Friends & Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,
As many of you have already heard by now, the 60-second history segments commemorating the Sesqicentennial of the War which have been produced for the Georgia Division of the SCV have been pulled from the air by the History Channel in Georgia. This decision was made by Nancy R. Alpert, one of the many vice-presidents at A&E Television Networks, the parent company of the History Channel. You can read her reasons in the press release sent out by the Georgia Division HERE.
The Georgia Division is still running the segments on three other national network channels in Georgia, in addition to the other radio and television stations involved in the statewide campaign, as part of the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial. None of the other networks or stations have expressed any concern at all, and many have commented on the quality of content and presentation of the segments. Many of the 60-second segments may be viewed on the Georgia Division website at www.GeorgiaSCV.org.
Since our press release was sent out several days ago, we have been inundated by members and friends of the SCV who are interested in taking action. As we have seen in other instances, if we allow this anti-Southern discrimination to go unchecked without response, it will only encourage others to do the same.
What we need you to do:
1. Forward this email to every individual and list that you know.
2. Make two phone calls every day, from now until we send out a call to stop; it will take five minutes or less. If this is unsuccessful, we may send contact information for advertisers at the History Channel so that you can ask them to cancel their advertising; but please do not do that at this point.
* Call Mr. Berning, vice-president of national sales at A&E by dialing
212-210-1400, select prompt "1" then enter 2376464 #, then # again.
When you reach the secretary, please say something similar to the following (we recommend using your own words): "Hi, my name is ___ ; and I would like to file a complaint with Mr. Berning. I would like to protest A&E and the History Channel's decision to pull the history segments paid for by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Atlanta which commemorate the Southern veterans who died in the War Between the States. It is discrimination against Southerners. I would like to ask for the reinstatement of the segments and the removal of Nancy Alpert who made the decision."
If the secretary attempts to transfer you, it is our recommendation that you insist on finishing your statement to her and ask her to convey the message to Mr. Berning since he is in charge of sales for A&E.
* Call A&E's Atlanta sales office using the same script, minus Mr. Berning's name. The direct number is 404.816.8880.
3. If you are not already receiving the press releases from us, please sign up to receive them so that we will be able to keep you up to date on the progress of this issue and the Sesquicentennial. Click HERE to receive the press releases and updates.
With your help, we can make a signficant impact for the cause of our Southern heritage!
PR Officer, Georgia Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Ray McBerry Enterprises is the public relations firm for the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
We are the California Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Sons is a historical organization dedicated to preserving the memory and the good name of the Confederate soldier, sailor and marine. We have no other purpose either intended or implied.
All male Confederate descendants are eligible and welcome to join regardless of race, religion or national origin.
Send Us Your News, Events, Essays and Updates!
This blog was established for all members and camps in the California Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It is your blog too, so please feel free to send up your camp stories, news, events and officer updates.
We also encourage and accept essays and stories written about the War for Southern Independence. Original essays regarding the experiences of your ancestor are especially welcome.
Write to gwcpa1 "at" gmail.com.
Policy on Hate Groups
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is not a hate group. The California Division of SCV does not knowingly allow anyone with ties to hate groups to join and has removed, and will remove, anyone from its ranks who expresses racist sentiments. Specifically, the following is not allowed and will be grounds for immediate dismissal:
-Attempting to recruit fellow SCV members for racist groups -Disseminating racist literature to fellow SCV members, either through mailings or in person.
ALL MEMBERS MUST BE AWARE OF THESE RESTRICTIONS, AS THEY WILL BE RIGOROUSLY ENFORCED.
Loving the South and defending its culture, symbols and heritage does not mean hate. In fact, many SCV members are descendants of African-American, Catholic, Jewish, Native American, Hispanic and Asian Confederates. The contributions of these groups to Southern culture have made it a beautiful and unique region. To deny their descendants membership in our organization would betray our principles and the very ancestors we honor. We welcome all descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors, and marines or those who materially aided the South in its struggle for independence.