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Reclaim the Media: a Community Media Convergence in Seattle

Nab the NAB! Reclaim the Media: a Community Media Convergence Seattle, September 10-15
Come to Seattle this September for Reclaim the Media: a week of vibrant resistance to corporate domination of our shared media resources, community education on a variety of important media policy topics, and long-view organizing for a sustainable national media democracy movement! The occassion is the annual radio conference of the National Association of Broadcasters--one of Washington's most powerful lobbies, and the corporate face of much that's wrong with our money-dominated media systems. Like the World Social Forum, shadowing the World Economic Forum from across the globe, our conference will counter the corporatism of the NAB with a community vision of diverse, locally accountable, vibrant and noncommercial media.

Reclaim The Media events will attract key media strategists from around the country, as well as independent media producers and media activists from California to British Columbia. The conference will be an important stepping stone for several media policy campaigns, as well as the continuing development of fresh and alternative media models which more adequately serve and represent the public's true interests. We will be linking together several specific, key issues under the general rubric of media and democracy. These include: Consolidation of media ownership and the threat to the cross-ownership ban; Cable monopolies and Open Access; Clear Channel and radio industry oligopoly; the US media's responses to the "War on Terror." Please see our website, www.reclaimthemedia.org for much more on the conference, its context and our shared mission.

Check a current schedule at www.reclaimthemedia/schedule - it's still changing and getting filled in. Conference events run from Sept 10-15 (the main action will take place on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th). Here are some highlights:

Tuesday, Sept. 10:

Surrealist Subversions: An evening with Ron Sakolsky

Wednesday, Sept. 11:

Interfaith Gathering for Peace, Reflection and Insight: Disarming the Weapons of Mass Distraction

Thursday, Sept. 12:

Conference Reception and Music Industry Discussion

Media Heroes and Villains Cabaret and strategy conversations

Friday, Sept 13:

Angels of the Public Interest Descend!

Counter-NAB Rally and speakers
Freeway Park: outdoor music, speakers, tabling, street theater; on the doorstep of the NAB conference

Media and Democracy Teach-In and DIY Media Festival
Through in-depth panel discussions, local and national media critics and activists will draw connections between diverse media issues facing our communities. Meanwhile, large and small hands-on workshops will offer training in diverse DIY activities--zine production, music distribution, wireless Internet, microradio, webcast production, interviewing, you name it. Panel topics [all tentative]: Media goes to War; Media and Communities of Color; Media Ownership; Clear Channel; The Public Interest, Media and Sustainable Democracy; Low-Power FM: the Road Ahead; Media Literacy Education; Open Access: Cable and Broadband

Keynote Address: Amy Goodman

Punk Show

Friday and Saturday, Sept 13-14:

Counter-NAB Rally and speakers
Freeway Park: outdoor music, speakers, tabling, street theater; on the doorstep of the NAB conference.

Saturday, Sept 14:

SCANzavanza: Media that Matters
A celebration of Seattle's vibrant public access cable TV community, featuringAmy Goodman

[more events certain to be added--check online schedule for details]

Committed speakers include keynote speaker Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), David Barsamian (Alternative Radio), Ron Sakolsky (co-author, Seize the Airwaves), Pete Tridish (Prometheus Radio Project), Mark Hosler (Negativland), as well as friends from a growing list of allied organizations: Indymedia, FAIR, the Center for Democratic Communications (NLG) , Media Alliance, the Center for Digital Democracy, Adbusters, SCAN, Clamor Magazine, Yes! Magazine, WIMN, and community journalists, broadcasters and media literacy educators from around the US and Canada!

Please help promote our event through your network, newsletter or website. PSA scripts can be downloaded from www.reclaimthemedia.org (scroll to the bottom), as well as a series of Media and Democracy Radio Features--short audio essays on the importance of independent, accountable media voiced by progressive voices including Winona LaDuke, Starhawk, Howard Zinn, Jim Hightower, Anuradha Mittal and Michael Albert.

We are organizing all this on a VERY limited budget (read: no budget), and are very much in need of funds to secure venues, offer travel stipends, produce printed materials, etc. If you or funders you know can help with a tax-deductible contribution, please contact us or see www.reclaimthemedia.org/support .

For More Information
visit our website at: http://www.reclaimthemedia.org
join our planning list: http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/cascadia

Susan Gleason, susan@reclaimthemedia.org
Jonathan Lawson, jonathan@indymedia.org
Seattle IMC
Cascadia Media Alliance