Saturday May 24, 2003
International Solidarity Movement Training
Freedom Summer 2003
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
For more information contact:
The Los Angeles-Palestine Solidarity Committee
"Supporting and training Southern California residents to witness Israeli occupation."
Don't think you have enough money to go to Palestine?
Please contact us to discuss, Funding may be
Thursday May 29, 2003
National day of protest
Protest Clear Channel Radio
& the Media Monopoly
No More Clear Channels.
Stop the FCC Media Giveaway
610 South Ardmore
1 block west of Normandy
1 block north of Wilshire
The FCC is poised to approve the most dramatic changes to media ownership regulations in decades. Leading the charge is FCC Chairman Michael Powell, Colin Powell's son, who essentially declared war on diversity in media at the same time that his father was spearheading the war against Iraq.
We have already seen the effects of the 1996 media deregulation: five television companies--General Electric (MSNBC and NBC), News Corp (Fox), Disney (ABC), AOL-Time Warner (CNN), and Viacom (CBS)--have a stranglehold on what information the public gets to know, and corporate radio behemoths like Clear Channel Communications devour local radio stations and replace them with McRadio. If Powell has his way, the situation will get even worse; there will be nothing standing in the way of media companies' drive for profits at the expense of our democracy.
Despite enormous opposition, Powell is pushing for a June 2 vote on his media deregulation proposal. At the same time that we're lobbying the FCC Commissioners and our member of Congress to oppose the new media rules, we need to take our opposition to the streets!
TAKE ACTION! PROTEST AT YOUR LOCAL CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO STATION
Clear Channel Communications is the poster child of everything that's wrong with media deregulation. After the media deregulation of 1996, Clear Channel gobbled up hundreds of radio stations throughout the country and now owns more than 1200 stations nationwide, dominating the audience share in 100 of 112 major markets. Not only is the company the world's largest radio broadcaster, it's also the world largest concert promoter and billboard advertising firm.
Clear Channel's monopolistic practices have accelerated the homogenization of our airwaves. The company promotes cookie-cutter style radio that has urban stations throughout the country seemingly playing the same seven songs. It shuts out independent artists who can't afford to go through high-priced middlemen and is responsible for taking the practice of voice tracking to new heights. Voice tracking creates brief, computer-assisted voice segments that attempt to fool the listener into thinking that a program is locally produced, when in fact the same content is being broadcast to upwards of 75 stations nationwide from a central site.
Clear Channel also uses its stations to promote its right-wing political agenda. After September 11, the company came to the public's attention when executives circulated a list of blacklisted songs including John Lennon's Imagine and Cat Stevens' Peace Train. This year Clear Channel became one of the first media companies in recent times to sponsor a political rally--they sponsored pro-war rallies in cities around the country before and during the war on Iraq. Another "Rally for America" is being organized in Huntington, West Virginia for Memorial Day weekend.
If the FCC passes Michael Powell's proposed new media rules, companies like Clear Channel and Fox will be given even more control over the public airwaves than they already have. And we are likely to see in television the same type of feeding frenzy we saw in the radio industry after the 1996 media deregulation.
No more Clear Channels! Stop the FCC media deregulation!
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please organize a May 29 rally at a Clear Channel radio station in your city and tell us about it, so that we can publicize your action as part of the national day of action. The protests don©öt have to be big holding up signs in front of a Clear Channel station would be great!
For a list of Clear Channel stations in your area, see http://www.clearchannel.com/radio/search.php. To tell us about your planned protest, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out about actions already planned, see www.unitedforpeace.org/stopthefcc (coming soon). Sponsored by Citizen Works, CodePink, Democracy Rising, Free Press, Global Exchange, Media Alliance, Prometheus Radio Project, United for Peace and Justice NY, Youth Media Council, and many others.
Sunday June 2, 2003
ICUJP Monday Night Forum
Third Party Nonviolent Intervention
Creative Responses to Conflict...
