Danielle Mkali, Program Director of MainStreetProject in Minneapolis, who will share her experience organizing with groups in the Twin Cities to build two new community radio stations in the city's poorest neighborhoods
Cruz Salucio of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) who will talk about Radio Consciencia, CIW's Low Power FM radio station which Prometheus helped to build in 2003.
Across the country, schools are closing and prisons are opening. Billions are spent on wars while social services are cut. In the mainstream media, victims of harmful domestic policies are often framed by those responsible for the social and economic crises we face. Corporate ownership of the media guarantees that groups challenging the corporate agenda fight an uphill battle to get our messages out.
We need to own and control our own media to tell our stories, express our culture, and build a movement for human rights.
After a 10 year fight, media justice advocates successfully passed the Local Community Radio Act in 2011. Now, there is a one-time opportunity to open up access to the airwaves for social justice groups.
In the next year, nonprofits and community groups will have ahistoricopportunity to apply for thousands of new non-commercial FM radio licenses! This will be the first time urban areas can apply and the last big chance ever to get a radio license. These Low Power FM (LPFM) multimedia stations can be broadcast studios and organizing hubs for our movements. They can be a powerful local organizing tool featuring local artists and news. Integrating new technologies into these stations allows us to amplify our reach nationally and globally. Ninety percent (90%) of Americans currently say they listen to the radio once a week.
Conservative forces are mobilizing to get these licenses and build more right-wing stations. We need to organize social justice groups to get these stations instead and build a national communications infrastructure that's owned and controlled by our movements.
Prometheus Radio Project led the fight to expand community radio and is now providing start to finish support for social justice groups to apply, build, and sustain these stations to amplify our movements for years to come.
Join this webinar to learn how you can help build a new community radio station in your community and support the expansion of independent media nationwide.