Court TV Teaches Students about the Political Asylum Process
Court TV recently introduced its interactive curriculum on U.S. immigration law and the political asylum process to public schools in Philadelphia and New York City. As part of its public service initiative Choices and Consequences, the curriculum addresses immigration issues in a post-9/11 context and is based on the network's original film Chasing Freedom. Educational guides designed to accompany the film help answer questions like "Who Gets Asylum?" These free guides and other resources are provided for teachers to use in their classrooms and are available at

Chasing Freedom, a film inspired by true events, depicts the realities of life under the Taliban in Afghanistan by portraying one woman's grueling attempt to seek political asylum in the U.S. after being targeted for teaching girls to read. The film dramatizes how the U.S. grapples with the need to keep its citizens safe, yet provide refuge to immigrants who are in danger in their homelands.

In Philadelphia, Court TV partnered with Comcast Cable and others to bring together 150 students from four area high schools to participate in a "mock trial" of an Iraqi seeking political asylum. The trial was presided over by the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After the trial, students engaged in a "town hall-style exchange" with leaders in the fields of law, business and education, in order to address the pros and cons of immigration laws and the political asylum process.

In New York City, Court TV partnered with the High School of American Studies at Lehman College and Human Rights First to present an interactive experience to 30 tenth grade students. After viewing highlights from the film, the students discussed issues surrounding the asylum process and how the U.S. should respond to human rights violations. The event also included a dialogue with a pro bono attorney and an individual who was granted asylum, representing the film's two central characters. These two events mark the beginning of a series of educational demonstrations for Chasing Freedom that will continue in the next school year.

 WWE Thanks Troops for Service to Country
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) geared up for the July 4th holiday by offering The Great American Bash, a SmackDown!-brand Pay-Per-View special, free to military personnel and veterans in order to thank them for their service to America. They were joined in this effort by Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Charter, and Cox. The Great American Bash, which was broadcast from Norfolk Scope Arena on Sunday June 27, was sent free to 37 USO locations where hundreds of military personnel gathered to watch the event. In addition, military personnel and veterans who ordered the show on Pay-Per-View can be reimbursed for the retail price of $34.95 with receipt of their cable bill and proof of military service.

This is not the first time WWE has shown their appreciation for U.S. military personnel. They have offered other wrestling events free to the Washington Metropolitan USO for three years. Due to that success WWE decided to invite other USOs to participate this year. WWE provided t-shirts and other promotional materials for the USO events, which not only provided entertainment for wrestling fans, but also a time for military personnel to share in each other's company. WWE stars have visited wounded soldiers when they returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the WWE has sent millions of dollars worth of free t-shirts, videos, DVDs, magazines, and CDs to soldiers on the front lines. For more details visit

 C-SPAN Engages Students in Campaign Debate
As an election year, 2004 is a time when people everywhere are discussing the issues facing the candidates, and students are no exception. C-SPAN invited high school and middle school students to join in the debate through "Campaign Cam," its student-produced video documentary competition. Students across the country identified issues that were important to them and entered their video analysis on topics such as gay marriage, gun control, war in Iraq, obesity, outsourcing, and the Bush administration's "No Child Left Behind" education initiative.

Students competed for up to $50,000 in cash prizes and awards in separate high school and middle school categories. The grand prize of $5,000 for best overall entry was awarded to Nicco Quinones, a seventh grader from The Colby School in Park City, UT. His video entitled "An American Dream" dealt with the issue of immigration. In the seven minute documentary, he interviews workers who have immigrated to the U.S., detailing the journeys that brought them here. Quinones appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal in June.

Teachers of the winning students were also awarded digital media equipment for their classrooms. Several of the winning videos aired on C-SPAN and can be viewed on C-SPAN's Website at  C-SPAN in the Classroom, the program responsible for the contest, is a free membership service dedicated to helping educators use C-SPAN programming in their classrooms. For more information on C-SPAN in the Classroom visit

 The Comcast Foundation Grants More than $1 Million in Scholarships
Funded through The Comcast Foundation, The Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program granted more than $1 million in scholarships to graduating seniors attending high schools in Comcast communities across the country. Each of the 1,038 students were recognized on the basis of their community service, leadership skills, positive attitude and academic achievement, and will receive a one-time grant of $1,000 that can be used toward the students' pursuit of higher education. High school principals nominated seniors for the scholarship program.

The Leaders and Achievers program underscores the Comcast philosophy that young people should have every opportunity to achieve their potential and should be motivated to be catalysts for positive change in their schools and communities. Since its inception in 2000, the program has awarded more than $2.8 million in scholarships to high school seniors. For a list of the 2004 scholarship recipients and additional information on the program, visit

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2004 Golden Benefactors
A&E Television Networks
Advance/Newhouse Communications
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charter Communications
Comcast Cable Communications
Cox Communications
MTV Networks
NBC Universal Cable
Rainbow Media Holdings
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

2004 Benefactors
ABC Cable Networks Group
Lifetime Television
The Weather Channel

2004 Friends & Associates
Adelphia Communications Corporation
Bresnan Communications
Cable Telecommunications Association of New York
Court TV
C-SPAN Networks
Discovery Networks
Florida Cable Telecommunications Association
Fox Cable Networks
Game Show Network
Gemstar-TV Guide
Hallmark Channel
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association
Insight Communications
International Channel
Midcontinent Communications
Motorola, Broadband Communications Sector
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
The Outdoor Channel
Outdoor Life Network
Oxygen Media
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks
Starz Encore Group
Texas Cable & Telecommunications Association


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