Southern Oregon’s 4rd 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 13th – 19th, 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. This year’s Independent Media Week events includes workshops, a public concert, free film festivals and a public forum and discussion.
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.
On Sunday, April 13, KSKQ Community Studio will host a pair of media workshops. From 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, How to Make Radio Happen – Meet current KSKQ producers and staff and learn how to produce your own radio programs. From 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Citizen Journalism – How to use and post to the Rogue Independent Media Center. The KSKQ Studio is located at 330 E. Hersey St. #2 in Ashland Oregon.
On Monday, April 14, at 6 PM, Peace House will host a Press Conference to kick-off Independent Media Week. Invited guests include Ashland Mayor John Morrison, Oregon State Representative Peter Buckley and Local Celebrity Jeff Golden. Independent Media Week will bring awareness to the fact that a free press is
the cornerstone of democracy and an unrestrained press provides greater access to information and dissenting viewpoints. Come and show your support for the need for a more independent media.
Peace House will also screen Sir, No Sir starting at 7:00 pm. Sir! No Sir! tells the long suppressed story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. This is the story of one of the most vibrant and widespread upheavals of the 1960’s- one that had a profound impact on American society yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time. Peace House is located at 543 S. Mountain Ave. in Ashland Oregon.
On Tuesday April 15, the Southern Oregon Media Collective will screen Leaves of Green and Weed. These films will show from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Southern Oregon University, Meese Auditorium, Center for the Visual Arts
Leaves of Green is a must for anyone who is interested in both its legal and ilegal useage. This 60-minute documentary is an investigative report on the world’s most controversial plant. From Reefer Madness to Cheech and Chong we’ve a long way. Watch as the cameras explore the world of industrial hemp to the world of medical marijuana. Through the eyes of the coordinator of the Kentucky hemp growers co-operative, we learn where it started and where it’s all going.
The documentary Weed offers highlights from Amsterdam’s eighth annual five-day-long Cannabis Cup & Hemp Expo. Told in a relatively straightforward manner it follows a group of largely American judges as they visit some of the liberal Dutch city’s various marijuana and hash houses to sample assorted THC containing products in a wide variety of environments. Also covered are snippets of recreational events, many of which are humorous, and educational seminars covering the more serious, non-drug related benefits offered by the versatile hemp plant.
On Wednesday, April 16th, the Womens Resource Center of Southern Oregon will present Killing Us Softly 3, a film about the portrayals and betrayals of women by mainstream media. The film will be shown from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Southern Oregon University, Meese Auditorium, Center for the Visual Arts.
In Killing Us Softly 3 Jean Kilbourne surveys the contemporary advertising landscape to critically examine how, why and to what effect corporations and their advertisers use images of girls and women to sell their products. She sets mass media images of femininity against social reality, advertising fantasy against the actual experience of girls and women, and encourages us to consider the relationship between the stories advertising tells about girls and women and the actual lives girls and women lead.
On Thursday, April 17th the Citizens for Peace and Justice present a public forum and discussions on Torture and the Media and Independent Media in the Time of War. The forum will be held at 6:30 PM at the Medford Congregational United Church, 1801 E. Jackson Street – Medford Oregon
On Friday, April 18th the Students For Truth will present Zeitgeist, the 2007 film about economical, social, political and religious theories. The film will be shown at 7:00 PM at the Southern Oregon University Meese Auditorium, Center for the Visual Arts.
Zeitgeist, the Movie is a 2007 documentary film, produced by Peter Joseph about Christianity, the attacks of 9/11, and the Federal Reserve Bank as well as a number of conspiracy theories, Created as a nonprofit expression to inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critical perspective and to understand that very often things are not what the population at large think they are.
On Saturday night, April 19th, KSKQ is presenting a concert at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland (next to Bellview School). It is $5 and proceeds go to increasing KSKQ’s signal reach. The show starts at 8pm, is all ages, and will feature BAD HABIT BANDITS, THE GOING NOWHERES, and THE OCTONES.
Coalition partners KSKQ, Rogue Independent Media Center, S.O.U. Media Collective, Students For Truth, KSKQ Community Radio, Southern Oregon Jobs With Justice, Citizens for Peace and Justice, Rogue Valley Television, OPEU District Four Productions and The Women’s Resource Center.