2009 Media Democracy Day - Chicago Saturday, November 7, 2009 Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn Ave., Chicago Panelists, Resource Persons, Facilitators VERONICA I. ARREOLA is a professional feminist, mom and writer. She started blogging due to a case of post-election depression in late 2000. Since then she has contributed to a long list of blogs including Kenneth Cole's AWEARNESS, WIMN's Voices, Work it, Mom! and her own Viva la Feminista. Veronica lives on the north side of Chicago with her partner of over 15 years and their school age daughter. Her writing has been featured in Ms., Bitch, Alternet, RH Reality Check, NPR.com and the Guardian. MIKE BARR received a BA in History from Aurora University and completed 2 years of graduate study in journalism at NIU. He completed 2 years in acting school and has appeared in over 40 movies, TV shows and commercials and one play. He was a Principle Researcher, Rocky Mountain Arsenal Superfund lawsuit, Denver Colorado, the largest environmental lawsuit in U.S. Historyand has also produced videos of the Arsenal investigation. He was a principle Researcher, Congressional Quarterly, Washington, D.C., for Politics In America, also produced video of seminars in government and special events. He was Campaign manager Sen. Eugene McCarthy 1992 Presidential race. Over the last 4 years he produced over 80 programs for Public Access TV and over 200 YouTube videos. MARCIA BERNSTEN promotes justice, peace and the environment though her work as a founding or board member of several organizations that are a part of Illinois Coalition for Justice, Peace and the Environment (ICJPE) where she is a representative to of the standing committees and as a facilitator in the Peace Justice and Environment Project. BILL BIANCHI is the chair of Progressive Democrats of America-Chicago and the author of a study on education through media, Schools of the Air: A History of Instructional Programs on Radio in the U S. JOEL BLEIFUSS is the editor of In These Times, where he has worked as an investigative reporter, columnist and editor since 1986. KAREN J. BOND is a media justice advocate and management consultant, is Executive Director of the "National Black Coalition for Media Justice". She came to Evanston, Illinois from North Carolina to complete a degree in biology at Northwestern University. This started four years of campus activism. She then went on to a marketing career in middle and upper management with several multinational corporations, including IBM and Xerox, where she won numerous awards of merit. She now works nationally as a speaker, trainer and organizer to help the poor and working class public gain a sense of its own power regarding such issues as equal access to media resources, government accountability and the role of public broadcasting. Karen has worked closely with the Federal Communications Commissioners and members of Congress to resolve media policy concerns. As a panelist at the Federal Communications Commission's hearing on media ownership consolidation, she testified with regard to the impact of FCC policies on the Black community. She also organized a unique meeting of fourteen black leaders with an FCC Commissioner to help shape a regulatory framework which will allow for better representation of marginalized and dissenting viewpoints in media. In addition to her Executive Director role, she is also a business management consultant. She has had extensive formal training on the topic of institutional racism, and consults with major institutions on designing structures to better serve the needs of their culturally diverse workforce and client populations. She handles media and public relations for numerous events and personalities. ESTELLE CAROL is a graphics designer. She is one of the founders of Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice (OPCTJ). She has been active in the CWLU Herstory Project, www.cwluherstory.org. Her design firm is WebTrax Studio, www.webtraxstudio.com LARRY DUNCAN in 1983 founded Committee for Labor Access (which produces Labor Beat cable tv series, on cable in Chicago since 1986, and Labor Express radio show). Labor Beat is on as a series in over 9 metropolitan areas. Received Center for New Television Visionary Award in 1995. "Best known public access labor tv series in the country" (Alliance for Community Media). Member National Executive Board of Union Producers and Programmers Network (UPPNET), former editor UPPNET Newsletter. Rank-and- file member of Chicago Typographical Union Local 16/CWA 14408. Produced "Action Motown '97" documentary shown on WTTW in 1997. JEANETTE FOREMAN is a lawyer, educator, political advocate and community activist. She has her own law firm, JEANETTE FOREMAN AND ASSOCIATES in Chicago. A pioneer in the emerging field of assisting low and moderate income African American and minority adults develop their own entrepreneurial micro businesses, beginning in the mid 80s she helped to develop and implement training, technical assistance, lending tools, and innovative financial literacy and savings programs which became model programs. Working with local and national legislators, policy makers, unions, bankers, politician, and community activists, she created and implemented key legislation, policies and programs such as micro business incubators, wbe-mbe work set-aside ordinances, and peer lending program which helped minority and women owned small and micro business flourish as well and gain national attention and respect. An active leader in the micro business field, she has served on the Board of Directors of national micro-business industry organization, Association of Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) and was a founding member, Board leader and policy Chair of the statewide micro business organization in Georgia, the Georgia Micro-Enterprise Network, (GMEN) In recent years she has focused her work on