Over 10,000 Care2 members have signed a petition to save PBS programming from budget cuts proposed by the Republican Party. During the presidential debate on October 3, Republican nominee Mitt Romney stated his intention to end all subsidies to PBS, even though PBS funding constitutes merely 0.012% of the federal budget. An outraged public has rallied behind the Care2 petition, which was published some time ago but gained a newfound audience after Wednesday’s debate.
“We don't watch a lot of TV in my house, particularly because I don't approve of most of what is available. PBS Children's Programming is the only TV I will allow my children to watch. I can count on PBS to be child-appropriate, family friendly, and educational. None of the other networks even come close to this reliability. Shows like Sesame Street and Super Why have taught my children to be proud of who they are while at the same time learning numbers, letters, and big words, and their loss would be a major loss to children throughout the country.” says Amanda of Georgia.
“All of my 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild have been raised watching [Big] Bird and his friends.”Mrs. Elaine Guss, PA
Mat B. of Massachusetts says “PBS is the leader in educational child programs! Big Bird potty trained me.”
“It has served to jumpstart the nation's youth's literacy, inspire imagination, entertain, and teach humility and ethical treatment of people and animals...all at once!” says Pamela of Massachusetts.
“Sesame Street was an influential part of my childhood and one of the greatest examples of children’s television to survive,” writes a Care2 activist” says Noel of Australia.
Care2 and its 20 million members value PBS and quality children’s programming. We agree with that public broadcasting delivers an “outstanding return on investment” to the nation. The Care2 community remains confident that Big Bird has enough allies to keep public broadcasting alive.
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With over 20 million members, Care2 (www.Care2.com) is the largest social network of activists making a difference for the environment, human and animal rights, and other causes. Care2 is a B Corporation - or social enterprise - which employs the power of business to better the planet. In the past two years, Care2 dramatically extended the reach and impact of its petitions by launching the Care2 Take Action Platform, a network of over 230 leading media partners, including Mother Jones, The Nation, AlterNet, Grist, TreeHugger, Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, Ms. Magazine, Woman’s Health, VolunteerMatch, Technorati and eNature.com. Care2 and its 1,000 partners promote nonprofit and citizen activist campaigns via their websites and email to an additional 150 million civic-minded people.
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