AMP at SXSW Interactive

Allied Media Projects is at South By Southwest Interactive. We are presenting a panel on Monday, March 12, followed immediately by a mixer event hosted by our friends at Brown Paper Tickets.

If you are down here in Austin, come find us!


Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB

Monday, March 12, 5:00PM - 6:00PM. Details.


  • Rhonda Anderson, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition/Sierra Club-Detroit;
  • Nina Bianchi, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition/The Work Department;
  • Diana J. Nucera, Allied Media Projects;
  • Janel Yamashiro, Allied Media Projects;
  • Mike Medow, Allied Media Projects

When they built the interstate highways through Detroit, they divided neighborhoods and paved a path to the suburbs. When we look at the digital divide, we see the information superhighway is doing the same thing: setting communities apart and giving the more affluent a path to abandon the city. For all of the Internet’s power to unite those of us who use it, how can we ensure that it does not divide us from those who don’t?

Since 2009 the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition has been using media and technology for community organizing and development. We won a federal grant of $2 million to support this effort. We have learned from our experience with the auto industry that getting trained to wait for corporate investment will not put everyone to work. Encouraging poor people to give their money to Comcast and AT&T does not create wealth. And there is no use in telling people to go online if their local businesses and organizations aren’t there, and instead all they find are news articles about how hopeless Detroit is.

Instead of trying to fit our communities to existing technology, we are trying to reshape technology to fit to our communities. We are building our offline communities, then going online together with new sites for their most important institutions and conversations. We are teaching people to teach, as well as learn; to be entrepreneurs, and not just consumers; to build their own communications networks that match to the social networks in their neighborhoods.


hosted by Brown Paper Tickets, Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), Allied Media Projects, and Free Press

at the Brown Paper Tickets Condo is #321 at Gables Park Plaza 115 Sandra A. Muraida Way

Monday, March 12, 2012, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Join us for free eats and drinks. Get away from the hustle and bustle of SXSW and lounge with people working on media reform, participatory media, and media justice. Give your tired SXSW feet a rest!

Questions? Stuck at the front door?
Contact Sabrina Roach.

The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is a local-to-local advocacy network of over 130 grassroots, cultural, social justice and community organizations working together for media change to end poverty, eliminate racism, and ensure human rights.

Allied Media Projects cultivate media strategies for a more just and creative world. From the unique intersection of media and communications, art, technology, education and social justice, we share and develop models for transforming ourselves and our communities.

Free Press is changing the media by changing media policy. Through education, organizing and advocacy, they promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, hard-hitting journalism and universal access to communications.

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