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In order to simplify my life and give the company that pays me the full value of my work and energy, I will now be posting to my blog on the People’s Production House website. RSS feed coming soon.


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Slingshot Hip Hop showing in NYC

New Yorkers: Your first chance to see Slingshot Hip Hop:

Slingshot Hip Hop is the highly-anticipated documentary about Palestinian hip hop. It premiered recently at Sundance to standing ovations. I had the opportunity to see the finished film in Oakland recently.

It was eye opening for me, as it will be for anyone who has not witnessed or experienced the brutality of Israeli occupation. Beyond that, it is one of the best documentaries on hip hop I have seen. It deftly captures the relationship between the violence of everyday life and music as a form of nonviolent resistance. I look forward to the impact this movie will have on the world.

Jackie Salloum, director of Slingshot Hip Hop, was a keynote speaker at Allied Media Conference 2006. She discussed her experience making the film and later showed clips of the work in progress. If Slingshot Hip Hop is the kind of media you want to learn more about, register for Allied Media Conference 2008.

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AMC 2007 – Spread the word!

Allied Media Conference
“Breaking Silence, Building Movements”
Detroit, MI
June 22-24, 2007

In just three weeks, hundreds of independent media-makers and social justice activists from around the country will convene in Detroit for the 9th annual Allied Media Conference.

The AMC provides three days of hands-on media trainings, accessible discussions and exceptional dance parties, with the goal of advancing the human right to communication. This conference is unlike anything you’ve ever been to before (unless you’ve been to the AMC before).  It combines DIY media, women of color feminism, youth culture, and popular education.

The organizations and individuals who travel to the Allied Media Conference from across the country represent the cutting edge of the independent media movement, from radio producers and magazine publishers to hip hop artists and youth organizers.

Prometheus Radio Project from Philadelphia will light up Southeast Michigan with tools and tactics for expanding access to low power FM radio. People’s Production House will lead a session on “Reporting Immigration: Strategies for Avoiding Myths and Broadening Debate.” There will be workshops on stencil-making, DIY animation, and how to wi-fi.

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence will host an entire track of sessions on everything from zine-making to online organizing.  Detroit Summer, a local youth organization will collaborate with youth organizations from around the Midwest to present a youth-led track of workshops. And the pre-conference Symposium on Popular Education will bring together youth and educators using media as a tool for liberatory education.

Detroiters will represent in full force at this national conference, leading
sessions such as “The History of Black America as told through Music,”
Community-based Literacy Campaigns,” and “the Future of Public
Access.” Youth from Detroit Summer, will share their trail-blazing community media model, Live Arts Media Project, on the opening plenary.

Veteran movement leader Grace Lee Boggs says, “If you come to Detroit for the Allied Media Conference, you’ll  be astonished at  what young people are  doing here and around the country to transform the media from the ground up.”

She and Detroit pioneers Charles Simmons and Elena Herrada will welcome visitors to Detroit at the Opening Ceremony Friday night, followed by a bowling party at the nation’s oldest bowling alley. The Saturday night show will feature Detroit pillars of independent music—D. Blair, Invincible and Underground Resistance.

Conference registration is on a sliding scale. The deadline for low-cost
housing, bike rentals, and childcare is Wednesday, June 6. Visit for registration details and up-to-date information about the program schedule.

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AMC promo spots for radio and video

Thanks, Nadia, for compiling these testimonials from the ’06 conference to get everyone excited for the 2007 AMC. Check it out on YouTube.

And thanks to the Detroiters who voiced and produced the audio psa. Let’s get it on the radio.

Speaking of getting on the radio, I got to hear about Detroit Summer’s Live Arts Media Project and their recent Midwest tour on the radio yesterday. I don’t know if there’s a podcast [update: to listen, go here and in the WDET Program Archives select Detroit Today for Thursday April 26] but I’ll be sharing more about that project soon. Detroit Summer is doing the most innovative, holistic media education and organizing that I know of. And they are the host of the AMC youth track host and organizer of this year’s Symposium on Popular Education.

The 2007 promos tell you much more about the conference than the radio and video ones we threw together last year. And yes, there will be bowling this year. Representation vs. Reality

Plus, don’t forget the AMC benefit art show “Representation vs. Reality” this weekend at the West Hancock Gallery of Wayne State University. This Saturday, from 5-9, come to the WSU Student-Run Gallery for an AMC-related art show! There will be work from local and national artists and media makers, engaging with the theme of media and media representation

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AMC 2007: The Time to Register is Now

The 9th annual Allied Media Conference:
“Breaking Silence, Building Movements”
June 22-24, 2007
Detroit, MI

With just two months left until we gather in Detroit for the 2007 Allied Media Conference, winter has finally fled the midwest. The conference program is taking shape and the website is humming with anticipation. That means it’s time for you to pre-register.

Pre-registration is the lifeblood of the AMC. It’s how we know what size venues to secure, how many bicycles to prepare, and how many programs to print. Your registrations also provide most of the funding for the conference.

Aside from ensuring the best conference possible, your pre-registration gets your organization listed on the participants page, gets you prime location for your display table, and – for the next 5 people who complete their registration – gets you a FREE 1 year subscription to Critical Moment, Southeast Michigan’s premier news-and-views publication.

Make this conference happen by registering now at

Thanks for all of your support!

The AMC 2007 organizers

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Hot new group blog from Southeast Michigan

Back in January, I described the blog explosion coming out of Southeast Michigan. Now the region’s social justice newspaper, Critical Moment, has launched a new group blog syndicating local, radical blogs.

Check out, bookmark, and alert others to Critical Bloggers.

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Call for Submissions: AMC Art Show at Wayne State

The AMC is really thriving on grassroots support. Folks in SEMI are throwing benefit shows (thanks, Josh!) and organizing art exhibitions, like the upcoming Representation vs. Reality show at Wayne State. See below, via Nadia  at No Snow Here:


We are seeking submissions based on the broad theme of media representations (and misrepresentations).

Any and all mediums are encouraged, including (but not limited to) 2 &3- dimensional artworks, performance, music and writing.

Submission deadline is Friday, April 13th. E-mail submissions (jpegs, descriptions and/or text) to

Work must be dropped off by Thursday, April 26th.

The exhibition will take place Saturday, April 28th at
Wayne State’s Student Run Gallery in Old Main.

The Allied Media Conference will be held on the campus of Wayne State University June 22-24, 2007.

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