Rojava Report Back: Building Autonomy in Syria — Event at Woodbine co-presented by Reels for Radicals

Please join us Thursday for a discussion with a friend who has recently returned from spending 9 months in Rojava, where they were a part of both the YPG (People’s Protection Units) and TEV-DEM (Movement for a Democratic Society). They will discuss the complex political situation in northern Syria, the practice of democratic confederalism in the region, and direct involvement of international volunteers in this historic movement. They will also share details on everyday life within Rojava, which rarely makes it to the news we receive in the United States.

This follows reports by a number of members of Woodbine on trips taken to Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria over the last 2 years, to learn about the practice of building democratic autonomy in war-torn nation-states. Many around the world have flocked to the region to learn about this movement, with the idea that what’s taking place offers an example of how to build a new shared life amid ruins.

Co-presented by Reels for Radicals:

Suggested Reading:
–“The Project of a Democratic Syria” (2015):
–“The Experience of Co-operative Societies in Rojava” (2016):
–“Cooperative Guidelines” (2016):

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Veterans and Media Activists Report Back From Standing Rock – Presented by Reels for Radicals

Join us on Sat., Dec 17th for a Report Back From Standing Rock to discuss experiences and analysis on the indigenous-led occupation. We will hear from members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), The Native and the Refugee, Paper Tiger Television, and photographer/multimedia artist, Vanessa Teran.

Report Back From Standing Rock


Matt Howard, co-director of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
and other veterans who recently returned from Standing Rock

Julie Ludwig, filmmaker and staffmember at Paper Tiger Television

Matt Peterson, Director/Producer of The Native and the Refugee, a research platform investigating the experiences of Palestinian refugee camps and American Indian reservations

Vane Terán, photographer/mulimedia artist

Photo by Julie Ludwig

Short video presentations by Matt Peterson of The Native and the Refugee and Julie Ludwig of Paper Tiger Television followed by a discussion about the indigenous-led resistance of the Dakota Access Pipeline and ways to support the water protectors.

*Free & open to all!*

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Sat. Dec 17 @ 6pm
16 Beaver St. (4th Fl) – Alwan for the Arts
New York, NY 10004

4,5 trains to Bowling Green
2,3 to Wall St
J,Z to Broad St

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #StandWithStandingRock


For those who cannot join us, we will be posting the full video soon on

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Deep Dish TV’s 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us on December 2nd to celebrate DDTV’s 30th Anniversary

with Amy Goodman, David Barsamian, DeeDee Halleck, Kali Akuno, Laura Flanders and an invocation by

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir.



To purchase tickets, please visit:

To register for the auction, please visit:


Friday, December 2nd
All Souls Church
1157 Lexington Ave (@80th St)
New York, NY 10075


Tax deductible donation: $75 per person (

*Ticket prices include dinner/beverages.

Space is limited. Please reserve right away!

Students and Former Deep Dish TV volunteers: $30 (upon request)

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If you are able to contribute more, or cannot attend please consider making a donation in honor of this special occasion. Your support will allow us to continue working with independent media artists in order to bring you coverage of important social movements struggling for a more just and sustainable world.

Open NOW!
Ends December 2nd @10pm

Deep Dish TV was the first national grassroots satellite TV network. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent video-makers, and social activists. In the last three decades, Deep Dish TV has become a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. Utilizing television and the internet for distribution, DDTV has dedicated itself to addressing issues of social and economic injustice that are often ignored or misrepresented by corporate media. DDTV has distributed over 40 series and 500+ hours of programming. We are committed to documenting battles for social and economic justice.

The work of Deep Dish TV is needed now more than ever!

Our series on health care, globalization, LGBTQI rights, the Middle East, imperialism, and racism were not only crucial when produced, these are still relevant key battle grounds today.

Please support our future work by reserving your seat right away!

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Beyond November 8th: Where Do We Go From Here?



