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Interview :: Alternative Media : Technology

FRSC: Interview with John Anderson

Skidmark Bob interviews John Anderson of Media Minutes and about his media history, program, website and pirate/micro radio, copyright, filesharing and a hell of alot more Sam an Joe end song "Save the Fuckin Children"

John Anderson spent several years practicing commercial radio journalism before leaving that career in 2000. In 2001 he co-founded the Workers Independent News Service, the first nationwide labor-centric radio news service in 50 years. He is now a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Institute of Communications Research and spends much of his free time exploring the worlds of microradio and media collage.

Audio: Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3 (36:20 minutes / 16.6 MB)

[ || Media Minutes || Free Radio Santa Cruz || Truthful Translations || GWB: Skidmark Bob Megamixes ]

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News :: Alternative Media : Labor & Economics

The Fourth Annual May Day Labor Film Festival

The 4th annual May Day Labor Film Festival, titled "Reel Work" runs through May 1st in Santa Cruz County. Reel Work features films, speakers and discussions highlighting past victories and ongoing struggles of labor movements across the globe. This year's festival includes premier screenings of an important new film on the infamous Centralia Massacre of 1919, discussions with Argentinean activists on the occupied factory movement, and noted author Paul Buhle reading from his new book, Wobblies: A Graphic History. The festival opened on April 24th with a screening of the Yes Men, a hilarious critique of corporate America.

The special theme of this year's Reel Work is the 100th anniversary of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a radical union of immigrants, the unskilled and unemployed formed to challenge the worst ravages of capitalism. The festival concludes with a May Day march and a discussion on the future of the labor movement. A schedule is available from which will list the times, dates, locations, movies, speakers and a small synopsis of each film.

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Announcement :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Labor & Economics : Media Criticism : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Dahr Jamail: "Live from Baghdad"

Dahr Jamail will be speaking in Santa Cruz at the Veteran's Memorial Building on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm. Tickets available at the door on a $5-$10 sliding scale. Noone turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will benefit Dahr Jamail's ongoing effort to continue providing independent reports from Iraq.

Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq, Dahr Jamail went there to report on the war himself. One of the few unembedded reporters on the ground in Iraq, his dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource for a ground-level view of the war. Dahr spent a total of eight months in occupied Iraq.

Part of Dahr's April 9th presentation at the Vet's Hall, is a slideshow, including many graphic images, of what some commentators consider to be US war crimes. Dahr will also be screening a new film he's put together.

Audio: Dahr Jamial Event Audio PSA | Dahr Jamail on Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 FM

See Also: Dahr Jamail: Untold Horrors of Fallujah

News :: Alternative Media : Labor & Economics

Union Struggle Continues at Sunshine Villa

On Tuesday, March 22, about thirty people gathered in the rain outside Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz. The rally was in support of workers who are fighting management at the assisted living facility, for union recognition. Last July, most of Sunshine Villa's fifty workers voted for representation from SEIU Local 415. Read More

This radio story from November 2004, was produced for the Workers Independent News. Download Audio

News :: Alternative Media : Education & Youth : Globalization & Capitalism

UC Administrators Rolling in Money - the PROJECT March 2005

The March 2005 edition of The Project, a student organized newspaper from UCSC, is now available at various cafes and other locations around Santa Cruz and here on Santa Cruz Indymedia. This current issue helps shed light on the fact that UC administrators are rolling in money. A Coalition of University Employees (CUE) fact-finding report discloses the hard numbers of the so-called “budget crisis.�

Also in this issue, you will find a guide to DIY pot, an investigation of U$ imperial interest in Iran, some thoughts on cross-species solidarity, reportbacks from the Students Against the War (SAW) teach-in, the 2005 World Social Forum, and much more...



LOCAL News :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture

PIX: "Last Night" DIY Parade on Pacific Ave

A BIG crowd of folks materialized on New Years Eve for the Last Night DIY parade in Santa Cruz. There were bicycles and unicycles and stilts and boats and a Solr Bus and costumes and martial artists and Women In Black and the SC Peace Coalition and zombies and a gorilla and so so so so so so much more!

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Announcement :: Alternative Media

¡teleSUR en vivo!

You can watch a live video stream of teleSUR, a media collaboration between Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, and Uruguay, twenty four hours a day at

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Announcement :: Alternative Media : Globalization & Capitalism

Tune in - Critical Mass Radio Network (12/31) - Year in Review

Tune in to the Critical Mass Radio Network, Saturday December 31st.

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LOCAL Commentary :: Alternative Media

How Is Indymedia An Independent News source?

Although Indymedia is by no means perfect, its decentralized, ultra-democratic, and technologically efficient manner makes it a tremendous tool of the contemporary activist and alternative media movement. It is not independent in the sense that it is unhindered by subjective points of view, but it is independent in the sense it does not fall into the same traps of mainstream media.

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Commentary :: Alternative Media

History of the "no planes on 9/11" hoaxes

"In September 2004, the American Free Press newspaper published an article implying that there wasn't a plane crash in Pennsylvania (even though a lot of people saw and heard it happen). This publication is part of an ultra right-wing media group that also publishes the "Barnes Review," a Holocaust Denial publication that has praised Hitler. AFP / Barnes, by their own admission, works closely with KKK leader David Duke. Perhaps their motto should be "No Planes on 9/11 and No Gas Chambers in the Holocaust." The AFP acronym is also used by Agence-France Press, one of the world's leading media organizations, which could cause confusion and undeserved legitimacy for the American Free Press, which promotes (and creates) hoaxes that misdirect serious investigation into 9/11 complicity."

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