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Corporate media lies. Mainstream media is owned by large, multi-national corporations who, by definition, must always be looking out for their bottom line. This directly contradicts their mandate by the FCC to always act "In the public interest." You own the airwaves. The government lets TV and radio stations use these airwaves for a fee, and in return they are supposed to play news and other programming that benefits us. Of course, it doesn't always work this way. With increasing consolidation in the media industry, fewer corporations own more and more of the airwaves. Media companies are no longer working "in the public interest," but as tools for their parent corporations to make money.

Currently, 5 companies control most of what you see on TV - AOL/Time Warner; Disney; FOX; Viacom; and General Electric. But that doesn't mean you have to be a slave to the corporate media! You can choose to not purchase cable TV; to not buy that Gannett Newspaper; to not use AOL Internet service. You can let multi-national corporate media companies know you won't let them lie to you by choosing alternative media.


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alternative media | corporate dominance 03-Feb-2014 22:11

KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation

From the open publishing newswire: KBOO Receives Grant to Investigate ALEC Ties to Oregon Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Portland, OR - KBOO Community Radio 90.7 FM (  http://www.kboo.fm) has been awarded a five thousand dollar grant from the Fund For Investigative Journalism (FIJ) to conduct an investigation of Oregon legislation which has been influenced or created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

With this grant, KBOO volunteer investigative reporters will review Oregon state legislative activities to uncover ALEC influences on bills introduced in the Oregon state legislature between 2011 and 2014. KBOO investigative reporters have already, through their research, discovered direct links between three pieces of Oregon legislation, including the so-called 'Oregon GMO Protection Bill' passed as part of the special session in December 2013.

ALEC is an organization consisting of state legislators and corporate representatives, whose aim is to introduce legislation at the state level to advance the principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism.

The resulting data will be broadcast to KBOO's listenership through audio reports, a special section on the KBOO website  http://www.kboo.fm, and included in a publication by the Center for Media and Democracy.

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alternative media | gender & sexuality 03-Feb-2014 22:05

Video: History of the Gay Press in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: History of the Gay Press in Portland.
Sharing their memories Rupert Kinnard & Renee LaChance both tell of their struggles with being editors and graphic journalist with the gay press in its early days in the Portland area.
Presented by History of Social Justice Organizing on 1.23.14

The History of the Gay Press in Portland

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kaUcgQ5hyk [Video 1hour 18 minutes]

Also available to watch & download on Archive dot org:

 https://archive.org/details/GayPressSocialJusticeHistory1.23.14


Positive coverage of LGBT issues and events was non-existent in Portland's mass media until 1970 when the alternative paper, Willamette Bridge, began printing some articles. The next year, Oregon's first specifically gay newspaper, The Fountain, was launched. Some Portland LGBT publications that followed included NW Gay Review, the Oregon Gay Rights Report, The Northwest Fountain, Cascade Voice, Rag Times, Just Out, Lavender Network and PQ Monthly. These publications and others helped organize Portland-area LGBT people in their attempts to build community, gain equality, counter anti-gay political measures, and respond to AIDS.

All our panelists were involved in one or more of the above publications.

Rupert Kinnard's extensive career in publication design began with Just Out as one of the original staff members where he helped the publication win the National Gay Press Association award for best overall design in 1983. In 1996, while working as art director for the Skanner, Rupert won an award for best graphic and typographical excellence by the West Coast Black Journalist Association.

Renee LaChance covered lesbian events as the women's editor for The Northwest Fountain and served as the editor of The Cascade Voice and was co-founder and publisher of Just Out. Pride Northwest has presented her with two awards: the 2000 Spirit of Pride Award and the Pioneer Award both for her work with Just Out.

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alternative media | environment 14-Dec-2013 14:12

Video: Discussion Regarding Portland Water Public Utility District

From the open publishing newswire: Public Access program, " A Growing Concern," featuring an interview with Travis Williams, Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper regarding an Initiative attempt to take the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services away from the City Council and put it in the hands of a Public Utility District.

Discussion Regarding Portland Water Public Utility District

Program features an interview with Travis Williams, Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper regarding an Initiative attempt to take the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services away from the City Council and put it in the hands of a Public Utility District.
Signatures are currently being gathered for a May 2014 election.

Willamette Riverkeeper, as well as many local environmental organizations, vehemently oppose this effort.

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alternative media | genetic engineering 02-Nov-2013 07:35

Video: Yes on Washington Initiative 522

From the open publishing newswire: An interview with Elizabeth Larder, Communications Director for Washington State Yes on 5232 Campaign, the campaign to label genetically engineered foods.

