The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is a local-to-local advocacy network of grassroots social justice, media, and cultural organizations working together to build power for social change through the critical use and transformation of media and communications systems. MAG-Net is a project of the Center for Media Justice. As a grassroots network, our membership is our strength. We act together to secure changes with and for the communities we represent.

MAG-Net’s mission is to build a transformative movement for media justice that is effective, integrated, and sustainable and that advances racial justice, economic justice, gender equity, and human rights. To thrive, communities pushed furthest to the margins need communications infrastructure and policies that support real democratic engagement. Media rules that advance justice, equity, and rights require a strategy to increase the collaboration and effectiveness of the media reform and justice sector. MAG-Net was launched in 2004 to reach these goals, expand the base committed to media and cultural change, and improve media policy and conditions for disenfranchised communities.

Our member groups improve the media conditions and increase the media power of underrepresented communities through local organizing projects, regional-to-national alliance building and campaigns, leadership development, and community-centered policy change. Through community building and membership activities, a media justice Learning Community, strategic advocacy, and a regional capacity- and alliance-building initiative, MAG-Net seeks to: • • Connect, nurture, and engage individual media justice leaders to develop and elevate shared models, vision, and strategies for change Develop the leadership, capacity, and long-term sustainability of grassroots regional organizations based in historically disenfranchised communities and working at the intersection of media/cultural change and social justice Strengthen the effectiveness of regional alliance building and community organizing for media policy change that expands media access, equity, and cultural self-determination Increase the impact of grassroots media policy development and advocacy for racial justice, economic equity, and human rights

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The Center for Media Justice is a national communications strategy and advocacy center for grassroots leaders and organizations based in historically disenfranchised communities. CMJ’s work builds the power of movements for racial justice, economic equity, and human rights to become more effective, collaborative, and transformative.

Since 1987, the Center has used cultural production and organizing to help individuals and grassroots organizations acquire the knowledge and skills to support life in a just society. Through advocacy efforts, public forums, actions, and art, they challenge oppression across race, class, sexual orientation, gender, age, and health, as well as physical and cultural boundaries.

Main Street Project is a grassroots cultural organizing, media justice, and economic development initiative working to help rural communities face today’s realities with hope. They provide creative and practical tools to give rural residents of all ages, cultures, and economic and immigration status the opportunity to more fully participate in all aspects of community life.

Media Alliance is a 32-year-old media resource and advocacy center for media workers, non-profit organizations, and social justice activists. Their mission is excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability in all aspects of the media in the interest of peace, justice, and social responsibility.

Launched in 2004 after a critical FCC hearing, the Media Justice League is a diverse media justice organization committed to collaborating with local communities and organizations to advocate for media change and social justice strategically using all aspects of grassroots music, media, and technology.

MLP was founded in 1993 to cultivate critical thinking and activism in our media culture. They are committed to building a healthy world through media justice. Beginning as an outreach project of Albuquerque Academy, MLP develops multimedia resources and presentations on issues of representation, consumerism, and power. While MLP prioritizes their work within the Southwestern U.S., they have worked nationally and internationally on media justice issues.

The Media Mobilizing Project exists to unleash the powerful combination of communications, media making, and organizing in order to clarify the issues at stake, document lived human realities, and act as a tool to inspire and unite those who have a vested interest in change.

PPH believes a diverse, ethical, and independent media is an essential element of social change, and that historically excluded communities must be protagonists in media democracy. PPH’s work combines media creation, media policy education, and media organizing to preserve and expand the free press so central to America’s identity and democracy.



Based in Seattle, Reclaim the Media is a grassroots regional organization dedicated to pursuing a more just society by transforming the media system and expanding the communications rights of ordinary people. Through grassroots organizing, education, networking, and advocacy, Reclaim the Media advocates for a free and diverse press, community access to communications tools and technology, and media policy that serves the public interest.

Thousand Kites is a community-based performance, web, video, and radio project centered on the U.S. prison system. Thousand Kites works directly with stakeholders using communication strategies and campaigns to engage citizens and build grassroots power. They use performance, web, video, and radio to open a public space for incarcerated people, corrections officials, the formerly incarcerated, grassroots activists, and ordinary citizens to dialogue and organize around the U.S. criminal justice system.

