Monthly Archives: April 2007

Ashland Oregon’s 3rd annual Independent Media Week

Be the MediaAshland Oregon’s 3rd annual Independent Media Week  will showcase a coalition of independent media producers, local activists and community groups organized around the theme that “A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy”

Running April 15th – 21st, Independent Media Week is a grassroots campaign to inform and empower citizen by showcasing local efforts and to expand and inspire hyper-local media production.

Independent Media Week events include two public concerts, a week-long film festival, an open mic / free speech event and campus tabling.

In April 2005, the City of Ashland officially proclaimed its first Independent Media Week. with a goal to broadcast “Democracy Now” and launch KSKQ, a local low-power FM radio station. The headline speaker at the event was Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”. Every year since, the Rogue Independent Media Center has asked the City of Ashland to proclaim the 3rd week in April, Independent Media Week and are working to put this proclamation on the City Council agenda for early April.

Once again, media activists and community volunteers are organizing the week’s activities, and is inviting participation and attendance from all interested citizens and organizations. This year, groups will be hosting independent media and video showcase every evening, including unplugged acoustic entertainment from local independent performers and student musicians.

Evening films will be shown free at the Mulkey Auditorium; SOU Campus, upstairs Churchill Hall across from Library – Mon-Thurs., 7pm to 10pm. Coalition partners will host the evening events. All groups will provide information and activities throughout the week at the Stevenson Union hallway at Southern Oregon University.

Coalition partners KSKQ, Rogue Independent Media Center, S.O.U. Media Collective, Students For Truth, KSKQ Community Radio, Red Earth Descendants, Southern Oregon Jobs With Justice, Citizens for Peace and Justice, Rogue Valley Television, OPEU District Four Productions and The Committee for Democracy Now!

This years locations include: The Beanery, Mulkey Auditorium; SOU Campus, upstairs Churchill Hall across from Library. Bellview Community Grange, and Science Works Museum.

For more info or to help volunteer, visit http://www.kskq.org/imw/, call KSKQ at 482-3999, call Jason at 227-3424 or email Jason@kskq.org

An Evening of Dinner, Music & Desserts…

Ashland Independent Media Week and KSKQ Community Radio Present: An Evening of Dinner, Music & Desserts…

To celebrate Independent Media Week, KSKQ is proud to host an evening of dinner and music with American singer/songwriters and political activists, David Rovics and Patrick Dodd.
Rovics

The event will be held on Friday, April 20 at the Bellview Grange, dinner and live music will begin at 6:30 pm.  Patrick Dodd and David Rovics will begin at  8 pm.

David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Amy Goodman has called him “the musical version of Democracy Now!” Since the mid-90’s Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. His MP3’s are available for free download on his website, www.davidrovics.com,

Patrick does not shy away from politics or controversial topics. His style is eclectic–folk/ballads to rock. Performances include solo, duo, and full folk/rock band Small Revolutions. What you will find in common from one track to another is that Patrick writes “social justice” music. From the living room to the front lines of the resistance, Patrick’s music is intended to educate, motivate, and empower the masses to stand up and resist injustices such as poverty, war, racism, sexism, and environmental destruction. http://www.patrickdodd.com/

KSKQ is looking forward to bringing locally produced community radio and independent news services to the Rogue Valley. Become a member and support community owned and operated radio.

An Independent Media Week 2007 Event and KSKQ Fundraiser Sponsored by: KSKQ Community, SOU Media Collective, Rogue IMC, Southern Oregon Jobs With Justice, SOU Students for Truth, Red Earth Descendants, Citizens for Peace and Justice, Rogue Valley Television, & OPEU District Four Productions.

For Independent Media Week schedule of films and Activities April 15-21, visit http://www.kskq.org/imw

Thai Vegan Dinner
(Dinner and Gourmet a la carte desserts by Amber Dodd)
with Live Music from Montana Soul 6:30 pm

Show only: Tickets – In Advance: $10/$8 students,
$12/$10 students at the door

Dinner tickets: $10/$8 Students | Buy them early!
Tickets on sale at The Northwest Nature Shop 154 Oak St., Ashland, and Music Coop, 181 A St., Ashland
For tickets/info call 541-324-8727

EVENT CONTACT: Sean Gordon PHONE: 482-3999
EMAIL: seanwgordon@hotmail.com (cell) 261-6053

Skylark Assisted Living’s annual spring egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt

Flag Lowers on Libraries

Flag lowered for last time at county libraries

Children and Parents Protest Library Lockout

All fifteen branches of the Jackson County Library closed today while in Ashland Oregon, a group of children staged a sit-in, protesting the largest library closure in US history.

