Neighbors, May 5, 2017 will be a beautiful day in the neighborhood to show our support for public radio and television stations! We’re putting on our sweaters to honor the anniversary of Fred Rogers’s congressional testimony that saved public media funding AND tell our neighbors that we support funding.
Nearly 48 years ago, Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications to stop a proposal to cut funding. He passionately spoke about public television’s role in providing social and emotional education to children. His testimony gave the Subcommittee Chairman John O. Pastore “goosebumps.” Most importantly, the proposal was stopped and funding was later increased, thanks to Fred Rogers’s heartfelt testimony.
Today, the President’s budget recommends eliminating federal funding for public radio and television stations. Congress hasn’t made federal funding decisions yet, so this is another opportunity to tell our lawmakers that we support funding.
On or before May 5, 2017: