little people in the box

my mama is in town and took me shopping for new clothes!
when i told certain friends about this, they cheered. i am trying not to
take that too personally. anyway i got some stuff aight.

i was alerted that my blog sends alerts to everyone each time its updated
and i didn't know that so my bad. and that its an unreadable font on background match?
my bad - will try to change. sigh. blogs.

also big up to judith miller for getting arrested for not giving up
her sources. stand strong sis!

this weekend we're shooting the pilot for a new oyuth debate show - come check it out!

*please forward*

Free Speech TV is creating a youth debate show by and
for youth.

This is not your mama's boring debate show...

Young folks will gather Saturday, July 9th at 5pm to
film a remixed version of CBS Newsworld's
"CounterSpin"--complete with young panelists, young
audience members, a DJ and Live performances.

Show Name: WoRd
Show Host: Adrienne Marie Brown
Adrienne Marie Brown is the Program Director for the
League of Young Voters and the coauthor of _How to Get
Stupid White Men Out of Office_ (google her to find
out more)

Show Time: SATURDAY, JULY 9th at 5pm with an in-studio
Come be a part of our audience!  Confirm your
interest, by emailing:
keishalgreen@yahoo.com or calling 917-330-3567.

Show Topic: Social Security
Yeah, yeah... we know.  Social Security on the surface
doesn't seem like  the most interesting topic...
however, the Bush team has decided there is a Social
Security crisis and has used the media to make America
believe we're in a crisis (think: war on terror media

He's also been quoted as saying  African Americans
should agree with his proposed solution because we
have a shorter life span (huh? you ask? come check out
the show!).  As the Social Security debate
continues... many of us at Free Speech TV asked: Why
should we care?  How is this important to our lives
(35 years old and younger)?

How many young folks know what Social Security is? How
many young folks know about the current debate around
Social Security? Why should it matter to us? What are
the myths about the "supposed crisis?"  Will we have
Social Security when we retire... or is the money
really going to run out?

You'll probably be amused by our "street interviews."

Many of these questions will be answered and discussed
by young acitivists from DEMOS and Democracy NOW and
you--the audience members on this Saturday, July 9th.

Audience members will be provided with refreshments,
expereince live performances by some of the hotests NY
freestylers and poets, hear some hot beats from an
in-studio DJ, and have the opportunity to ask
questions during the show to be aired in September.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday July 9

please forward to your folks (guests, audience,
performers, etc) and get confirmations that they can
make these times.  this is all happening at DCTV,
third floor studios, 87 Lafayette in Manhattan (see


5pm: Guests and Studio Audience arrive: sound check
on set for guests; audience to rooftop/greenroom for
* who should be there: all of us!

5:45pm: Audience in places

5:50: Host and Guests in places

6:00pm: Shoot

7 - 7:30pm (?): Wrap, clear studio

8:00pm: Wrap party for producers, guests, crew:
screen rough version of pilot (refreshments provided)

More info about the pilot:

WoRd: Free Speech TV Youth Debate Show Series


Create a high quality television series modeled on CBC
Newsworld’s “CounterSpin,” created by and for
university age young adults.  WoRD will fill a
critical need for specific and general audiences who
seek a greater understanding of issues that impact
their daily lives, and practical steps they can take
toward solutions.

The series would bring the analysis, hope and energy
of an articulate and activist youth population to a
national audience.  An ongoing national television
debate platform for the nation’s diverse student-age
population would:

- Embolden next generation progressive organizers
- Present lively, intelligent public discourse from a
group traditionally under-represented in mainstream
- Connect and build solidarity between active
progressive student organizations
- Create a progressive echo-chamber on university
campuses and communities through college radio
simulcasts, transcripts in college newspapers, and
public screenings via live satellite downlink
- Engage next generation progressive television
- Capture the attention of older viewers hungry for
honest, fearless political debate

Building on the momentum of unprecedented anti-war and
electoral mobilization on campuses across the U.S.,
WoRd will work with student led organizations to
create a series that can strengthen their work.
Groups would participate by nominating topics and
spokespersons, highlighting current campaigns, and
doing on the ground outreach using college newspapers,
television and radio. 

Groups would also be encouraged to organize weekly
screenings on campus using Free Speech TV’s satellite
delivery.  Potential coalition partners include United
Students Against Sweat Shops, Student Environmental
Action Coalition, National Youth and Student Peace
Coalition, United States Student Association, Students
Transforming and Resisting Corporations, and more.

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