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Journal of the 18th Year
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War & Peace
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Behind the Scenes
P eriodically, we like to keep our readers informed about news from behind the scenes at Z Magazine and the other projects that are part of Z Communications. We meet every summer to evaluate the “state of Z” and to discuss changes and possible new projects.
Currently, as many readers know, Z Communications consists of Z Magazine (started in 1988; now online as well), Z Media Institute (1994), ZNet (1997), and Z Video Productions (1999).
At this summer’s “retreat” our mood was very much influenced by the “state of the world”: continuing war in Iraq, the expanding repressive USA PATRIOT Act, the “stolen” election of 2004, and the fundamentalist right-wing grasp of government and policy. Also depressing was the lack of a highly visible organized left with strategies and goals that would move us forward while allowing us to evaluate our successes, know where to increase our efforts, and inform the creation of new campaigns, etc.
On the positive side, there is evidence of wide popular support for a progressive agenda and for an end to so-called “preemptive wars without end.” There is also a growing protest movement among the military and military families.
State of Z
A s to the “state of Z,” we are happy to report that Z Magazine is still here after 18 years of continuous production (we only missed one issue—in 1992 (combining May and June to save money). Our readers still send rave comments, donations, and helpful suggestions for new topics to cover; writers continue to submit thoughtful, interesting articles on a regular basis.
The new projects we’ve started are still around, hopefully reaching newer audiences. We’ve produced many new videos this year and have also begun distributing them for other folks on a limited basis. ZNet continues to thrive, providing daily commentaries, thousands of new articles, as well as a huge archive section.
Our nine-day summer school, Z Media Institute, was attended this year by 63 students. In addition to those from the U.S. and Canada, we had many international participants—from Greece, Turkey, Italy, Colombia, Japan, Dominican Republic, Wales, Scotland, South Africa, and Germany. Over 20 faculty came to teach foreign policy, institutionalized racism, women and revolution, starting a media project, radio and video skills, mainstream media analysis, radical theory, participatory economics, and many other courses on politics and media. While the ZMI experience is an intense one (classes from 8:45 AM to 10:00 PM), the sun and sea in Woods Hole help make it a relaxing, informal experience, with lots of humor through out.
We’ve also achieved a certain amount of financial stability—for the next few years anyway.
Plans for 2006
W hile the climate of war and repression makes it more and more difficult to feel the effects of our media, this is not the time to retreat or accept mainstream media’s consignment of our efforts to the “loony left fringe.” Rather we plan to find new ways to reach wider audiences. First, we will begin the process of setting up Z Radio. Through the fall we plan on recording some sample shows. From there we’ll decide what works best, given our time and expertise. In early 2006, we’ll set our production schedule, add a new staff member, and Z Radio should be ready by late Spring 2006. We’re thinking of offering three or four different types of shows—beginning weekly, then more often. They will be available for downloading to IPods or for use by local independent radio stations.
We are also planning on starting Z Books, a series of short booklets focused on visions and strategies for participatory society, radical theory, and democratic structure and process. They will provide the basis for possible year-round small training sessions similar to Z Media Institute (which is held every other year), but focused on working with the material in the book series.
Throughout the next year we will also be discussing:
- Further participation in the World Social Forum movement
- Scheduling a series of Z Sessions, i.e., gatherings of 25 or so to discuss/debate presentations on vision, strategy, building new organizations, etc.
- Building a network of activist reporters, writers, and speakers
- Creating Z Players, a global network of actors, writers, and others who produce material for audio, video, and live performance
- Expanding our video collection to include discussions, interviews, and documentaries.
- Creating new features for ZNet, keeping up with new technologies
Z Magazine Archive
CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.