Even though I work on media and telcom issues from a justice-based perspective, I hadn’t thought of how many of these photos could just as easily trigger a happy memory as they could a visit from DHS, CPS, a PO or an abusive husband. And, in addition to being used to “remember and share special times” they could also be used to stalk, manipulate, misinform, subvert or intimidate.
I heard these comments in Chicago—a city with more media outlets than most, and yet those I overheard in that coffee shop demonstrated no significantly greater ability to connect this horrible loss of life to the weak gun control laws that allowed the suspected shooter to buy the assault weapons he used to kill children, teachers, and members of his own family.
The Federal Communications Commission could vote at any time in the next two weeks to drastically relax media ownership rules and make it easier for corporations to further consolidate media in our communities. It would drastically cut down on the number of TV and radio stations owned by women and people of color. With people of color owning only 5% of TV stations and 8% of radio stations we can't afford policies that further weaken our ability to own and shape our own media.
In a recent Philadelphia Weekly, Randy LoBasso wrote about the Comcast Corporation’s decision to lobby the City of Philadelphia against a paid sick-leave bill set to be introduced in January 2013. If the bill looks anything like a similar measure vetoed by Mayor Michael Nutter in June 2011, it would, if passed, require employers of five or more employees to provide four or more days of sick leave a year, and employers of ten or more employees to provide seven paid sick days per year.
This inaugural CMJ Podcast comes to you live from Baltimore where CMJ staff members discuss the lasting memories from the Strong Families, Safe Communities Rally; Karlos' love advice for the Facing Race Conference; and an impromptu trip to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore.
In February of this year I moved half way across the country from the Minne-Apple (Minneapolis) to the Big Apple (New York City). The move brought with it my current job, National Organizer with the Center for Media Justice, and 24/7 access to all the arts, music and culture my heart desired. For music, all roads lead to New York and in my short time here I’ve managed to see live performances by some of my musical favs including Calle 13, Los Master Plus, the Foreign Exchange Collective, Mala Rodriguez and even Sick Jacken. I caught the Black and White Picasso exhibit at the Guggenheim and the Diego Rivera exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. I’ve tasted some of the best Peruvian, Dominican, Chinese and Contemporary American cuisine (though my search for the best chicken wings and tacos in New York City continues). Suffice it to say New York is not lacking in the creative inspiration department.
Why are reporters at mainstream television news outlets like CNN simply parroting the talking points of the Israeli government, and not raising critical questions that might help bring clarity to the cause, context, and potential for change in this moment?