[act-ma] 11/30 Be the Media! conference **SoJust co-sponsor**

Robbie Samuels send2robbie at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 07:49:22 PST 2011

Hey fellow activists and organizers,

Socializing for Justice (SoJust) is co-sponsoring a very cool
mini-conference and we'd love you to join us! The annual *Be the Media!
Mini-Conference* helps participants understand the link between strategic
communications and organizing strategies as well as learn essential
communications tools and techniques.

*Date: *Wednesday, November 30, 2011

*Time:* 9am - 5:30pm (lunch provided)

*Location:* Third Sector New England's NonProfit Center, 89 South Street in
Boston (close to South Station)

*Cost:* $20 - $40 sliding scale, includes lunch
PURCHASE: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2300454722

*Be the Media 6: Communicating Hope, Visioning Justice
*The conference is designed to serve change makers at levels of
communication experience including those who are doing communications work
as part of their current positions, such as organizers, executive
directors, or policy advocates.

*OPENING PANEL: Communicating Hope, Visioning Justice *

In the era of increasing disparities and the specter of another economic
recession, how can social justice advocates and communicators effectively
communicate hope and optimism in the face of these challenges? How can we
echo the theme from the last U. S. Social Forum: "Another World is Possible
and Another US is Necessary"?

Over the 12 months, we've seen an inspiring uprising of community voices,
often amongst the young, using creative communications techniques to
protest existing entrenched policies and their supporting systemic
structures, from the Arab Spring protests to the Occupy Wall Street and
Take back the City campaigns.

The opening panel will help lead a discussion of these and recent successes
in communicating hope and visioning justice. Throughout the conference,
we'll have opportunities to explore case studies, best practices, future
challenges, and effective ways for communicating and sustaining our hope,
vision, and movement for social justice into the future.

The Opening Panel will be followed by 2 sessions of workshops in the
morning and afternoon.

*Morning Sessions from 11:15am to 1pm - You will have to choose one *

Workshop 1: Media Advocacy 101: Launching a Media Campaign (Intro /
Beginner Level) - More details at

Workshop 2: New Tools for Communicating Hope (Intro / Beginner Level) -
More details at

Workshop 3: Media Literacy: How it can work for you? (All Levels) - More
details at http://bethemediaeven...<http://bethemediaevent.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/workshop-3-media-literacy-how-it-can-work-for-you-all-levels/>

*Afternoon Sessions from 2:45pm to 4:30pm - You will have to choose one *

Workshops 4: Framing for Change (Beginner to Intermediate Levels) - More
details at http://bethemediaeven...<http://bethemediaevent.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/workshop-4-framing-for-change-beginner-to-intermediate-levels/>

Workshops 5: #OccupyMedia (Intermediate Level) - More details at

Workshops 6: Creative Action for Moving Your Message (All Levels) - More
details at http://bethemediaeven...<http://bethemediaevent.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/workshop-6-creative-action-for-moving-your-message-all-levels/>


*SOCIALIZING FOR JUSTICE - www.sojust.org*
SoJust is all about building a cross-issue progressive community, network
and movement in Boston. We're doing it by putting the SOCIAL back in SOCIAL
JUSTICE. We focus on creating welcoming spaces that foster
relationship-building across issue silos.

*SoJust isn't a non-profit 501(c)(3).* We're a grassroots volunteer-run
member-supported cross-issue progressive community that's been growing
steadily since August 2006. We have 1800+ members, hosted 100+ events and
manage an online hub of progressive events and resources at www.sojust.org.
If you've benefited from this cross-issue progressive network, please
contribute the suggested annual membership fee of $25. You may do this
online <http://www.sojust.org/dues/> or at any of our events. Thank you for
helping us continue to provide a space for like-minded progressives of all

*Want to know more about SoJust?* Check out our Frequently Asked
event photos <http://sojust.meetup.com/1/photos/>!
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