LOS ANGELES (March 22, 2006) - The
Parents Television Council, the nation's most influential
advocacy organization protecting children against sex, violence and
profanity in the media today announced the formation of a Chicago
grassroots chapter. Chicago represents the third PTC chapter in the
state of Illinois, and will be headed by Hoffman Estates resident
Martha "Marti" Anderson.
A mother of four, Anderson recently formed a Media
Decency Ministry at her local parish, whose focus is on TV programs
and commercials, as well as keeping violent video games out of the
hands of children.
Anderson was motivated to add the PTC to her list of
worthy causes because, "Today, more than ever, we need to be careful
about influences from the non-stop media culture we live in that
will play a role in forming the beliefs and norms for our
children. Television, movies, music, and video games often present
lifestyles, attitudes and beliefs that are not age appropriate for
the children in the audience. Knowledge is power, and parents need
to be empowered to protect their children."
Tim Winter, executive director of the PTC, said, "Our
Illinois chapters have achieved great things including working
closely with Governor Blagojevich last year to pass the Safe Games
Act. We have thousands of members in the Chicago area who now have
an experienced local organizer to lead them."
The Chicago chapter will educate and mobilize the
community to initiate positive change in the quality of
entertainment. It will encourage local television affiliates and
advertisers to reduce graphic and gratuitous sex, violence, and
profanity in television programming, while promoting programming
with positive, socially responsible themes.