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  • Bruce Lee
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 1, 2006
      >From: "John Kim" <soulfiremedianyc@...>
      >To: grasshoppax@...
      >Subject: NYC Grassroots Media Conference Sat 02-11-06 - Katrina+Juvenile
      >Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 09:30:44 -0500
      >NYC Grassroots Media Conference Sat 02-11-06 - Katrina + Juvenile Justice
      >(The NY Chapter of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention is hosting two
      >urgent panels on Saturday February 11th at the NYC Grassroots Media
      >Conference. Our focal issues have increasingly centered on post-Hurricane
      >Katrina solidarity work and the continuing crisis of youth incarceration.
      >Please join our dynamic speakers and organizers coming from all over the
      >city and from out of state. The panels will be geared for organizations and
      >activists interested in participating in these issues.
      >We must remind attendees to register in advance. The NYC Grassroots Media
      >Conference will also be running some 40 workshops on varying themes
      >concerning media and democracy. Please contact them for scholarships if you
      >cannot afford the registration fees. Listed below are the descriptions of
      >our two workshops incuding speaker bios. NHHPC-NY)
      >REGISTER EARLY! www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org/register
      >"New York City is filled with millions of voices, each with it's own story
      >to tell. The Grassroots Media Conference is one of the best events for
      >makers to share those stories and the strategies they employ for getting
      >them out there!"
      >- Katy Chevigny, Independent Filmmaker and Executive Director of Arts
      >NYC Grassroots Media Conference
      >Sat February 11th, 2006
      >New School University
      >65 Fifth Ave at 13th St
      >$20 Adult, $5 Youth (21 and under)
      >BREAKING THE CHAINS - 10am-11:30am
      >Building a Media Strategy for Juvenile Justice in America.
      >A workshop for criminal justice organizations.
      >The criminal injustice system continues to grow at alarming rates, now
      >snaring juveniles, disproportionately of color, at skyrocketing numbers. In
      >response a national social justice movement fighting against the
      >incarceration of youth has been emerging in the last decade. This workshop
      >will be ideal for these movement organizers and activists to discuss their
      >work connecting the demands of juvenile justice to the criminalization of
      >youth at the site of conflict - in the �mis-education complex�, what is now
      >referred to as the �pipeline to prison.� The direction of the panel will be
      >centered around - but not limited to organizations' current or potential
      >communications work concerning juvenile justice.
      >The focus of the workshop will seek to reassess the role of innovating new
      >communications and media strategies/tactics that are currently being
      >utilized in current campaigns and how these strategies can be shared and
      >expanded upon to help develop movement-building capacities.
      >This moderated workshop will seek to:
      >*Analyze the role of the corporate media in the socialization and
      >criminalization of youth
      >*Share models and analyses of past, current and future trends concerning
      >juveniles and the criminal injustice system.
      >*Assess and illustrate current usage of innovative communications
      >and media
      >*Build operational unity between key participant organizations for future
      >joint media projects and organizing campaigns.
      >Kamau Karl Franklin is an activist attorney who holds a law degree from
      >Fordham Law School, a Masters degree from Brooklyn College and an
      >undergraduate degree from Baruch College. He serves on the coordinating
      >committee of the New York Chapter of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and
      >works on various committees. Kamau is the former legal director for New
      >City Police Watch and currently has his own law practice.
      >Kenyon Farrow is a writer and organizer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a
      >member of Critical Resistance New York Chapter, and the National Organizing
      >Body. Kenyon is also the Culture Editor for Clamor Magazine, and co-editor
      >of �Letters From Young Activists: Today�s Rebels Speak Out� (Nation Books
      >Malia Lazu is currently the Director of the Racial Justice Campaign. Malia
      >is responsible for recruiting, training and supporting candidates of color
      >who are running for state and local offices. She is also Mr. Harry
      >Belafonte's political director, organizing his domestic movement interests.
      >Before joining the Racial Justice Campaign, Malia was the national field
      >director for Cities for Progress at IPS, working with local elected
      >officials in 30 cities through out the country, helping them exchange
      >progressive policy efforts.
