Project TUPA was created by
Free Radio Berkeley to empower indigenous, campesino and barrio
communities in the Americas with the tools, technology, knowledge and
skills to build and maintain their own community broadcast stations.
Project TUPA (Transmitters Uniting the Peoples of the Americas) is a
non-profit project under the fiscal sponsorship of Global Exchange in
San Francisco, California.
Even though 70 percent of the population in South America live under
nominally left of center governments, much of the broadcast media is
under the control of media conglomerates - unbridled cheerleaders for
neo-liberal policies and vehement opponents of popular movements for
grass roots democracy. Indigenous, campesino and barrio communities
lack the resources to effectively counter the private media outlets.
Communication is a fundamental, inalienable human right. Empowering
local communities with low cost broadcast stations, gives a voice to
people who are otherwise totally cut off from any other means of
communication they can control and speak to one another with.
Project TUPA needs your financial support to equip communities
throughout Latin America with their own broadcast stations. Project
TUPA offers four to five day radio camps that teach people how to build
an FM broadcast transmitter and set up a radio station through direct
hands-on learning. Workshop, participants are able to walk away with an
assembled 40-watt transmitter and necessary equipment to create a
community broadcast station capable of covering an area up to 8-10
miles in radius.
Unlike electoral campaigns and lobbying efforts, donations to Project
TUPA produce concrete and tangible results at relatively low cost. A
complete FM broadcast station can be placed on the air for less than
$2000. The money spent to broadcast one political ad or place a one
page spread in a major newspaper in the U.S. would be sufficient to
create dozens of such small stations. For $10,000, a 4-5 day radio camp
training session can be conducted in any given country, leading to the
establishment of ten entry level 40-watt radio stations at an average
cost of $700 to $1000 per station.
Project TUPA recognizes and supports the struggles of the peoples of
the Americas for a decent standard of living, an end to environmental
devastation and destruction, social justice, political autonomy,
grassroots democracy, control of natural resources and the preservation
of indigenous cultures.
Throughout Latin America popular movements are rising to reject the
failed policies of neo-liberalism and create fair, just and equitable
societies based on grassroots democracy and sovereign control of
natural resources. A very critical period exists between now and the
latter half of 2006, when elections are scheduled to take place
throughout Latin America. Expanding community media resources is an
essential task, especially now within this window of impending
Your contribution to Project TUPA will assist the peoples of the
Americas in establishing grassroots democracy by creating and
controlling their own forms of media expression. Click on the donation link. All contributions are tax-deductable.
You may also request a Project TUPA DVD made possible by funding from
the San Francisco Foundation. The TUPA video is also available as a
streaming video in the following formats:
Real Video (256K stream, DSL or
Cable connections only)
(rtsp://rss3.streamhoster.com/tupavideo/tupavideo.rm). There are about
55 seconds of black at the start.
Windows Media -
Quicktime (256K stream, DSL or Cable connections only)
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This page in Spanish / Esta página en español
This page in Portuguese
This page in French
Project TUPA Newsletter for 2006 (4.3 mb pdf)