Larder discusses the reasons and needs for the ballot measure and debunks many of the lies put forth by the campaign to defeat it, financed mainly by Monsanto and pesticide companies.

About nine minutes in length. Yes on 522

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actions & protests | alternative media 01-Oct-2013 10:05

PDX Radio Revolution

From the open publishing newswire: Portland Radio Project will launch an online station designed to reconnect radio with the community through a mainstream music mix, featuring local and emerging artists, combined with quality news and true public service.

Why the revolution? Because we believe commercial radio has gotten WAY off track, and it's time for change. It's time for a new model of radio - a model that reflects and serves the community through its music and public affairs programming. Connecting with the Portland community is our mission.

Portland Radio Project is a group of radio professionals who have witnessed significant and unfortunate changes to radio over the years. Through ownership consolidation, a handful of corporations have gained control over most of American radio. Their primary interest is money, not music, and certainly not community. They play only the songs that serve the bottom line, over and over and OVER again, ignoring incredible talent that deserves to be heard. They give air time only to those organizations that can pay for it, disregarding the great work done by so many Portland nonprofits and volunteers whose stories deserve to be told. homepage:  http://www.prp.fm

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alternative media | police / legal 17-Sep-2013 17:45

Independent Media (Mexico City) take the floor in their own defense

From the open publishing newswire: On September 11, these independent media collectives [from Mexico City] spoke at a press conference to tell what they experienced that day, denounce the alarming scenario of repression that exists in the city under Miguel Mancera, defend their comrades facing charges, and defend their journalism that has been denigrated both in the mainstream media and the 23rd misdemeanor courtroom of judge Fausto Favela Ayala; it's no exaggeration to say that the independent media themselves are on trial.

Published on September 16, 2013 in Mexico City, Oaxaca
[reposted from here]
 http://elenemigocomun.net/2013/09/independent-media-own-defense/

When they took to the streets to support the struggle of dissident schoolteachers last September 1, more than twenty people were grabbed by the Mexico City riot police and jailed unjustly, including Estela Morales of Regeneración Radio, Pável Alejandro Primo of Multimedios Cronopios and Gustavo Ruiz Lizárraga of the SubVersiones Autonomous Communications Agency, who were arrested as they documented police abuses.

In moderating the press conference, SubVersiones reporter Rafael Camacho pointed out that even though arbitrary detentions and irregularities have been documented in the cases, the judge continues to compound the excesses. "We presented videos showing the innocence of Gustavo Ruiz, but the judge disregarded them while accepting the statements of cops who failed to present evidence, photos, videos, or anything at all indicating Gustavo's guilt. . . And furthermore, they're still inventing charges."

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alternative media 19-Aug-2013 11:13

Crucial KBOO Election Ballots are Out

From the open publishing newswire: KBOO Ballots are Out Now--Vote Now. Ballots taken to the Meeting are due by 2:40 PM deadline!

The Keep KBOO as KBOO Committee/Friends of KBOO recommend the following five candidates: Michael Wells, Adin Rogovin, Jennifer Davis, Robin Ryan and Joe Uris.

This is a crucial election. We need to get our excellent and dedicated people on the Board, to avoid any further dalliance with the corporate capitulationism that has so far cost the KBOO radio community the proceeds of a Winter Membership Drive, and a great deal of stress and division. The slate listed above will promote the visibility of the Station, adding listeners, members, and financial strength. They are dedicated to a truly accessible and transparent process. Please choose your candidates and get your ballot in by mail, at the station, or in person at the Annual Meeting:

Annual Meeting Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, 1-4 PM. Matt Dishman Community Center 77 NE Knott St. Portland, OR.

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alternative media | imperialism & war 04-Aug-2013 10:09

The Shortwave Report 08/02/13 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATE: NEW BROADCASTS POSTED TO PIMC ON 8/9/13 | 8/16/13

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, China Radio International, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (August 2) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

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Membership Meeting May 4th - 1:00PM 04-May-2013 13:11

Not too late for KBOO democracy

From the open publishing newswire: Change at KBOO has always been participatory; we can keep it that way with dedicated, respectful struggle. Here's the latest at KBOO:

The KBOO Board has called a Special KBOO membership meeting, for Saturday, May 4th, 1pm, at Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont (@ 55th) to reveal the "streamlined KBOO" plan.