Discussions with Jared Ball, Ajamu Baraka, Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, George Ciccariello-Maher, Rosa Clemente, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Arlene Eisen, Netfa Freeman, Firoze Manji, Heather Milton Lightening, Doug Norberg, Taliba O Njeri and Yolande Tomlinson.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016
4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, 7pm ET


Whoever wins the Presidential election on November 8th, 2016, the capitalist and imperialist imperatives of the U.S. settler-colonial state will remain and will continue to ravage the Earth and all its inhabitants. Come November 9th, the left and the people’s movements must be prepared to fight the advancing onslaught of the capitalist system and U.S. imperialism and build concrete alternatives that will enable the liberation of humanity, regenerate the Earth’s productive systems, and end the 6th extinction event.

Join the An American Nightmare Project, a collaboration between Cooperation Jackson and Deep Dish TV, for a special “election night” discussion about developing a viable “fight and build; build and fight” program for the left and the people’s movements contained within the U.S. and throughout the world that is intended to start a conversation about building a viable anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist program to guide our collective action on November 9th and Beyond.

You can follow the program on the Jackson Rising/Cooperation Jackson YouTube Page:

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The First Supper Symposium presents: Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change

Deep Dish TV’s Executive Director, Brian Drolet will be speaking at The First Supper Symposium in Oslo on November 2!

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The First Supper Symposium presents

Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change

With Eirik Myrhaug, Center for Political Beauty, The Yes Men, Ekaterina Sharova, Deep Dish TV, Shannon Jackson, Media Impact Moscow, Pia Maria Roll, Marius von der Fehr, WhiteBox NY, along with our local partners KORO and Fritt Ord.



Eating refugees   (c) Patryk Witt | Zentrum für Politische Schönheit (Center for Political Beauty)


Tuesday 1. November, 17.30 – 22.00
Wednesday 2. November, 17.30 – 22.00

Deichmanske Bibliotek Tøyen
Hagegata 28, 0653 Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Entrance free, registration required


Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change 

How does activist art obtain political impact when playing by the rules of the media? What are the medial means by which art activism becomes an agent for political change? Which communicative strategies may be applied to strengthen the force of a political   message?

The First Supper Symposium is delighted to invite you to the second part of its symposium series on art activism, investigating the relationship between contemporary art practices and politics. In this edition, Eirik Myrhaug, Center for Political Beauty, The Yes Men, Ekaterina Sharova, Deep Dish TV, Shannon Jackson, Media Impact Moscow, and moderator Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen will engage and activate the audience in unfolding the means by which art activism may become an agent for change in a world of political and economic crisis.

The relation between dominant political powers and strategies of resistance is continuously   developing and changing. Some artists and activists respond to this situation by embracing new media and its dynamics of clickable actions and events. Others respond by withdrawing from the media   circus, aiming instead to work on a micro-level, in the shadows or in anonymity. In the words of American activist Audre Lorde, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about   genuine change”. Is she correct? Are we trapped within the monster’s stomach, or provided with new possibilities for dismantling and disclosing injustice and abuse, rearranging existing power relations?

The First Supper Symposium wishes to reflect upon the methods and contexts of art activism in order to create a platform where art may have real impact in changing politics and economies, aiming at an ever-expanding connection between artistic practice, research and public space. We invite the audience to engage as participants, contributors and users of our symposium platform to investigate contemporary strategies for articulation, action, influence and change. Guided by ideas of democracy, freedom of speech and economic equality, we understand our project as a relational, performative, experimental and flexible platform where discussions and new knowledge is being produced.


PROGRAM – 1. November 2016:

Moderator Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen, NO
17:30 – 22.00; drinks and food provided

  • Eirik Myrhaug – Sami activist and shaman, NO
  • Audience / participant contribution through creative dialogue and critical analysis, more drinks available
  • Center for Political Beauty, Yasser Almaamoun – Syrian activist and architect, SY/D
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • The Yes Men, Mike Bonanno – artist, activist and associate professor of media arts, US
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • National Apology – Pia Maria Roll, actor and theater director and Marius von der Fehr, artist and activist, NO
  • Audience / participant contribution


PROGRAM – 2. November 2016:

Moderator Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen, NO
17:30 – 22.00; drinks and food provided

  • Eirik Myrhaug – Sami activist and shaman, NO
  • Audience / participant contribution through creative dialogue and critical analysis, more drinks available
  • Deep Dish TV, Brian Drolet– activist and executive director, US
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • Shannon Jackson – Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design, Director, Arts Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, US
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • Media Impact Moscow (Mediaudar), Tatiana Volkova, Pavlo Mitenko, Make – art activist platform, RU
  • Audience / participant contribution
  • Ekaterina Sharova – art historian and curator, Arkhangelsk, RU
  • Audience / participant contribution


We will be screening the film Art and Censorship produced by Whitebox   NY.


