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NOVEMBER 2014

 
 

HELP MAKE YOUTH-LED RADIO A REALITY


Our nonprofit, Media Watch, is looking for YOUR help to create our youth-led radio station, KYTH LP 101.9 FM, and we will livestream at youthradiosc.org. We have been awarded a permit from the FCC, and our antenna needs to be located in Scotts Valley. We are looking for a location for both our antenna and our broadcast station. We hope to be accessible to the largest diverse group of youth. Do you know anyone who could: •Offer a potential spot for our broadcast station, (small is fine)? •Can YOU offer us a donation of any size? •Can you let youth know about this unique oppurtunity? Mission Statement: KYTH LP and youthradiosc.org is a 501 c (3) radio station, where youth, ages 12-25 years old, can freely express their creativity through art, poetry, music and news. We are a commercial–free, independent, media literate, youth–led radio station. We seek to give voice to the most marginalized members of our community. Youth will have a voice to speak out about vital issues that affect the present and the future. Let us know how you can help make this dream come true. Thank You For your thoughts and input! EMAIL: donate@mediawatch.com MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION NOW

 

SHOULD BRITAIN LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION?

A debate has been raging in the UK for decades on what to do about prostitution. Should it be legalized? Should it be punished? And who should be targeted - those who sell sex or those who buy it? Currently, the law in England and Wales is piecemeal and unclear, with policing focusing on street-prostitution, spurred on by complaints from residents. "What is the point of arresting women who are unfortunate enough to be involved in prostitution, when we should be putting everything in place to asset them out of this vile industry," says Heather Harvey, research and campaigns manager at Eaves, a charity that supports women trafficked into prostitution in the UK. A recent article entitled, 'Why It's Time to Legalize Prostitution' made the claim that, 'Evidence shows that (legalisation) would protect sex workers, reduce violence, cut down on sex trafficking, and more. There's no good reason not to'. The author argued that, "As with the drug trade, much of the violence associated with sex work is exacerbated by its illegality. Violent people are more likely to prey on sex workers, confident that they won't be reported to police." But the women in prostitution are not, like drugs, inanimate objects, and there is no evidence that buying sex is addictive.The reality is that there are a minimum of one thousand working brothels in London. That's according to the Metropolitan Police, and most are left to operate with impunity, with many licenced as 'saunas' or ‘massage parlours'. There are two ways in which law and policy could shift in the UK. One is to go the route of Netherlands and Germany and legalize the entire trade, including pimping and brothel owning. The second is to see prostitution as a human rights violation, and to seek to abolish the trade. One way to reduce supply, and to re-educate the general public about the reality of the sex trade is to aim criminal sanctions towards the buyers and not the women. In 1999, Sweden took the brave step of being the first country to introduce a law that criminalised demand. A number of countries later followed suit, including France, Northern Ireland, Norway, and Iceland. READ MORE

 

FERGUSON COPS CLAIM 'ROLLING BILLBOARD’ BLOCKS TRAFFIC

From Amy Members of the activist group Color of Change are questioning Ferguson, Missouri police’s reasoning for seizing a “rolling billboard” truck criticizing Gov. Jay Nixon (D) during a protest Wednesday night. "Missouri law enforcement continues to try to violate our first amendment rights and silence our calls for justice for Mike Brown," the group’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, said in a statement. "But we’re strong, we're organized, and we will hold Governor Nixon responsible for allowing the systematic violation of Black Missourians' free speech and human rights." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that authorities impounded the truck, which carried a billboard saying, "Gov. Nixon: What will you do in this moment with the whole world watching?," claiming that the truck was blocking traffic. READ MORE

 

