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Date Posted: 00:06:23 02/16/15 Mon
Author: Joe Rizoli (not happy)
Subject: AF-TV complaint to Framingham Selectmen

Dear Selectpersons Town of Framingham

I am sure you are familiar with the role of the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union.
Their recent publication called STAND, Summer 2014 issue page 2 says this:

“The ACLU plays many roles in our nations fight for civil liberties, not all of them very popular with the government or even the broader public. We are here to speak truth to power. We're here to stand with the underdog. We're here to fight for the accused-even the hated and reviled”

Recently our local access channel, known as AF-TV, which we have been involved with for the last several years decided to suspend us for 18 months on false and misleading charges. We believe they have violated our civil rights and our freedom of speech as set forth by the Constitution and FCC rules for cable content.

As holders of the cable licenses for the town of Framingham we ask you to assist us in our complaint against the Access Framingham TV, its acting director Bill McColgan and its board of directors, Bill Rabkin, President, David Eells, Vice president, Doug Freeman, Treasure, Brenda Thompson Stuckey, Clerk, and directors Edward Council, Michael Cunningham, Howard Newell, Jim Pillsbury, Lauren Taylor Fernandes for lying, censorship, and copyright violations, not to mention slander and defamation, and for not upholding their fiduciary responsibility to be a fair, unbiased, socially and ethically responsible cable access channel. They have also shown to be HIGHLY discriminatory in what they allow or don't allow on their cable programing in direct violation of FCC rules.

This letter of complaint is being presented to you the board of Select-persons, as holders of licenses for cable operations since you are the regulatory board for oversight for license applications in the Town of Framingham. Any recipients of said licenses would have to show good faith and ethical practices to be a licensed access cable operator in the town of Framingham, I am sure that you would agree. We believe and can PROVE that AF-TV and their boards of directors have NOT lived up to those high standards the Board of Select persons would have for any reputable licensee.

WHO does AF-TV answer to? We would like to meet with them.
We feel it would be in the best interest of the town to discuss this with us and their legal counsel before we take this to the next level of complaint. Let's not forget what the ACLU said in the beginning of this complaint:

“We are here to speak truth to power. We're here to stand with the underdog. We're here to fight for the accused-even the hated and reviled”

The question to you is – will you stand for the underdog?

Jim & Joe Rizoli

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