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Internet access is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity

By Malkia Cyril and Amalia Deloney In February 2010, the FCC will put forward a national plan for broadband deployment and adoption. On everyone’s mind is the question of whether that plan will achieve President Obama’s stated vision to stimulate the economy, increase jobs, and address social problems. The Internet has become an increasingly vital Read more

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Bringing Back the Language of Justice

The death of the last Kennedy brother, if we aren't careful, could be the death of the language of justice from even the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party. "Martin Luther King devoted his life to love and justice," Robert F Kennedy said during his run for president as he announced at a rally that King had been assassinated in Memphis.

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Malkia Cyril on Media Justice: Interview by Samhita Mukhopadhyay

"Through media, we learn about race and racism, about poverty and what we deserve in terms of jobs, housing, health care. We learn about migration and about the rest of the world. Through media we learn how to govern, what kinds of economic systems work or don’t, and to define the limits of what’s possible. George Clinton, the P-Funk superstar, said (I’m paraphrasing), 'Whoever controls the news shapes our destiny.' We must fight for our media, as well as use it strategically to transform the worldview that supports structural racism, an undemocratic democracy, corporate control and global inequity, and the devolution of cities and public institutions."

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Knowledge Exchange 2009: Universal Broadband and Digital Inclusion

Sponsored by the Center for Media Justice, the Consumer’s Union and newly sponsored by the Media and Democracy Coalition, Knowledge Exchange, will bring together 20 grassroots media activists, national advocacy groups, academics, and beltway policy advocates to exchange ideas, deepen relationships, and develop best practices and collaborative strategies to advance a national plan for universal broadband access and deployment. Taking place in Washington, D.C., September 21-24, 2009, the convening will feature presentations on the broadband stimulus package, digital inclusion dialogues, discussions on race and related equity issues, a landscape of current legislation on broadband and the Internet, and more. Participants are movement leaders who will address movement challenges, and develop winning strategies for media policy change from the grassroots to the beltway!

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New video calls BART shooting investigation into question

Oversight or coverup? BART police Chief Gary Gee, left, announces Jan. 12 that the transit agency completed its investigation into the Jan. 1 shooting death involving an officer. Gee said only the shooter was being investigated, but an amateur video, inset left, shows that another BART officer may have punched Grant before he was killed.