KBOO has always taken pride in being a participatory and transparent institution. So, for example, when there was a desire, in recent years, to re-examine programming, a careful and lengthy survey was undertaken. Volunteers and members were consulted, and some changes were made.

[...]

WE WANT OUR FUTURE BACK

In fact, KBOO had a bright future before these changes were pushed through. We had lost some audience for morning public affairs to KPOJ, which was wiped out by its won top-down corporate management; that audience is returning. Our substantial public affairs and journalism strength continue to draw audience, even in the Internet age. If we need to spend funds, it should be on expansion of our Internet and smartphone presence, not on crushing workers. The last thing this radio market needs is an NPR/OPB junior wannabe. [...]

http://kboo.fm/bylaws

PIMC Related KBOO posts:
[1.] [2.] [3.] [4.] [5.] [6.]

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alternative media | media criticism 26-Apr-2013 12:14

The Shortwave Report 04/26/13 Listen Globally

From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (April 26) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB}  http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

Previous Shortwave Reports posted on PIMC for April:
4/18:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/04/422921.shtml
4/11:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/04/422793.shtml

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alternative media 18-Mar-2013 09:05

2013 Illahee Lecture Series: Who Owns You? And What Can You Do About It? From the open publishing newswire: FOUNDER of THE CENTER FOR MEDIA DEMOCRACY, John Stauber is an independent writer, organizer and activist. Stauber will speak in Portland Tuesday, March 19th @7pm at the First Congregational Church as part of the 2013 Illahee Lecture Series: Who Owns You? And What Can You Do About It?

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alternative media | police / legal 18-Feb-2013 09:49

Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse

From the open publishing newswire: The documentary film Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse explores James Chasse's life and the police actions and decisions that led to his death. What emerges is an intimate and complex story of one man's life, the Chasse family's struggle for justice, and a city and a system grappling with accountability.

On Sept. 17, 2006 James Chasse was stopped by three law enforcement officers on a busy streetcorner in Portland, Oregon. A dozen witnesses watched in horror as officers tackled, beat, kicked, and tasered James until he lay motionless on the pavement with 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung. He died in the custody of Portland police about two hours later.

James had not committed a crime, so why did the officers attack him? Who was James Chasse? Officers told eyewitnesses he was a drug dealer, a homeless person, a non-person, a ghost. But that wasn't true at all. James was a writer, an illustrator, and a musician; he had a home and a family and friends who loved him. He was a small, shy, gentle person who had been living with schizophrenia for most of his life.

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse examines his childhood, his intense involvement in the early Portland punk music scene, the heart-breaking teenage onset of his schizophrenia, and his brave efforts to avoid institutionalization and maintain his independence. [...]

Want to see the trailer? It's at  http://alienboy.org
Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse plays at Cinema 21, February 24-28.

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Updated 2.15.13 09-Feb-2013 10:38

The Shortwave Report 02/08/13 Listen Globally

From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATE: NEW BROADCAST POSTED TO PIMC ON 2/15/13:
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/02/421870.shtml

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, and NHK Japan

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (February 8) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, and NHK World Radio Japan.
From SPAIN- The governing party in Spain has been rocked by revelations of secret slush funds, with accusations that the Prime Minister Rajoy was involved. Spain has seen a 3 day high school student strike against spending cuts and the educational reform bill. Greece's Finance Minister was sent a bullet and a death threat over home foreclosures. Iran warned Israel of retaliation over the air strikes in Syria last week.
From GERMANY- France wants the UN to prepare to send a peacekeeping force to Mali by April. The British Parliament has passed a bill to legalize same sex marriage. The President of the European Parliament has warned that the survival of the European Union is under threat. Foreclosures and homeowners evictions continue to increase in Europe, but some citizens in Ireland have organized to protect homeowners. From CUBA- As the Colombian government continues peace talks with revolutionaries from FARC, accusations of crimes against humanity have been leveled against former President Uribe. The New York Times revealed that the US has had a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia since 2011.
From RUSSIA- In the US there are many people disappointed by recent rulings on cyber warfare, drones, and American citizens being placed on kill lists. Charlottesville Virginia became the first US city to pass anti-drone legislation.
From JAPAN- The tension between Japan and China escalated further when a Chinese frigate locked its fire control radar on a Japanese destroyer. The Chinese government is admitting that half of the population has been experiencing serious air pollution in recent weeks. Japan is putting aside its long standing weapon export ban to help the US produce Stealth fighter jets. Asian nations will continue their economic support of Palestine at a conference in Tokyo next week. France is bracing for retaliation for its attacks on rebels in Mali.

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