Executive Director, Peaceworkers
with a panel of Community Leaders from Dolores Mission Parish in Boyle Heights
The panel will examine types of active and positive response to violence on national, international and neighborhood levels. David Hartsough will speak about his decades of experience with third party nonviolent intervention in conflict areas throughout the world. Community leaders from Dolores Mission Parish in Boyle Heights will discuss their creation of peacemaking programs and community empowerment in the Pico Aliso neighborhood of Los Angeles. We've recenly come out of the bloodiest century in world history and today there seems to be no increase in peace. This forum seeks to offer a vision of constructive means to end violence.
Dolores Missison Catholic Church
171 South Gless Street
Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles
7:00 pm -9:00 pm
ample parking in School parking lot
Friday and Saturday
June 6 - June 7, 2003
Progressive Christians Uniting hosts
A Better World is Possible...
Christian Faith & Economic Justice
A Two-Day conference Sponsored by Progressive Christians Uniting (Formerly Mobilization for the Human Family) Co-sponsored by All Saints Church, Pasadena
Workshops, Seminars and
The Council of Canadians
Focus on the Global South
John B. Cobb, Jr.
Claremont Graduate University and the Claremont School of Theology
George F. Regas
All Saints Church, Pasadena
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena
more information and registration:
Progressive Christians Uniting
(formerly Mobilization For The Human Family)
Sunday June 8, 2003
Another Nation/Another World
Be Not Afraid
an interfaith service honoring those in the religious and lay communities who have taken risks for justice and peace
ANOTHER NATION/ANOTHER WORLD:
Be Not Afraid is conceived as an antidote to the culture of fear that has pervaded the American social and political landscape since 9/11 and that has facilitated constriction of our civil liberties, adoption of pre-emptive war as the baseline principle of our foreign policy, and prosecution of the war against and occupation of Iraq.
Bracketed by music and poetry, the three keynote speakers will be asked to discuss the religious, cultural or personal motivations of their work for peace and justice. In addition to the keynote speakers, clergy from seven or eight religions will discuss courage, risk and fear through the lenses of their traditions.
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Blvd.
(2 blocks west of Vermont at Berendo)
Saturday June 21 - July 5, 2003
Take Back the World, Take Back Our Community!
Human Rights Festival
SolFest 2002 Saturday June 21
Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love, Spirit of Liberation (SOL) Foundation
and Two Weeks of Education, Arts and Awareness in MacArthur Park
This two-week Festival will include a vast array of cultural-political events throughout the diverse communities of Southern California and will merge art, dance, theater, music, film/video, and photography, with political analysis and action. It will involve and reflect the rainbow of ethnic and racial diversity in our community.
between 6th and 7th on Alvarado
There are several opportunities for your participation.
Join with ICUJP at the Sol Fest on June 21, write to Darin of the ICUJP Creative Arts & Social Justice Committee
For more Information about participating or volunteering at the Peace and Justice Fest that will continue through July 5, please contact Lee Siu Hin
Proposed schedule Peace and Social Justice Convergence
(This is an initial schedule and still subject to change)
6/20 (Fri): Opening Ceremony
6/21 (Sat) : Sol Festival (all Day at MacArthur Park)
6/22 (Sun): West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade
LGBT Film Night (Location TBA)
6/23 (Mon): Central American Struggle Night (location: CARECEN)
6/24 (Tue): Youth Conference 12:00 - 5:00 PM (location: Arts in Action)
YOC, QYCCA panel 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (location: Luna Sol Café)
6/25 (Wed): Colombia Peace Night (location: Arts in Action)
6/26 (Thu): Spoken word/open mike night 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM (Luna y Sol Café or Mama Hot Tamale)
6/27 (Fri): Political Prisoner Night 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (location: Arts in Action)
6/28 (Sat): Palestine Struggle Night (location: TBA)
6/29 (Sun): 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Peace and Justice Book Fair (location: Arts in Action)
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Peace Conference-Iraq, Health Care Not Warfare
(location, Arts in Action)
6/30 (Mon): Theater Night (Location: TBA)
7/1 (Tue): Philippino Struggle Night (location: Philippino Workers Center)
7/2 (Wed): Media Education? (location: TBA)
7/3 (Thu): Immigrant Struggle Night (location: TBA)
7/4 (Fri): Farce of July at east LA
Fourth of July Mobilization
PATRIOT Act Discussion (Location TBA)
7/5 (Sat): Closing ceremony