Saturday, March 01, 2008

Community Calendar



Sunday, March 2, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College CUNY

Conference location:
Hunter College West Building, 68th Street and Lexington Ave., Manhattan
(Southwest Corner, enter from street or directly from 6 train)

The NYC Grassroots Media Coalition (NYCGMC) will host the Fifth Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference at Hunter College CUNY. The conference theme – Speaking Truth to Power: MEDIA JUSTICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES – invites media makers and community organizers to define what the term “Media Justice” means, as a community and explore how we can begin to make this ideal a reality for New York City.

Since 2004, the NYCGMC - a collective of media activists and organizations - has convened these conferences to bring New York City’s diverse communities together. The conference seeks to provide a space to learn about media policy, share skills, network and bridge the gap between local grassroots media making and social justice organizing. The Fifth Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference will take these efforts one-step further by using the event to strategize on how as a community we can begin to create media systems that come from, and are responsive to the people. The conference will urge participants to put steps in place towards realizing a media system that addresses systemic marginalization and discrimination and that speaks truth to power. The conference offers an ideal opportunity for organizations and individuals to connect and form the basis for future partnerships.

Over 250 local organizations and 4,000 people have already participated in NYC Grassroots Media Coalition events. The Fifth Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference will house 8 hours of film screenings focused on media justice movements, political awareness and accountability.  The conference will also host a youth track of panels for its 300 participants under 18, including free lunch. Workshops will address a variety of issues including do-it-yourself media making, policy and social justice issues.

The event at Hunter College will offer childcare services, special group rates and informational materials upon request. Ticketing information, advertising and exhibition opportunities and details on how to submit a workshop are all accessible at

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