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EVENT REMINDER: Tonight, 6-9pmPST, Seattle: Post-election roundtable: Gender, Race and the Media in Election 08 — what happened, and what comes next?

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November 6th, 2008

What, you thought we’d want to take a nap after a long, contentious election season? Not likely…

Last night, WIMN’s Voices was one of about a dozen feminist blogs to host “The Day After,” a national feminist town hall forum organized by Center for New Words. The town hall was two-fold: CNW convened a group of brilliant, challenging, visionary progressive women (Byllye Avery, Michelle Goldberg, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Paula Rayman, Loretta Ross and Andrea Batista Schlesinger) in Boston for a panel discussing the significance of this week’s presidential victory and the vast work that lies ahead for feminist, anti-racist activists — and while these leaders talked about the need for media reform, redirecting American foreign policy in more effective, more humane, more rational ways, universal health care that includes a full reproductive justice platform, and more, hundreds of women online listened to the live streaming video and joined in on the conversation in an interactive chat.

On the heels of such an invigorating discussion about the state of politics and human rights in a post-Bush, President Obama administration, WIMN is gearing up for another important public forum. TONIGHT, as posted here Tuesday, Seattle-area folks have one last chance to join Women In Media & News — and many of our strongest media justice allies, including event organizer Reclaim The Media — in a dynamic Campaign ‘08 event.

If you’re in the Seattle area on Thursday, Nov. 6, I hope to see you at a community media mixer from 6-7pm, and then for a challenging, enlightening and inspiring program from 7 - 9pm at Antioch University.

EVENT: Gender, Race and the Media in Election 2008

WHEN: 6-9pm Thurs. Nov 6
(community media mixer, 6pm, program begins at 7pm)

WHERE: Antioch University, 2326 Sixth Avenue, Seattle

(PDF flyer here)

WHY: For the first time in history, American voters had the opportunity to choose between a white woman and an African American man to be the Democratic presidential nominee — and the Republicans have selected their first female vice presidential nominee — much to the chagrin of some sectors of our media. Through much of this campaign season, sexist backlash and racial prejudice have dominated and distorted media coverage of one of the most important moments in U.S. history.

Join Reclaim the Media and Women In Media & News for a post-election discussion on how the important issues of this year’s monumental election played out or got thrown out, in national news media. What went right and wrong, and how can we improve our media to strengthen our democracy?

Panelists include:

Jennifer Pozner (Women in Media and News, Brooklyn)
Naomi Ishisaka (One America, Seattle)
Lorena González (Latino PAC, Seattle)
B.J. Bullert (Antioch University Center for Creative Change, Seattle)
Cory Fisher-Hoffman (Prometheus Radio Project, Philadelphia)
• moderated by Jan Strout (Reclaim the Media)

Sponsored by Reclaim the Media with support from Women In Media & News, Reel Grrls, Seattle NOW, One America, Antioch University Center for Creative Change, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and the Latino Political Action Committee of Washington.

Hope to see all Seattle-area friends there!

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