Monday, April 20, 2009

Amy Goodman Speaks

International award winning broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker Amy Goodman spoke at Gonzaga University's Martin Center where she received the NW Alliance for Responsible Media "Zaggie" Award.

Goodman hosts the daily radio and television show "Democracy Now" that airs locally at 8am and 5pm daily on KYRS 92.3. Her talk highlighted the power of storytelling and the potential for the media to empower and enact social change. Much of her talk was about the people she chronicles in her book "Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times" which includes: The Connecticut librarians who refused to spy on their patrons, challenged the
PATRIOT Act; A group of high school students who were barred from performing a play they wrote on the Iraq War, based on letters from soldiers; The first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to deploy to Iraq for what he charges is an illegal and immoral war.

CMTV and SFCC volunteers filmed the event for a future broadcast on public access television.

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