For more information about MAG-Net: ph: 510-768-7400 x18 1611 Telegraph Ave., Suite 510 Oakland, CA 94612

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One nation, online
The push to make broadband access a civil right
By Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow | June 20, 2010 If you’re one of the millions of Americans who use broadband Internet at home, you probably take for granted how deeply it’s woven into your life. It has transformed the way we pay our bills, seek romance, procrastinate, and keep abreast of politics and the lives of friends. The pre-Google era has become a distant, hazy memory. If anything, many of us often half-wish we could escape the Internet’s clutches. The constant connectivity can be a shackle as much as a convenience. Our habits have even triggered a serious debate about whether all that clicking and toggling is warping our brains. But as the Internet grows more and more important to modern life, some are now asking a different kind of question: Should broadband access be a civil right? It may seem strange to put the technology that brought us Facebook in the august category where we place voting, or trial by jury. But increasingly, activists, analysts, and government officials are arguing that Internet access has become so essential to participation in society — to finding jobs and housing, to civic engagement, even to health — that it should be seen as a right, a basic prerogative of all citizens. And in cases where people don’t have access, whether because they can’t afford it or the infrastructure is not in place, the government should have the power — and perhaps the duty — to fix that. The idea is already gaining traction both overseas and in the United States. In 2009, Finland passed a law requiring telecom companies, as of next month, to make broadband available to all citizens, even in remote areas. UN conferences have featured discussion of an international “Internet Bill of Rights” that would include the right to affordable access; a Pew survey of attendees at the 2007 UN Internet Governance Forum in Rio found that a majority of the respondents supported the idea of such a bill. And the notion is not confined to the progressive spheres of Europe and the UN: In Washington, at least two of the five commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn, have said that broadband needs to be seen as a civil right. As Internet use becomes ever more widespread, advocates say, it becomes an indispensable venue for activities like speech and political participation. More and more government functions are gravitating online; a vast and growing segment of social and cultural life now unfolds on the Web. The Internet, these advocates argue, has not only created a new world, its prevalence has also made it a prerequisite for full membership in the old one. “Increasingly you can’t find a job without it. You can’t complete your education, or compete with your peers without it. You can’t take advantage of the tools of modern medicine without it,” Copps said recently in an interview. “I would hope as we go along...that it does become enshrined as a civil right.” But characterizing Internet access as a civil right raises a number of vexing questions. Who would pay to bring broadband into households without it? By creating a right based on technology, are we making it harder for citizens to make their own, equally valid decisions to opt out of using it? And some analysts, while supporting the goal of universal service, simply don’t believe that a digital network should be elevated to the status of a right. Even these skeptics, however, generally agree that broadband access is already deeply entwined with existing civil rights. Whether the government must ensure access to the means of taking part, or merely refrain from blocking it, is another question — and one that gets to the heart of what a civil right in America is. Although supporters don’t see broadband as the kind of fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution — the basic human freedoms that protect individuals from government control of their lives — society acknowledges other kinds of rights as well, such as the right not to be excluded from the essential privileges of citizenship. This is the kind of right Page 1 of 3

