Activist Media One of the difficulties faced by social movements is getting their message reported clearly, accurately and effectively through the lens of mainstream media. A key factor in this work has been the creation of alternative media that both offer a direct channel to fairer representation and can keep the mainstream media honest by critiquing their coverage. In the contemporary, media-saturated world new problems emerge in the form of "protest fatigue" -- mainstream failure to cover demonstrations often dismissed as "sixties style protests," as if protest can be confined to one decade or is a stylistic choice -- and the silo effect in which people only get the news that reinforces their ideology. The sites and resources below are working to address these issues with courage and imagination. Featured Site Independent Media Center. Key Sites AdBusters.
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We Speak For Earth The City of Dallas gave $1.1 million to Ronald Jones on Wednesday for his claims that he was beaten and falsely arrested by Dallas police — and then spent 15 months in jail as a result.On December 18, 2009, Dallas police got a call of two white men fighting in downtown Dallas.But then Dallas police Officer Matthew Antkowiak saw Jones — who is African-American — crossing Reunion Boulevard."Mr. Jones is walking down the street. Doesn’t fit the description at all," said his attorney, Don Tittle.The officer claimed Jones was throwing beer cans, so he pulled him over to arrest him."From there, he pulls one of Mr. Jones’ arms up very aggressively and Mr. Police brutality, institutionalized racism, falsified reports, trumped up charges, man spends over a year in the system, officers “cleared” of wrong-doing, and taxpayers on the hook for the settlement.
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