Arts/Activism

Northwest musicians and organized labor oppose media consolidation

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American Federation of Musicians Locals 99 (Portland) and 76-943 (Seattle) have passed resolutions opposing media consolidation. The Portland resolution was adopted by the Oregon AFL-CIO; the Seattle resolution, cosponsored by the Communications Workers of America, is currently before the King County Labor Council. Here's the Seattle resolution:

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Canadians prepare for Media Democracy Rejuvenation Day

Reclaim the Media Community Media Film Festival: Oct 21-23

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Reclaim the Media is proud to present a fistful of new documentaries at the intersection of community media, social justice activism and participatory democracy. Our mini-film festival also includes a public workshop on community radio, and a panel discussion on the future of grassroots participatory media.

Screenings include the Seattle premiere of Pirate Radio USA, an award-winning documentary by Jeff Pearson and Mary Jones; Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad, Jill Freidberg's new film on the recent uprising in Oaxaca; and the Seattle premiere of Paper Tiger Reads Paper Tiger TV, a 25-year retrospective look at the groundbreaking public access TV show out of New York. Read more for details!

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Communities seek to oust radio host from Olympics role following racist comments

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As outrage builds over manager's controversial comments, VANOC maintains he has key role to play in securing top talent

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'Nation' of controversy: parents, unions question ethics of reality-show labor practices

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Kids reality show filmed near Santa Fe ignites debate on genre

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