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UDC/Project Censored Conference 

Media Freedom Foundation

The Point is to Change It:

Media Democracy and Democratic Media in Action

UDC/Project Censored Conference in San Francisco November 1-3, 2013


We invite submissions for the Union for Democratic Communication and Project Censored conference November 1-3, 2013 at the University of San Francisco, where we have found affordable accommodations for your stay.  Submission deadline is June 1, 2013.

With increasingly precarious employment, accelerating ecological degradation, gulfs between the 1% and the 99%, as well as dramatic booms and busts, we need a global media responsive to the 99%.  We need rigorous critique of corporate media’s commodification of social life. We need critique of all forms of censorship, systematic information exclusion, and propaganda.  We need grounded ideas for democratizing media in all formats and genres.  We need media justice.

To revitalize and retool media democracy in today’s media landscape, the Union for Democratic Communications (UDC) and Project Censored are teaming up for our 2013 conference.  UDC, which held its first conference in 1981, has worked to overcome concentrated political-economic power in order to contribute to a world based on economic justice, equality, and peace.  Project Censored, founded in 1976, has made its mission to expose and counteract modern-day censorship.  Together, UDC and Project Censored hope to contribute to a more democratic society and world by sharing our scholarly and activist projects.

We invite research, activist & artistic proposals from critical perspectives interrogating media institutions and technologies, political/economic structures, media practices, cultural practices & audiences; we invite studies in critical pedagogy and research on media activism.  Proposals that address pro-democratic media reform or outline efforts to expand citizen access to media are particularly welcome.

We welcome the following proposals emailed to by June 1, 2013: 

1. 500-word abstracts that describe the purpose and significance of your research and/or activist projects, especially those that address the issues outlined in the call.

2. Full papers (up to 25 pages including references) from graduate and undergraduate students.  The top student paper will be considered for the Top Student Paper Award. Student papers should be indicated as such and also contain a 500-word abstract. Students may apply for funding to cover some of their travel expenses through the Jeanne Hall Memorial Fund. To be considered for such funding, please include a one-line request for consideration of such funding on the top of your proposal.

3. Presentations of Media Literacy projects, including films and multimedia related to the call.

4. Finally, we welcome proposals for pre-constituted panels.  Please include 500-word abstracts for each participant (4-5 participants) and one panel rationale of 200-350 words that articulates the connections between the projects and the overall significance of the panel.

Sponsored in part by the Media Studies Department of the University of San Francisco


Freekeenenews - Juror in Occupy NH Case Speaks :: FSP Reaches 70% of Signer Goal

Anonymous juror claims the jury would have convicted Gandhi or Martin Luther King.  As you probably know, the "Trespassive Three" of Occupy NH were convicted recently in Hillsboro Superior Court, but why did the jury choose guilty?  What were they thinking?  One juror graciously gave me the scoop, but only after other jurors and court security had left.  It's a rare thing to get a juror willing to comment to media on the record, but I've done it again, and it only cost me $30.  Please see the full story and video of the interview here at Free Keene.

Free State Project at Over 70% of Goal

The FSP crosses the 14,000 signer mark, nearing the move trigger of 20,000.  There has been a lot of buzz in NH media recently surrounding the Free State Project and today they crossed the 70% milestone on their way to 20,000 signers.  Each signer has signaled their intent to move to New Hampshire and get active to achieve a society where the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.  Over 1,000 are already here in NH, or over 5% of the total goal for movers.  The project is only just getting started.  Six thousand more signers are needed before the five year move window is triggered.


NHDP - Say Goodbye to Speaker O'Brien 

Dear Friend -


In 32 days, New Hampshire voters have a chance to once and for all say goodbye to Speaker Bill O'Brien and the radical, Tea Party legislature which has done so much harm to our state over the past two years. 


Poll after poll this week from the University of New Hampshire showed Democrats with leads in each race - Presidential, Gubernatorial, Congressional - and last night's poll projects Democrats winning slim majorities in the State House and State Senate!  These polls are just a snapshot of where we are today, but if we continue working hard for the next 32 days we can win on Election Day.  Republicans will pull out all the stops to distract voters from their extreme agenda and we must be prepared to stand up to their misleading efforts. 


Help us say goodbye to Speaker O'Brien by joining us on Friday, October 26 at our Jefferson Jackson Celebration in Manchester.



Onward to victory,

Ryan Mahoney, Executive Director

New Hampshire Democratic Party


P.S. - The JJ is just 3 weeks away.  Join Governor Lynch, Senator Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Carol Shea-Porter, and Annie Kuster and buy your tickets today!


NHDP - Democrats to O'Brien: New Hampshire Cannot Afford to Go "Even Further" with Your Extreme Agenda

CONCORD - Democratic House leaders said today on a press conference call that New Hampshire voters cannot afford to go "even further" with the extreme Ovide-O'Brien agenda, as the speaker promised at the State GOP convention this weekend.


"New Hampshire can't afford to go 'much further' with the extreme Ovide-O'Brien agenda of ending universal public kindergarten, cutting state funding for public colleges and eliminating access to birth control and abortion," aid House Democratic Leader Terie Noreli.


O'Brien's statements came during the GOP State Convention this weekend, where he received enthusiastic cheers with his promise that his legislature, if re-elected would go "even further" with their radical, out-of-touch agenda.  


Democrats called on the Speaker to come clean with the voters of New Hampshire and say what their "further" would mean for them.


"We can expect more efforts to dismantle our public schools - from repealing public kindergarten to lowering the dropout age," said House Assistant Deputy Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff. "We know we can expect another round of attacks on our workers - the Speaker himself filed the so-called "Right to Work" bill. We know we can expect more devastating cuts to assistance to our most venerable citizens. "


After public outcry and pressure, Speaker O'Brien reversed himself and made the bill proposals for the 2013 session public. I can understand why he didn't want the public to know what they were planning before Granite Staters stepped into the voting booths."


"Even further" could also include continued attacks on women's health care. This ideologically-extreme agenda item would completely eliminate funding for basic, preventive health care services (services such as access to birth control and cancer screenings) received by over 16,000 New Hampshire women, men, and families at Planned Parenthood health centers, some hospitals, and any health facilities that offer full reproductive health care.


"That's the choice in this election," said House Deputy Democratic Floor Leader Cindy Rosenwald.  "Will we go forward with the same type of bipartisan, problem-solving approach provided by Gov. John Lynch, or we can go backward with the extreme ideas of Ovide Lamontagne and Bill O'Brien, ideas that hurt our middle-class families and our economy."


"This is not the agenda the voters thought they were getting in 2010 and it's not the agenda that the people of New Hampshire want in 2012," said Rep. Shurtleff.


Shea-Porter For Congress - Guinta Won’t Defend Seniors, Veterans, and 47% of America

New Hampshire- Congressman Guinta has described Romney’s demeaning comments about seniors, veterans, and other middle class Americans as a “one-day distraction” which was “brought out now to be political.” 

Congressional Candidate Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement.

“Governor Romney’s recent comments are truly offensive and insulting, and I call on Congressman Guinta to renounce them. Mitt Romney showed his contempt for 47% of Americans, and Frank Guinta needs to condemn those statements. These statements are particularly insulting to our seniors and to our veterans who have earned their benefits building this country and defending this country.”