Arts/Activism

Media Democracy Week is March 16-22

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Over a million people nationwide are involved in creating community television. The Alliance for Community Media, representing over 1,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media centers throughout the country, will be holding its national conference in Tacoma, Washington, July 9-12. Conference participants are expected from at least seven countries. In preparation for this event, community media advocates in Seattle have asked the city government to proclaim March 16-22 Media Democracy Week. Expect special coverage on SCAN (Seattle Community Access Network) and other special events to be announced.

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Media Democracy Organizing in Seattle

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This spring, the FCC is expected to move boldly ahead towards deregulation of the federal rules which protect local accountability, content diversity and public access in our national media - despite having received thousands of comments opposed to weakening the rules. However, public understanding of the issues is increasing, and along with it, public indignation -- both at the FCC's plans and at the media's failure to report on the important policy debate. Now that the Feb. 3 deadline for filing public comments has passed, media activist attention remains focused on public education - and on pressing for additional Congressional attention to issues of media policy.

In Seattle, a number of media democracy projects are either launching or gaining momentum. Two projects have recently begun at the University of Washington. The Seattle Alliance for Media Education, a program of the Teen Futures Media Network, has begun holding media literacy workshops. The Seattle Political Information Network (SPIN) is a collaboration launched by the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. At SPIN's first meeting in December, community organizers, journalists and media activists brainstormed about "creating an interactive information and publicity system for community activists and issue advocacy networks." In January, Reclaim the Media launched a biweekly Media Democracy Coffee Club to discuss community media and media policy activism in Seattle. The next coffee club meeting will take place Wednesday, March. 12th, noon-2pm at 1415 2nd Ave. (5th floor meeting room).

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Reclaim the Media: a Community Media Convergence- Sept 10-15

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Join us in Seattle this September as we confront the National Association of Broadcasters and their ongoing quest for greater consolidation of corporations' power over the public airwaves, and as we continue to build a powerful media democracy movement. Keynote speaker Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now!) will speak on Indepedent Media in a Time of War.

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