media education, policy and civic engagement advocacy projects which strengthen young adults and grass roots organizations. As a College professor at Clark Atlanta University, Columbia College and Georgia State University she taught media, business and civic issues with the objective of engaging the students across disciplines in hands-on advocacy and participation in real-world discussions so that their viewpoints would become a part of what shaped public opinion. An avid believer in the need for a free and independent media in order to preserve the power of ordinary citizens in a self governing democracy, Dr. Foreman has been a leader in developing projects and organizations which advocate for a free and independent media which is accessible and easily used by all citizens. She has served on a number of boards, organizations and projects which champion and protect independent media and journalism and citizen political access including: CAN_TV, Chicago's Public Access . . . political and legislative organizer, community support organizer; People TV, Atlanta's Public Access Cable TV station . . . Board Chair and Chair of their Youth Media component- Fuel Media; National Hip Hop Political Conference- Board advisor . . . Chicago Local Planning Committee; WRFG- Community Radio- Board Member- Chair/organizer- Southern Media Justice Coalition- Organizer, Coalition of alternative media - Youth Media Justice Project- Organizer/Director- media education and advocacy project: Prometheus Radio Project- National Board member. BOB GALLIE a community organizer and has worked with community and labor media access projects. He is aboard member, Labor Beat. Gallie is a co- founder, Chicago Media Action, Citizens Committee on the Media. MARIA GAMBOA . . . A long time activist dating back to 1970's as an ardent Chicana nationalist who came to accept the necessity for a more encompassing theory and class-based analysis to achieve social change. Her work experience has been related to social issues such as in public education, gang and youth work and employment training for unemployed workers. Maria is co-founder of CAMI, Comite Anti-MIlitarization (committee against militarization) in 2004. CAMI has been working to combat the aggressive military recruitment of our youth and working to educate and empower the Latino community to stand firmly against the war in Iraq. JEREMY GANTZ is Web editor of In These Times, editor of Working In These Times, and a freelance writer and editor. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. He got his start in journalism in eastern Massachusetts, working for the Memorial Press Group, now part of GateHouse Media. While at MPG, he worked as a layout and copy editor, reporter and monthly music columnist. His articles have appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, the Onion's A.V. Club Chicago, and Shore magazine, where he is a contributing editor. When he travels, he blogs relentlessly at Xanadu's Travelogue, which has captured his thoughts on Australia, New Zealand, India and Cambodia. KEVIN GOSZTOLA is a citizen journalist who publishes his writing regularly to OpEdNews and Open Salon and he is a 2009 YP4 Fellow. He is a documentary filmmaker completing a Film/Video degree at Columbia College in Chicago. He currently is working with a crew on a web-based documentary project on Renaissance 2010 and Chicago Public Schools. On Columbia College's campus, he helps organize events and programming with a humanities/social sciences group known as Critical Encounters. He is currently working with the group to plan a media summit for Chicago in April 2010. BOB KOEHLER has a Chicago journalist for over 30 years. For at least the last five of those years, he has been a self-proclaimed peace journalist. Currently he writes a nationally syndicated column on politics and current events . . . which he calls "part political brawl, part secular prayer" . . . for Tribune Media Services. This column, which can be found at commonwonders.com, is ten years old. Koehler worked throughout the 80s as a reporter, editor and columnist for the (mostly) late, great Lerner Newspapers chain, covering much of the North Side of the city . . . and at the same time, covering the whole planet, which passed through his beat. For the last 14 years he was an editor at the Chicago Tribune syndicate, Tribune Media Services. In May of 2009, the company told him he had greater things to accomplish and conferred on me the status of free human being, which in pessimistic circles is called being laid off. I'm still writing my column but now he is also devoting a great deal of my time to researching the phenomenon of Restorative Justice, which seeks to heal rather than punish after harm has been done, and which he sees as part of a larger shift in human consciousness toward peace. He has won numerous writing and reporting awards in his career, at both the national and local levels. I have taught writing at the college and high school levels and is a passionate believer in everyone' s right to his or her own voice. He is a poet, a widower, a single dad and an unrepentant peacenik. But he believes peace is only possible if we create it ourselves. ALICE KIM is an activist, writer and cultural organizer. She is Director of The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council. She is also on the Board of Editors of In These Times magazine, the Advisory Board of the Children and Family Justice Center, and a founding member of the Stanley Tookie Williams Legacy Network. A former recipient of the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World Award for her work to end capital punishment in Illinois, she participates in local and national efforts to create street peace, reform the criminal justice system, and promote the arts within movements for social justice. ANDREW LEHMAN is an entrepreneur who runs a website design firm and also explores new mediums