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Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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"(The media) have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses". -Malcolm X Corporate media exercises hegemony over the vast majority of the U.S. population by distorting our beliefs, ideology, assumptions, and experiences and contributing to mass ignorance of the crimes of the global capitalist system, together with defeatism about the potential for change. for decades, progressive community media-radio, TV, books, podcasts, websites, social media and others-have created grassroots alternatives that provide missing information and challenge the dominant media's false narratives. Many of these outlets have played key roles in helping to build movements for justice and peace. But the era of corporate consolidation an digital transformation of media has created unprecedented financial and technological challenges to these underfunded projects. which are struggling to survive as preferred platforms for viewing and listening have changed. This panel will examine corporate and progressive media history, particularly the role of racism in both in order to understand the path and the way forward. We will explore strategies to create and sustain movement-based media, with an emphasis on the role of multi-media partnerships among community radio, public-access cable TV and internet-based media projects, both in New York city and nationwide. The panel is sponsored by WBAI Rising, a coalition of radio listeners and producers working toward a radio-TV-digital partnership between listener-sponsored Pacifica station WBAI 99.5FM ( and Manhattan Neighborhood (public access TV) Network. The goal of WBAI Rising is to transform community media in New York City and build the audience for programming focused on the struggles for social and economic justice and peace.


Dr. Gerald Horne is an African-American historian who currently holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History an African Studies at the University of Houston. He writes about topics he perceives as misrepresented struggles for justice, in particular communist struggles and struggles... Read more
Since 2006,, Dan Coughlin has served as President & CEO of Manhattan Neighborhood Network. building the local community access TV facility into the naion's largest Community Media Center offering a wide-range of media production and education services in two Manhattan locations. Dan has... Read more
Bernard White began his work association with WBAI as a reporter in the newsroom. He was seen at the station every day for a year learning as much as he could about every aspect of radio and radio production. Finally he got the opportunity to host his own radio program "Emanations" .... Read more
Mario Murillo is a Professor of Communication and Latin American Studies at Hofstra University and a member of the Advisory Board of Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement. He is a long-time media activist and award-winning journalist. In his many years in radio he has served as Program... Read more
Betty Dopson was born and raised in Hubbard. Ohio and attended all white public schools. The few Black students attending the Elementary and High Schools there. mostly from her family, were constantly the subject of and were subjected to racist remarks from both students and teachers. Marrying and... Read more
MImi Rosenberg is an attorney with over 30 years' experience in the practice of poverty law at The Legal Aid Society and has authored several texts on how the plutocracy exercises control of the populace by race and class through its city planning process and housing development processes.... Read more