      >Omowale Adewale, commonly called "L" is the president & co-founder of
      >Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME). Through G.A.ME, Omowale addresses
      >youth incarceration and builds youth leadership, provides healthcare for
      >communities in need and protects artist rights. The 2005 FAR Fund Fellow is
      >a senior staff member Assemblywoman Aurelia Greene's district office.
      >Orlando Green is currently serving the National HipHop Political Convention
      >as it's National Treasurer and NY Co-Chair. A recent graduate of City
      >College (CUNY), he has over 12 years of community and campus experience.
      >Looking back to the last generation, his work is centered on creating
      >social, economic and political self-determination for the next 25-30 years.
      >Prince Serna � A self taught artist and communications specialist, Serna
      >helped lead PMP into the information age. Known for our savvy material
      >development, much of the credit goes to Serna. In addition to working on
      >web design, technical assistance and all other computer concerns at PMP, he
      >is also best recognized for his dynamic artistic ability that has been used
      >to develop our outreach and organizing materials. He continues to receive
      >request for other ally organizations to help them in developing materials.
      >He is currently developing our media justice arm.
      >STORMWATCH 4:15 - 5:45pm
      >The Struggle for a Renewed Activist Media after Hurricane Katrina
      >As August 2005 ended, our nation became witness to the devastating power of
      >Hurricane Katrina and the man-made horrors of racist and classist
      >governmental negligence. While the scope of Katrina�s wrath initially
      >shocked sections of the mainstream media into providing an unusually candid
      >and damning coverage of the criminally negligent Bush Administration, it
      >a breadth of coverage that was ultimately steered back on course by the
      >editorial institutions of the corporate press. Grassroots organizations,
      >individuals and media justice organizations have rushed in to not only fill
      >the overwhelming gap, they have also begun to provide new theoretical
      >frameworks from the challenges raised by Hurricane Katrina as well as
      >innovate new operational strategies and tactics merging relief work with
      >critical grassroots media development. This type of media activism ensures
      >that the forward motion toward justice is a basic component of their work
      >and that media production is participatory as well. Hear from on-the-ground
      >participants and see previews of the latest documentaries to come out of
      >Orleans. Discuss new strategies for a renewed activist media in the quest
      >for justice in the Gulf Region and displaced evacuees.
      >Autumn Marie does work fighting the PIC with several groups including:
      >Critical Resistance, P.O.C.C., and Movement in Motion Activist & Artist
      >Collective. Currently she has been working on CR�s national campaign to
      >gain amnesty for those who have been criminalized due to the impact of
      >Katrina. She also organizes around several other issues including womyn of
      >color, the criminalization of hip-hop, and merging politics and hip-hop.
      >"This is my duty for having been born of an enslaved people" (Autumn Marie)
      >Corlita Mahr has worked extensively in New Orleans as a community activist.
      >Most recently, she served as a consultant for local development of juvenile
      >justice systems reform and youth serving community program improvements, as
      >well as the Coordinator of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition. Ms.
      >Mahr is currently staying between Brooklyn and New Orleans and part of the
      >People�s Hurricane Relief Fund Media Team. Please visit
      >http://www.communitylaborunited.net for more information.
      >John Kim is an organizer with the New York Local Organizing Committee
      >(NYLOC) of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention and with
      >R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop (Representing Education, Activism, and Community through
      >Hip-Hop). He is currently working on Katrina solidarity and juvenile
      >issues. More information is on www.hiphopconvention.org and
      >www.hiphopliveshere.com .
      >Mark Weiner is the executive director of Emergency Communities, a
      >non-profit organization that began after Hurricane Katrina to provide an
      >effective, community-based response to disasters. Emergency Communities has
      >since built a huge relief kitchen and community center right outside of the
      >Ninth Ward, and is currently serving over 1,000 residents each day. The
      >relief efforts begun by Mr. Weiner involve the effected community every
      >of the way, to allow their needs to shape the effort.
      >You can find their website at www.emergencycommunities.org.
