Media

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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 (wbai.org) 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.

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Change happens from the bottom up. But what do you know about bottom-up? What are its characteristics, and those of it's opposite, top-down. Many people talk about how change happens from the bottom up. But not much is said beyond that. This Panel will go into depth on what bottom-up is, how it is different from top-down, and why we are going through a bottom-up revolution that offers opportunities to make change happen that were not available before.

Bottom-up is egalitarian, cooperative, interdependent, local, systemic, culture is tolerant, transparent, inclusive, empathic, as compared to top-down culture which is narrow-minded, rigid, authoritarian, narcissism encouraging, hierarchical, and centralized, with inequality, domination and secrecy. Top down challenges and bottom-up solutions and improvements will be discussed, with solutions.

Election reform, optimization and integrity issues and solutions will be explored. How top-down media and powerful influencers use framing, wording and mind games to hold back change and discourage activism.

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Law enforcement surveillance, targeting of undocumented members of our communities, Congress' repeal of Internet Privacy laws, and breaches of information held by major corporations - these have been seemingly non-stop reminders of the risks to our information and personal privacy. Quite often, it is the least empowered within our communities that have the least protections and face the greatest potential harm from these threats. If it ever was, it is no longer enough to simply offer assistance. Sustainable community defense requires a commitment to empowerment. Using EFF's Security Education Companion, and digital security training as one example, this workshop for activists, educators and technologists will explore how we can move beyond the service model of aid and commit to supporting the development of new skills and superhero teams from within affected communities.

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As a tribute to Robert Parry, the late founder and editor of Consortium News, this panel will explore the decline of the type of principled and non-partisan journalism that Robert Parry championed. Speakers will discuss the damaging effect on democracy from careerism, lack of skepticism and the militarism of the established, corporate media.

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NYC
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To the extent that the left still has a future oriented utopian project it is an accelerationist project. This panel discussion will cross examine the accelerationist tendency and attempt to interpret the culture and subcultures that have risen up to meet our current level of technological development.

Questions that will be covered will include:

Can we imagine technological progress that isn't in the service of capital?
Is Vaporwave a Capitalist Realist musical genre?
Was the Pokemon Go fad prefigurative?
Are video games inherently right-wing?

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NYC
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A couple originally hailing from Mexico, Fran and Gabriela are drawn together by their love for each other and a shared belief in revolutionary economic ideas. We find them in a small 1-bedroom apartment in the Bronx - Fran works part-time in retail while Gaby works in labor union activism. This intimate observational portrait follows the couple in their everyday activities, getting to know their worldviews through earnest dialogue and
playful arguments. They structure their lives to create time for a joint project called, the Diego de la Vega Coffee Cooperative. Collaborating with friends and family in Mexico, they purchase Zapatista coffee from the
southernmost state, Chiapas, mailing it as cheaply as possible to NY.

By serving it at community events at a“pay what you can” rate they can share their ideas about the Zapatistas alternative economic systems, pre-
Columbian indigenous ways of life and anti-capitalist rhetoric. Inspired by the Zapatistas “utopia”, Fran and Gaby work to create their own, finding the smallest workable unit of a utopia is a system of two.