Help us get to Detroit!!!

5 04 2010

Oakland to Detroit:  Media Makers for Social Justice

We are a group of Bay Area Media Makers who are going to Detroit to attend the Allied Media Conference 6/18-20,  and the US Social Forum 6/22-26.

We need to raise $5,000 to send seven of our folks representing diverse Bay Area organizations to Detroit!


Ssee our blog postings from last years AMC in Detroit below…

Eloise Lee, Puck Lo, Laura Hadden, Angie D, Miss Renee

The Allied Media Conference brings together media makers and social justice activists and organizers from around the country.  The AMC is great way to meet other folks who are doing great work.  Representing a diverse range of talents, there’s something here for everyone.  From Guerilla Theater, to pirate radio, from zines, to Mural Art, this conference cultivates leaders from the ground up.  Detroit Organizations are so welcoming to everyone.   Grace Lee Boggs, Invincible, Detroit Summer to name a few.


Bay Area Community and Media Groups

12 09 2009
“Keep it Movin”- Renee Geesler

On tonight’s Full Circle, 9/11/09, we brought together Bay Area community & media groups that attended the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.  We wanted to bring on these groups  to continue the great work that took place in Detroit in July.

We invited Eloise S. Lee Program Director from Media Alliance, Malkia Cyril Executive Director at the Center for Media Justice, Eden Jequinto and Elijah Smith from Eastside Arts Alliance, Khan Pham the Associate Director at Making Contact produced by the National Radio Project, Shanina Shumate who is the Program Director at TEMPO, the Technological Media Project of Oakland at the Women of Color Resource Center.

We spoke with all of the participants about the mission of their organizations, and what they like about their work.  We also spoke about why the Allied Media Conference is so unique and what Media Justice is.  

Here are some audio highlights from the evening.


Members of First Voice, Tempo, EastSide, Media Alliance, Making Contact, (not pictured CMJ)

Members of First Voice, Tempo, EastSide, Media Alliance, Making Contact, (not pictured CMJ)


The crew at KPFA after the Full Circle show.

Audio Excerpt here:

Allied Media Conference

15 08 2009

DETROIT LOVE- by Renee Yang Geesler

Detroit based Grace Lee Boggs is a Chinese American Activist, writer and freedom fighter.  Her more than 60 years of political involvement encompass many of the major social movements in the US.  We were honored to celebrate Grace’s 94th Birthday celebration in July.

Grace Lee Boggs at her 94th birthday party

Grace Lee Boggs with Eloise Lee Program Director of Media Alliance, Khanh Pham Associate Director at National Radio Project, Renee Geesler Co-Director of First Voice

Listen to audio from our interview with Grace Lee Boggs here

In July we traveled to Detroit to attend the Allied Media Conference.  For the past 11 years the AMC has brought together media innovators from very diverse backgrounds and walks of life.  This conference really is a great way to network with other grassroots activists and evolve the definition of media and the role it plays in our lives.

Eloise S Lee the Program Director from Media Alliance, a media advocacy organization in Oakland, invited a few of us to Detroit to be on a panel titled White Spaces What?  How to create media policy from the ground up.  Below is the program description.

Presenters: Eloise S. Lee, Media Alliance; Renee Yang-Geesler, First Voice Media Action Program; Shanina Shumate, Women of Color Resource Center; Laura Hadden, Center for Digital Storytelling

In this workshop, we talked about strategies to broaden the ways in which we talk about communication policy, whether it be personal, local, national or global.  We also talked about the processes involved in the creation of culturally relevant learning tools and the importance of community partnerships in organizing around media justice issues. We gave examples of Media Alliance’s Raising Our Voices Media Training Program, First Voice Media Action Project at KPFA-Pacifica, Women of Color Resource Center’s Technology Empowerment & Media Project of Oakland and the Center for Digital Storytelling to illustrate the critical role of grassroots media and first-voice content creation in reshaping communications policy.

8/14 Full Circle Radio Reportback

Angie D, Laura Hadden, and myself, Renee Geesler, produced a Full Circle show on KPFA 94.1 FM.  We highlighted interviews and sound from the conference.   For more information about Allied Media check out

Diana Nucera, AMC organizer with Renee Geesler

Diana Nucera Allied Media Conference Organizer with Renee Yang Geesler

I also had the opportunity to sit down with one of the AMC organizers and hear how they put this conference together.  Diana Nucera has been a media maker for the last ten years, and has been helping to organize the AMC for the last four years.