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A Briefing on What’s at Stake for Immigrant Communities and Communities of Color - Tuesday, March 2

Posted: Feb 22, 2010

Covering Race, Immigration and the Fight for an Open Internet


Event Description:

What is net neutrality? What is broadband access and adoption? Why should your audiences care about these issues?

Here are three reasons why:

• Do they make international phone calls using the Internet?
• Do they purchase consumer goods online?
• Do they search for information, jobs or register for schools online?

Internet policy questions may seem too removed from the daily lives of ordinary citizens; yet fierce battles over who controls the Internet are being waged around the country, the outcomes of which will affect our quality of living for decades to come.

As the business of conducting our lives is increasingly done online, keeping the Internet open and accessible has become a critical concern among policy and law makers, community and media advocates, new media producers, artists and others. Massive efforts by telecommunications companies to impose a restrictive pay-for-play business model that would result in discriminatory access to the Internet have gone virtually unreported outside of the trade media.

Find out:

• What’s at stake for your communities
• What questions aren’t being asked as policy is being shaped
• What role the civil rights groups have played in this controversy
• Why the public needs to be better engaged on these issues
• Why UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. have taken a stand
• What stories have gone unreported and what you can do to bring these issues to light to your audiences.

After the briefing, we will let attendees know how to apply for a $500 fellowship open to ethnic and community media to report on the fight for an open Internet and how it will affect the communities they cover.

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco

Event Sponsors:
New America Media, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, Center for Media Justice, Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Bay Area Black Journalists Association, National Association for Hispanic Journalists.


Sandy Close Welcome and Purpose of Briefing

Sandy Close is the Executive Director of New America Media. Close has served as Executive Director of Pacific News Service since 1974 where she founded YO! Youth Outlook, a monthly magazine of youth writing and art in 1991; and co-founded in The Beat Within, a weekly writing journal by incarcerated youth in 1996.

Sandip Roy Moderator

Sandip Roy is an editor with New America Media and host of its radio show New America Now on KALW 91.7 FM. He writes for mainstream and ethnic media including the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, India Currents, India Abroad. He is a commentator for Morning Edition on NPR and blogs on Huffington Post.

Malkia A. Cyril “Overview: The Fight for an Open Internet”

Malkia A. Cyril is the executive director and founder of the Center for Media Justice. With more than 15 years’ experience as a community organizer, strategist, and communications expert, Malkia has worked with organizations such as the Applied Research Center, We Interrupt This Message, and the Community Organizing Team, and has partnered closely with Consumer’s Union, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Media and Democracy Coalition, Public Knowledge, the Media Access Project, and Free Press. Malkia has led dozens of community campaigns; is the author of numerous essays and articles on media, marginalization, and movement-building; and motivates the building of popular movements through the delivery of training, public speeches, and strategic consultation.

James Rucker “An Open Internet and the Digital Divide”

James Rucker is co-founder of ColorOfChange.org and serves as its executive director. Prior, James served as Director of Grassroots Mobilization for MoveOn.org Political Action and Moveon.org Civic Action and was instrumental in developing and executing fundraising, technology, and campaign strategies.

Eric Arnold “What’s at Stake for Independent Artists & Journalists”

Eric Arnold is formerly the music editor of Bay Area-based 4080 magazine, later becoming editorial director. He has since become a respected voice in hip-hop journalism and has written extensively about hip-hop for the San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, SF Bay Guardian and contributed to Vibe, the Source, Wax Poetics, Village Voice and many other publications. In 2001, Eric was a consultant for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ “Hip Hop by the Bay” exhibition, and in 2002, he was program coordinator for “Hip Hop and Beyond,” an academic conference held at UC Berkeley. In 2009 he was commissioned by the Future of Music Coalition to write papers on the Effects of Consolidation on Urban Radio and the implications of Net Neutrality for independent artists.

Eloise Rose-Lee “Immigrant Rights and the Open Internet”

Eloise Rose-Lee is the project director for broadband access at Media Alliance -- one of the longest running media advocacy organizations in the United States. Eloise coordinated the Oakland Digital Inclusion Summit (ODIS), the first of its kind in the area. Through Eloise’s work, Media Alliance has gained strong community support for broadband projects at the local level.

Speaker from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists: TBD

Linda Jue Announcement of Fellowships

Linda Jue is founder and director of the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, which develops national reporting projects to support more journalists of color, women and youth in pursuing public interest and investigative reporting. She is also the former associate director of the Independent Press Association, where she directed several national journalism programs. She is the former director of San Francisco State University's Community Press Consortium, an advanced professional training program for reporters and editors working in the community and ethnic press. Linda is a former associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting; a former editor at San Francisco Focus magazine; and immediate past president of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

For more information about the briefing please contact
Sandip Roy

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