via: tchimurenga@idabwellsinstitute.org
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Greetings Everyone! I just wanted to be sure you all are aware of an upcoming Media Tour that is going through the south in the next couple of weeks. Below you will find the schedule and the bios of the trainers who will be conducting the tour.

As you may or may not know, I occasionally file stories for Free Speech Radio News; this week, I am sitting in for the regular Anchor of the newscast. FSRN usually airs in WRFG at 4 pm, so if you aren't familiar with the newscast, it is national and international in scope, with reporters in Africa, the so-called Middle East, Europe, Asia, etc.

I first heard of them back in 2003, but i didn't approach them about reporting until 2006 ... i wish i had done it sooner. I joined with them - not only to make a little bit of extra money - but to make sure that stories from and about my community get media play. With this particular newscast, that means our communities' issues and concerns get represented to an international audience.

So, if you know someone who is interested in grassroots, independent journalism, please pass this on to them. The money IS NOT comparable to NPR and other corporate media stories - but then again, those folks don't care about us anyway, do they? It is also a good opportunity to pick up some valuable skills, and it is free.

The training will be held at Charis Books in Little 5 Points. I was not involved in the planning of this, so I don't know why they're not spending more time in Atlanta; ; i just want to stress again that if you know somebody who has an interest in media - or should have an interest media - send 'em that way!

Peace!

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Grassroots Media Justice Tour
What is the corporate media leaving out about the economic meltdown? What are the issues ignored in the election debates? Where can you turn for grassroots information and analysis, and to connect with movements for justice?

Sponsored by Left Turn Magazine, ColorLines Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Spread Magazine, Free Speech Radio News, Make/Shift, and other radical and independent media projects from around the US, the Grassroots Media Justice Tour is an exciting movement-building opportunity. Beginning in Fall of 2008, the tour will bring performances, workshops, and inspiration to towns and cities in the South.

The tour seeks to communicate about current struggles for justice and liberation, from criminal justice organizing in Jena to sex worker activism, from resistance to imperialism in Iraq and Latin America to resistance to school privatization, from immigration rights movements to post-Katrina organizing in public housing. The tour also seeks to connect communities of resistance, and to build relationships between grassroots activists and independent media.

Tour Schedule:

October 4 & 5 Asheville, NC
Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. (next to the purple building), Downtown Asheville, NC
More info: Kila@riseup.net.
Oct 4: 7 p.m. Presentation
Oct 5: 12 noon "Pressed for Knowledge" workshop
Oct 5: 2 p.m.: "From Oral History to Radio Documentary" Workshop

October 7 Atlanta, GA
Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave, Atlanta, GA
7 p.m.
More info: kerrie@chariscircle.org

October 9 Valdosta, GA
Hildegard's, 101 E. Central Ave, 7 p.m. - More info: ctkzh@bellsouth.net

October 10-11 Miami, FL
The Miami Workers Center, 6127 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL, 33127
Oct 10: 7 to 9 p.m., Oct 11: Workshops, 1 to 5 p.m.
More info: joseph@theworkerscenter.org or 305-759-8717 ext 1029

October 12 Gainesville, FL
Civic Media Center, 1021 W. University Ave
For more info: samantha@civicmediacenter.org
Workshops at 3 and 5, Presentation at 7 p.m.

October 13 Pensacola FL
More info: Open Books
3 p.m. "Pressed for Knowledge" Workshop: University of West Florida, Room 191 in Building 36, the Communication Arts building, 11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514, Sponsored by The Voyager
7 p.m. Evening event, Center for Social Justice, 1603 N. Davis Hwy., Pensacola, sponsored by Movement for Change

October 14 New Orleans, LA
Seventh Ward Neighborhood Center, 1943 Pauger St (at Urquhart), New Orleans, LA, 7pm
Co-Sponsored by New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and Mondo Bizarro
More info: emily@nolahumarights.org

October 17 - San Antonio, TX
Workshop and Evening event Sponsored by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center - Esperanza Peace & Justice Center - Home

October 18 Houston, TX
Rice Cinema on the Rice University Campus, entrance #8, University and Stockton Drive
Workshops: 2 p.m., Presentation: 7:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Houston Media and Sedition Books
More info: Tish.stringer@gmail.com

October 19-20 Austin, TX
Sponsored by Skillshare Austin
Oct 19: Workshops, details TBA, Rhizome Collective
Oct 20: 7 p.m. Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, Texas 78751

October 21 - San Antonio, TX
Workshop Sponsored by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center - Esperanza Peace & Justice Center - Home

October 22 Denton, TX
8 to 10 p.m., J&J's Pizza, 118 West Oak Street, on the square
Web Presence workshop, 2-3:30 pm, Texas Woman's University library
More info: Ellsquid@gmail.com

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black trouble-maker from Durham, North Carolina. She is the founder of BrokenBeautiful Press, a free and freedom producing publishing portal. Alexis writes for a number of national magazines including Left Turn, Make/Shift and Curve. She is on the editorial committee of SisterPages, the national publication of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault and is a founding member of UBUNTU a women of color/survivor led coalition committed to ending sexual violence and practicing sustainable transformative love. Alexis also works with Southerners on New Ground, SpiritHouse and Critical Resistance. On the tour, Alexis will lead workshops in which participants create collective Zines in 1 or 2 hours and will also present new poetic work.