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enforced by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which guaranteed people equal treatment and equal access to schools and public facilities, regardless of race. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was similarly crafted to ensure disabled people could fully participate in American society. Supporters also see a parallel in the 1934 Telecommunications Act, which aimed to make affordable access to telephone and radio services “available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States.” Though it did not declare telephone access a right, the law was updated in 1996 to mandate that providers contribute to a “Universal Service Fund” which helps defray the bills of low-income residents and subsidizes service in low-density areas where prices would be quite high if left to the free market. This charge is often passed on to consumers in the form of an extra fee on phone bills. Now, the same kind of attention is turning to broadband, widely seen as the most important new infrastructure of the 21st-century. (The emphasis is on broadband, rather than dial-up Internet access, because so much of the online world increasingly requires a higher-speed connection to download data and upload forms.) “Pick an area of life and it’s affected,” says Mark Pruner, president of the Native American Broadband Association, an advocacy group that aims to bring broadband to reservations. Pruner and other advocates can tick off a long list of basic civic functions for which the Internet has become vital. A large percentage of jobs advertise exclusively online and require that applications be submitted electronically. Commerce increasingly takes place online. With every election, Internet access grows more important to political engagement. And the Internet makes it easy to find the text of bills, learn how your representatives vote, and read about the White House’s plans and positions. Even health is affected to a surprising degree. Medical institutions have begun to use the Internet to manage health information and let patients and doctors communicate more closely — an improvement in health care unavailable to people without ready access to the Web. “Telemedicine” — doctors’ appointments via the Internet — is expected to be the next wave in health care innovation. Of course, most of these opportunities remain available through other means — by mail, by phone, in person. The Internet is an immensely valuable vehicle for free speech, but you can still take a bullhorn and air your grievances on the street corner. However, the more central the Internet’s advantages become to mainstream society, the more acute the disadvantage of lacking them. As Adam Smith wrote in “The Wealth of Nations,” necessity is always relative: Although a linen shirt was not technically a “necessary,” it had become one in the context of his society, because a worker would be ashamed to appear in public without one. A substantial fraction of Americans now lack access to this modern necessity. In October 2009, a Department of Commerce survey found that a little over one-third of households did not use a broadband service. Sometimes this is by choice, but often it’s because of cost. In one survey, people told the FCC they paid an average of almost $41 per month for broadband, but that can vary widely; as a rule, broadband is more expensive in rural areas, some of which don’t have the relevant infrastructure at all. Usage figures correlate strongly with income, the Department of Commerce found: Households with family incomes above $50,000 overwhelmingly have broadband, but it’s far less common for lower-income people. The numbers also differ by race. Only about 45 percent of African-Americans, and an even lower percentage of Hispanics, use broadband at home. Given how important the online world is to so many aspects of 21st-century life, when many observers look at Americans without broadband, they see a group of people who are slowly being excluded from society. Without it, says Benjamin Lennett, a policy analyst at the Wireless Futures program at the New American Foundation, “You’re simply not going to be able to have equal standing in society. You’re simply going to be left out.” But there is a case against enshrining broadband access as a civil right. Civil rights and liberties, especially in America, are most often characterized as “negative rights” — that is, freedom from, rather than entitlement to. You are free to be left alone to worship as you please and to say what you like. Voting is a notable exception. But ideologically speaking, the American conception of rights, unlike that in the social democracies of Europe, has always been more sympathetic to negative rights than positive ones. On a practical level, one obvious problem is that creating any new right of access requires money — either taxpayer money, or, in this case, extra charges levied on current telecommunications customers. Health care offers one Page 2 of 3

