Arts/Activism

Copps presented with Backbone Award

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In Portland on June 24, Reclaim the Media joined the Backbone Campaign to present FCC Commissioner Michael Copps with a Backbone Award in recognition of his principled advocacy for public interest values within the Bush-era FCC. Previous recipients of the award include Jim McDermott, Dennis Kucinich, Maxine Waters, Howard Dean and Amy Goodman.

[ Backbone Campaign ]
[ Copps' dissent from June 2003 decision ]
[ more about Copps ]

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Copps receives Backbone Award in Portland

Showing Spine: FCC Commissioner Michael Copps awarded Backbone Award for fighting media consolidation

The Backbone Campaign will present a Backbone Award to FCC Commissioner Michael Copps during his Portland visit Thursday, June 24, 2004.

The Backbone Campaign, a grassroots effort to embolden

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Weapons of Mass Distraction: June 12

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It's been a whole year since Michael Powell rammed through his radical vision of media consolidation at the FCC. But his plan backfired: a huge number of ordinary people stood up and said NO. Many members of Congress said NO. Soon, the 3rd Circuit Court will probably say NO. We've got a lot to celebrate -and still lots of work to do to protect our democracy by democratizing our media. Celebrate and support community media activism at this year's Weapons of Mass Distraction - an evening of music, art, media and provocation headlined by reggae giants Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band.

The fun starts at 9pm June 12 at the Ballard Segway in Seattle. Speakers include Geov Parrish, Mahdy Maaweel, Michale Kernan, Mike McCormick, and Reclaim the Media's Daniel Hannah, Jonathan Lawson and Jan Strout. Oh yeah, and it's a benefit for Reclaim the Media and Eat the State.

[ Weapons of Mass Distraction ]

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Seattle media watch group focuses on Iraq

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A new media accountability organization, the
Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism
, has formed in Seattle. The group plans to monitor and critique local media on significant issue coverage, beginning with coverage of Iraq, but also plans to engage directly with the press, establishing dialogue between journalists and local experts to help humanize coverage of complex and often-distant subjects. "The media are failing us," CCRJ co-founder Bert Sacks told Counterpunch. "The media failed to ask critical questions about weapons of mass destruction, simply repeating what the government said without much investigation or without much critical questioning." Sacks hopes to mobilize thousands of readers in Seattle to contact local print and broadcast media and say, "This is not acceptable to us. You are failing in your function in a democracy." In 1999, Sacks' personal outreach to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's foreign editor convinced the paper to send a reporter to Iraq with Sacks, and to publish a landmark, award-winning eight-page spread on the effects of US sanctions. The CCRJ is currently gathering signatures in order to demonstrate broad community support for its project.

[ Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism ]
[ Seattle P-I's March 99 special section on Iraq ]
[ Patty Murray's letter distributing the P-I report to the Senate ]
[ Bert Sacks: advice for working with the media ]

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Community Media and Social Change: Media Activism at the ACM

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On July 9-12, the Alliance for Community Media will hold its annual conference in Tacoma. It's a great opportunity for Northwest community video producers to meet colleagues from across the country, and to attend seminars and workshops on production techniques, media literacy, funding challenges and public policy related to community media.

This year's conference features a special Community Media and Social Change track, in which grassroots producers, media activists and educators can consider their role in the media democracy movement and other social justice struggles. Topics include youth media production, media ownership reform and cable franchise negotiation challenges. Presenters represent a broad range of media and activist groups: Colors Northwest, Hate Free Zone, the Independent Media Center, KBCS, Media Tank, Reclaim the Media and Third World Majority, among others.

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Weapons of Mass Distraction, May 31

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Join us for the first of a series of forums bringing together Seattle-area artists and activists to create media awareness and to help navigate the maze of propaganda and trivia which dominates the corporate media landscape.

Hosted by Lauren Weedman; MUSIC by Jim Page, Otha Major, Lee Rude, Dub Weapon and Tableland; PERFORMANCES by Degenerate Art Ensemble, Infernal Noise Brigade and Performance As Narcotic; PRESENTATIONS by Kristen Walsh (KBCS), Daniel Hannah (Independent Media Center), Jonathan Lawson (Reclaim the Media) and Anne Elizabeth Moore (writer); POETRY by Arnie Pihil, Rob Zverina, Percy Hilo, Jim Jordan and others in the WMD Spoken Word Lounge; ART by Diana Falchuk, Joshua Brown, Adria Garcia, Jessica X, Micahel Kacena, Steve Anderson, Sara Kavage and others.

Get active in the media democracy movement, support local independent media and make your own media! Call 206-850-1442 to get involved.

[ Weapons of Mass Distraction ]

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Chomsky on Power, Terror and the Media

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"Everyone's worried about stopping terrorism," says dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky in a new film directed by John Junkerman. "Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." Power and Terror, which documents
Chomsky?s analysis of post-9/11 US foreign policy, receives its Seattle
premiere this month: Friday - Sunday, March 21- 23 and Tuesday - Sunday, March 25 - 30, 7 and 9pm, at Seattle's Little Theater (19th and Mercer).

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Seattle FCC Hearing 2003: Listen Now!

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[Note: recordings of Seattle's Nov. 2006 FCC Hearing can be found here.]

March 7, 2003's Seattle FCC Hearing on media ownership and the companion event Shaping the Media Landscape of Seattle attracted a participating audience of around 350. Over 800 turned out that evening for The Future of Media: Action for Media Democracy. The overwhelmingly anti-consolidation character of public comments is making a strong impression on FCC decisionmakers, and may turn the tide of this debate as hearings continue. Listen now to streaming recordings from these Media Democracy events on Seattle.

From the FCC Hearings on Media Ownership:
* General Introduction from Commissioners Copps and Adelstein (download)
* Panel 1: Effects of Consolidation on News (download)
* Panel 2: Effects of Consolidation on Music and Radio (download)
* Panel 3: Effects of Consolidation on Localism (download)
* Public Comments (download)

From Shaping the Media Landscape in Seattle:
* Networks in the Information Age panel

From The Future of Media: Action for Media Democracy:
* Congressman Jim McDermott's comments

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Chuck D to Headline March 7 Event

Chuck D to Headline March 7 Event
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The FUTURE OF MEDIA: Action for Media Democracy
March 7, 7-10:30pm, Experience Music Project, Seattle

featuring:
* Chuck D and the Fine Arts Militia
* FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein
* Hard Knock Radio host and Hip Hop journalist Davey D
* US Representative Jim McDermott
* Jenny Toomey of the Future of Music Coalition
* tactical immersion lab by Spaceboat, media action center and more
Free (donations accepted) All Ages

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey