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Causes: Civil Rights

Mission: Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. We're working to create a world where people have the information and opportunities they need to tell their own stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in our democracy. We fight to save the free and open internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media.

Results: Free Press and its allied 501(c)4 organization, the Free Press Action Fund, have engaged and mobilized millions of people in crucial media policy debates. Free Press and its 1,000,000 members have challenged the most egregious corporate and governmental attacks on the open Internet, press freedom and public broadcasting — and won some remarkable victories. For more on our accomplishments and impact to date, please see our reports at www.freepress.net/about

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: • Internet Freedom: We’re fighting to defend Net Neutrality — and make the internet more accessible and affordable for its users. •Fight for Media Diversity: We're analyzing media company mergers — and mobilizing millions of people to demand that decision-makers act in the public interest. • Defend Press Freedom: We’re speaking out against attacks on journalists and protecting the First Amendment in the digital age. • News Voices: We're helping communities improve local journalism to better respond to their need for information. • Curb Mass Surveillance: We’re at the center of a broad and diverse network of civil liberties groups working to rein in unchecked government spying.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Free Press for many years. They are are one of the very best and unfortunately very few organizations working to improve the quality of media in our beleaguered democracy. The 4th estate is being swallowed whole by huge multi-national corporations who use their immense financial clout to buy the FCC deregulation and Congressional legislation that permits them to keep growing. Free Press is helping to expose what's going on and stem that tide. This is a fight we must win...failure is not an option.

2 Adrence A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group with dedicated member of management. Grassroots members are amazing, brave and loyal to the cause. The Internet is a place for all and no one, not even government should claim it as their own for their interest. The conference call today, open my eyes that with the right push and effort, we could turn the table and help to maintain the rights for free speech even in the cyberspace.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of around a dozen nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years. There is no doubt that Free Press is the best managed and organized group I have overseen. The waste factor is all but nonexistent. Every penny is spent like it has a manhole cover attached to it. Planning is taken seriously and strictly adhered to, allowing for necessary flexibility. Consequently the group has proven far more effective than scores of other groups that have equal or larger annual budgets. It is all about taking care of the work at hand and leaving the theatrics to others.

1 Bonnie Beth P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group works very hard at trying to make sure we get news that is truthful and they are working very hard on net neutrality.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was quite surprised that Free Press has such a small group of people who effectively take on national problems and concerns.
They are working hard to fight for internet freedom that is to the public interest, yet it is a shame that most of the public is still not aware of their efforts or not much at all. They should get whole a lot more support and attention for what they are doing.
Looking at the webpage, I am really impressed by their staff's experience and abilities. They must be a top organization with exciting mission to draw so many excellent young people to work there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press is doing some of the most important work in our day to make sure that the virtual public space of the internet remains free, democratic, and accessible to all. Their success is everyone's success. Great work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first discovered Free Press about 10 years ago when I was working to get women's voices and opinions more widely included in the mainstream media, and found the organization to be an ally in seeking increased diversity in the media. I also worked with them in urging the Federal Elections Commission to block the increasing consolidation of the media that was resulting in a concentration of opinions and limiting the expression of opposing views.

As a proud board member of the organization for several years, I believe that Free Press' effective nationwide campaigns have been indispensable in building public demand to keep the internet "free and open" and to expand public media and independent journalism. What an effective and important organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am continually amazed at how innovative Free Press is. They are amazing organizers who know how to build popular support for change. The work they're doing right now to save Net Neutrality and protect free expression online is so important. I'm honored to support this organization.

1 jasonmogus

Client Served

Rating: 4

I had the pleasure of working with Free Press extensively in the winter of 2013/14, leading a whole scale internal review around how they engaged their supporters in their work, and then an organizational transformation to become more effective at doing so.

They asked smart questions, did the work to find out what was working and what needed to change, and didn't shy away from the tough decisions required to renew their organization and focus on the future.

Free Press always has been and through this continual renewal will continue to reside at the forefront of global activism with their powerful online program, vision for true supporter engagement, and strongly collaborative and network oriented role they play in broader movements. Definitely a worthy organization and one I was proud to help support.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Free Press for over 10 years. They are a quality organization that does quality work for real impact. Free Press is organizing people for real change and helping craft policies for a media system that serves people not profits. They are the best.