      >Sangita Nayak is the Policy and Communications Director for The Praxis
      >Project. Prior to Praxis, she coordinated communications for 9to5 Natl.
      >Assoc. of Working Women on decent pay, decent benefits, and fairness and
      >equity on the job. Sangita has also directed organizing on public health
      >issues and corporate accountability and worked with an international
      >coalition campaigning against tobacco transnationals as well as ACE, an
      >organization committed to environmental justice in Roxbury, Mass. She has
      >worked on campaigns from winning resolutions at the WHO level to teaching
      >high school students workplace rights in Milwaukee. Ms. Magazine named her
      >as one of the "women to watch" in 2000.
      >As an emerging project of Praxis, Sangita Nayak helped launch the Katrina
      >Information Network (KIN), a network of grassroots organizations,
      >trainers and intermediaries, networks and coalitions committed to a just
      >recovery and nothing less. KIN's portal is a clearinghouse of news and
      >action on Katrina with a firm grounding in systematic analysis and racial
      >justice. The Network has two sites: www.katrinaaction.org and
      >KIN's editorial board includes Color of Change.org, Ella Baker Center,
      >Education For the People, Movement Strategy Center, the People's Hurricane
      >Relief Coalition, the Praxis Project, Progressive Communicators Network,
      >Youth Media Council. KIN and its sites benefit from the contribution of
      >information from amazing grassroots networks like Stormwatch.
      >Seth Rader is a middle school teacher in East Harlem and a member of the
      >York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), creators of "An Unnatural
      >Disaster: A Critical Guide for Addressing the Aftermath of Hurricane
      >in the Classroom"
      >Una Aya Osato was born and raised in NYC. She is a performer, educator and
      >babysitter. Currently she is leading workshops on political organizing with
      >young people from IMPACT Repertory Theater. She helped organize a group of
      >people from NYC to go down and work with the Common Ground Collective in
      >Orleans over this past Thanksgiving holiday. P.S.-she loves watching the
      >[Grassrootsmedia] NYC Grassroots Media Conference Schedule Announced
      >REGISTER EARLY! www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org/register
      >"New York City is filled with millions of voices, each with it's own story
      >to tell. The Grassroots Media Conference is one of the best events for
      >makers to share those stories and the strategies they employ for getting
      >them out there!"
      >Katy Chevigny, Independent Filmmaker and Executive Director of Arts Engine
      >NYC Grassroots Media Conference
      >Sat February 11th, 2006
      >New School University
      >65 Fifth Ave at 13th St
      >$20 Adult, $5 Youth (21 and under)
      >+ Please help the NYCGMC get the word out on the streets, please be sure to
      >about our event on your announcement list and add a link to our web-banner
      >your site. Visit www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org/conference to download the
      >+ The NYC Grassroots Media Conference is pleased to announce our 2005
      >lineup. Register now, to save your spot at this historic event. To view our
      >growing list of speakers, please visit:
      >Conference Schedule:
      >* Schedule & Workshop Titles are Subject to Change*
      >Official Workshop Descriptions due online by Monday Jan 30th
      >Download the NYCGMC Film Schedule:
      >Registration Check-In, Coffee (courtesy of Green Mountain), Exhibition Area
      >*Be sure to get in early to avoid the line!*
      >*Research Like a Librarian: Advanced Internet and Critical Evaluation of
      >Websites, + FOIA, FOIL, and RSS
      >*Panel on Youth Newsletters
      >*Build Your Own Radio Station
      >*Breaking the Chains: Building a Media Strategy for Juvenile Justice in
      >*NYC Blogging Caucus
      >*DIY Distribution: Strategies and Challenges
      >*Interactive Funding Workshop
      >*Sister Radio Stations: Bringing together the anti-corporate globalization
      >movement with campaigns for Media Democracy in the U.S.
      >11:45 - 1:15
      >*A Media Literacy Lesson Share for Educators
      >*PSA in a Day Video Production workshop for Youth
      >*Making Folks Think, When They're Laughing Too Hard to Realize it:
      >Performance as Creative Resistance
      >*Get It Online with Harlem Live!