Eirik Myrhaug is a Sami activist, healer and shaman. He grew up in humble circumstances in   Gratangen in Northern Norway and later trained as an engineer, working for Skanska and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). Following his engineering work he took on   a leading activist role in the hunger strike against the Alta River development in 1981. Subsequently, Eirik devoted himself to developing a model of ecological economy that won widespread acclaim and   is considered pioneering in this field in the Nordic region. In 1992 he took on the shaman legacy of his parents, developed the course Shaman Healing and became known as the shaman who stopped the storm in the north. Eirik has helped thousands of people with close and distant healing, and has educated many healers.

Center for Political Beauty – Yasser Almaamoun is a Syrian activist and architect. Since 2014 he works with Center of Political Beauty in Berlin as a spokesperson and Minister of Foreign Affairs, debating   and communicating the outcome of the center’s actions to the media. In 2016 he has participated in actions like Kindertransporthilfe, Die Toten Kommen and Eating Refugees. Through his numerous presentations and public discussions (2014-16) he works at bridging the gap between the refugees’ community and German society. Yasser graduated as an architect from the University of Damascus, Syria, in 2011. Arriving in Germany in 2013, he worked in a Berlin architectural office, and became a master student at the University of Applied Sciences. He has served as jury member of an   architectural competition concerning the housing of refugees in 2015 in Helsinki, Finland, and in 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

The Yes Men – Mike Bonanno
The Yes Men are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, two guys who couldn’t hold down a job until they became representatives of Exxon, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the U.S. federal government. As the Yes Men, they use humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the crimes of their unwilling employers. Armed with nothing but quick wits and thrift store suits, the Yes Men impersonate big-time corporate criminals to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment.

Ekaterina Sharova
Ekaterina Sharova is a curator born in Arkhangelsk and educated at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute in Rome. She works with Russian and Eastern-European art, with non-institutional practices and interdisciplinary experiments. Her major area of interest is a correlation between hierarchical and horizontal types of social organization, and center-periphery   relationships.

Deep Dish TV – Brian Drolet
Deep Dish TV aspires to build and maintain a statewide and national network of people and grassroots organizations committed to using television and the Internet as outlets for creative independent video that addresses issues and perspectives inadequately represented by corporate media. Our goal is to strengthen and increase the visibility of movements for social and economic justice in the U.S. and around the world. We do this by consciously serving communities whose images and interests are marginalized or misrepresented in the media; by encouraging the awareness and use of public access TV and alternative media for local organizing; and by promoting collaborations among artists, videographers, producers, editors and activists.

Shannon Jackson is the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. In the fall of 2015, she was appointed to be the first Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design (AVCAD). Her book Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics (2011) explores the relationship between the visual arts, performance and social engagement. Past work has considered the relationship between performance and American social reform (Lines of Activity) as well as between performance and the institution of higher education (Professing Performance). She has written for numerous exhibition catalogues and scholarly journals, and guided several workshops, symposia, and research on cross-arts collaborations for social change.

Media Impact – Tatiana Volkova, Pavlo Mitenko, Make Makeovitch 
MediaImpact is an international non-profit organization, and an open international community   seeking to explore, articulate, document, support and develop activist art. The key aspect of its   activity is the inclusion of art projects into the actual socio-political practices of today, including,   among other things, campaigning for the rights of minority groups, release of political prisoners, environmental protection and development of alternatives to existing healthcare systems, as well as standing up against censorship and defamation of cultural figures. MediaImpact has participants from 10 countries and the only major festival of its type in Russia.

