Call for Session Proposals: Engaging Power: Media Rights & Our Movements

We are now accepting proposals for the Engaging Power: Media Rights & Our Movements track for this year’s Allied Media Conference.

Let’s change the rules of the game.

In the Engaging Power track we will build organizing strategies and learn how to challenge power structures to effect the policies that impact our lives and media work.

Governments, corporations, and other power structures set and enforce the rules of the game. We will discuss how to navigate these systems and how to use media to build effective campaigns to influence them.

We will make connections between our social justice work and to the need for just media policy that is accountable to marginalized communities.

Using interactive sessions, peer exchanges, multimedia presentations, and roundtable discussions, participants will exchange strategies and build collaboration. Together we will re-imagine a people-centered media justice agenda that benefits all of our work, lives, and communities.

What we are looking for:

  • Strategic and effective interventions to transform the media environment to build collective power and win a long-term vision for human rights.
  • Concrete examples - local, national, or international - of using media to build effective campaigns for change.
  • Exploration of the intersection of media rights and social justice movements.
  • Successful examples of communities and movements creating and defending media platforms for social justice and to sustain a more just and participatory democracy.
  • Interactive sessions, skill shares, popular education tools, opportunities for collaboration, and strategy sessions.
  • Inclusion of communities most impacted by policies.

For example...

  • How does the internet work and how to keep it free and open.
  • Idle No More - media and cultural organizing for change at the national and international level.
  • What they know about you and how they use it: online privacy, tracking and security.
  • Mapping toxics - how a community crowdsourced information and cleaned up a toxic waste dump.
  • I’m Just a Bill - how government is put together and how it works.
  • Media rights for incarcerated individuals and their loved ones.
  • Supporting community media - television, radio, broadband, wireless.
  • How to build media campaigns to persuade corporations or governments.
  • Free your cell phone! Making and advocating for open hardware.
  • Social media beyond Facebook

  • Media production and cultural storytelling as an entry point to media policy change.
  • and other creative ideas!

We look forward to your proposals.

with love and media justice,
Danielle Chynoweth, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice
Bryan Mercer, Media Mobilizing Project
Laura Muraida, Southwest Workers Union
Betty Yu, Center for Media Justice

Proposals are due March 8, 2013 at midnight.

You may post comments or questions for the organizers on the Engaging Power: Media Rights and Our Movements discussion page on AMPtalk.

Submit your session proposal on AMPtalk »

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