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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Ahmefule on Internet access in Seattle

"As a musician, I use the Internet to send recordings of rehearsals to band members so they can practice the material at home. Also, I applied for a job yesterday and they don't accept paper resumes."

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Tales from the Coffeehouse: Naomi on Internet access in Seattle

"I use social networks such as facebook and twitter to let the public know about events taking place where I work. This works really well and is so effective."

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Leah on Internet access in Seattle

I am a student at Seattle Central Community College, and working my way toward a masters in teaching. My enrollement, class registration, applications for graduate programs, financial aid and classwork. I need reliable internet access. I feel very lucky to have internet access at home. Without this, I'm not sure I would have been able to juggle work, school, and applications. Having access at home meant I could register for classes after work hours, take an online class and research graduate programs into the wee hours of the night.

I even applied for unemployment benefits online when I lost my job! had I not had this kind of access, I cerntainly would have been at a serious disadvantage financially and academically. Everyone deserves this kind of access!

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Paul on Internet access in Seattle

"The internet is very important to me – I am a single, independent consultant that has clients all over the country and even two in foreign countries. I communicate with all of my clients via the internet using email, websites, Facebook, and Skype. I send work presentations and invoices $$$$. I also talk with my granddaughter on the internet."

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Lulu on Internet access in Seattle

"Recently, I was unemployed. 2009 was broken laptops, less library hours, and less money to buy coffee to access the computer. I now understand the value of free internet--especially how hard it was to access resources for job hunting, food stamps, and governmental assistance programs. After acquiring a job, I understand the privilege of access and connecting to community resources."

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Seattle aims to become a world-class Internet city

Seattle is supposedly the nation's most wired city--but that's cold comfort to the many families in the Central District and Beacon Hill who are paying too much for unreliable cable Internet service, or who can't even get basic DSL. Take a look at this list of the world's top 20 cities for Internet speeds. What's the first thing you notice?

1. Busan
2. Seoul
3. Göteborg
4. Stockholm
5. Yokohama
6. Amsterdam
7. Paris
8. Tokyo
9. Aarhus
10. Helsinki
11. Rotterdam
12. Hamburg
13. Kosice
14. Bern
15. Berlin
16. Copenhagen
17. Espoo
18. Lyon
19. Lisbon
20. Oslo

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Position available: RTM seeks digital justice organizer

Reclaim the Media seeks a project organizer for its Seattle Digital Justice Campaign, to build and mobilize a diverse coalition of Seattle residents and organizations supporting broadband Internet as a public utility in Seattle. The organizer will conduct outreach and education, lead and attend community meetings, and recruit and maintain a base of community activists with a focus on youth, people of color, immigrant populations.

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Add your voice: support digital inclusion and an open Internet!

In Seattle and across the United States, organizations working with people of color, poor communities, and other marginalized groups are raising our voices for an open Internet that is fast, affordable, and accessible to everyone. Our communities should not have to choose between broadband access and Internet fairness.

Thanks to all the NW organizations that, like us, understand that digital access is a civil rights issue! Participating groups include One America, KBCS, ACLU-WA, the Youth Media Institute, Ozya, Washington Bus, Reel Grrls, Hidmo, the Minority Executive Directors Association, 206 Zulu, Common Language Project, the Community Alliance for Global Justice, Seattle NOW, WashPIRG, Hollow Earth Radio, Sustainable Ballard, the Langston Hughes Film Festival, the Community Alliance & Peacemaking Project, Newground Social Investment, and more! It's not too late to take the pledge: download (English) (Spanish) and return by email.

If you're an individual or organization in Seattle, add your voice to the Seattle Digital Justice Campaign!

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Howard Zinn on media and democracy

In 2002 Howard Zinn recorded this PSA as part of Reclaim the Media's Media and Democracy Radio Features series. Listen or download.

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Journalism That Matters Seattle!

Journalism That Matters has concluded in Seattle: a forward-looking unconference on the theme: Re-Imagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest. The 4-day event is the latest and largest in an ongoing series of meetings about the future of quality journalism, bringing together journalists, bloggers, editors, media activists, broadcasters, community media practictioners, educators and community leaders (attendees list here).

The conference kicked off Thursday evening with a session featuring "catalysts" former Mayor Norman Rice, Tracy Record (West Seattle Blog), and creative photojournalist Chris Jordan, reflecting on developing new information sources, economic solutions and accountability models that can revitalize journalism for a society grounded in social networking and civic engagement.

Conference registration capped at over 200 attendees. Details of the conference proceedings (including audio and video, tweets (#jtmpnw), photos and session notes) are archived here.

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