Press Release

February 5, 2018

FSTV-MNN Elections 2018 – Progressive Path Forward: Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party


MNN Contact

Rachel Voorhees • (212) 757-2670 ext. 315 • [email protected]

Free Speech TV Contact

Nina Henderson Moore • (303) 542-4825 • [email protected].

Free Speech TV and Manhattan Neighborhood Network to Broadcast

Election 2018 – The Progressive Path Forward

Dr. Christina Greer hosts panelists discussing the Struggle for the Soul of the Democratic Party

New York, February 5, 2018 — Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and Free Speech TV (FSTV)  are launching a new monthly series, Election 2018 – The Progressive Path Forward. The premiere episode, Election 2018 – The Progressive Path Forward: The Struggle for the Soul of the Democratic Party will premiere on Thursday, February 8 at 8 p.m. ET on both MNN-FSTV (Spectrum channel 1301 and FiOS channel 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming online worldwide at and Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348, or streaming on Roku, Android TV, Apple TV and

The forthcoming midterm election promises to be one of the most important in our nation’s history, so it’s up to every voter to be engaged and informed. How will widespread dissatisfaction with the regressive policies of the Trump Administration manifest itself? What will be the best strategy and most potent path forward for progressively-minded citizens heading into November?

Explore these questions and hear from leaders working on the frontlines of progressive change in Elections 2018: The Progressive Path Forward, a new series by Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Free Speech TV.

“This new monthly series will bring to our viewers critical reporting and analysis of what promises to be an epic battle over the future of this country. Election 2018: The Progressive Path Forward will feature exclusive conversations with a wide range of leaders on the front lines of the growing wave of resistance building to November,” said Ron Williams, Executive Director of Free Speech TV.

Moderated by Dr. Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University and author Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream, produced by Globalvision and taped at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center in East Harlem.  Featured panelists in the premiere episode The Struggle for the Soul of the Democratic Party  include –

  • Aimee Allison, President of Democracy in Color, an organization that focuses on race, politics and the New American Majority
  • Dan Cantor, National  Director, Working Families Party.
  • Zephyr Teachout, political activist and former Democratic Party candidate for Governor of New York.  Currently, an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University.
  • Jim Zogby, Co-Founder and President, Arab American Institute.  Former member of Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee, and author of Arab Voices.

“The midterm election will be a defining moment for our country and we are proud to join forces with Free Speech TV once again to bring bold, independent voices to the forefront of this national conversation,” said  MNN President and CEO Dan Coughlin.

2018 Election Special – The Progressive Path Forward:  The Struggle for the Soul of the Democratic Party will premiere on Thursday, February 8th at 8pm ET on MNN-FSTV (Spectrum 1301 and FiOS channel 39 for Manhattan viewers or streaming live online worldwide at and on Free Speech TV (DISH 9415, DIRECTV 348 or streaming on Roku, Android TV, Apple TV and ). Immediately following the broadcast, FSTV will host a live Twitter Chat (@freespeechtv) from 9:00-9:30 pm ET with some of the panelists, using hashtag #ProgressivePath18. Encore broadcasts are scheduled as follows –

  • Sat, 02/10/2018 8:00 pm ET
  • Sun, 02/11/2018 10:00 am ET
  • Sun, 02/11/2018 10:00 pm ET

About Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Founded in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network  is New York City’s free public-access cable network. Operating seven channels (Community, Lifestyle, Spirit, Culture, HD Community, MNN-FSTV and and reaching over 600,000 cable subscribers in the Manhattan area, MNN is the largest public-access cable network in the nation, with programs airing in more than 40 languages. Find MNN on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and at

In 2012, MNN opened a state-of-the-art community media center at the old Engine Co. 53 Firehouse on East 104th Street in East Harlem. The facility features three HD production studios, including a three-camera studio, as well as editing services and a Youth Media Center.  The Firehouse offers classes in English and Spanish and hosts community events throughout the year.

MNN also produces the cable and digital channel (pronounced next dot n.y.c.). Presented in partnership with more than 60 Manhattan community-based organizations, shines a spotlight on groups that are working to connect people and build neighborhoods. is available on TWC 1992, FiOS 38, and online at

About Free Speech TV

Free Speech TV is a national, independent, nonprofit news network committed to advancing progressive social change.  As the alternative to media networks owned by billionaires, governments and corporations, Free Speech TV elevates unique perspectives through daily news programs, independent documentaries and special events coverage.

Free Speech TV reaches over 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), and over 150 community cable affiliates. Free Speech TV streams live at and is available on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android TV.  Free Speech TV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.

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