Media

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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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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.

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Mainstream & corporate media set a narrow agenda in the US and abroad, marginalizing any voice that speaks for justice, peace, democracy, local autonomy, environmental protection and more. This panel focuses on the goals, gains, and ground game of the independent media and the current state of setting and speaking an agenda counter to the mainstream narrative.

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Maria Victoria Maldonado died this last year. She was the founder of the Colombia Media Project and helped to empower several indigenous groups in the Cauca region to make video, radio and internet documentation. She also was one of the producers of the Gulf Crisis TV Project in 1990-91, documenting the resistance to the first Gulf war as part of Paper Tiger and Deep Dish TV. She created an in-house TV network for hands-on production by chronically ill children at Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital. Her selfless work in media literacy, indigenous production and anti-war resistance is exemplary and unique in this era of corporate media and youtube -
Panel Participants: DeeDee Halleck, Chair,
Irene Sosa, Brooklyn College
Mario Murillo Hofstra University

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Contemporary media's extremely profitable extractive capacity to monetize intra- and inter-subjective durations of real-time linguistic expression threaten democratic agency, reciprocity, and solidarity. Three writers on the left who work in the book publishing industry will initiate a discussion concerning possible counter models of cooperative book publishing that could create more democratic and socially transformative interpretive literary communities.