Media

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LA
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Here in Boston, most of the activist groups make little to no effort to get media coverage for their actions. And indeed, unless we have large numbers, we get missed by the mainstream media and most of Boston.

I've started trying to attract more coverage to actions with limited success. But I only have a vague idea of what I'm doing.

So I'm *really* hoping that a few folks who had great success with getting coverage will appear and give sage advice.

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LA
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The traditional media outlets of newspapers, television, and radio continue to become ever more centralized in ever fewer hands, restricting the diversity of information and opinion formation. The great hope once was that the internet would change all of this and initially it appeared to do so, with the proliferation of new media outlets. That initial celebration of media diversity has given way to a new centralization, where Google Facebook, Twitter, and Apple control practically the entire infrastructure for delivering information to the people. This panel aims to take a close look at the challenges and strategies of left media outlets, how they might overcome the monopolization of mass media and contribute to the creation of a new and truly democratic media system.

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California experienced some corporate-free progressive electoral victories in the 2018 primary season and we should all focus our efforts on bringing corporate-free progressive candidates and progressive ballot measures into a full victory come November. Yet it must be said that overall the CA primary did not yield the uplifting electoral results that many of us had hoped for.

The good news is that many of us are clear that winning elections is only part of the needed work ahead. It is largely thought that by participating in the electoral process we can change and improve our lives. This is only partially true.

We all know that the electoral process is set up against the interests of working people.

The electoral process allows candidates to be bought and creates a pseudo-democracy, a fake-democracy, in which most elected officials end up doing what their corporate funders want,and play the ?reform-game? (changing/improving minor aspects of life to keep a system going that is rotten to the core by greed, economic inequality, social oppression, environmental destruction and permanent war.)

Elections are important opportunities, however, to organize and develop power for working families and take power away from the 1% oligarchs that rule. Participating in elections needs to be essentially about developing working people power and the role of anyone elected by working people must be to accumulate more power for working people.

Only an enormous accumulation of power in the hands of an organized working class will allow us to resolve our problems and survive and do well.

It will happen, hopefully in time.

(Not too many centuries ago it was unthinkable that the all powerful monarchies would be toppled and abolished. Most are gone. Perhaps corporations will be someday soon be ?abolished?, or at least pushed back to their ?only temporary? status.)

As true progressives, our most important role in 2018 post-primary California must be to assure that the momentum for organizing working people continues and that our movement grows to its fullest potential. That means looking beyond party affiliation. Today working people in our state are of various political persuasions. They are registered to vote in various political parties or are registered No Party Preference (NPP). NPP is now the second largest category of voter registrations (2nd only to Democrats) in the state numbering nearly 5 million voters. A corporate-free alliance of progressive groups and individuals based on shared values and vision, regardless of party affiliation or no affiliation, offers a way forward. This panel will discuss that option as a next step for California progressives.

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NYC
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?The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!? Corporate news is consumed with covering the Trump/Russia affair, but it pales in comparison to the real threats in people?s lives--climate change, underemployment, poverty, lack of health care, lack of clean water--just to name a few. How should independent news cover the most pressing issues of our times without speaking into their own silos? In the age of Trump, is the future of independent media at risk? Join us for an open discussion and an opportunity for feedback with The Real News hosts and featured guests.

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NYC
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Black Kids in Outer Space is a live and online talkshow that discusses urban planning, bicycles, public transit, and afrofuturism. The concept of freedom is one of the most precious values in the United States, but the freedom of movement in space is a freedom that has eluded African Americans, Native Americans,and other marginalized communities for much of the United States? history. Our conversation will be an attempt to trace the history of this country?s denial of marginalized communities the freedom of the open road and home, through housing policies, police enforcement, and the deliberate removal of funding and capital from those communities.

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NYC
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Literally at the 11th hour, the largest alternative and progressive network in the United States was able to secure a loan and prevent the Empire State Realty Trust company from seizing our assets. This would have closed down the entire network and resulted in the sale of WBAI and another Pacifica station, WPFW. This has left the foundation with a multi million dollar debt that must be repaid within 18 to 34 months.

In moving forward to revolutionize Pacifica and WBAI in particular, we want to explore ideas as to how to make Pacifica a relevant and critically important progressive mass media success in the 21st century.

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NYC
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Reflecting Her' is an IAWRT produced documentary on reproductive health which was launched in September 2015. Bina Paul from India, as Executive Producer lead a team of four directors, Anna Pawlowska from Poland, Atieno Otieno from Kenya, Priya Goswami from India, and Sara Chitambo from South Africa.

Reproductive health rights imply that people are able to have a responsible and satisfying sex life, the capacity to reproduce in safety, with the freedom to decide, if, when and how often to have children. This documentary tells four stories based on different aspects of those rights for women in four very different countries - India,South Africa, Kenya and Poland.