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People In The News - Karl Grossman To Host "Crimes Against The Future"

Free Speech TV is Proud to Announce The Network Premiere of Melli Productions’

Crimes Against The Future

Crimes Against The Future, a wide-ranging environmental documentary, will have its U.S. national broadcast premiere on Wednesday, September 4th, at 7 p.m. EST, on Free Speech TV. There will also be a global streaming simulcast on 

Directed and produced by award-winner Frank Melli and hosted by the award-winning KarlKarl Grossman To Host Crimes Against The Future September 4th Grossman (Enviro Close-Up), Crimes Against The Future investigates the environmental and human rights crimes currently being committed, and putting it into perspective for what it means for future generations.

Ranging from climate change to the dangers of nuclear power, this documentary methodically and expertly defines our moral imperative to act now! With special appearances by Bianca Jagger of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation; science broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki; Dr. Helen Caldicott, a founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility; best-selling author, Dr. Michio Kaku, City University of New York professor of theoretical physics; Derek Osborn, president of Stakeholders Forum; Randy Hayes of Foundation of Earth; Hunter Lovins of Natural Capital Solutions; Brice Lalonde, former environmental minister of France; and environmental journalist Barbara Y.E. Pyle; Crimes Against The Future defines our moral imperative to act now!


Broadcast Schedule (EST)

Sep 04, 2019     7PM EST

Sep 09, 2019     3AM EST

Sep 11, 2019     5AM EST

Sep 14, 2019     3PM EST

Sep 15, 2019     6PM EST

Sep 28, 2019     11PM EST

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 more than 38 million households nationally on DISH (channel 9415), DIRECTV (348), Sling TV, and over 150 community cable affiliates. Free Speech TV streams live 24/7 at, is available on-demand and streaming on Roku and Apple TV, and maintains an active presence on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. 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.  



People In The News - SBU's Kathleen Valerio

Senator Flanagan Recognizes SBU’s Valerio For Organ Donation Efforts

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was proud to welcome Stony Brook University’sSenator Flanagan and Kathleen Valerio, MS, MCHES (2nd from left) were joined by (from left to right top row) Richard Gatteau, PhD, Vice President Student Affairs and Dean of Students; LiveOnNY’s Karen Cummings; and Laura Fitzgerald, SBU’s Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness. SBU graduate students and LiveONNY Ambassadors, James Hytner and Haoyuan (Maggie) Qu are in the bottom row.  Kathleen Valerio to his Smithtown office in recognition of her efforts to increase organ donation registrations at the university.  To honor her hard work and dedication, Senator Flanagan was proud to present her with an official Senate proclamation.

Ms. Valerio, Health Educator, Program Coordinator, led efforts that resulted in over 1,000 new registrants to the New York State Organ Donation Registry, which represents the highest number of any college in New York State.  Ms. Valerio accomplished this tremendous feat by recruiting, training and leading forty Stony Brook University student LiveONNY ambassadors who distributed organ donation registration information to faculty, staff and students.

“Only by working to reach out person by person can we hope to increase the number of registered organ donors in our state and Ms. Valerio’s work sets a great example for all across our state.  Her selfless efforts not only helped increase donations, it helped raise awareness of this critical issue and we hope she knows how important her work is and how much it impacts everyone in our community.  Her leadership will help save lives and inspire others to register to help save lives throughout our state and our nation,” stated Senator Flanagan.

In honor of his friend the late Assemblyman James Conte, who was an organ recipient, Senator Flanagan has been a leader in the effort to increase the number of registrants in our state and a registered organ donor himself.  That is why he is so appreciative of the work of Ms. Valerio and her student ambassadors.

However, even with the diligent efforts of advocates, the fact is that more than 9,000 New Yorkers are still awaiting lifesaving transplants and New York remains last in the nation in the number of registered donors.  With only 35% of New Yorkers registered as organ donors, Stony Brook University’s LiveONNY Student Ambassadors begin their efforts to encourage enrollment during their first week of classes.

As part of that effort, SBU and LiveONNY will be hosting their fifth annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day on October 10th.  

For those unable to join them on October 10th, Senator Flanagan continues to encourage all in our state to join the effort to save lives by registering as an organ or tissue donor by visiting  