HARPER'S WEEKLY REVIEW

Members of a Mexican drug gang confessed to killing 43 college students and burning their bodies on the orders of Iguala's mayor, who allegedly wanted to prevent the students from interrupting an event at which his wife was speaking. Mexico's attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, held a press conference about the confessions, which he abruptly ended by declaring, "I've had enough." He later defended the statement, which had sparked protests in Mexico, by telling reporters that he was tired. "I, too, am tired," said filmmaker Natalia Beristain in a video on YouTube. "I'm tired of vanished Mexicans, of killing women, of the dead, of the decapitated, of the bodies handing from bridges." Seventy-five people gathered outside the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles to protest the government's handling of the case, calling for the resignation of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who had campaigned on a platform of ending corruption. "For the government to say that it wasn't them, that it was organized crime, they are pointing the finger at themselves," one protestor said. "Because these are the same exact people." An independent investigation into the death of a fifteen-year-old boy who was shot by Liberian security forces while protesting an Ebola quarantine determined that officers in the American-trained Liberian Army acted with "complete disregard for human life." Stores in Ferguson, Missouri, said they have yet to recover since protests erupted in August after an unarmed African American teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer. "Everyone knows there won't be an indictment," said an insurance salesman. "This time around will be a lot more violent." READ MORE

 

IS COMMUNITY A COMMODITY?

From Nina Simon's blog post; "Two weeks ago, my museum was featured in a Wall Street Journal article by Ellen Gamerman, Everybody's a Curator. I'm thrilled that our small community museum is on the map with many big institutions around the country. I'm proud we were cast as innovators. I'm appreciative of the time Ellen Gamerman spent researching the article. I'm glad to see coverage about art museums involving visitors in exhibitions. But I also struggled with this article. There was something at the heart of it that bothered me. It took Ed Rodley's excellent response for me to realize what felt frustrating: the framing. Community is not a commodity. We don't involve people in content development to "boost ticket sales." It'sneither "quick" nor "inexpensive" to mount exhibitions that include diverse community stories. Yes, community involvement is at the heart of our shifted, successful business model. But that business model requires experienced staff who know how to empower people, facilitate meaningful participation, respond to community issues and interests, and ignite learning. It's not cheap. It's not easy. It's the work we feel driven to do to build a museum that is of and for our community. Where is the community in this article? There are many curator and museum director voices in the article, but not a single quote from a visitor who engaged in one of these community projects. The curators are the humans in the story. The "crowd" is a mechanized mob." READ MORE

 

COOL CLEAR WATER

Water sector ripe for innovation and investment Investors looking for promising growth markets would do well to consider their water bill. "While the water sector offers many opportunities to innovate and deploy new technologies, in practice the sector has barely tapped the potential those technologies offer," conclude the authors of a new Stanford-led report, "The Path to Water Innovation," which recommends spurring innovation by revising pricing policies, regulatory frameworks and financing. Water's artificially low price in most of the United States is one factor holding back innovative new water technologies, according to the report's authors. The report makes the case that policymakers should match the economic cost of supplying water and foster more private-sector innovation by: 1.) Creating state "innovation offices" to coordinate and support pro-innovation policies 2.) Ensuring that water prices capture the full cost of delivering water, including water withdrawal's impact on rivers and fish 3.) Using tiered pricing systems that ensure large water users are paying the true marginal cost of supplying them with water 4.) Decoupling utility revenue from the quantity of water sold 5.) Putting a public benefit charge on water to fund water innovation 6.) Reviewing statewide water regulations with an eye toward avoiding geographical inconsistency and promoting innovation READ MORE

 

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A GROSS THING CALLED #GAMERGATE

We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a "movement" of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women. The terrorist organization Islamic State recently released a glossy recruiting video targeted at young men, a fairly common practice for the tech-savvy ISIS. This time, though, was different. The video replicates Grand Theft Auto 5, the massively successful—it made over $800 million its first day in release—and quite violent video game, and offers gamers the chance to “do the things you do in games, in real life on the battlefield." That ISIS would attempt to use the Internet to connect virtual combat with the literal kind may seem an unlikely move to some. But those familiar with gamer culture online may be less surprised. Compared with other “online neighborhoods,” the Internet gaming community is the "least welcome online space for women," with 44% of participants telling the Pew Research Center that gaming is more welcoming towards men than women. We don't need ISIS to demonstrate how gaming and culture wars overlap. Watch Anita Sarkeesian's video that is mentioned in this YES article READ MORE.

 

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