10.06.2008

Brother Jesse To Be Featured on Upcoming Grassroots Media Justice Tour in 9 Cities


Written By Jesse Muhammad

Great News! I am only a few days away from joining fellow journalists on the upcoming Grassroots Media Justice Tour. First I would like to thank Jordan Flaherty of Left Turn Magazine for inviting me to be a part of this soon to be historic tour.

I will start off in Miami, FL this coming weekend and will be on the road for two weeks. Please read below the details of the tour and the cities I have been invited to speak in. If you live in any of those cities please contact me and I would love to meet you. I have already been getting a lot of emails from some of my blog readers who are planning to attend!

Grassroots Media Justice Tour

What is the corporate media leaving out about the economic meltdown? What are the issues ignored in the election debates? Where can you turn for grassroots information and analysis, and to connect with movements for justice?

Sponsored by Left Turn Magazine and other radical and independent media projects from around the US, the Grassroots Media Justice Tour is an exciting movement-building opportunity. The tour will bring performances, workshops, and inspiration to towns and cities in the South.

The tour seeks to communicate about current struggles for justice and liberation, from criminal justice organizing in Jena to sex worker activism, from resistance to imperialism in Iraq and Latin America to resistance to school privatization, from immigration rights movements to post-Katrina organizing in public housing. The tour also seeks to connect communities of resistance, and to build relationships between grassroots activists and independent media.

These are the cities I will be in:

October 10-11 – Miami, FL
The Miami Workers Center, 6127 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL, 33127
Oct 10: 7 to 9 p.m., Oct 11: Workshops, 1 to 5 p.m.
More info: joseph@theworkerscenter.org or 305-759-8717 ext 1029

October 12 – Gainesville, FL
Civic Media Center, 1021 W. University Ave
For more info: samantha@civicmediacenter.org
Workshops at 3 and 5, Presentation at 7 p.m.

October 13 – Pensacola FL
More info: Open Books
3 p.m. "Pressed for Knowledge" Workshop: University of West Florida, Room 191 in Building 36, the Communication Arts building, 11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514, Sponsored by The Voyager
7 p.m. Evening event, Center for Social Justice, 1603 N. Davis Hwy., Pensacola, sponsored by Movement for Change

October 14 – New Orleans, LA
Seventh Ward Neighborhood Center, 1943 Pauger St (at Urquhart), New Orleans, LA, 7pm
Co-Sponsored by New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and Mondo Bizarro
More info: emily@nolahumarights.org

October 17 - San Antonio, TX
Workshop and Evening event Sponsored by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center - http://www.esperanzacenter.org/

October 18 – Houston, TX
Rice Cinema on the Rice University Campus, entrance #8, University and Stockton Drive
Workshops: 2 p.m., Presentation: 7:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Houston Media and Sedition Books
More info: Tish.stringer@gmail.com

October 19-20 – Austin, TX
Sponsored by Skillshare Austin
Oct 19: Workshops, details TBA, Rhizome Collective
Oct 20: 7 p.m. Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, Texas 78751

October 21 - San Antonio, TX
Workshop Sponsored by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center - http://www.esperanzacenter.org/

October 22 – Denton, TX
8 to 10 p.m., J&J's Pizza, 118 West Oak Street, on the square
Web Presence workshop, 2-3:30 pm, Texas Woman's University library
More info: Ellsquid@gmail.com

OTHER FEATURED SPEAKERS

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is from Durham, North Carolina. She is the founder of BrokenBeautiful Press, a free and freedom producing publishing portal. Alexis writes for a number of national magazines including Left Turn, Make/Shift and Curve. On the tour, Alexis will lead workshops in which participants create collective Zines in 1 or 2 hours and will also present new poetic work.

Hadassah Hill is a Brooklyn-based writer, creative, and activist who performs under the name Axon D'Luxe. She has worked in independent print, web, theater and audio media production for 10 years, and is currently the Art Director of the award-winning $pread Magazine and is producing her second album and a graphic novel. She is committed to empowering individuals to speak for themselves using new technologies, and to creating representations of the diverse communities she embodies using self-taught multimedia techniques.

Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. He was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case, and played an important role in bringing the story to national attention. Jordan is an editor of Left Turn Magazine and has written for a range of publications. He has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, Democracy Now, Radio Nation on Air America, News and Notes on NPR, and many other outlets. He has also produced news segments for Al Jazeera and TeleSur.

Puck Lo is a radio producer, reporter and writer who works for National Radio Project's weekly radio show, "Making Contact," and the world's only worker-run, international daily newscast- Free Speech Radio News. On the tour she'll be training people on how to produce short radio features and headlines for Free Speech Radio News, and longer documentary pieces for "Making Contact."

Jen Angel has been a writer and media activist for over 15 years. Jen's publishing history includes Clamor, publishing the Zine Yearbook, and editing MaximumRockNRoll. Since leaving Clamor, she has worked as a producer for KPFA Radio, and a publicist and tour manager through the cooperative booking agency, Aid & Abet.