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The Blind Spot: Indymedia's grassroots daily coverage of the Seattle WTO

In Nov. 1999, grassroots journalists, anti-globalization organizers and international tech activists launched a bold experiment: a grassroots media effort to cover the World Trade Organization ministerial in Seattle, and the protests that would shut it down.

This week, Reclaim the Media will be celebrating Indymedia's tenth anniversary by republishing several key media pieces from Indymedia's beginnings, covering the WTO ministerial in Seattle, and the epochal protests that succeeded in shutting the meetings down. Read more for links to the Blind Spot, Indymedia's printed newsletter covering the events of the Seattle WTO.

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Amy Goodman in Seattle Nov 27

On Friday, Nov 27, KBCS and Reclaim the Media present Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, celebrating an expanding world of grassroots community journalism. The event, a benefit for KBCS Community Radio, will be held at Town Hall Seattle starting at 7pm. For tickets and more info, visit KBCS online.

UPDATE: Audio and video available.

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Senate Committee Approves Low Power FM

The Senate Commerce Committee added its approval this morning to the Local Community Radio Act, passing the bill on a unanimous voice vote. The measure, introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell, would allow thousands of new Low Power FM radio stations to launch across the country. With the House companion bill also moving forward definitively, community radio advocates are highly optimistic about success this year.

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Global Justice Forward! 1999-2009 People's Summit

People's Summit: Nov 27-29, Seattle. An evening with Amy Goodman kicks off a weekend of workshops, strategizing and plenary discussions on global justice.

Nov. 30 will mark ten years since the World Trade Organization met in Seattle, amidst the epoch-making street protests that shut it down and focused the eyes of the world on the massive injustice of corporate globalization and "free trade" policies. Ten years later, the WTO is still at it; on the 30th itself the organization is hosting a "restart" meeting in Geneva--one week before the UN launches a climate change conference in Copenhagen. These are uncertain times and much remains at stake.

Help commemorate Seattle+10 at the People's Summit, dedicated to re-engaging in grassroots organizing for economic justice, human rights, peace, and environmental sustainability. Help reclaim and amplify our voices with a shared vision for a healthy planet and people. Let’s harness the spirit of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle with a renewed commitment to move global justice forward!

Events start Friday, Nov 27 with Amy Goodman (a benefit for KBCS co-presented by Reclaim the Media), followed by two days of plenaries, workshops and a cross-sector strategy session, held at Seattle University, New Hope Baptist Church and Town Hall. Visit www.seattleplus10.org for a full list of speakers, plenaries, and workshops!

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Life in the Wrong Lane

Life in the Wrong Lane: Why Journalists Go In When Everyone Else Wants Out
by Greg Dobbs [iUniverse]

Emmy award-winner Greg Dobbs aims to entertain with this memoir of his exploits as an ABC News field correspondent. His settings range from overseas danger zones in Afghanistan, Iran, Uganda and Lebanon to seat-of-the-pants gumshoe reporting on the Gary Gilmore execution and the 1973 American Indian Movement occupation at Wounded Knee. Each location serves as the backdrop for Dobbs to describe the creativity and recklessness of reporters determined to find visually compelling scoops for TV news. Dobbs tells a good story -- and provides a fascinating and colloquial behind-the-scenes look into the world of reporting on conflicts. But this is not a book about journalism; Dobbs' main conceit is that TV reporters are a species of adventure-seekers, and he makes war reporting out to be largely adrenaline-fueled fun and games. This severely limiting the value of his book to aspiring reporters, and making us doubt that he has truly delivered on the promise of his subtitle. -jl

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Mad Hater Dobbs quits CNN

Controversial CNN host Lou Dobbs is quitting the network, he announced today. Dobbs and CNN had come under increasing criticism from media activists across the country offended by Dobbs' record of deceptive, anti-immigrant broadcasts. Organizers of the Basta Dobbs campaign–-a national Latino-led coalition quickly claimed victory. "Our contention all along was that Lou Dobbs – who has a long record of spreading lies and conspiracy theories about immigrants and Latinos – does not belong on the ‘Most Trusted Name in News,’" said Presente.org's Roberto Lovato.

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Listen Up Northwest program 67: Water

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

This week, Listen Up! Northwest dives into the waterways of our region. In Washington and British Columbia, some people are using a new, collective name for the waters now known as the Strait of Georgia, Juan de Fuca Strait and Puget Sound. Salish Sea is the name created to honor the area's original inhabitants. The piece features Ode to the Salish Sea. (Paolo Pietropaolo, Vancouver)

Roger Muggli is the third generation Muggli to run the irrigation district near Miles City, Montana. During a 2007, he was forced to face some tough decisions (Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister, Long Haul Productions)

A look at what it takes to build bridges over the treacherous waters of Puget Sound (John Ryan, Seattle)

One man spends his nights with a microphone and a bunch of whales. No wonder he can identify them by song (Barrett Golding, Bozeman MT)

Discover the underwater sounds of bays and beaches around Gabriola Island (Darren Copeland and Andreas Kahre, Vancouver BC)

Music by DJ B-Girl, Byron Au Yong, Electron Love Theory and Blue Cranes. Copy editor: Robbin Block. Host: Yuko Kodama.

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Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Listen Up! Northwest program 66: Post-carbon transportation

Listen Up! Northwest is a collaboratively produced radio magazine featuring stories of communities in action throughout the Northwest. Each broadcast highlights the work of skilled community radio producers and artists from our region, including Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

This week, Listen Up! Northwest speaks with energy experts Richard Gilbert and Anthony Perl, authors of the book "Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight without Oil." The authors share their research and views on 'peak oil' and transportation. (Alex Smith, Radio Ecoshock, Vancouver)

Music by DJ B-Girl.

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* general Listen Up! NW promo

Listen Up! NW is produced by Yuko Kodama at KBCS for Reclaim the Media, and distributed by the Northwest Community Radio Network.

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Local civil rights groups speak up for net neutrality

Forty local groups that represent people of color, low-income consituences and other historically marginalized communities sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on October 21, 2009, urging the Chairman to remain firm in his support for network neutrality rules. Network neutrality rules, often called "the first amendement of the Internet," would prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating content on the Internet.

Garlin Gilchrist recently made a civil rights case for Net Neutrality, as did Mark Lloyd and Joe Torres here.

Read more for the text of this week's letter, which is also available as a PDF here.

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Public interest groups criticize anti-Net Neutrality letter from "Blue Bell" House Dems

Reclaim the Media joined nearly two dozen public interest organizations from more than twelve states urged Congress to support the net neutrality proceeding at the Federal Communications Commission.

Our letter to key House members expressed disappointment with an earlier Congressional letter, signed by Washington Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA 2) and other members of Congress from their states, that expressing a lack of support for net neutrality rules at the FCC. Other Washington Representatives, including Jay Inslee (D-WA 1) and Dave Reichert (R-WA 8) have expressed support for Net Neutrality.

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