Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0047. Tuesday, 24 January, 1995.
Date: Monday, 23 Jan 1995 12:46:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Mobilize to Defend the NEA and NEH
Hardy and SHAKSPEReans:
As an artist working with theatres that are supported by the National Endowment
for the Arts; a member of the Goals 2000 Arts Action Committee; a member of the
National Committee for Standards in the Arts, and as a private citizen, I feel
compelled to forward this message as widely as possible.
As you know, since the November elections the future of our arts national
cultural agencies, including the National Endowments for the Arts and
Humanities, is seriously threatened. These agencies are facing severe cuts to
their current funding or possible elimination. Congress may make decisions
about these and other agencies within the next several days.
The Emergency Committee to Save Culture and the Arts, a project of the American
Arts Alliance, has set up a 1-900 number so that citizens can quickly and
easily register their support for the continued funding of the arts and culture
with their members of Congress, for a nominal fee. Time is short. You are
invited to use this number immediately.
When you call this number, 1-900-370-9000, the following will happen:
1) Following a brief statement that the call costs $1.99 per minute and that
you must be 18 or over, the operator then asks the caller if s/he would allow
the Emergency Committee to send a mailgram in the caller's name to their two
Senators and one Representative.
2) If the caller says yes, the above process takes place and is billed to the
caller's home phone. The caller leaves his/her name, address, and zip code,
which is then matched with the corresponding congressional district to assure
that the correct elected officials receive the mailgram.
The Alliance has put together a steering committee currently made up of more
than a dozen organizations to participate in this campaign. Please call the
American Arts Alliance at 202-737-1727 if you would like to join this steering
committee or have questions.
In order for this emergency campaign to be effective, we need your help to
distribute the 1-900 number. Please make use of all means at your disposal
including e-mail and electronic bulletin boards.
Thank you for participating in this critical grassroots effort.