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Sunday, Oct 5, 4-6pm at Seattle's Central Cinema.

PepperSpray Productions and Reclaim the Media present a community reportback on protests, police and arrested journalists at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Featuring on-the-scene video coverage of protests and arrests from PepperSpray (Seattle) and Submedia (Vancouver), and a panel discussion with Shamako Noble (Hip Hop Congress/RNC Welcoming Committee), Susan Gleason (Reclaim the Media), Larry Hildes (National Lawyers Guild), Doug Honig (ACLU-WA), and local journalists arrested at the RNC.

Cosponsored by Pepperspray Productions, Reclaim the Media, ACLU-WA and KBCS 91.3fm Community Radio.

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Last December, the FCC ignored the pleas of millions of Americans, and ruled that big media companies should be allowed to control even more of what we see and hear. Now, Congress is considering a measure that would roll back that bad decision, and restore reasonable limits on media ownership in large markets. It's up to us to make sure Congress acts.

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Media Heroes trading cards honor media activists, journalists, teachers

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Reclaim the Media presents our latest and most fun media literacy tool: Media Heroes Trading Cards, recognizing the accomplishments of twenty-one praiseworthy journalists, media activists, and educators. The lovely and informative cards, available now for purchase online, are a fantastic teaching tool for students, or an exciting gift for friends, family or budding media activists. Media heroes being honored include historical figures such as legendary anti-lynching reporter Ida B. Wells and Newspaper Guild founder Heywood Broun; also recognized are contemporary media movers and shakers, including Bill Moyers, Paper Tiger TV co-founder DeeDee Halleck, Puerto Rican community activist Richie Pérez and others. Read more, browse our complete list of heroes, and tell us about your own media heroes!

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Grassroots Radio Conference headed to Portland in July

The Grassroots Radio Conference is coming to Portland this July - and organizers have issued a call for workshop and discussion proposals. This is the first time the GRC has taken place in the Northwest, and it will be a great opportunity for regional community radio makers to get together and scheme with colleagues from around the country. Visit KBOO's conference page for details, or read on for the call for proposals (due June 15).

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Senate votes to roll back FCC ownership ruling

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Update: The Full Senate has voted to roll back the FCC's controversial Dec. 07 decision allowing media owners to combine newspapers and broadcast stations in the country's largest markets. The Senate's Resolution of Disapproval passed nearly unanimously. The action now moves to the House of Representatives, where Washington State Representatives Jay Inslee and Dave Reichert have introduced a companion resolution.

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House, Senate launch crusade against media consolidation

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In the House of Representatives, a bipartisan coalition led by Rep. Jay Inslee has filed a measure that would void the controversial media ownership rules pushed through the FCC by Chairman Kevin Martin last December. The Resolution of Disapproval comes on the heels of a similar resolution filed the previous week by a bipartisan group of Senators including Maria Cantwell, Byron Dorgan, Ted Stevens, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and Olympia Snowe.

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House Bill forges a new path towards Net Neutrality

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Rep. Ed Markey has introduced new legislation to help make Internet freedom, or net neutrality, the law of the land. Markey's Internet Freedom Preservation Act sets forth strong public-interest values which we need to sustain a truly democratic Internet, and it directs the FCC to heed those values when responding to violations of net neutrality by companies such as Comcast and AT&T. Read on for a detailed analysis of the bill, and hit SavetheInternet.org for more information.

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Media coverage of US-Iran relations: Jan. 31

Wading through the flood of news on Iran? Wondering what it all means? On Thurs, Jan. 31, Reclaim the Media joins the Seattle Iranian American Community Alliance to present an evening of short lectures and conversation. Featured speakers UW professors Arzoo Osanloo and David Domke will point the way to critical tools and knowledge we can use to make sense of news coverage on Iran and US-Iran relations. Click here for complete info or download a flyer.

Washington State pushes ahead to reverse FCC decision

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Washington State Congressmen Jay Inslee and Dave Reichert have introduced legislation that will counteract the FCC's decision to allow further consolidation of media companies. The Media Ownership Act would retroactively prevent the FCC’s rushed decision from becoming law by requiring more time for public comment. In the Senate, Senator Maria Cantwell is cosponsoring a similar bill.

Take action to urge your elected officials to reverse the FCC!

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FCC weakens ownership rules - issue now heads to Congress

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On Dec. 18, the FCC voted 3-2 to remove an important protection for diverse voices in our media. Chairman Kevin Martin pushed through the decision, which will allow big media firms to combine both a newspaper and TV or radio stations in the same market, despite overwhelming opposition from the public and elected officials across the political spectrum. Dissident Commissioner Michael Copps said of the vote, "Powerful companies are using political muscle to sneak through rule changes that let them profit at the expense of the public interest."

While the decision ends media ownership deliberations at the FCC, controversy over the issue is far from over. Congress may act to overturn the FCC's decision; it's up to us to make sure that happens. Add your voice to the chorus of dissent! Take action - write to Congress and tell them to roll back the FCC's giveaway to big media corporations.

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