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Saturday, June 16 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
#OwningOurStories: Race, Power and Media

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It`s time for us to collectively tell the truth about the role of news media in upholding white supremacy. Using the 50th anniversary of the Kerner report to set historical context, our presentation by media makers of color—including journalists, artists, organizers, filmmakers and educators—will examine racism in the media and how narratives are weaponized against our communities. We`ll use this power analysis to engage participants in a discussion about how we strategize to own our stories.


Manolia Charlotin

In her roles as multimedia journalist, curator, strategist, and educator, Manolia tells stories that feed the spirit and amplifies voices that seek liberation. Over the last 15 years she has led several media organizations and strategic campaigns that help change agents channel their resources to center the capacity of communities of color to build institutions in their image. Currently, she’s helping to lead a campaign to tell the story of race and media in the United States, through her work as a consultant with Free Press—the nation’s leading organization that champions a free and open internet. Through her work with independent media, she’s been able to advance the sector’s strategy on racial equity, gain support for coverage of social justice movements, and provide editorial management for a landmark scientific study on the impact of collaborative storytelling., Independent Consultant
Manolia Charlotin is a multimedia journalist and strategist with experience in print, broadcast and online platforms.

Teresa Basilio Gaztambide

Teresa Basilio Gaztambide is the deputy director of New America’s Resilient Communities program., Resilient Just Technologies/Resilient Networks NYC
Teresa Basilio Gaztambide is the Director of Resilient Just Networks working in collaboration with five flood-prone communities in NYC to co-design, build and maintain weather-resistant and locally controlled wifi networks and to work with local partners to bring critical communications... Read More →

Janine Jackson

Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated weekly radio show CounterSpin., FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting)
Janine Jackson is FAIR’s program director and and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated weekly radio show CounterSpin. She contributes frequently to FAIR’s newsletter Extra! and co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the ’90s.

Roberta Rael

Generation Justice
Roberta is the Founder and Director of Generation Justice, which is an intergenerational media making project that is committed to social change. Generation Justice operates from the social justice principles of equity, inter-generational connectedness, and civic engagement through... Read More →

Joseph Torres

Free Press
Joseph Torres advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation's media policies serve the public interest and works with coalitions to broaden the movement's base. Joseph writes frequently on media and internet issues and is the co-author with Juan Gonzalez of the New York Times... Read More →

Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
STATE HALL: Room 131