People In The News - Hauppauge Resident Helen Turner

Glen Cove, NY… Helen Turner of Hauppauge, NY and Dr. Thorin Tritter of Tenafly, NJ have assumed new positions at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s (HMTC). HMTC is Long Island’s premier Holocaust museum and anti-bias education institute. Thousands of students and adults visit HMTC every year for educational programming that utilizes the history and lessons of the Holocaust to teach about the dangers of antisemitism, bullying and all manifestations of intolerance. 
Helen Turnerappointed Director of Education at Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center Of Nassau CountyHelen Turner has been promoted to Director of Education. In her new role, she will continue to develop educational programs using the latest technology and pedagogical techniques as well as keep HMTC at the forefront of Holocaust Studies. Ms. Turner had been serving as Director of Youth Education for several years and now will additionally be responsible for adult education as well as volunteer recruitment and training. She has both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in history, specializing in Holocaust and Genocide studies. Ms. Turner’s research areas include the Post-War Nuremberg Trials, specifically the life, work and writings of Judge Cecelia Goetz and is the Senior Curator of the HMTC exhibition “Cecelia Goetz: The Aggressive War Chief of Nuremberg.”
Thorin Tritter joins HMTC as Museum and Program Director. Dr. Tritter most recently served as Executive Director of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), an organization that takes 60-70 graduate students in five fields (medicine, law, business, journalism and religion) to Europe each year where they explore the actions of professionals in Nazi Germany and then use that history as a launching point for an intensive course of study on contemporary professional ethics. As Museum and Program Director, Dr. Tritter will oversee the upgrading and curation of HMTC’s permanent and special exhibitions and will be responsible for continuing HMTC’s topical and impactful community programs open to the public. Dr. Tritter holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and both a Master’s degree and Doctorate from Columbia University. 
For more information about HMTC, call (516) 571-8040, visit, or find the Center on social media at and



People In The News - Harold Stein Inducted Into International Filk Hall Of Fame

Harold Stein Inducted into the International Filk Hall of Fame

At the 2019 FilKONtario’s 31st Convention held in Toronto (Canada) on the April 12-14 weekend, Harold Stein was honored (posthumously) with the presentation of his induction into the International Filk Hall of Fame.  Filk is the folk singing genre of the Science Fiction community and members gather at various locations both nationally and internationally.  The Filk Hall of Fame inducts up to three people annually, who have made a difference in one way or another – by their singing or their “backstage” efforts – over a minimum period of five to ten years, and who had been nominated by their peers. This ensures that the contribution is truly of enduring value.

The Jury, which includes the one member of the FilKONtario convention committee plus Harold Stein at the Sat. night Filk at I-Con 27 in 2008 (Photo by Lenny Provenzano) one representative from each of the other filk convention committee members since the last FilKONtario, critically reviews the nominations. The jury makes selections based on the quality and detail of the information in the nominations and not on personal information they may have. Contributions to filk music and the filk community, of a lasting value, are important. Each honoree’s nomination is made into a Citation, and the new members of the Filk Hall of Fame are inducted at the FilKONtario banquet. There, members of the committee read the Citations (which are based on the nominations) and presented to the Inductees with their individual plaques. Their names are added to the Filk Hall of Fame cumulative plaque. A Hall of Fame Plaque is also handed out. They are also honored in song, at the Hall of Fame Concert the next afternoon.

Harold Stein was the closest to an official filk archivist, amassing and cataloging a collection of filk convention material, recorded performances (from national and international concerts to local “house filk” gatherings).  He make sure that performers had an opportunity to obtain copies of their performances and in his archivist role he worked to identify and preserve many recordings (from a variety of sources).  He was respectful of people’s wishes and intellectual property as noted on his website — “Do Not Record requests are always honored.” He would not include any music or songs on CD’s (that were made available to other filkers) unless he had written permission to do so. Harold assisted in running sound at innumerable conferences and ran filk programming at I-Con 2008 and I-Con 2009, and was the Techno-Guest at ConCertino in 2009.  From as early as the mid-1990’s he was a volunteer at every convention he attended for the sound crew and for the art shows.

His mother, Phyllis Stein of Hauppauge, Long Island, (on being informed that Harold was being inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame) explained, “Harold had often said that there were so many others that he felt were so deserving of this honor and that he felt he had several years (and others to go first) to be recognized at the Filking Hall of Fame.  He also said repeatedly that he was making sure to withhold his cancer fighting time from everyone (those who knew were sworn to secrecy, so to speak) so that it would not affect his eligibility status — he was truly “the listener” and all of us (his parents and his cousin/”big brother” Larry Levy of Rockville Centre, Long Island) had planned to be in Ohio in October 2018 to see him receive his recognition at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest event as the “Listener Guest of Honor”.  He did not make it there in person but was certainly there in spirit and he made sure to hold on until his longtime friends — Merav, Lisa, Spencer, Josh, Mark, Sue, Batya and Alex, coming from Brooklyn to Boston to the Chicago areas— were able to visit him, so that he could see them during his last few weeks as well on the night before he died and to hear some of the music from that Ohio weekend.”


People In The News - Weisse Family Welcomes Myles Richard

New Arrival Myles Richard Weisse

Richard and Kerry Weisse, of St. James, are ecstatic and proud to announce the birth of their sixth child, their son Myles Richard Weisse. Myles made his debut on Monday, July 29,2019 at 8:39am weighing in at 8lbs, measuring 20 1/2 inches long at Stony Brook University Hospital. Myles’s siblings Avery, Ryder, Kennedy, Grayson & Peyton are so excited to have another brother to join in on the fun & chaos!!

Myles is also welcomed by his proud grandparents Kenneth and  Elizabeth Maher, Terry Weisse and his aunts, uncles and cousin; Uncle Kenny& Aunt Melissa, Aunt TT & Corey and Great Uncle Bob, Great Uncle Louie and Great Aunt Kathy and his cousin Miss Fallyn.