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Join WIMN (and women) at the Allied Media Conference, Friday July 17

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July 16th, 2009

If you are attending the Allied Media Conference in Detroit this week, I hope you will join Women In Media & News from 12:15 - 2pm on Friday, July 17, at our session:

Strengthen Women’s Media & You Strengthen the Women’s Movement

Ariel Dougherty, Women’s Working Group of the USSF;
Jacqui Patterson, Women of Color United;
Sonali Kolhatkar, Uprising Radio;
Jennifer L. Pozner, Women in Media & News;
Catherine Kelly, The Michigan Citizen

Official program description:

This caucus, organized by the Women’s Working Group of US Social Forum, is a planning session about how women’s media can lead on reporting community women issues up to, during, and after the Second US Social Forum being held in Detroit, June 22-26, 2010.

While each presenter will describe how she uses media within her organizing or how the media is the organizing tool, the purpose is to engage all participants in a discussion, and to devise a plan, on how to strengthen women’s media in the context of women’s movement building.

The heightened and broadened engagement as a result of the US Social Forum is a point of unity and a vehicle for increased national development from which both women’s media makers and activists within the women’s movement can celebrate and grow.

Location: La Pita, 5056 Cass Ave


I was asked to participate as a co-facilitator of the session, but I haven’t worked on the session creation. So while I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out, the session is different from other panels/caucuses/events WIMN has co-organized or facilitated in the past — and that I have blogged about in this space in the past — in that I am going to be jumping in more as an active participant than an organizer. I’m looking forward to learning from and collaborating with women in the room.

I’d also like to add that although the program description simply discusses “women’s media,” I see that term as representing very broad, varied kinds of media, created by and accessed by the most broadly-defined definition of women (ie, anyone who self-identifies as women) — ideally for (though not always assumed to be) media for gender justice.

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