Hadassah Hill is a Brooklyn-based queer femme writer, creative, and activist who performs under the name Axon D'Luxe. She has worked in independent print, web, theater and audio media production for 10 years, and is currently the Art Director of the award-winning $pread Magazine and is producing her second album and a graphic novel. She is committed to empowering individuals to speak for themselves using new technologies, and to creating representations of the diverse communities she embodies using self-taught multimedia techniques. She uses her experience learning technologies to promote and create her own projects to fund her expertise, and teaches a two-hour D.I.Y. New Media workshop on audio and web production and internet promotion.

Her workshops teach individuals and activist collectives how to use freeware and shareware technologies [ie, no-cost software] to:
1) record and edit audio for online distribution
2) name, create [yup, how-to code!], and publicize a web page
3) utilize technologies and networking to promote their projects.
She provides learners with a handout and a webpage full of links and tutorials, as well as inspiration and skills!

Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. He was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case, and played an important role in bringing the story to national attention. His post-Katrina writing in ColorLines Magazine shared a journalism award from New America Media for best Katrina-related coverage in the Ethnic press. Jordan is an editor of Left Turn Magazine and has written for a range of publications, from the Village Voice to Clarin in Argentina and Germany's Die Zeit. He has been published in several anthologies, including the South End Press books Live From Palestine and What Lies Beneath: Race, Katrina and the State of the Nation, and the upcoming AK Press book Red State Rebels. He has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, Democracy Now, Radio Nation on Air America, News and Notes on NPR, and many other outlets. He has also produced news segments for Al Jazeera and TeleSur.

Puck Lo is a radio producer, reporter and writer who works for National Radio Project's weekly radio show, "Making Contact," and the world's only worker-run, international daily newscast- Free Speech Radio News. She'll be going to Japan this summer to report on the G8 Summit in Hokkaido, and to build links between Asian-American and North American anti-authoritarian people of color, and East Asian activists. In 2005, she covered the World Trade Organization protests in Hong Kong, and reported for Indymedia during the Republican National Convention protests in New York City in 2004. Her political work includes organizing against state violence and dismantling the prison-industrial-complex. She works with Critical Resistance- Oakland, and INCITE! Bay Area, as well as other radical queers and communities of color for self-determination to end all forms of oppression.
On the tour she'll be training people on how to produce short radio features and headlines for Free Speech Radio News, and longer documentary pieces for "Making Contact."

Jesse Muhammad: Energetic, inspiring and effective are just some of the words audiences have used to describe the writings and messages delivered by writer, news reporter, artist, publicist and photojournalist Jesse Muhammad. Brother Jesse, a native of Houston, Texas, started contributing to the Final Call Newspaper in 2004 and was appointed as its Southwest Regional Correspondent. In 2005, after receiving rave reviews for his reporting on stories that mainstream media tends to over look, he was appointed as an official Staff Writer for the FCN, which is the only national Black-owned newspaper. Since that time, he has gained worldwide recognition for his consistent coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing struggle of its survivors. In 2007, he was credited with bringing national and international attention to the case of the "Jena Six", and helped to mobilize the 50,000 plus attendees to the historic "Jena Six" rally in September of that year. He has been a featured commentator on various television and radio shows in Houston, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Louisiana, and as far as Ghana. His writings are now read in many print and online newspapers and magazines throughout the world. In 2007, he became the co-founder and editor of For Youth Teens and Young Adults (FYTYA.com), which is a Houston based newspaper that highlights the accomplishments of high school and college students. As a member of the Nation of Islam, he has served in the youth and information departments. He is also the representative of the Ministry of Information for the Houston Millions More Movement Local Organizing Committee.

Jen Angel has been a writer and media activist for over 15 years. Jen's publishing history includes Clamor, publishing the Zine Yearbook, and editing MaximumRockNRoll. Since leaving Clamor, she has worked as a producer for KPFA Radio, and a publicist and tour manager through the cooperative booking agency, Aid & Abet.