Seattle hip-hop organizing focuses on media access and social justice

On Nov. 19, Reclaim the Media helped put together a breakfast gathering with a number of Seattle hip-hop performers, promoters, organizers and community media producers. While groups like 206 Zulu, Coolout Network, OseaO productions, Silent Lambs Project and others have been meeting and organizing together for a few months now, the particular excuse for this meeting was the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center's "Hip Hop: Back to its Roots" festival, a weekend-length showcase of hip-hop performing arts and politics. RTM partnered with festival organizers to bring up Bay-area hip-hop journalist and media visionary Davey D. Davey was a featured guest at the brunch meeting. Photos from the event here.

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Seattle to host FCC media ownership hearing on Nov 30

Why Should I Care? Q&A
FCC/Media Ownership fact sheet (pdf)
Communications Rights: putting the issues in context (pdf)
Media Democracy fact sheet
Printable postcards to send comments to the FCC (pdf)

On Nov. 30, a Seattle public hearing on media ownership takes place at the Seattle Public Library, with FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein. The hearing will help the FCC gather public comment as it considers revising its media ownership rules, which help protect viewpoint diversity by limiting the number of newspapers, TV and radio stations a single company may own or control. This is Seattle's opportunity to weigh in on an issue which is critical to our culture and our democracy. The public hearing begins at 6pm, Thursday Nov. 30, in the Seattle Public Library's main auditorium (map). Prepare your two-minute comment and arrive early to sign up to testify!

Opening statements from the two FCC Commissioners and from Congressman Jay Inslee will be followed by public testimony. The hearing is cosponsored by Reclaim the Media, The Seattle Times, KBCS 91.3fm Community Radio, the Minority Executive Directors Coalition and the UW Department of Communication.

Media regulation timeline (from Bill Moyers' NOW)
Audio from the March 03 Seattle FCC hearing
RTM response to 2003 deregulation
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Davey D speaks at Hip Hop: Back to Its Roots, Nov 17-19

Oakland-based hip-hop journalist Davey D returns to Seattle this November to speak at Hip Hop: Back to Its Roots, a festival of hip-hop arts, dance, music and rapping featuring local and internationally celebrated performers including Isis (Toronto) and Spinderella. The festival runs Nov. 17-19 at Seattle's Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Co-sponsored by Reclaim the Media.

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Washington Congressional candidates on media ownership and net neutrality

In last week's televised debate, Republican Congressman Dave Reichert and his Democractic challenger Darcy Burner (Washington 8th district) responded to questions about net neutrality and media ownership consolidation. While both candidates voiced support for the principle of net neutrality (Reichert voted for a failed net neutrality amendment before voting in favor of the entire neutrality-free COPE Bill), Reichert came up completely blank on the question of ownership.

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An interview with Susan and Daniel

Oregon-based radio journalist Sue Supriano interviews RTM's Susan Gleason and Daniel Hannah on her program Steppin' Out of Babylon.

Photos from the PCUN Barnraising

The Low-power FM barnraising at PCUN in Woodburn, Oregon was a great success; Many inspiring people came together for a weekend of hard work and mutual aid, working together to build the Northwest's newest community-run radio station. Reclaim the Media has established a Flickr group to share photos from the weekend; check it out at

Getting ready for the Woodburn barnraising

Reclaim the Media is getting excited for the barnraising next weekend in Woodburn. Oregon. Our pals at the Prometheus Radio Project return to the northwest to help the union and social services organization Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) launch their new LPFM radio station!

We're looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of old friends and meeting a bunch of new ones. I don't know how many folks have registered to participate, but this is Prometheus' 10th radio barnraising, and the weekend-long events (in which volunteers attend workshops, mess around, and learn how to build a radio station by actually doing it together) have a reputation for being madly fun. I expect it will be big.

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A Celebration of Community Radio with Amy Goodman: Sept 16

Join Reclaim the Media for an evening of thought-provoking commentary and lively discussion with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. Appearing as the keynote speaker of a conference celebrating community radio in the northwest, Amy will present material from her latest book, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back. Amy will be joined by special guests, including co-author (and brother) David Goodman; the event will also include film highlights from the recent Low Power FM barnraising in Woodburn, Oregon.

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Welcome to 2.0

For the first time in over four years, Reclaim the Media has undergone a major website revamp, moving to the dynamic, open-source Drupal content management system. All of the features of the old RTM site will remain, as well as the familiar look and feel. Please excuse any temporary malfunctions, and read on for a partial list of what's new!

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RTM seeks campaign organizer

Reclaim the Media is hiring a campaign organizer to help run our statewide fight to protect media diversity, communications rights and Internet freedoms. Read more for details.

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