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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.
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.
Local Translations by marc
From the open publishing newswire:
Local Portland activist and indymedia supporter [marc] recent posts to Portland Indymedia Center [PIMC] newswire are featured below. These nine links are to articles from around the world. Many of the articles were translated and then reposted here on PIMC newswire by marc.
His website is: http://www.freembtranslations.net
Featured below you will find his most current work on PIMC.
1.10.15. Uncover (428927)
1.8.15. Piketty Puts Capitalism in the Crosshairs and Angry Yoga (428890)
1.5.15. How Economists Change the World (428878)
1.4.15. Global Shale Gas and the Anti-Fracking Movement (428858)
12.31.14. Thomas Piketty and the Growing Inequality in Capitalism (428842)
12.29.14. Ways out of Capitalism (428818)
12.23. Unconditional Basic Income and Solidarity Economics (428787)
12.22.14. When Robots pay Taxes (428778)
12.20.14. Free Internet Book: After Neoliberalism: The Kilburn Manifesto (428767)
(A-Radio) Art and Anarchism
From the open publishing newswire:
Updated Post: 1.10.15.
As Anarchist Radio Berlin we made an interview on Art and Anarchism. This little exchange of ideas with a local comrade was made in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana in September 2013 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the autonomous, cultural and political center Metelkova.
Length: 10:32 min You'll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here: http://aradio.blogsport.de/2014/12/19/a-radio-in-english-art-and-anarchism/
PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING - 12/10/14 - Wednesday 5pm
From the open publishing newswire: 2014 PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING PORTLAND
Wed, Dec 10, 2014
5:30 PM -- FREE
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Homelessness is, and is not, what you think. This series of poignant short films, created by local young adults transitioning from struggle to hope and self-sufficiency, uses personal experience to reveal some of the causes and possible solutions to this important problem in our community. The youth are participants in the School of Film's Project Viewfinder, now in its second year, which partners with area community organizations to teach the tools of filmmaking to disadvantaged populations. Join us for this uplifting testimony to the power of filmmaking to change young lives, and for film to spark a collective sense of community compassion. Thanks to New Avenues for Youth, Outside In, p:ear, SMYRC, BCCTV and the Wheeler Foundation for helping to make this project possible. (100 mins.) [...]
"Project Viewfinder gives youth a chance to draw out their individual talents. They are motivated to believe in themselves after so many others have given up on them."
- Sue Hays, New Avenues for Youth
Final schedule for the Cascade Media Convergence
From the open publishing newswire: Final schedule announced for the Cascade Media Convergence, a regional gathering of community based media organizations, journalists and artists taking place September 19th-21st at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center in Portland, OR. The CMC will be a series of workshops, facilitated strategy sessions, and public events aimed at bringing together alternative and community media makers to network, share knowledge and skills, and discuss ways to continue collaboration and build toward a regional media coalition.
Cascade Media Convergence Preliminary Workshop Schedule
From the open publishing newswire: The Cascade Media Convergence is a regional media gathering taking place here in Portland September 19th-21st. We are proud to announce the preliminary schedule of workshops that will be held during the conference. There are still various ways for individuals and organizations to get involved, either by endorsing, tabling or attending.
Check out the growing list of organizations signing on by clicking http://cascademedia.cc/wp/partners/
and consider endorsing yourself http://cascademedia.cc/wp/get-involved/endorse/
We will have limited space for organizations to table during the conference, follow this link to reserve one.
Give us an idea of how many people will be attending, and consider supporting us financially if you are able to do so. Registration is by donation with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Cascade Media Convergence September 19th-21st
From the open publishing newswire: Invitation to be part of the Cascade Media Convergence, a weekend of workshops, networking sessions and for community based media makers and artists taking place September 19th-21st. Events will primarily take place at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center at 70 NW Couch in Portland's Old Town.
The Cascade Media Convergence will be an experiment in the power of democratic community based media. Along with sharing our skills and examples of awesome media based organizing, we will look to find ways to better integrate the work we are doing as media makers and artists on a regional level and begin the discussion of how we can build a media movement. Consider this an open invitation to initiate a process, we're not looking to be the final word on alternative media organizing in the Pacific Northwest, but we want to create a space to explore the possibilities of closer collaboration.
New Infoshop in Eugene, Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Infoshop in Eugene being built with literature sections on ecology/environmentalism, race/racism, how-to/reference/DIY, food politics, prisons/prisoners, radical socio-political, anarchist, gender/LGBT/queer studies, and more. Magazine and Zine collection for the reading room aspect of the Infoshop.
The Bad Egg Books Infoshop (aka Eugene Infoshop) is based out of the Boreal, a volunteer-run, all-ages music venue in Eugene, Oregon. The Boreal started in January 2014 and since late May/early June, Bad Egg Books Infoshop has been a work-in-progress. We still have work to do, but we figured at this point it would be great to inform the wider community about this project.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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]
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."