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2010 Media Democracy Day - Chicago

2010 Media Democracy Day - Chicago

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 1:00pm

Save the Date!   Saturday, November 6, 2010

Plans are underway for the 2010 Media Democracy Day - Chicago (MDD).  The event will be on Saturday, November 6, 2010 in order to coincide with the parent event in Vancouver.

Last year’s  MDD, on November 7, 2009, held at Grace Place, downtown Chicago, was attended by some 75 participants and featured 13 panelists, representing all four quadrants of the Media Map (Mainstream media; Alternative media; Educating the public about the media; and Rules, and regulations regarding the media).  Participants made the 5 breakout sessions dynamic and productive.

Links to videos from the 2009 MDD - Chicago are posted to the website,

This year we hope to build on the successes and momentum we all established at the 2009 MDD.  Our number one goal is to facilitate the development of “a networking structure” that brings together all components of the progressive media community in Chicago.  This is not  envisioned as yet another organization, but rather as a  pattern of connection with each other and among organizations so that we can get acquainted, become familiar with other organizations, share skills, and work cooperatively to bring about a strong, interconnected progressive media community.  The ultimate goal is to be able to leverage our combined strength into greater media access and  representation in decision making.  We would like all the voices to be heard and the real issues that affect our lives to be open to public, community debate.  

Our second goal is to design the MDD itself so that it moves us further along in building our progressive media movement.

We encourage the participation of progressive, issue-oriented, activist organizations that are interested in media issues and in using the media to take their message beyond the choir, to the broader public.

This year organizers are setting our sights more ambitious and are planning a full-day event.  We will be able to have panels and breakout sessions/report back in the morning.  The full-day format will allow us time to incorporate a People’s Movement Assembly model of organizing and formulating statements of unity and strategy in the afternoon.

Our MDD Think Tank/Organizing Committee has been meeting since December 2009 and discussing how we can facilitate the work of the progressive community in the Chicago Area.

We welcome your ideas.  If you would like to join the MDD Organizing Committee, please contact us at 708 447-1547 or at

Keep tuned to for updates and more information.

Tentative Agenda
Morning Session
8:00 am                          Registration, networking, art exhibit
9:00 am                         Welcome/Introduction
9:10 am to 11:15 am      Panels - Tracks I and II
 9:10am to  10:20 Track I - “Media Success Stories:  Sharing What Works”
 10.25 am to 11:10 am  Track II - “Next Steps:  Challenges and Opportunities”
11: 15 am to 11:45 am  Facilitated Breakout sessions,

11:45 am to 12:00 pm   Report-back Session:  Summaries of Breakouts

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm     LUNCH  on your own

1:00 pm to 4:50 pm        Facilitated People’s Movement Assembly:  Formulating a Statement of Unity for    
 the progressive media community in the Chicago Area

4:50 pm to 5:00 pm        Announcements and Closing

Location:  TBA

(No one will be turned away)

Co-sponsorship/Support:  We welcome co-sponsorship from community organizations and individuals.  Since we anticipate that the expenses will be considerably more due to the full-day format, we will be asking our co-sponsors to help with the funding.  However, you or your organization can participate at either level:

Co-sponsor, includes name on flyers and brochure as co-sponsor.
 .   $20.00 minimum contribution
 .  Publicize MDD  through  website, email list serve, or otherwise
 .  We encourage you to have one or more representatives attending MDD    

Supporter, includes name on flyers and brochures as supporter
 .  Publicize MDD  through  website, email list serve, or otherwise
 .  We encourage you to have one or more representatives attending MDD

Contact Information: 

For more information or to sign up as co-sponsor or supporter, call 708 447-1547