      >*Archiving Grassroots Media: How to Collect, Preserve and Access
      >*Using Video as an Organizing Tool with the Coalition of Institutionalized
      >Aged and Disabled (CIAD) & Our Voices/Nuestras Voces: Putting the Community
      >in Community Media with the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops
      >*Hip-Hop Activism
      >*Media Policy: Why It's Important For Everyone! with Free Press
      >*Wireless Internet Activism
      >*DIY Silkscreening with Visual Resistance
      >*Do It Yourself Media Criticism
      >*Freemix Radio: The Mixtape and Emancipatory Journalism
      >2:30 - 4:00
      >*Using Youth Media To Fight Stereotypes
      >*Interviewing for Independent Media (for Youth) with Riseup Radio
      >*The Portable Printing Press: A Hands On Guide to Stencil-Making
      >*Community Media- Personal or Political: From Limited Acces to
      >*Ethnic Press with the IPA
      >*NYC Feminist Independent Media
      >*Grassroots Media in an Election Year: Creating Community Voter Guides
      >*How to Build Your Own Website
      >*Talking to Mainstream Media: Indy Media Isn't Always Enough
      >4:15 - 5:45
      >*Videogaming and Military Recruitment with Global Action Project
      >*Creative Politics: The Art of Freestyling
      >*Do it Yourself Podcasting and Videoblogging
      >*Celebrating Community and Public Access Television: The Fight Ahead
      >*Video Production with DYKE TV
      >*Media Literacy
      >*STORMWATCH: The Struggle for a Renewed Activist Media after Hurricane
      >*The Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME)�s International Artists Union
      >*How Artists Can Benefit By Being Independent
      >*Independent Mediamaking and Political Organizing: How Can We Do It?
      >*Africa Not in the News: What mainstream and Alternative Media are Missing
      >in their Coverage of the Continent
      >Please join the NYCGMC to celebrate the local grassroots media community.
      >Free Admission for all, Cheap drinks to benefit the NYC Grassroots Media
      >4 DJ's, Drinks $2-$4 - Make this NetWORK!
      >ALL AGES
      >9pm Abc No Rio
      >156 Rivington Street
      >(between Clinton & Suffolk)
    • ha rsha
      n a t i o n a l ( i n ) s e c u r i t i e s …. An evening of cultural resistance with our community of courageous poets and word warriors performing staged
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 1, 2006
        n a t i o n a l ( i n ) s e c u r i t i e s

        �. An evening of cultural resistance with our community of courageous poets
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        �There can be no doubt�said K. that behind all the actions of this court of
        justice, that is to say in my case, behind my arrest and today�s
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        Magistrates of whom the best that can be said is that they recognize their
        own limitations, but also has at its disposal a judicial hierarchy of high,
        indeed of the highest rank, with an indispensable and numerous retinue of
        servants, clerks, police, and other assistants, perhaps even hangmen�� -The

        TUESDAY MARCH 21, 2006 (International Day for the Elimination of Racism)
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        Suggested Donation $5-10 (includes vegetarian dinner)

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        The ever-widening web of racist national security in the post 9/11 climate
        has incarcerated, deported, and killed thousands of people as Western states
        are combating �terrorism� through militarization and occupation globally and
        policies of restrictive immigration domestically.

        An Amnesty International report documents that over 1,200 foreign nationals
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        In Canada, five men are being held on secret evidence without charge under
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        is a substantial risk of torture or death. Like the PATRIOT Act in the US,
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        communities their fundamental rights. Federal Court Judge McKay has stated,
        �in this great city of Toronto, we have our own Guant�namo Bay�.

        Human rights attacks- on bodies marked as foreigners, on people whose ideas
        are said to be backward, on societies said to be in need of rescuing by the
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        Join us on March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racism, to
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        The No One is Illegal campaign is in full confrontation with Canadian
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        We struggle for the right for our communities to maintain their livelihoods
        and resist war, occupation and displacement, while building alliances and
        supporting indigenous sisters and brothers also fighting theft of land and
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