KNIZ: Native Community Radio in Gallup

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Gallup is  a border town; not only between Arizona and New Mexico but between many indigenous reservations. While Gallup is within the bounds of Dineh territory, it is the largest urban area off of the reservation in the region and continues to be an essential meeting spot. 

The Colonization of the Continent is an on-going process. The Dineh people (often known as the Navajo) were originally colonized by the Spanish, when their territory was considered to be the "property" of Mexico.  As the United States colonized the region, they created laws that favored the profits of coal and uranium mining companies who devastated the land, displaced tens of thousands of people, and caused cancer rates to skyrocket while simultanelously imposing assimilation through boarding schools and forced impoverishment. 

Solidaridad con la Coalición de Trabajador@s de Immokalee

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Durante nuestra estadía en la ciudad de Austin, Texas asistimos a una cena de tamales para recaudar fondos en solidaridad con la Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee (CIW), organizada por la Feria de Alimentos de Austin, que se realizó en el espacio independiente MonkeyWrenchBooks.

Albuquerque: A Hub for Youth & Grassroots Media

Albuquerque, New Mexico is a hub of community media.  In our time here we have got to meet with folks from QuoteUnquote, a community-run Public Access Television Station, youth radio- out of KUNM, and The Media Literacy Project and the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School.  Youth from throughout Albuquerque are creating media, telling stories from their perspectives- and utilizing the media to discuss issues important to their communities.

In our workshops and presentations here we have focused on radio as tool for organizing and as a tool to solve problems.  Participants brainstormed about using radio and community media to overcome discrimination towards Arab and Mexican people, combat drunk driving and pedestrian deaths, end dog fighting, preserve native languages and culture, stop police harassment,  and more.  Youth Radio in Albuquerque already focuses  their radio program on social justice issues which they share through KUNM and also their blog.  They are currently mobilizing and fundraising to send youth members to the Allied Media Conference.

Making Waves lands in Albuquerque for 3 days of events

Movie Screening & Benefit Dance Party
Thursday, April 8
The Warehouse
413 2nd St. SW (between Lead & Coal)
Albuquerque, NM
6pm: "Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad" - film screening
8pm: Benefit Dance Party feat. BARACUTANGA and DJ Andalalucha
$5-10 sliding scale benefit for Palabra Radio

The Indymedia Show featuring Prometheus Radio Project & Palabra Radio
Friday, April 9
Albuquerque, NM
Channel 27

Local Media: A Clear Necessity in the Belly of the Beast

San Antonio is often known for the Alamo, the historic symbol of US conquest, and the Riverwalk, a tourist zone made for outsiders.  For those of us within the Media Justice movement, we recognize San Antonio as the home base of Clear Channel- a for-profit corporation that swallowed up an uprecedented number of radio stations following the 1996 Telecommunications Act.  San Antonio is also home to a creative community of artists, activists, feminists, and community organizers.  Here, in the belly of the beast, there is a desperate need for local media alternatives and outlets.

Austin, Texas: Dignity not Detention, Fair Food not Slavery

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On our first day in Austin we travelled 30 miles outside the city to go to a protest at the office of MTC, the corporation that runs "Tent City" immigrant detention center as well as many others around the country.  Over the past few years, Texas has seen a rise in private Immigrant Detention Centers.  The Willacy County Processing Center or "Tent City" in Raymondville, Texas is where over 3000 immigrant detainees are held in Kevlar tents, in inhumane conditions.  We interviewed Bob Libal an organizer with Grassroots Leadership about Tent City as well as their partially successful campaign to close the nearby Hutto Family Detention Center.

Listen to the interview above and click Read More to learn more about other struggles in Austin.

Dignidad No Detención, Austin, Texas

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Entrevista realizada a una de las personas que participó en la manifestación

La gira Haciendo Ondas ha llegado al estado de Texas, específicamente a la ciudad de Austin.

La primera actividad a la que asistimos fue a Dignity Not Detention” (Dignidad No Detención) fue una protesta que demanda el cierre de "Tent City" (ciudad campamento) que funciona como centro de detención de inmigrantes en Raymondville al sur de este estado. Es el mayor centro de detención de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos.

La manifestación de protesta se realizó en George Town que es una pequeña ciudad a 30 millas de la ciudad de Austin, donde se encuentran las oficinas administrativas de la Corporación Management and Training, empresa privada que lucra con la vida de más de 3,000 personas inmigrantes que se encuentran detenidas en este centro y que son alimentadas por esta corporación con alimentos que ya están vencidos, habitan en tiendas de campaña, no cuentan con servicios de comunicación, no tienen atención médica aún cuando muchas de las personas detenidas tienen graves problemas de salud, sus procesos judiciales están llenos de irregularidades, muchas mujeres sufren agresión sexual por parte de los guardias, con lo cual todos los derechos humanos son atropellados y sus vidas son tratadas de forma indigna.

Todas estas personas son tratadas como criminales sin haber cometido ningún crimen, solo han cruzado la frontera en busca de trabajo y mejores condiciones de vida porque han sido violentadas por los tratados de libre comercio que han permitido que las grandes transnacionales roben sus recursos naturales y desplacen a sus familias

Battling for an LPFM license: Baton Rouge Progessive Network is Victorious!

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Ten years ago the FCC opened up a window for groups to apply for Low Power FM licenses. Thousands of groups competed for 800 licenses and it sometimes took up to 5 years for the FCC to decide who to grant the licenses too. One group that has a very bizarre story concerning license competition is the Baton Rouge Progressive Network. They were awarded an LPFM license in 2005 but then a woman representing a Right Wing Christian organization, ironically named Ethics Inc., convinced the FCC to transfer the license to her group. She claimed to be the present of the board and filed all the appropriate paperwork to divest the Baton Rouge Progressive Network of the LPFM license. For years they fought to get it back and recently achieved success, and now are the LPFM license holders.

Hassan Ghosn, a board member of the Baton Rouge Progressive Network spoke with us about the history of the license and their visions for the station. Listen to the interview with him above.

Centro de trabajadores por la Justicia Racial de New Orleans, Louisiana

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En agosto de 2005 la historia de New Orleans fue marcada por un desastre natural, el huracán Katrina, que se convirtió en una catástrofe social con más de 3,000 personas muertas (según la cifra oficial) y perdidas económicas por más de $100 millones de dolares. Hasta antes de esta catástrofe, New Orleans era la ciudad donde mas personas afro-americanas eran propietarios de sus casas.

The New Orleans Worker's Center for Racial Justice

The New Orleans Worker's Center for Racial Justice is dedicated to organizing workers across race and industry to build power and participation of workers and communities. They organize day laborers, guestworkers, and homeless residents to build movement for dignity and rights in the post-Katrina landscape.

Palabra Radio and Prometheus facilitated a 3 hour-long workshop with nearly 25 members of the congress of day laborers- all immigrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. In the workshop, we explored how the mass media perpetuates negative stereotypes of immigrants and the impact it has in shaping how we see the world. The Congress de day laborers is interested in using radio as a tool to build leadership within their membership, communicate about raids, share information on worker's rights and organize their community. Additionally, they would like to use the internet to foster transnational radio programming that could help members to connect with community radio stations in their home-countries.