Flag lowered for last time

It was a festive yet somber atmosphere Friday afternoon as library supporters and scores of patrons, parents and children gathered to support their public library and send a message to leaders in Salem and Washington that communities need public libraries.

Jackson County libraries were ordered closed, forcing the layoffs of 115 county employees when the state could no longer count on $150 million federal dollars in funding from timber deals made in the early 20th century. Locally, Jackson County voters rejected a ballot levy in 2006 that would have funded the libraries. It was assumed that local efforts to resume timber harvests would return the flow of the federal revenue but this has not been the case. Jackson County alone lost $23 million dollars a year. 

Musicians played as passing cars honked their support. Children left chalk messages and wrote messages of hope on colorful ribbons thatadorned the rails and bookmarks to be placed in library books. Adults joined hands, singing “Save Our Libraries” and chanting “1..2..3..4.. What are libraries really for?”

Everyone from ABC news to high-school reporters converged onto chalk-stained steps outside the Ashland Library. Reporters for the Ashland Daily Tidings, Medford Mail Tribune, Channel 12 News, RVTV, the Media Collective, Rogue Indymedia Center, KSKQ News and the Ashland High School paper were all there along with countless individual cameras and recorders.

Outside the mood turned sober as the U.S. flag was lowered for a final time, marking closure of the 15 libraries across Jackson County. One citizen was overcome with anger, shouting out “This is a very rich town… It’s Beverly Hills!” challenging the crowd, “You should never have let this happen!” Among the crowd some were quietly singing “We Shall Overcome!”

Inside the library it was a buzz of activity as the last hours passed. The last-minute books were returned, tears were shared and good-byes were exchanged. “I think I am going to sit out in front and cry.” said one sad visitor.

Waiting for the inevitable closure, mothers and children gathered for a last stand in the Children’s Library. Mothers nursed babies as children decorated cards for their favorite librarians. Sierra H., a dramatic middle-school student lamented, “I’d rather fall into a deep pit of jagged stones and slowly bleed to death in a terrible agony than live in a world without books!”

When it was finally announced, “I’d like you to know that the library is closed until further notice.” the mood became more emotional. Parents worried and sobbed as their children continued playing as if unaware of the reality around them.

Some “very brave kids” had decided to stay and challenge the closure. The children, some as young as seven, brought sleeping bags and pillows, planning to stay overnight. “I don’t know what they have in-store for us” worried one mother.

“The police are coming, they will be escorted out of the building in an orderly fashion.” promised library manager Anne Billeter.

A short time later the children receved a friendly lesson in civil disobedience from Sargent Malcus Willams who arrived to escort the children out. “I knew this was coming … I expect everything to go smoothly… I like to see people express themselves in a non-violent way.” admitted Sgt. Williams.

“We learned the police were very concerned… We’re going to cooperate and walk out hand and hand when its time to leave.” announced Shelly E. who shared that the children all agreed to a code of non-violence.

Sgt. Williams approached the children as if it were career day, reading to the children and answering their grown-up questions, “When I’m on duty I represent the Ashland Police Force, I don’t represent Malcus Williams.”

From the book ‘Leonardo The Terrible Monster’, Williams read aloud, “Leonardo tried very hard to be scary but he just wasn’t.” The children befriended Officer Williams who later joked with the kids, “I learned about Captain Underpants today.”

“I want to say thanks for loving us so much.” gushed librarian Amy Blossom to the children as they were escorted outside to their parents, cameras and the appreciative crowd.

Vanessa H. a mother of a 17-month-old left disappointed, saddened that she and her daughter were “in the middle of a good book … the library closed and [we] had to close the book and walk away” She finishes “How will it all end?”

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