1 Aitza H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked this past summer as a Policy Intern at the Free Press Washington, DC, office, under the direct supervision of Joe Torres. I can truly say that it was one of the most complete, enriching, nurturing, enlightening and enjoyable experiences of my entire life. From day one, we (the interns) were treated with a lot of respect and enthusiasm. The entire staff, even the ones in Florence, made us feel really welcomed! In terms of workload, there was always something new and interesting to do. From doing research and writing memos at the office, to holding signs in a demonstration in front of the FCC, to suiting up for meetings at the Hill. It was an eight week adventure! And it helped to reaffirm my desire for pursuing a career in where I can merge my legal and my communications background while doing public interest work. The only negative aspect of the entire experience was having to say good bye to such an amazing team. Working at Free Press was with no doubt an experience that I will always cherish, and will forever carry in my heart. Thanks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a media action intern at Free Press in the Florence office this summer, helping to organize in-district meetings with Senators and other events around the issue of Net Neutrality. The training we got was better and more practical than many of my classes and I learned many excellent skills that I will use going forward. I felt that the work I did was meaningful and useful and it confirmed my plan to work in a mission-driven non-profit when I graduate. In addition, the staff at Free Press are smart, dedicated, and passionate about what they do and they treat each other with respect. I've worked in a lot of different places and Free Press is extremely high-functioning.

3 Eric66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a summer intern for Free Press in the Florence office and was very satisfied by the warm welcome I got from all of the friendly staff. The work I was given all contributed to the overall goals of Free Press, I was given thorough training on both the issues we worked with and the tools we used and was afforded a lot of flexibility by my supervisors.

Instead of getting coffee for others, like in many unpaid corporate internships, I was given a small stipend and instead of fetching coffee, was given it free every morning with explicit instructions to NOT make it in the morning.

The work that Free Press does plays an integral part in protecting internet freedom. I had the chance to talk with people all around the country during my time with Free Press and heard both impressive and appalling stories about the lives of our supporters and the trials and tribulations of dealing with the corruption of the telecommunication industry. Free Press truly is a supporter-based organization is does a wonderful job at mobilizing and empowering their many supporters around the country. Whether its through a Senate Judiciary Field Hearing in Vermont, a panel with FCC Chairman Wheeler in New Mexico or a rally at a Presidential Fundraiser in Los Angeles, Free Press impressed me with its strong network of supporters around the country and ability to tap into this invaluable resource.

Monique10

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Freepress found a great way to include voices of all ages at the "save the internet," rally in Los Angeles on July 23, 2014. President Obama landed in the high school directly a cross from us and it was held in a park with high traffic and visibility. What an excellent experience...

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a great experience working with Free Press to raise awareness among Hawai'i senators on the Net Neutrality issue.

Free Press made it easy for regular people like myself to get in touch with my Senator's senior political advisors. Free Press held a short telephone call to discuss the issue, scheduled a meeting date/time/location and gave me a link to a short, well-written overview of the issue which the political staff appreciated receiving. They also put me in touch with several other folks who care about the same issue so we could share our stories and assist each other when meeting with the political staff.

Both Senator's policy advisors said this was the first time they had directly encountered the Net Neutrality issue. So it raised their awareness and made it more likely they could advise the Senator appropriately about the nuances of the issue when it comes up for Congressional action.

This is how representative democracy is supposed to work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated (mostly by listening) in a conference call in which the challenge to net neutrality was discussed and some of the things that can be done. While, I did know most of the information presented, I did pick up a few new pieces of knowledge. The moderator, Alice Crim, was well prepared and knew her 'stuff.' I believe that this organization is heading in the right direction and is true to its mission statement.
Without a free press and net neutrality, we might as well pack in this 'Great Experiment' known as the United States. The ideals on which this country was founded are under attack from all sides. An open, free and neutral internet is simply the best tool that we have for fighting to keep the dream alive. So, I am interested in seeing what else this organization can come up with to spread the word, especially to the to-date uninformed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I very much appreciated the news I got from Free Press e-mails. It mattered even more to me when they gave me detailed information on a topic very important to me, and gave me the chance be part of a group talking to my Senator's staff on the topic.

The Free Press staff were extremely well organized and put together a good group of people to speak on various issues. I felt we made a strong impression on the Senator's staff, and am grateful for Free Press's expertise.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press has been a constant source of support for the Democracy and Media Literacy course I teach at Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts. The vast resources and presentations that Free Press has provided or directed me to are invaluable. Our course would not be the twelve year success that it is. Free Press has played an integral role in graduating hundreds of active, well-informed and engage citizens.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Free Press 'Media Reform Daily' email is my cornerstone to understanding the media landscape in this country today. Technically informed and tuned to social justice, this organization deserves acclaim and support!

1 monica.ruck

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press lives up to it's mission, "..powerful nationwide movement to change media and technology policies, promote the public interest and strengthen democracy." I live in the SF Bay Area and follow their research closely - a wonderful resource!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The work of Free Press is more important than ever. In a world of huge money in politics, media consolidation, and government spying, it's imperative to have an organization that advocates for diverse media and Internet freedom. And as the media landscape changes, I appreciate that Free Press sheds light on the safety of the journalists who are so necessary for our democracy. Thanks for all of your work, Free Press!