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Topic: New York Craft Activists Unite at the NYC Grassroots Media Conference  (Read 645 times)
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« on: February 07, 2007 11:11:14 AM »

My name is Hilary - I'm an avid knitter/craftster and media activist by passion and trade.  I organize the annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference (NYCGMC) now in it's 4th year.  The annual conference is part of a continued effort to strategize how to create media systems that link diverse communities, connect local and international struggles and can fight for social change beyond the borders of our daily lived realities.

What has made me especially excited this year is that we are having a panel on activist knitting.  I really want to spread the word throughout the crafting community because I think it's just so darn cool.  Please help spread the word about the panel, and if you're in the neighborhood, please come.  More details are at www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org.  The workshop description is as follows:

Cat Mazza of microrevolt.org will lead a workshop entitled "Stitch For Senate".   

The collective microRevolt is launching Stitch for Senate, an initiative of knit hobbyists making helmet liners for every United States senator. While charitable knitting for soldiers during wartime has been a tradition since the American Revolution, the Stitch for Senate project focuses on supporting the troops by bringing them home. The helmet pattern was adapted from a support-the-troops project of knitting helmet liners for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Repurposing this concept, Stitch for Senate upholds the anti-war sentiment reflected in the midterm elections and holds public officials responsible for representing the electorate when making policies about the war in Iraq. All the senators will receive their own helmet liner, which they can opt to forward to the troops.
The workshop will involve a short presentation and a knitting session where participants will discuss the project and learn the basic skills needed to knit the helmet pattern.

For a little more on the conference:
Over 250 local organizations and 3,000 people have already participated in NYC Grassroots Media Coalition events. The Fourth Annual NYCGMC, happening February 24th at the New School University in New York City, will offer over 40 panels on media policy, strategies for using media to forward social justice objectives and diy media making.  It will house an art exhibition and 8 hours of film screenings focused on international movements for social justice, political awareness and accountability.  The conference will also host a youth track of panels for its 300 participants under 18, including free lunch.  More details of the conference can be found at www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org.
Thanks so much,
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