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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.

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MAG-Net Rocks the AMC!

From June 17-20, 2010 the 12th annual Allied Media Conference is held in Detroit, MI. Each year more than 1000 participants attend the conference, and participate in a mixture of media and communications, technology, education and social justice. This year, the Media Action Grassroots Network hosted a 'Media Policy for Social Change' track at the conference featuring five workshops: Phone Justice Broadband for the People Digital Justice Coalition Meet Up What’s Your Internet Story Learning Lab

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Looking For Journalism In All The Wrong Places

The news is full of the lack of news. Everywhere pundits, commentators, and academics mourn the death of the crusading journalism of the fourth estate. My own organization, Media Alliance, was founded in 1976, in the heady days following the Watergate scandal that ended a presidency.

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The Consumer’s Union’s Annual Summit

The Annual Summit of the Consumer’s Union (publisher of Consumer Reports magazine) is one of my favorite events of this year—activists from all over the country come together to learn from an amazing lineup of presenters, learn from each other and lobby for issues important to their local communities.

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Kentucky Voices: Broadband Plan Will Aid KY

"Broadband can be the great enabler that restores America's economic well-being and opens doors of opportunity for all Americans to pass through, no matter who they are, where they live, or the particular circumstances of their individual lives." — Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps

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They don’t speak for all minorities on Net Neutrality

In the net neutrality debate, several leading civil rights organizations have come down heavily against net neutrality, as have some members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Do not assume that they speak for all people of color or for all low-income individuals in urban or rural areas.