Ashland 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.