June 2015

Honoring Susan Linn; Josh Golin: CCFC’s New Executive Director!; So Close: Help us make a big leap forward; Angela Campbell & Angelica Velazquez Join the CCFC Board; Senator Nelson Grills Google Over YouTube Kids; Recommended Reading and Listening

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Honoring Susan Linn

On June 13th, friends and supporters from all over globe gathered at Wheelock College to honor outgoing Executive Director Susan Linn for founding and sustaining CCFC the past 15 years. The evening included lots of commercial-free entertainment with performances by the Revels Kids and a special sing-along for Susan. Longtime friends and colleagues, including Kevin Hepner, Alvin F. Poussaint, Diane Levin, Michele Simon, Ana Lúcia Villela, and Josh Golin, gave moving tributes to Susan. Bill Isler of the Fred Rogers Company then led a surprise presentation of the Fred Rogers Integrity Award, given by CCFC to the public figure whose efforts to protect children from harmful marketing best embody Mr. Rogers’ long-standing commitment to nurturing the health and well-being of America’s children. The evening concluded with a moving farewell by Susan and her puppet Audrey Duck.

To view photos from the evening and watch the salutes, click here.

To learn more about Susan’s remarkable accomplishments, read this article from The Boston Globe.

Josh Golin: CCFC’s New Executive Director!

I knew that Josh Golin was special the first time I met him twelve years ago when I interviewed him for an internship. It’s not just that he was smart and studying child development, he also had an acute sense of social justice and surprisingly sophisticated grasp of the inherent harms of marketing to children and its socio-political implications. So I can’t say I’m exactly surprised at the powerful advocate and leader he has become, and I am thrilled beyond measure that tomorrow marks the beginning of his tenure as CCFC’s executive director.

Over the years, I’ve come to rely on Josh as an incisively clear thinker, an innovative and canny strategist, and a committed and tenacious advocate. Equally important, I could always count on his integrity—and his sense of humor. In this transition year, I’ve been privileged to glimpse his vision for CCFC’s future and I so look forward to watching him bring that to fruition.

-Susan Linn

So Close: Help us make a big leap forward

Thanks to the generosity of so many CCFC supporters, we’re almost to our fiscal-year-end fundraising goal! If we raise just $1,800 by midnight, we’ll have the opportunity to hire an additional staff person to work on our signature campaigns to protect children from corporate marketers. Can you chip in and help us make it the rest of the way?

Angela Campbell & Angelica Velazquez Join the CCFC Board

We’re so excited to announce the latest additions to CCFC’s Board of Directors, Angela Campbell and Angelica Valzquez. Angela directs the Communications and Technology Law Clinic at Georgetown Law where she, along with her students and staff attorneys, have worked with CCFC and other child advocacy organizations to prevent unfair and deceptive advertising to children, to protect children’s online privacy, and to promote high quality and diverse content for children. Angelica is Project Coordinator for the Informal Family Child Care Project (IFCC) at the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI), where she oversees a dynamic professional development and training program serving home-based child care providers throughout New York City. For more about Angela, Angelica, and the entire CCFC Board, please visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/board-directors.

Senator Nelson Grills Google Over YouTube Kids

Our efforts to protect children from unfair advertising and inappropriate content on YouTube Kids got a big boost when Senator Bill Nelson, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page demanding answers about the app. In April, CCFC and other advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that YouTube Kids mixed advertising and content in unfair ways. Last month, we documented how the app fails to filter out inappropriate videos. You can read more about Senator Nelson’s letter here.

And if you haven’t yet signed our petition urging the FTC to hold Google accountable, please visit http://org.salsalabs.com/o/621/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17693.

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