Monthly Archives: September 2007

Media Democracy Day – October 18

October 18th is the 6th Annual Media Democracy Day

A day of action based on three themes:

  • Education – understanding how the media shapes our world and our democracy
  • Protest – against a media system based on commercialization and exclusiveness
  • Change – calls for media reforms that respond to public interests, promote diversity, and ensure community representation and accountability.

(One of the key elements of MDD is the Media Democracy Fair)

Defined What is Media Democracy

Check out the 2007 Events

Learn about the History of Media Democracy Day

What is Media Democracy Day? Why is it? Who is it for?

More & more people are concluding that the dominant, agenda-setting corporate media are a problem for democracy, and a key obstacle to progressive social change. Why should that be? According to the civics textbooks, journalism is supposed to provide a quality of information, and a wide range of perspectives and voices, to promote participation in public discussion, and informed citizenship. But behind the buzzwords of the day — convergence, global competitiveness, de-regulation, consumer choice — the reality is a media system with fewer and fewer owners controlling more and more media outlets (eg.
General Electric, Time/Warner/AOL, – and CanWest, BCE in Canada). More and more integrated into the profit-making imperatives of trans-national conglomerates. More and more driven by marketing and commercial pressures rather than an ethic of public service. More and more shaped by the corporate agenda and its neo-liberal ideology of slashing taxes for the wealthy, and public services for the rest of us.
No wonder the American writer Robert McChesney (author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy; and Corporate Media & the Threat to Democracy) says:
Regardless of what a progressive group’s first issue of importance is, its second issue should be media and communication, because so long as the media are in corporate hands, the task of social change will be vastly more difficult, if not impossible, across the board.

So, who is MD Day for?

  • environmentalists who see commercial media as part of a marketing system which prioritizes limitless consumerism over ecological sustainability;
  • peace advocates who see media too often contributing to war hysteria, and witch-hunts against dissent in the wake of Sept. 11;
  • people in poverty, the elderly, single parents, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, aboriginal peoples — all those people whose issues and concerns are generally trivialized or invisible in the corporate media, and thereby marginalized in public discourse.
  • media workers and professionals who see standards and jobs compromised by the priorities of corporate employers;
  • alternative journalists and independent media producers, who want to build community-based media independent of State and corporate control;
  • working people who want to see issues of working conditions, wages, and the goods & services they provide treated as more than just a cost to consumers;
  • advocates of social change and social justice who want to find avenues of cmn more effective than corporate media;
  • parents who see kids being socialized by mass-marketed violent video games & media entertainment;
  • communities of faith who want to see media too often undermining ethical values of human dignity and respect for the other;
  • anybody who wants to see issues around govt, taxes and public ownership of important companies like Ontario Hydro publicly discussed in a fair and balanced way;
  • students who want to learn more about the biases and power of dominant media;
  • anybody who wants to be able to trust the media not to censor important voices and issues, even if it means treading on the toes of conventional thinking or powerful interests;

In short, Media Democracy Day is for anybody who is skeptical of the profit-centred agenda of the corporate media and wants to see their news & views presented in a fair manner that promotes broad-based democratic debate and action.


Peace House E-News: Events, Volunteer Opportunities and More…

BBQ for Prospective Student Interns
Thursday, October 4th 11:30 am
Peace House – 543 S. Mountain St. Ashland

Peace House will hold an open bar-b-cue for prospective SOU student interns.
University students are encouraged to attend for free food and information on
the many programs available to students.

Lectures: The Economic System and Ecological Collapse by Gerald Cavanaugh
Thursday, October 4th and Thursday October 11th – 7 pm
Peace House – 543 S. Mountain St. Ashland

A. The Problem: Global warming and its attendant destructive ecological
consequences are anthropogenic—-that is, caused by human economic production
and consumption activities. The global domination of the capitalist economic
system means that its ESSENTIALLY wasteful, reckless, feckless, unplanned,
profit-driven, selfish, conflict-generating, and uncontrolled exponential
GROWTH is at the root of today’s Ecological Crisis. Explaining why this is the
case will constitute the first presentation. That discussion will include a
consideration of the “Environmental Footprint” of the advanced Capitalist
Economies, a condition of bloated consumption and waste which will require
cutbacks in the advanced nations, assistance for the developing nations, the
goal being  environmental stability and economic sustainability for all in a
just and decent society

B. The Solution: Socialism, that is, Libertarian Democratic Socialist Planning
in a global cooperative, “share” society.  “Nature Bats Last” is an old
environmentalist credo and its truth is now apparent.  Our present capitalist
economic system is running headlong into physical laws that govern our
existence.  Catastrophe awaits us all. Human society must replace its blind
submission to the “market” and learn to  live in harmony with human cultural
diversity and within the recognized limits to the exploitation and use of
natural resources: the fruits of labor and nature must be seen as usufructs.
Recognizing he problem and considering this solution is the first step.


Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom Monthly Meeting
Friday, October 5th 1 PM
Ashland Unitarian Center at 87 4th Street.
The Ashland Chapter of Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom
holds monthly meetings the first Friday of every month.  Please join WILPF at
the Unitarian Center in Ashland.

Film Night: “Arsenal of Hypocrisy”
Monday, October 8th  – 6pm-Potluck , 7pm-Film
Peace House – 543 S. Mountain; Ashland
Global Network Coordinator Bruce Gagnon, Noam Chomsky and Apollo 14 astronaut
Edgar Mitchell talk about the dangers of moving the arms race into space.
Features archival footage, Pentagon documents, and clearly outlines the U.S.
current plan to “control and dominate” space and the Earth below.
Sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom and Peace
House. For more info contact Jill at 488-9286 and go to

Orientation for Prospective Volunteers
Monday, October 15, 5 pm
Peace House seeks volunteers and student interns to help shape and implement
its programs, assist with administrative tasks and serve on various Board
Committees as we strive to foster a culture of peace in communities of the
Rogue Valley.  Please consider joining us on Monday, October 15, 5 PM to hear
from Program and Project Leaders about efforts planned for the coming year and
explore possible fits with your particular interests and skills.  Interested
volunteering, but not available on Oct 15?  Call 482-9625 or drop in at 543 S
Mountain Ave weekdays between 3 & 5 PM.  Below are some examples of
opportunities currently available.

Program Volunteer Opportunities:
Mentor recruitment-age youths regarding caveats and alternatives to military
Table at area high schools, providing information about community services and
Prepare and serve food at weekly community meal
Teach class or conduct workshop on subject related to peace, justice and/or
Assist with general outreach and awareness efforts
Assist newsletter editor and journalist to cover events, interview peace
workers, etc.

Administrative & Technical Assistance Needed:
General office administration
Website maintenance & development
Scribe/Notetaker for meetings

Board Committee Openings:
Grantwriting & Budget
Poetry Book Project
Unite For Peace Conference Project
Membership Drive 2008 Project
Program Evaluation
Board Development
Internship Development
Public Relations

Peace House Open Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 6 pm
Peace House – 543 S. Mountain; Ashland

United Nations Day Celebration
Tuesday, October 23, 7 pm,
SOU, Stevenson Union’s Rogue River Room.
A senior UN official will be giving the keynote talk, proceeded by pianists
Alexander Tutunov and Kristina Foltz, and Indian dancer Andrea Luchese.  A
reception begins at 6:30.  Free and open to the public.

Jackson County Town Hall Meetings
It’s time for your voice to be heard. Speak out on community funding ,
services and projects.  See how the county budget is constructed.  Be heard by
County Commissioners, neighbors and community leaders.

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Ashpole Community Meeting Room, Eagle Point

Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 pm
Rogue River VFW Hall, Rogue River

Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm
Ruch Elementary School Gym, Rush

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Medford City Council Chambers, 7:00 pm

A Bus for Peace Trip
Saturday, October 27

Stand up and be counted.   Saturday, October 27, a bus load of peace activists
are going to San Francisco to participate in the large anti-war march and
A.N.S.W.E.R is organizing.  The bus has been reserved, the deposit paid and
we need now are the activists.  If you have the time and money, hop on board.
The last one we attended was pretty therapeutic. It is good to see tens of
thousands of folks are still willing to hit the streets for peace and freedom
of speech.    We need to mount our own surge.   The one in Iraq isn’t working,
but the lies and the deaths are sure cruising along at a rapid pace.  Buy
tickets now, tell your friends and pass the word on to your email lists. There
are only 17 seats left.  A round trip bus ticket is just $45. Buy your tickets
M, W., Th. F. between 3PM and 7PM at Mori Ink’s Studio (248 Second St.) Can’t
go but would like to support our trip donations would be greatly appreciated.
The bus will leave Ashland on Saturday morning between 3-4 am.  For more
information contact Heidi at 482.8338.  This event is in memory of Hal

WOMEN IN BLACK – Silent Vigils for Peace Meet in Medford, Grants Pass, Cave
Junction,  Roseburg and Ashland to stand silently for Peace In Medford, every
Wednesday  at Vogel Plaza from 12:00 – 12:30 pm In Grants Pass, every first
third Monday at 12:00 – 12:30 pm next to the Post Office.  In Cave Junction,
every Monday from 12:00 – 12:30 pm at the County building. In Roseburg, every
Friday from 12:30 – 1:00 pm in front of the Fire Station on Garden Valley
Boulevard.  In Ashland, every Friday and Saturday from 12:00 – 12:30 pm on the
Ashland Plaza, standing silently on Main St.


Call Peace House 482-9625 or email to post your event!

Peace House
543 S. Mountain Ave.
PO Box 524
Ashland, OR 97520