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Eight months ago, very few of us had heard of Net Neutrality, and the Coalition didn't even exist. Now not a day goes by without someone sending me a YouTube video, song, blog post or news clipping supporting Net Neutrality.

The Coalition has enabled more than a million Americans to speak out on the issue, moving Net Neutrality to the forefront of the debate over the future of the Internet.

We have stunned the phone and cable lobby and scuttled its plan to strong-arm Congress and make AT&T and Comcast the ultimate gatekeepers to online content.

Now It's Time to Celebrate.

We're pleased to invite you to a blowout party to celebrate this historic accomplishment and start the conversation on where we go from here.

On January 11 in Memphis, some of the more than a million bloggers, YouTubers, musicians, celebrities, politicians, activists and citizens who form the core of Coalition will come together on the eve of the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis.

We've booked the Gibson Guitar Factory from 9 p.m. until closing. There will be a DJ, drinks and dancing. We'll be projecting dozens of videos created by activists throughout the year.

Please Join Us. Learn More About the Memphis Weekend.

During the party, we will unveil's blueprint for the future of the Internet -- a plan not just to secure Net Neutrality in the next Congress but also to build momentum behind a vision of a faster, more universal and affordable broadband for everyone.

The party will help kick off the National Conference for Media Reform, which is about establishing media reform and Internet freedom as winnable political issues.

Speakers on hand over the long weekend include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bill Moyers, Davey D, Helen Thomas, Jane Fonda, Robert Greenwald, Dan Gillmor, Paul Reickhoff, Matt Stoller, Amy Goodman, Cenk Ugyur and many more.

Register Now for the National Conference for Media Reform.

Throughout the weekend, members will participate on panels and workshops on online organizing, blogger activism, Net Neutrality and the future of the Internet. This is a chance to meet face to face, strategize and build momentum for winning Net Neutrality as a new Congress returns to Washington.

Topics of the more than 100 panels and workshops include:

  • Going Viral -- The power of social networks to make change and circumvent the mainstream media.
  • Saving the Internet -- The success of the campaign and the challenges ahead in 2007. (with Free Press)
  • Universal Broadband -- Making high-speed Internet available for all.
  • Media Reform and the Vote
  • Citizen Journalism -- Blogs and beyond, making an impact in the new media landscape. (with Dan Gillmor)
  • Media Watchdogs (with Media Matters)
  • The War on the Press (with Helen Thomas)
  • From Computer Screens to the Streets -- activism in a wired world (with MoveOn)

Please join me and the rest of us in Memphis.


Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press

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