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analogy. Americans do not, as citizens of some countries do, have a legally enshrined right to health care — in part because the costs of such a right in our health care system could be astronomical. That said, the costs of universal broadband would be far more limited and predictable than those of health care. And the Americans with Disabilities Act is an example of a successful civil rights law that costs money to enforce, but has become broadly accepted. More philosophically, some people argue that the category of civil rights is almost sacrosanct, defined by basic notions of human liberty and need, and broadband access simply does not rise to that level. Considering that Americans aren’t legally entitled to a house or a computer, does it make sense to mandate broadband access at home? “To declare it as a national goal is a better way to do it than to make it a civil right,” says Pruner. The government has already started trying to remedy the inequality in broadband access. In March, the FCC released a National Broadband Plan, requested by Congress in 2009, to outline ways to ensure universal service. Among its recommendations is to shift up to $15.5 billion over the next 10 years from the Universal Service Fund to support broadband. It also recommends another fund to promote broadband on tribal lands, where it is estimated that fewer than 10 percent of residents currently have the service. There is also an effort underway at the FCC to reclassify broadband as a “common carrier” regulated service rather than an information service. This change would grant the FCC much more authority over broadband providers, partly with the goal of expanding access. Telecom interests, and many members of Congress, strongly oppose the idea. The New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, has proposed that the government itself should be the provider of last resort in underserved rural areas, much as the Tennessee Valley Authority brought electricity to a wide swath of the country in the 1930s. If such plans are enacted, the question of “rights” may be partly a matter of semantics — the practical goal of advocates is universal access, however that is achieved. “That is the only way to ensure a level playing field,” says Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice. But the debate itself, as it plays out, is highlighting something important about the Internet: More than electricity, more than the telephone — probably in an unprecedented way — the online world enables citizens to exercise their other rights, the ones enshrined in the Constitution. There is, increasingly, a virtual America layered on top of the real one, and “citizenship” means having a space in both. Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow is a contributing writer for Ideas. She can be reached at
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Depressed by Dial-up: Disenfranchised Grassroots Groups Plan Massive National Day of Action for Affordable, Open Internet
Hundreds of groups sign digital champion pledge calling for equal access and open networks
02.10.2010 – On the heels of Google's groundbreaking announcement of its plans to build a high-speed open network, local advocates and community leaders of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) are asking Congress to protect the principles of an open internet, while dismantling significant barriers to broadband adoption in un-served and under-served communities. These advocates say if the FCC's National Broadband Plan extends the existing Universal Service Fund rules and resources to broadband and mobile devices, and Congress supports action to protect broadband networks with strong net neutrality rules, it will give millions of poor people and people of color the chance to not only log-on to the internet, but log-in to democracy. Companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are hoping to set the terms on which users can access content over Internet networks, which could expand their profits exponentially. Advocates are concerned that a broadband plan that doesn’t protect the principles of an open internet and allows ISP providers and big telecommunications companies broad leeway to block content or discriminate on speeds may defeat the purpose of extending broadband to communities that need it most. "The internet is now a critical part of all our daily lives," said Amalia Deloney, MAG-Net Coordinator and Policy Director at the Center for Media Justice. "We use it for almost everything and we need to make it accessible and affordable. But without rules to protect the poor and people of color from the corporate bottom-line, free speech will continue to get more and more expensive." Though Big Media promised not to block content, their questionable practices have already come under scrutiny by federal regulators and advocates alike. Users discovered Comcast arbitrarily blocking file-sharing traffic across its network, penalizing users with slower speeds or complete disconnection without warning. Similarly, Verizon blocked a text-messaging campaign over its network. Big 'Telecom' companies have argued that they need wide discretion to manage traffic over their networks, and will not build out broadband in poor communities without it, but some are concerned that they

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are simply setting up tiered-access systems on the Internet. "What big media basically wants is a poll tax for users and content providers," said Steven Renderos of Main Street Project in Minneapolis, a MAG-Net leader. "We’re being forced to make a false choice between unregulated discriminatory networks or no networks at all. For my community the Internet is the only place to create and share content in our own voices, an arena TV and print networks have failed in because of consolidation and high start-up costs. Congress and the FCC shouldn’t risk the loss of our public voice for the sake of corporate greed." Center for Media Justice Director Malkia Cyril added, "Some civil rights groups in Washington are afraid that we can’t have representation and broadband access at the same time. Hundreds of civil rights groups in local communities across the country disagree. The FCC is off to a great start by recognizing that you can’t close the digital divide without accessible and open networks. Congress should go further to champion that cause and encourage the codification of strong net neutrality rules that prevent discrimination on the Internet and ensure it remains a platform of innovation, freedom, and equity." The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is a local-to-local advocacy network of nearly 100 grassroots social justice, media, and cultural organizations working together for social change through the critical use and transformation of media and communications systems. For information about actions across the country, please use the following links to local releases: Appalachia - Dial-up in Appalachia Bay Area - Affordable Broadband Week of Action Minnesota - Twin Cities Community Gets Up to Speed with High Speed Internet New Mexico - "Show your Love for Broadband" Campaign Unites NM Communities Philadelphia - The Bills are Too High San Antonio - Local Advocates ask Congress to be Digital Inclusion Champions Twitter Pitch Depressed by dial-up? So are millions of other people across America. #mediajustice News Facts

