Arts/Activism

The End of Empire: David Barsamian and David Korten, Saturday, April 29

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Mark your calendars! Reclaim the Media presents a public conversation on imperial power and the prospects for democracy in a globalized and interconnected world; featuring two of today’s most articulate critics of American empire: David Barsamian (Alternative Radio) and David Korten (When Corporations Rule The World). Both have new books out, and the event will be the world premiere of Korten's new work, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. The conversation takes place at the University Unitarian Church (Wedgewood) at 7pm; proceeds benefit Reclaim the Media and NW Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community.

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Media activists head to World Social Forum in Venezuela

Media activists head to World Social Forum in Venezuela
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UPDATE: photos. Reclaim the Media traveled to Caracas in January to participate in the sixth World Social Forum, as part of a North American communications rights delegation. This year, the social forum--a supergathering of civil society organizations from around the world--takes place also in Bamako (Mali) and Karachi (Pakistan). Among the thousands of workshops and events scheduled in Caracas, many focused on the theme "Communication, culture and education: alternative and democratising dynamics," and issues of cultural diversity and cultural sovereignty. Our delegation also took stock of the explosion of grassroots and counter-hegemonic media which has been one effect of the ongoing social-political revolution in Venezuela.

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Local grassroots organizing for media democracy

by Jonathan Lawson and Susan Gleason, Reclaim the Media

Want to do something about the terrible media in the US, or in your town? You're not alone. It wouldn't be difficult to make a list of qualities which most of us would agree the news media ought to display in a just, democratic society. Media

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We can do it! Grassroots Media and Community Radio in the Northwest

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Bellingham is the place to be for Media activism on the weekend of May 21 and 22. On Sat. May 21, the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center hosts the Bellingham Grassroots and Independent Media Conference; speakers include SmartMeme's Patrick Reinsborough and Bert Sacks. Then on Sunday the 22nd, Reclaim the Media and KBCS host the first Northwest Community Radio Roundtable. We're working together to build a regional network linking together the Northwest's many community stations. Join the conversation and let's get started!

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Bill of Media Rights

Bill of Media Rights
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This winter, national and local Media activist groups from across the country worked together to produce a pithy statement of values for media that serves our democracy. The result is the new Bill of Media Rights, which begins: A free and vibrant media, full of diverse and competing voices, is the lifeblood of America's democracy and culture, as well as an engine of growth for its economy. Set for an official launch this spring, the statement already has the support of organizations representing millions of Americans--demonstrating again that the public demands greater diversity, greater fairness, and greater accountability from our media.

[ Read the Bill of Media Rights ]
[ AFL-CIO endorsement ]

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DeeDee Halleck: redefining the global village

by Jonathan Lawson

[note: a version of this piece appears in the Spring 2005 media issue of YES! Magazine.]

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Independent, unembedded: journalist Dahr Jamail on Iraq

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Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, independent journalist Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for numerous outlets including Inter Press Service and The Nation; his voice is often heard on international broadcasts from the BBC and Democracy Now!, among others. Just returned from covering the elections in Iraq, Jamail visits several Northwest communities, Feb. 18-22. He will share direct insights about the war, the occupation, and the people of Iraq. Check out our events box (left) or Jamail's site for details!

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Connecting for Change: Oct 28-30, Seattle

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The Northwest Regional chapter of the Alliance for Community Media holds its annual conference in Seattle this month. The theme is Connecting for Change; one programming track focuses on helping connect nonprofit media makers and administrators with the arts organizations, community technology centers and activist groups in their communities. Conference events also include tours of local government, educational and public access cable facilities and a brainstorming session on new community media initiatives.

[ Schedule and Registration info: web/pdf ]
[ SCAN-TV ]

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Reclaim the Media TV

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Seattle and King County cable subscribers: tune into SCAN-TV every Thursday at 11pm for our new media watch program, Reclaim the Media TV. Each week host Daniel Hannah brings together critical analysis of the week's news as reported in the corporate media, status reports on significant media policy debates, and community perspectives on media literacy and independent media. SCAN is Seattle's public access cable provider (on channel 77 or 29). The station's broadcast schedule includes a variety of locally-produced cultural and public affairs shows worth watching, plus programs from Free Speech TV, and Seattle's only live broadcast of Democracy Now (5am weekdays).

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Hey Kidz! Check this workshop

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Anne Elizabeth Moore's Hey Kidz! Buy This Book calls itself "a radical primer on corporate and governmental propaganda and artistic activism for short people." Anne brings her radical education roadshow home to the Seattle area this month, with a kids-only Make Your Own Media workshop, 3-5pm Sept 1 at the Puyallup Public Library (directions/details). She's also teaming up with the Seattle Alliance for Media Education for an all-ages workshop on Sports, Citizenship, Patriotism and the Media, 4-6pm Sept. 11 at the University Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

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