for organizing and sharing information. He was instrumental in the creation of the Peace, Justice and Environment Project and has also created additional sites neoteny.org and Shiftjournal.com. MICHAEL MARANDA advocates and organizes around media policy issues and the public use of technology. He fights for digital literacy, access and equity as a director of CTCNet Chicago, founding chair of the Illinois Community Technology Coalition, and co-founder of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance. As president of the Association For Community Networking (AFCN), Michael promotes local and regional networking as the foundation of the global community information and communications technology (ICT) movement. Michael bridges community media and technology sectors locally through Let? Talk Media networking events. He established Get Illinois Online [GIO] as the center of statewide dialogue and as a rallying cry for broadband deployment proponents of all stripes. Among community technologists, he actively applies the principle of Movement as Network, opening space for cross-sector dialogue and partnership. An avid proponent of community-owned and driven solutions, Michael is dedicated to promoting cooperative solutions and creative support structures in the non- profit/voluntary sector. Michael is a co-founder of NPOTechs, a Chicago volunteer network bringing open source and free technologies to non-profits. A New York native, Michael resides with wife and two children in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, dreaming of finishing his Ph.D. in Sociology.. JOAN MCGRATH is a staff member at Columbia College with a passion for media democracy. At Columbia she helped organize a staff union which is getting close to finalizing its first contract with the college. She has been an anti-war protestor and activist for social justice since her college years at UIC in the 1980s." KEVIN O'DONNELL is Deputy Director of Communications for the Service Employees International Union, Local 1. For the past three years Kevin has been helping janitors, security officers, and food service workers in Houston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus and in other U.S. cities to tell their story of trying to survive on poverty wages in the media. Kevin is the author of "It's the Message, Stupid!," an editorial for the November 2009 issue of In These Times. MITCHELL SZCZEPANCZYK is a software developer, radio show host, TV producer, and political activist. As a longtime organizer with Chicago Media Action (CMA), Mitchell has worked on CMA campaigns around the Federal Communications Commission and corporate media concentration, public access television, public radio and television, community internet initiatives, network neutrality, and the U.S. digital television transition. TIM WAIS is an experienced New-Media designer and marketing professional working on creating stronger cultural connections, with humanist goals. through grassroots social networking solutions. He is the founder of the not-for-profit . . . HumanThread.net, and founder of Jungle of Cities (an original music performance group), Member of Soka Gakkai (Value Creation) International and board member of Yes I Can Jam (Youth outreach program) HARVEY WELLS is a native of Chicago. While a sophomore at SIU, Southern Illinois University, he helped start the campus radio station, WIDB and worked there through his graduation. Upon graduation, he helped start a new commercial radio station in the Carbondale Illinois area, WTAO-FM, where he did a daily radio show and in 1974 became the station's Program Director. Wells left Southern Illinois in 1975 and became an air personality at Chicago radio station WXRT-FM. In 1976, he added the title of Music Director. In 1977, Wells moved to NBC-owned WKQX-FM, where he was the station's Assistant Program Director and hosted the midday show on-air. When the station changed format in 1977, Wells returned to WXRT as a part-time air personality and a fulltime salesperson. Eventually, Wells gave up his on-air duties to fully concentrate on sales and in 1982, he became the Local Sales Manager of WXRT. Over the next several years, Wells moved up to become WXRT's General Sales Manager and then the station's General Manager. In 1992, the new all-sports station, WSCR-AM, signed-on and Wells added the General Manager role of the Score (as well as gave the station its name) along with WXRT. When CBS purchased WXRT and The Score, Wells was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of talk radio station WCKG-FM and country station WUSN-FM, while continuing his duties at WXRT. In 2004, Wells was hired by locally-owned Newsweb Radio Company where he currently is the Vice President and Group Station Manager for Newsweb's group of nine Chicago area radio stations. These include the four-station combination of WCPT-AM (820), WCPT-FM (92.7-FM) WCPQ-FM (99.9 and WCPY-FM (92.5). The stations are known collectively as Chicago's Progressive Talk Radio. The company also owns five other radio stations in the Chicagoland area with a variety of ethnic and music formats. Wells lives in Chicago and is married to former WSCR morning co-host, Anne Maxfield. He has four children who range in age from twenty-seven to twelve years-old. He is a current member of the Radio Broadcasters of Chicago and a Board member of Friends of the Parks as well as a former Cable Television Commissioner for the Village of Skokie Illinois. ANTONIO ZAVALA graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. He studied journalism at Columbia College and Roosevelt University in Chicago and graduated from the Institute for Minority Journalists at the University of California at Berkeley, California. I have worked in Chicago and El Paso, Texas. Currently he is a correspondent for EFE News Service (Spain). He covers the Latino community in Chicago and the rest of the state of Illinois.