Features

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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Election 2004 and Beyond: What's at Stake?

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Politics getting you down? Turn off the TV, step away from the computer and come out for some of the sharpest political analysis you're likely to hear this season. The avowedly non-partisan speaking tour Election 2004 and Beyond: What's At Stake? features whistleblower activist Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), fearless peace activist Medea Benjamin (Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice), and media watchdog journalist Norman Solomon (Institute for Public Accuracy, Target Iraq). Catch the tour next week in Seattle, Tacoma or Olympia; the Tacoma appearance on Sept. 30 coincides nicely with the first presidential debate.

[ OLYMPIA - Weds. Sept. 29, 7pm: Capitol Theater ]
[ TACOMA - Thurs. Sept. 30, 6pm watch debate/8pm speakers: Univ. of Puget Sound ]
[ SEATTLE - Fri. Oct. 1, 7pm: Univ. Temple Methodist Church ]

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John Nichols tackles Cheney: Sept. 21 in Seattle

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Do Americans really want Dick Cheney running their country? That's the question behind Dick: The Man Who Is President, the new examination of the Cheney Bush presidency by journalist and media activist John Nichols. This Tuesday, Nichols comes to Seattle to discuss his book, the upcoming election and the media's role in shaping public political discourse in the US. Nichols is Washington correspondent for The Nation, co-founder of Free Press and author of several books on the media and presidential politics. The free event is Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 5.30pm, downstairs at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

[ Buzzflash interview w/ Nichols ]
[ Democracy Now! on Cheney ]
[ Cheney: Vice President of the Apocalypse ]

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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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New film outs Fox

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You've heard the buzz - now see the film. Outfoxed, the new documentary by director Robert Greenwald (Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War) examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. The film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
See the film on Fri. July 23 at a Seattle screening presented by Reclaim the Media and Wallingford
Neighbors for Peace, or on June 18 at one of many
house parties.

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Copps presented with Backbone Award

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In Portland on June 24, Reclaim the Media joined the Backbone Campaign to present FCC Commissioner Michael Copps with a Backbone Award in recognition of his principled advocacy for public interest values within the Bush-era FCC. Previous recipients of the award include Jim McDermott, Dennis Kucinich, Maxine Waters, Howard Dean and Amy Goodman.

[ Backbone Campaign ]
[ Copps' dissent from June 2003 decision ]
[ more about Copps ]

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Court to FCC: Not so fast

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The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has permanently stayed the FCC's June 2003 decision attacking media ownership rules, remanding the matter to the FCC for reconsideration. The Court definitively rejected much of the process the FCC used to arrive at its decision, directing the Commission to privilege the public interest over market considerations. Plaintiffs the Prometheus Radio Project and Media Access Project were quick to praise the decision, as were other public interest advocates and Commissioners Copps and Adelstein. Chairman Powell and big media corporations were alone in criticizing the decision, which Powell called perverse.

[ Prometheus Radio Project vs. FCC: opinion | judgment ]
[ Media Access Project summary of the decision ]

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The Seattle Statement on Radio

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End payola and broadcaster/promoter monopolies and open local airwaves to local music. Restore low-power FM and the fairness doctrine, and hold stations accountable to local public interest obligations. Break up the largest radio conglomerates. These and other recommendations appear in the newly released Seattle Statement on Radio. Offering a solutions-oriented critique of the radio industry, the statement is the result of collaboration among the music professionals, commercial and noncommercial radio staff, media activists and unionists who took part in February's Fixing Radio Forum in Seattle - a community hearing on media policy issues. Read more about the forum and the statement.

[ Seattle Statement on Radio ]
[ Fixing Radio Forum ]

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Taking Action for Low-Power FM

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Senators John McCain and Patrick Leahy have introduced a bill to expand non-commercial community radio across the country, by reauthorizing Low-Power FM (LPFM). UPDATE: Senator Cantwell has joined McCain and Leahy as a sponsor of the bill. The new legislation would repeal a 2000 law - passed after a deceptive strong-arm lobbying effort by the National Association of Broadcasters and NPR - which placed unnecessary technological and administrative restrictions on LPFM applicants.

This bill is a tremendous step towards democratizing our airwaves, benefiting community groups, religious organizations, youth, minorities and radio listeners in general. It deserves bipartisan support. Contact your legislators today and make sure they support community radio by supporting the McCain/Leahy Bill.

[ Legislative contact info for Washington State ]
Prometheus Radio Project ]

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