Help us commemorate Ike’s ‘military-industrial complex’ speech!

Dear Friends:

MAIN and MAIN-FM will broadcast President Eisenhower’s farewell speech on January. 17, 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this landmark presidential address.

Delivered from the Oval Office on January 17, 1961, this farewell address by a two-term president and former five-star general warned the nation of “the disastrous rise of misplaced power [and] acquisition of unwarranted influence . . . by the military-industrial complex.”

The corporate media will no doubt perform its role of minimizing and containing any cognitive dissonance that might accompany the anniversary of one of the most important presidential speeches in American history.

Our job as community media supporters and activists is to ensure that this teaching moment is infused with cognitive dissonance and critical thinking about the power of the “military-industrial complex” in our lives today!

Share with us your ideas for how our community should observe this most timely and historic anniversary.

* What kind of programming would you like to hear on MAIN-FM?

* What kind of content would you like to see on the MAIN news and information portal?

* Let us know of any events in the community or beyond which are commemorating President Eisenhower’s farewell speech so that we can share them with our broadcast and online audiences.

Drop us a line at: ikespeech@main.nc.us

And keep checking the MAIN portal and MAIN-FM 103.5 for updates as January 17, 2011 approaches.

And don’t forget to make your tax-deductible, year-end donation to keep MAIN and MAIN-FM working to create a more open and democratic media!

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