Media

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LA
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We are often too familiar with the victims of nationally recognized police homicide cases, but what do we know of those they left behind: their families? What do we really know about the impact police violence has on our communities? Forced Trajectory Project (FTP) sought to answer these questions in 2009 by documenting and interviewing family members of police homicide victims. 8 years later, this inquiry has developed into a nationwide, long term, multimedia documentary project, providing a unique portal into the lives and narratives of those directly impacted by police homicide, individuals who suffer the agony of a devastating life event yet find strength and hope by building with community and through commemorating their loved ones. FTP serves as a sister organization to Families United 4 Justice, a growing nationwide coalition of families impacted by police violence, organizing for self-determination, collective healing and justice, and political power. FTP works in concert with those on the frontline of the anti-police brutality movement by hosting their stories, providing crucial media analysis on how the construction of mainstream police brutality narratives perpetuates the problem, and through offering media training so that families and organizers can return to their communities equipped with media weaponry to preserve the truth. In this session you will meet the FTP media team who will introduce the project and explore how citizen journalism and grassroots public relations can foster change through empowering those on the frontline and engage local communities, ultimately serving as a catalyst for social revolution.
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What is the relationship between spirituality and activism? What is the role of faith in politics? From abolition and the civil rights movement to anti-war activism and the Poor People’s Campaign, people of faith and their institutions have been at the forefront of social change. Concern for the earth and the welfare of humanity is at the heart of an aware and mature spirituality. Even Christians are discovering God’s cry for justice in the Bible. This panel will discuss the legal, ideological, ethical, and practical implications of spiritual and religious activism.
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Media is one of the most powerful tools in society. As community organizers embark on their tasks to change society for the greater good, media should be a key component to the process. If no one knows what you are doing, no effective change can be made. It is important to form, control and use media platforms to raise awareness and empower community members. These media platforms should be non-bias and tell the whole story. The panel members will demonstrate how they have created and used powerful media tools in their work.
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LA
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A publisher, editor, technology developer, publicity manager, and author will conduct a discussion of how to carry forward, in the context of contemporary media, the emancipative tradition of avant-garde literary book publishing. The stability of the commodity form of the printed book over the past four hundred years has been radically undermined by cybernetic interventions that have created alternative ways of extracting profit from imaginative literate communication. These new cybernetic techniques reconfigure the practices of ѓ??literacyѓ?ќ as the promise of a universal emancipative imaginative commons of reading and writing. The task of contemporary not-for-profit literary book publishing is to support a non-monetized literacy. Only a non-monetized literacy can create a communicative domain protected from direct domination by market or state. The five panelists will discuss the possibility of creating such a domain today and reflect upon their experiences in not-for-profit publishing. These include editing for the new literary journal, The New Inquiry; founding and managing Ellipsis Press; co-founding the online journal, Rethinking Capitalism; directing publicity for the experimental fiction publisher, Dalkey Archive Press; developing new online publishing technology; and writing fiction that thematizes literacy's absorption within the new business models of digital publishing.
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LA
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Come one, come all to an open and honest discussion on what demands the left should be making and how to implement these demands. Malcolm X said, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent. And, that’s power."
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LA
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1. Noelle Hanrahan: “Prison Radio: Bringing the Voices of Prisoners into the Debate on Crime and Punishment” Prison Radio challenges unjust, racist and sexist police and prosecutorial practices that result in mass incarceration and the literal disenfranchisement of huge segments of our population. It broadcasts on over 1,200 radio stations and reach millions of listeners and viewers. 2. Victor Grossman: “Independent Journalism: Berlin Commentaries” For the past eight years, Victor Grossman has distributed his online newsletter in which he voices concerns about capitalism and power in the Federal Republic of Germany and the struggle for socialism in the now defunct German Democratic Republic. 3. Jason Pramas: "Open Media Boston: Metro News from the Ground Up" Founded in 2008, Open Media Boston is a web-based newsweekly that covers the labor and non-profit beats in Boston, MA, USA and environs.