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Prometheus Launches Southwest Tour to ‘Reclaim Airwaves’

LPFM window could be opportunity for community empowerment, organization says

When the LPFM broadcast license filing window opens in October, it is a rare chance for nonprofits, community groups and labor unions to increase their reach, according to the Prometheus Radio Project.

PRP is in the midst of their “Southwest Reclaim the Airwaves Tour,” aimed at mobilizing communities of color, particularly immigrant and Native American populations, to start thinking about building local radio stations that broadcast in their respective languages, as a way of increasing civic empowerment, the organization says.

According to a release, they will partner with local nonprofits to disseminate information on how exactly to obtain radio licenses, why radio is important and what steps must be taken to get on the air. They’ll also offer technical support and discuss various strategies for media outreach.

Upcoming engagements this month will take place around Texas: May 13 in El Paso, with the Sin Fronteras Organizing Project; May 15 in San Antonio, with Southwest Workers Union and Martinez Street Women’s Center; and May 17 in Houston with CRECEN.

For more information, visit their Twitter (@prometheusradio) and Facebook pages or email [email protected].