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Twin Cities Community Gets Up To Speed With High-Speed Internet Mark Ritchie – Minnesota Secretary of State and Minnesota Digital Justice Coalition to hold Community Forum on Importance of the Internet on Monday, Feb. 15, 1 – 2 p.m at Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis. Contact: Steven Renderos, Main Street Project, 952-594-9263 Eastern Kentucky youth will hold a Broadband Quilting Bee involving a live radio broadcast, a series of online actions to raise awareness about lack of Internet access in rural America and the launch of a the music video "My Chicken's Ain't Got No Scratch," which tells the story of residents in Harlan County who are still on dial-up internet. Residents will have a meeting at Congressman Hal Roger's office in Prestonsburg, KY. Feb. 15. Appalshop, 91 Madison Ave, Whitesburg, KY 41858. 1-4pm Contact: Nick Szuberla, Thousand Kites, 606-633-0108 Media Literacy Project and community partners will hold a news conference at the South Valley Economic Development Center - 318 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 - on Monday, February 15th at 12 p.m. for the "Show Your Love for Broadband" campaign. The New Mexico Congressional Delegation has been invited to unveil its signed letter to the FCC. Speakers will include Albuquerque Partnership, New Mexico State Librarian Susan Oberlander, and various community organizations. Contacts: Andrea Quijada 505-450-9954, Elisa Pintor 312-498-0038 Media Mobilizing Project - The Bills are Too High: Community education and support on rising costs of gas, electric, cable and internet - our basic utility needs. Monday, February 15th from 6pm - 8pm Tuttleman Learning Center room 105 at the intersection of 13th and Montgomery. Guest Speakers Include: Chris Rabb, Founder of, Juliet Fink, Director of Education at Philadelphia FIGHT Lance Haver, Director of Consumer Affairs for the City of Philadelphia Bekhyon Yim, Legislative Lawyer on Energy Policy. And members of: Media Mobilizing Project, The Philadelphia Student Union, and The Philadelphia Digital Justice Coalition Contact: Bryan Mercer, Media Mobilizing Project, 215-436-9844

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The Media Justice League and San Antonio's Digital Justice Coalition will hold an open forum on digital inclusion at 108 King William, San Antonio, Texas on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Contact DeAnne Cuellar, (210) 896-9141, **In San Francisco on February 20th, United Playaz at 1038 Howard Street in San Francisco will host “What is Your Internet Story”, a teach-in that will include a story station to generate posters, audio, video and theater that captures the personal experiences of participants and a video booth that will collect first-hand testimonies for submission to the National Broadband Plan Task Force in Washington. The event will run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Contact: Eloise Lee, Media Alliance (347) 249-0402

Resource Links Congresswoman Donna Edward's Statement on Open Interenet Rules
( FCC Commissioner Clyburn MMTC Speech ( /10394794-666) Lady Gaga Re-Mix: Broadband in Yo Face! ( /9805617-97e)

Naitonal Hispanic Media Coalition Civil Rights Open Letter

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Letter to Chairman Genachowski

Net Neutrality FCC Filing by MAG-Net and Civil Rights Partners

NM Congressional Delegation Letter to FCC on Broadband Plan
( UNITY Journalists of Color FCC Comments ( /mediapolicy/ucomments011910.php)

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National Resistance to SB 1070 Escalates with Tens of Thousands Marching in Phoenix May 29th ( Grand Opening of Pajarito Mesa Water Filling Station ( /grand-opening-of-pajarito-mesa-water-filling-station/65487/)

