Chicago Media Action at U.S. Social Forum 2010 - A Workshop

Posted by Scott - June 13, 2010 (entry 649)

Chicago Media Action at U.S. Social Forum 2010 - A Workshop

"Control of Public Media as a Social Justice Issue:
Lessons from Latin America and the U.S."

Thursday, 06/24/2010 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm - Location: Cobo Hall: D2-09

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Featuring activists from the front lines of struggles for community controlled media, this workshop explores why the contest to control the means of communication is a life or death struggle. This workshop calls out to social justice movements to 1) strengthen existing movement based media 2) build communication networks between our movements across boundaries and 3) demand democratic control of public media channels.

In the hands of social justice movements, media can be a means to build cultures of direct action and community self-organization and to create new social conditions. This workshop interrogates professional authority as a cultural force that enables neo-liberal capitalism and restrains social justice demands. So called impartial professionals cannot build a democratic system of communication. Only when marginalized and oppressed communities participate in shaping media systems and media content can we build a culture of solidarity and justice. Another world is necessary and to build it we need another media!

Speakers include:
Gerardo Torres, a member of the International Commission of the National Front of Popular Resistance of Honduras (FNRP). Roberta Rael, with the Raices Collective of KUNM-FM in Albuquerque. Speakers from Radio Populares and La Voz de Los de Abajo will discuss how new community radio stations in Latin America supports new political agency for dispossessed communities.

Workshop facilitated by James Owens and Scott Sanders.

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Workshop made possible with help from Chicago Media Action & Media Alliance.

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