Rise Up For You this morning.   It will be up soon.  We discussed so many things and one of the things that came up was the pay gap.  What Harvey Weinstein did was horrible, and once the headlines fade on this, we still have to keep pushing for economic equality.  Abuse of power is intimately tied to money. Having money does not give you the right to abuse other people.  One of the things that stands out about the Harvey Weinstein debacle was how  he was perceived as  a “golden goose” to quote Scott Rosenberg, a long-time associate.  If you haven’t read Rosenberg’s comments, read it.  Weinstein’s ability to make box office money left him unchecked. Considering how little progress has been made to include more women in the decision-making process of commercial film and television, it’s no wonder that he would-be-Harvey-s would feel invincible.

How do we move forward beyond this week?

  • Reach out to a woman in entertainment and let her know you support her.  Let her know that you care.
  • Go to a play or movie directed or produced by a woman.  Support women in the arts.  There’s an old maxim that “You’re only as good as your last picture.”  Let’s support women making art.
  • Do not tolerate bad behavior, “locker room talk” or any action that demeans a woman or girl at home, work or school.
  • Support women globally, especially to empower them economically.  A threat to women’s freedoms anywhere compromises women’s freedom everywhere.  One of my favorite ways to do this is by funding a micro-loan on Kiva.

This is about more than the transgressions of one man.  There are more Harvey-s in every industry, every country.  This is not just a Hollywood problem.  It’s a power imbalance that manifests everywhere from gilded Hollywood to the most humble villages on earth.  As long as the pay gap is tolerable to the majority, women will still be a minority, even if women outnumber men.

 

 

Thirteen Millions Reasons to be #Hangry

If I told you 13 million children  in a country don’t have enough food, you’d be appalled, right? What if I told you that was happening in the USA? It’s true. One out of six children in our country don’t have enough to eat.  Forty eight million children and adults, 15% of the US population, experience hunger and food scarcity.

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That’s something to be #hangry about. Join me in fighting hunger this Hunger Action Month.

Matt’s Management Raises Money for Houston

My talent manager Matt Chassin has glowing testimonials on his website and if you’ve ever met Matt, you’d see why.  In honor of his upcoming milestone birthday, Matt is raising funds for Habitat for Humanity of Houston.

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Happy Birthday, Matt!

It’s so important to support Houston at this time with funds to trusted charities like Habitat for Humanity.  If you’d like to understand how funds do more than donations of items, please check out this article.

Check out Matt’s fundraiser on Facebook!

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