Press Release

FCC Chairman Wheeler to Speak at Youth Event in Albuquerque

Media Literacy Project and NM Digital Justice Coalition organize panel discussion
Friday, June 20, 2014
Contact Information: 
Shana Heinricy,, Cell: 812-325-9878

WHAT:  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will visit New Mexico on June 30, 2014 for Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: A Youth Dialogue with FCC Chairman Wheeler. Media Literacy Project and New Mexico Digital Justice Coalition will host a panel discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 30 at South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque with Chairman Wheeler, New Mexico State Senator Jacob Candelaria, Marisa Demarco from NM Compass, Autumn Chacon from Quote Unquote, and Dale Alverson from UNM's Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research.

“I am honored to be a part of an event that focuses on the importance of technology and the role it plays in society,” said Sen. Candelaria.

“At a time when New Mexico ranks last among the 50 states in the number of people that can get online at home, last in child well-being and second in population living below the poverty line, it is critical that we share our stories and continue working for media justice in our state,” said Emmanuelle “Neza” Leal-Santillan, media justice organizer at Media Literacy Project.

The panel will address topics such as telehealth, net neutrality, prison phones, rural broadband access, improved internet in schools and libraries, Lifeline, and the recent telecommunications mergers. While all are welcome and will have opportunities to take action, young adult and youth voices will be prioritized. A youth committee is assisting in planning the event.

WHEN:  June 30, 2014, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE:  South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. The event can also be viewed via live stream.

WHO: The panel includes:

  • Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
  • Jacob Candelaria, New Mexico State Senator
  • Marisa Demarco, Editor-in-Chief at New Mexico Compass
  • Autumn Chacon, Quote Unquote
  • Dale Alverson, Medical Director of UNM's Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research


INTERVIEWS: No interviews will be available with Chairman Wheeler. Press is welcome to film or photograph the event. Interviews will be available with:

  • Alanna Offield, Campaign Coordinator of Media Literacy Project
  • Jessica Collins, Program Director of Media Literacy Project
  • Jacob Candelaria, New Mexico State Senator
  • Youth from the leadership council
  • Members of New Mexico Digital Justice Coalition



  • Up to Friday, June 27 at 5 p.m. MST, people can call (505) 828-8897 to leave their testimony, some of which will be played at the event. The rest will be filed with the FCC to make sure it is heard.
  • During the event, questions can be asked of the panel via Twitter with #OurVoicesNM.
  • Youth and young adults can sign up at the event to ask questions in person.
  • People can sign up to volunteer at the event.


ABOUT MEDIA LITERACY PROJECT: Media Literacy Project (MLP), a non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, is a nationally recognized leader in media literacy resources and education that transforms everyday people into critical media consumers and engaged media justice advocates. MLP offers a comprehensive, social-justice approach to media literacy, addressing its three components: access, analysis and creation. Since 1993, MLP has worked with schools and community organizations locally, nationally and internationally to deliver dynamic media literacy trainings and curricula, as well as to support media justice campaigns.

Through education, programs and grassroots campaigns, Media Literacy Project transforms everyday people into critical media consumers and informed media justice advocates who deconstruct media, inform media policy and create media that reflect their lived experience.

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