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Digital Redwoods – Cultivating a Sustainable Media Ecosystem

As old 'analog' media structures evolve or die off, there is a sense of urgency to understand the dynamics of our human communication systems so that we can nurture and create new 'digital' media solutions for future generations. The question remains: “how can new media inform our communities with essential information to sustain democracy for the future?” (see Key Links below)

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Reclaiming Stories at the USSF 2010

The full moon shined down on Detroit last night as the fourth day of workshops, panels, assemblies, and cultural events at the U.S. Social Forum wrapped up for a close. The days seem to have gone by fast, filled with an avalanche of information and inspiration to serve my work in New Mexico as a media justice organizer. I’m excited to take back the knowledge and continue to advance creative ways to advance the causes of media justice.

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Voices from the US Social Forum: Media As A Solidarity Tool

The buzz of excitement continues here in Detroit today as I just finished, along with my crew from the Media Literacy Project, the third day of the 2010 U.S. Social Forum. It was another packed agenda in which I was able to participate in three amazing media justice workshops and panels. The day started with a 10:00 AM workshop called Movements begin with untold stories, by the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Voices from the US Social Forum: Culture and Arts = Organizing

For the past two years, the Media Literacy Project (MLP) has begun integrating cultural work into our programs. The inclusion of arts and culture in our work is a result of the collective strategic planning and organizational visioning work by our staff. Results include partnerships and alliances with local social justice and media arts organizations, and the development of our community organizing and outreach initiatives such as Digital Justice for Us and Girl Tech Collective.

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Civil Rights 2.0: NAACP should officially reverse position on net neutrality

by Sable Verity As people of color we know beyond a shadow of a doubt the way we are portrayed in the media is more about stereotypes than truth. It’s not just news media but entertainment media as well. Those in control of the images and information we consume don’t care to accurately portray people of color, or see the importance in empowering said people to help paint the fuller picture--something the NAACP has historically battled against.

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Welcome to the Newly Designed MAG-Net Site!

After months of hard work, planning and implementation, we are very proud to present the newly designed Media Action Grassroots Network website chock full of new community features to support our network in connecting our media justice work.   The redesign of the site was driven by grassroots community suggestions—i.e. more interaction, viral tools, tools for action  and the ability to become a one-stop-shop for community-based, media policy change!

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Policy Update: House Passes Calling Card Consumer Protection Act

Prepaid calling cards, first introduced to the retail market two decades ago, have undergone explosive growth over the last ten years thanks to globalization of the U.S. workforce and declining international long distance costs. This combination has enabled the U.S. prepaid industry to generate annual revenues estimated at well over four billion dollars.