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Media Policy Source List Edyael Casaperalta, Program and Research Associate, Rural Strategy Center Edyael joined Rural Strategies after serving as a consultant for our efforts in the Gulf Coast in the fall and winter of 2006-2007. She has worked with the Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educational pursuits and community youth leadership, beginning when she was a sophomore at Edcouch-Elsa High School in Elsa, Texas. Edyael is one of four founders of the Llano Grande Center’s Spanish Language Immersion Institute Contact: Malkia Cyril, Executive Director, Center for Media Justice Malkia is founder of the Center for Media Justice. Malkia is the recipient of the Media Leader award from the Alliance for Community Media, the Emerging Leader award from the Media That Matters Film Festival, and other awards from the Media Justice Fund, Rock the Vote, and others. Malkia has appeared on or in Democracy Now, Hard Knock Radio, Breakdown FM, Free Speech TV, the documentary Outfoxed, the documentary Broadcast Blues, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and others. Contact: Amalia Deloney, Coordinator, Media Action Grassroots Network Amalia Deloney is a Guatemala-born activist, cultural worker and former Senior Fellow with the Main Street Project. Amalia earned her B.A. in Urban Studies and History from Macalester College and her Juris Doctorate with a focus on Social Justice from Hamline University School of Law. Her areas of specialization include community organizing and education, cultural rights, non-partisan political participation, and media justice. Contact: Parul P. Desai, Associate Director, Media Access Project Parul joined MAP in October 2005, and since then has focused on a broad range of broadcast and cable-related issues, including low-power radio, broadcast ownership, Net Neutrality, and leased access. She is a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School and her undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University. Contact: Davey D, Hard Knock Radio Davey D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist. Davey D is the co-founder and host of several of the most cited Hip Hop radio and online news journalism projects of all time. Hard Knock Radio (HKR) is an award-winning daily syndicated prime time afternoon show focusing on Hip Hop culture and politics. Contact:



Garlin Gilchrist II, Director of New Media , Center for Community Change He joined the Center in 2009. Garlin's passion for advocacy, technology and policy guide his actions as a professional, an organizer, and a public servant. Connecting new media and grassroots organizing is the cornerstone of Mr. Gilchrist's work. Contact: Jessica Gonzalez, Policy Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition Jessica is NHMC's DC-based Policy CounselJessica executues NHMC’s federal policy priorities before the federal agencies and in Congress. Before joining NHMC, Jessica was a staff attorney and clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation (IPR. At IPR Jessica also represented other consumer, civil rights and public interest organizations before the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and in the Courts of Appeal. Jessica is a LLM degree candidate at Georgetown Law. She earned her JD at Southwestern Law School, where she worked on the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas and the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law, and her BA from Loyola Marymount University. Contact: Onica Makwakwa, Executive Director, UNITY Journalists Of Color Onica is responsible for managing the daily operations of the organization that include ensuring diversity in newsroom hiring and news coverage. Prior to working for UNITY, Makwakwa held director positions at other large organizations such as the YWCA, the Black Women?s Health Imperative, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and the National Council of Negro Women. She received a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa. Contact: Traci L. Morris, PhD Policy Analyst, Native Public Media Traci holds a Ph.D. in American Indian Studies. Prior to working for Native Public Media, Traci owned and operated Homahota Consulting. She has worked with Native urban and tribal communities in the state of Arizona, with state agencies, the Arizona governor’s office, the Phoenix Indian Center, and tribal leaders in policy analysis, resource development, and training and technical assistance. Contact: Steven Renderos, Media Justice Organizer, Mainstreet Project Steven Renderos leads Main Street Project's media justice and community building efforts, including the Justice 2.0 training project and our collaborative work with the nationwide Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). Contact:



Ivan Roman, Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Journalists Iván Román joined the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as executive director in September 2003 after working as a professional journalist for nearly two decades. From the 2,000-member association’s offices in Washington, D.C., Román oversees its many educational and professional development programs, and its growing advocacy efforts aimed at getting more Latinos into newsrooms across the country and fighting for more fair and balanced coverage of the nation’s Latinos. Contact: James Rucker, Executive Director, James Rucker is co-founder of Prior, James served as Director of Grassroots Mobilization for Political Action and Civic Action and was instrumental in developing and executing on fundraising, technology, and campaign strategies. Prior to joining MoveOn, James worked in various roles in the software industry in the San Francisco and has provided coaching and technology consulting for other start-up ventures. Contact: Chancellar Williams, Program and Outreach, Media and Democracy Coalition Chancellar (Chance) Williams entered the media reform movement as a volunteer for his local community radio station several years ago. This experience shaped his belief that the media system can transform and empower local communities, and led him to pursue his Maters degree in Public Service which he completed in April of 2009. Contact: Andrea Isabel Quijada, Executive Director of the Media Literacy Project Andrea delivers media literacy presentations and trainings -- in New Mexico, across the USA and internationally -- at professional and student conferences, at community forums, on college campuses, and in middle schools and high schools. She leads workshops for students, teachers, media activists, community organizers and health professionals. Contact: