First Activate Media Newsletter !

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Ⓐctivate Media Newsletter

July 2015

News Flash!

Obamacare score’s victory with SCOTUS, but Fast Track passed for TPP! Same-sex marriage legal in all states!

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Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers for some production assistance and in forming a live news team! Also looking for folk’s with grant writing experience!. Contact: patrickwilson@activatemedia.org

Upcoming Events

ctivate Radio Show Spotlight !

The Veterans for Peace Show is broadcast every Monday evening at 6pm eastern. It

features highly decorated vietnam era veteran Bob Funke, and his exploration of current events as they relate to the veteran’s perspective.

Immediate Goals

  • Assemble a small staff
  • Expanding Activate Radio Programming
  • Identifying writers for Activate Magazine
  • Finding a Volunteer to Produce ‘The Library’ show on Activate Radio
  • Fiscal Sponsorship

Upcoming Projects

  • Crowdfunding Campaign
  • Building Live News Team
  • The Activist Ball
  • Redevelopment of Occupy Boston Radio page as monument and archive
  • Rethinking the idea of studio space

Welcome Message!

It is with distinct pleasure that I take this opportunity to welcome you to our very first newsletter! This is a space for us to share what’s happening behind the scenes, as well as upcoming projects and features that we know you’ll be most interested in.

Activate Media is an evolvement of Occupy Boston Radio. Activate Radio and Activate Magazine are projects of Activate Media. I am very proud of the development of both of our current projects. each of which has a section in this newsletter. These projects are enormous undertakings, but essential as tools not only to utilize freedom of the press and freedom of speech, but also to protect them.

In the past month’s, Activate Media has:

  • Added new programming to Activate Radio’s schedule both locally and from abroad.
  • Launched Activate Magazine as a second project of Activate Media.
  • Engaged in fundraising activities.
  • Put in place cost saving measures
  • Began work on a recognition wall on Activate Media website.
  • Covered Chris Hedges event in Boston, MA
  • Direct coverage of events in Gaza..

Our immediate goals are to become a sustainable non-profit independent-media organization with the staff and volunteers necessary to broadcast the voices of diversity and the marginalized through varied perspectives. We need both volunteers and funding to accomplish our goals. No matter what your contribution is to our collective dream, we ask one thing, that you join us! This can’t happen without your help!
Patrick Wilson –  Executive Director

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Updates at  Ⓐctivate Radio

Activate Radio is a streaming radio station that broadcasts news and commentary programs, with a focus on social justice and providing learning experiences that are unavailable in most of the mainstream media. We seek to educate while simultaneously effecting change in communities throughout the world.

Activate Radio has added several new programs over the past months and is on track to offering the highest amount of fresh content on a weekly basis we ever have! With developing technologies, we are able to bring you content from virtually anywhere in the world. If we can get both the volunteers and the funding, we plan on putting a team of people together to bring you ‘Live Breaking News’ directly from wherever it happens to be occurring! .This is a very ambitious project that deserves your support!

We just got our first swag at Activate Radio! Courtesy of Lucia Fiero, a long time supporter of Activate Radio! While they last, include your address with your donation to Activate Media, and we’ll send you a special ‘Activate Radio’ Button as a small token of our appreciation for your support!

You can donate to Activate Media by clicking the secure Donate Here Button in the upper right area of our website just below the player!

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Thank You’s

  • Mr. Murphy
  • Steve Revilak
  • James Recht
  • Michael Kissinger
  • Anonymous
  • Lucia Fiero

e5 bannerWe have made a very tough decision in regard to our studio space at encuentro 5. We have decided that it is best at this time to not continue to incur a debt for studio space that is more than our funding allows. We view encuentro 5 and MGA as great organizations that are very supportive of burgeoning social movements in the Boston area. We look at this move as an opportunity to build the funding to support a studio that will help us in accomplishing our goals. We look forward to being supportive of encuentro 5 and its resident organizations as well as seeing them at events.

 

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Introducing  Ⓐctivate Magazine

With our roots in both Occupy Boston Radio and The Boston Occupier (Occupy Boston’s Newspaper), it only makes sense that we develop a written publication. We are actively seeking writers from around the globe that would like to write a column to appear in our online publication Activate Magazine.

We anticipate Activate Magazine becoming a visually and mentally stimulating hub for the news and views that shape our world.

Your Support Allows us to continue our work!

 

Supreme Court Delivers ‘Transformative Triumph’ for Marriage Equality

Many in LGBTQ community urge, ‘The work of the movement is far from over’

by: Sarah Lazare

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued a historic 5-4 ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, sparking instant celebration and declarations of triumph, as well as reminders from many in the LGBTQ community that the road to freedom is long, and this issue is just “the tip of the iceberg.”

Friday’s Obergefell v. Hodges et. al. decision will enable marriage in the 13 states where same-sex couples are prohibited from exercising this right and strikes down restrictions on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, declaring that any couple that wishes to marry must be allowed.

“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy declared in the majority opinion.

The decision follows a hard-fought shift in U.S. public opinion. A new poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC finds that the U.S. public strongly supports marriage equality, and among 20-year-olds, support is at 73 percent.

The ruling was met with expressions of joy and victory, including a huge celebration outside of the supreme court.

“Today’s ruling is a transformative triumph decades in the making, a momentous victory for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, in a press statement.

“Today, the Supreme Court recognized that thousands of loving, committed couples from coast to coast don’t fall into a ‘lesser than’ category because they’re comprised of two men or two women,” declared Equality California executive director Rick Zbur. “Today’s decision isn’t a victory just for those couples and their families—it’s a stunning win for all Americans who value freedom and equality.”

For many, the ruling underscored the importance of remembering how the United States got to this point—as well as the people who are not here to celebrate.

“Going back to pivotal moments like the Stonewall and Compton’s Cafeteria rebellions, the courage and advocacy of transgender leaders of color, and particularly transgender women of color, has been instrumental in advancing the whole LGBT movement and laying the groundwork for victories like today’s,” declared Transgender Law Center executive director Kris Hayashi.

“As many celebrate today, we must remember that many members of our community cannot. At least nine transgender women have been murdered this year alone, mostly trans women of color.”
—Kris Hayashi, Transgender Law Center

“As many celebrate today, we must remember that many members of our community cannot,” Hayashi continued. “At least nine transgender women have been murdered this year alone, mostly trans women of color.”

“Today’s historic victory comes on the backs of same-sex couples and advocates who have worked for decades to dismantle harmful stereotypes and unjust laws in the quest for equal treatment,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV Project.

President Barack Obama immediately praised the ruling as a “victory for America” and “a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up and came out, and talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what, folks who … [endured] taunts and stayed strong and came to believe in themselves and who they were.”

Ironically, the president’s statement came just days after he insulted and shut down an undocumented transgender woman, Jennicet Gutiérrez, who interrupted a White House pride celebration to call attention to the assault and abuse of transgender people detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country,” said Gutiérrez.

Many within the LGBTQ community emphasize that the struggle for real justice extends far beyond marriage and includes the fight for black lives, safety and survival for transgender communities of color, economic justice, immigrant rights, and full health care for all—including transgender and gender nonconforming people, as well as people living with HIV and AIDS.

Members of GeTEQUAL and allied organizations gathered outside the Supreme Court on Friday with a sign that said “Liberation can’t wait,” to remind the crowd that “Marriage is just the tip of the iceberg in a bigger fight,” according to a press statement.

“As people gather in Charleston right now to mourn the lives of those murdered by a white supremacist gunman, we know the struggle for liberation is an urgent one—for LGBTQ people, black people and people of color, people living below the poverty line, and anyone experiencing violence and discrimination,” said Angela Peoples, co-director of GetEQUAL. “The work of the movement is far from over.”

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Source: Supreme Court Delivers ‘Transformative Triumph’ for Marriage Equality | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Bernie Sanders Rally in Denver Draws One of Biggest Crowds in Election Cycle

Massive turnout is latest sign the Vermont senator is gaining on Hillary Clinton

by: Sarah Lazare

At least 5,500 Coloradans crammed into a Denver gymnasium, an adjacent atrium, and lacrosse field Saturday night to hear presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speak, in what is being reported as one of the biggest political rallies so far in the 2016 election cycle.

Addressing the crowd at the University of Denver, Sanders said: “What we are doing tonight is we are sending a message to the billionaire class and that is: You can’t have it all!”

“This campaign is not about me,” he continued. “It is not about Hillary Clinton or any other candidate. This campaign is about you, your kids and your parents. It is about creating a political movement of millions of people who stand up and loudly proclaim that this nation belongs to all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.”

Saturday’s crowd is the latest sign that Sanders is proving a real challenge to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose rally at New York City’s Roosevelt Island last week drew an estimated 5,500 people.

“Sanders’s audience—in a state not among those with traditional early nominating contests—rivaled the largest drawn by Clinton and the Vermont senator in recent weeks,” wroteWashington Post reporter John Wagner. “The extraordinary turnout was the latest evidence that Sanders, 73, has tapped into the economic anxiety of the Democratic electorate.”

Sanders has been drawing large crowds, from Vermont to Minneapolis, and numerous polls show that Sanders is gaining on Clinton, including recent surveys of the battleground state of New Hampshire.

Source: Bernie Sanders Rally in Denver Draws One of Biggest Crowds in Election Cycle | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community