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.
Imogene Tondre graduated from the First Voice Apprenticeship program in 2006. She later participated in the KPFA news internship program. Here is one of her stories about the controversy surrounding an anti-bias curriculum in Alameda schools.
A public celebration of the life of Gina Hotta will be held on Sunday, October 25 from 5-7pm, with a reception following. We will gather at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th street 2nd floor, in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza.
If you are interested in sharing your memories or music, please contact us by Friday, October 16.
Youcancontributephotos or other small items to the Community Altar, or an appetizer for the reception.
We also encourage you to bring a cranes to add to our 1,000 cranes installation in honor of Gina’s legacy.
Words can’t express the shock and sadness that I felt after hearing the news that Gina Hotta passed away on Monday night. Gina was a true movement leader and truth soulja.
She was an award winning documentary producer, and hosted KPFA’s weekly API show, Apex Express, which airs Thursdays at 7pm. www.apexexpress.org. She was also a graduate of First Voice, Group 3, NOVA. Now we are at Group 34!
I met Gina after I graduated from First Voice in 2001, she approached me and asked if I would be interested in helping her start another API radio show. She produced INSIDE/EASTSIDE which was onKPFA in the 90’s. So we started APEX Express, in 2001. It was Gina, me, Pratap, Eric and Nishat.
Years later, after many of us moved on to do other political work, she kept that radio show GOING! And really worked to bring in hip young voices like Kiwi, Maya, Wayie, Ariel, Phatric… “G”, her on air name, was cool, dedicated to the struggle and an inspiration to so many people through the years.
Much love to Gina’s family and Gina’s husband, KPFA Operations Director Michael Yoshida.
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)
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 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 www.alliedmediaconference.org
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.
On May 29, 2009 the Full Circle Crew brought live radio to Antioch. Our first live remote broadcast happened at Live Oak High School, which is a continuation school for students in need of help to graduate on time.
Our broadcast featured student hosts interviewing teachers, college counselors and other students. We also featured commentaries from the students who talked about their struggles in graduating. This broadcast was executive produced by me, Full Circle Technical Director Freewillin Franklin, who was a graduate of Live Oak, Class of 1989.
I thought is was great to put together this program and go back to my highschool and be able to give back to my community. It was cool to finally realize that teaching kids about radio is hella fun and was a good experience in putting together a remote production.
It was amazing to hear the students commentaries and their struggles as they were so similar to my own. Here are the three commentaries that were produced for the show.
This is Kayla who graduated from Live Oak High in 2009.