Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Free Speech TV to Broadcast Immigration Town Hall Discussion

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Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Free Speech TV to Broadcast Immigration Town Hall Discussion

Veteran journalist Francesca Maxime and panelists offer insight into the Trump administration’s plans for immigration policy.

New York, March 6, 2017 -- Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and Free Speech TV (FSTV) co-hosted an immigration town hall that will air on Tuesday, March 7 at 8pm ET on both MNN Elects (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, Amazon Fire, Android TV and

Led by veteran journalist Francesca Maxime, “What’s at Stake: Immigration” featured a panel of experts who discussed the implications of the new administration’s immigration policies, explained why immigrants are in danger, analyzed what to expect moving forward and provided insight into how the public can prepare. The town hall was taped in front of a live audience at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center in East Harlem, where members had the opportunity to ask the panel questions.

“Manhattan is the epicenter of the national immigration debate,” said MNN President & CEO Dan Coughlin, “and we’re proud to work with Free Speech TV to provide an in-depth analysis of what immigration policies mean for communities.”

With the Trump administration’s immigration Executive Order being rewritten and ICE raids moving full speed ahead, immigrants across the country are living in fear of what’s next. In this televised discussion, watch Maxime and a panel of six immigration experts shed light on the proposed bans on who can enter the country, increased border security, the future of sanctuary cities and more.

Understanding the complexity of immigration issues, Kareem Awadalla, Egyptian journalist and panelist noted, “We (Arabs) do not think the way you (Americans) think that we think.”

Featured panelists include:

  • Kareem Awadalla, Egyptian journalist and talk show host

  • Angela Fernandez, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

  • Nida Khan, Muslim broadcast, radio and print journalist.

  • Carl Lipscombe, Policy and Legal Manager, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

  • Stephanie Llanes, Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

  • Nabila Taj, Immigration Attorney

“This Town Hall is a great example of how two leading independent media institutions can work together to offer usually unexplored insight into pressing issues,” said Ron Williams, Executive Director of Free Speech TV.

“What’s at Stake: Immigration” will air on Tuesday, March 7 at 8pm ET on MNN Elects (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, Amazon Fire, Android TV and During the broadcast, FSTV will host a Twitter Chat with panelists from the Town Hall. Please join us online during the chat using #FreeSpeechTV and follow us @freespeechtv.

About Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Founded in 1992, Manhattan Neighborhood Network  is New York City’s free public-access cable network. Operating five channels (Community, Lifestyle, Spirit, Culture and HD Community) 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, FSTV 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. FSTV streams live at and is available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Android TV.  FSTV believes a more just and democratic world is possible when the media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.