Send your media blackout complaints to News Channel 8 WJLA

If you’re on this page, you probably already know that the WJLA television broadcast of the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade omitted the presence of the Bernie Sanders supporters. The WJLA broadcast cut to a commercial break just as the Bernie Sanders float was approaching the television cameras. When they returned from the break, all traces of the Bernie Sanders supporters were long gone.

We’re very disappointed, to say the least. Our volunteers really worked hard to make a fun and entertaining presence in the parade. They poured their hearts into the project, donating countless hours preparing the float and purchasing supplies with their hard-earned money.

 

In response to this hurtful oversight, we are encouraging all local Bernie supporters to contact the station and urge them to include the Bernie float and supporters in all re-broadcastings of the Parade. The station is scheduled to re-broadcast several times on Thanksgiving Day.

Provided below is a message you can use when contacting the station. Feel free to include your own sentiments but we encourage you not to accuse the station of political bias – we do not believe this slight against our group was intentional or malicious.

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To: newsdesk@wjla.com
CC: campaignlaw@fcc.gov

To the Station Manager(s) of WJLA,

I was disappointed that the Bernie Sanders float was not included in your broadcast of the 2015 Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. Just before the camera turned to the Bernie float, you cut to commercial break. When you returned from the break, you had skipped the Bernie supporters altogether.

This omission of the Bernie Float and its supporters is disconcerting when you consider that all the other floats supporting political candidates were awarded air time – Hillary Clinton, Chris Van Hollen, Jaime Raskin and a few others. This is unfair treatment to the participants of the Parade and the political candidates they represent.

I urge you to include the Bernie Sanders float when you rebroadcast the parade on thanksgiving day, Nov. 26th.

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Also, post it to their Facebook page as well.

facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/wjlatv

Thank you,
Bill Cook & Joshua Thomas
MoCo4Bernie

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Let’s Get Started!

You are excited and ready to do your part but you don’t know where to start. That’s ok, that is how everyone begins. Bernie has been clear that he won’t take money from billionaire backed super PAC’s or the Koch brothers. That leaves all of us who believe in Bernie’s message to get those ideas out in our communities and stimulate discussion and awareness. Bernie’s success depends on our individual initiative and passion for change to develop the grassroots network that his campaign requires.

Grassroots organizations are comprised of both experienced political activists and inexperienced activists. Bernie’s campaign was not only aware that there would be a bit of inexperience in the grassroots movement, they planned for it. On Bernie’s official campaign website, they have outlined the type of activities you can engage in to help spread Bernie’s message to your local community.

Bernie Sanders Volunteer Organizing Toolkit

Look over the list and find something that you think you could help with or even lead with. And while Bernie’s official campaign is not in a position to provide much assistance beyond guidance, MoCo4Bernie exists to help organizers in Montogmery County with the more practical aspect of event implementation. If there is something you want to do and you need a bit of help you can “contact us” here on this website or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also attend one of our bi-weekly meetings or volunteer to assist on others events. If you are not ready to organize your own events, you can register to volunteer with us and we can contact you to help other organizers with their events.

We are all in this together. Let’s help each other help our country. Let’s get started!

 

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