Pia Maria Roll is a Norwegian actor, director, dramaturge and screenwriter. Amongst her most known productions are Over evne III (2010) (Beyond our means), Ship O’hoi! (2012), Ses i min nästa pjäs   (2015) (See you in my next play) and Nå løper vi (2016) (Run Now). Roll’s latest collaboration with Marius von der Fehr was the video work National Apology concerning Norway role in normalizing the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Roll has been active in the think tank TeaterTanken since 2011.

Marius von der Fehr works within a wide field of engaged artistic practices and political activism. Runs New Frontiers – a series of encounters at the new frontiers between artistic and intellectual practice   and political activism. Co-organizer of Atelier Populaire/Palestinerleir in Kunsthall Oslo in 2012 – an   open workshop on refugee policy in cooperation with refugees. In theatre, he is cooperating with theatre directors like Pia Maria Roll and Marius Kolbenstvedt. His latest work for theatre, Land of   Olives, concerns the Palestine question. He is a co-founder of TeaterTanken, a think tank on theatre,   and writes about art and politics for newspapers and magazines e.g. Le monde diplomatique, Klassekampen and Ny Tid. Von der Fehr’s latest collaboration with Pia Maria Roll was the video work National Apology concerning Norway role in normalizing the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

WhiteBox NY is a non-profit art space that serves as a platform for contemporary artists to develop   and showcase new site-specific work, and is a laboratory for unique commissions, exhibitions, special events, salon series, and arts education programs. Through site-specific exhibitions, performances, screenings, readings, lectures, and panel discussions, WhiteBox provides the opportunity to    experience an artist’s practice in a meaningful way to the surrounding communities of Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and cultural tourism. It is WhiteBox’s artistic vision to provide artists with sustained exposure, and create the environment for more in-depth interaction between audiences and artists’ practices. As a non-profit art space, WhiteBox aims to be a space for invention. It achieves this by inviting emerging and established artists to respond to its exhibition space with interventions, performances, and developing long-term programming that allows them to develop projects and engage with audiences.

Trine Krigsvoll Haagensen is currently working on her doctoral thesis Picture as Paradigm at the Department of Linguistics, Literature and Aesthetics at the University of Bergen. Haagensen is co-editor of the anthology Fra terror til overvåking, et kritisk prospekt (2014) (From Terror to Surveillance, a Critical Prospect), and Images of knowledge. The Epistemic Lives of Pictures and

Visualizations (2016), and had texts by Pussy Riot translated and published in Norwegian, Pussy Riot,   en pønkebønn for frihet (2013). She is co-organizer of the annual Norwegian Overvåkingsseminaret   (The Surveillance seminar). Haagensen is member of the research groups Media Aesthetics (University of Oslo) and Images of Knowledge (University of Bergen). She is also member of the interdisciplinary European Cooperation in Science and Technology New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’.


Prologue 2: Art and Media Activism – Strategies for Political Change forms part two of a series of three symposia on art activism in Oslo. The Symposium held in June 2016 was titled Prologue 1: Art Activism – White Cube vs Public Space. The subsequent symposium is titled Prologue 3: Art Activism – Feminism in the Middle East.


Supported by KORO Public Art Norway, Arts Council Norway and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.


The First Supper Symposium is a collaborative art project focusing on art activism, feminism and political issues. Current members Gidsken Braadlie, Lisa Pacini and Camilla Dahl are collaborating with Hanan Benammar and Ragnhild Tronstad on the Prologue symposia.


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Reels for Radicals Presents: From the Other Side by Chantal Akerman




Presented by Reels for Radicals

Dir. Chantal Akerman, 2002
France/Belgium/Australia/Finland, 99 min.


168 Canal Street (6th Fl)
Doors: 6:30 PM
Film Screening: 7pm
Open Discussion after the film

RSVP on facebook HERE or email

Akerman’s powerful documentary bears witness to life at the Mexican-US border, where on one side, undocumented immigrants risk everything to cross into America, and on the other, hostile residents try zealously to keep them out. As always, Akerman’s camera is as interested in place as it is in people; her evocative images of landscapes and stunning tracking shots communicate more than words.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE looks at the situation of Mexican immigrants at the border between Agua Prieta, a Mexican border town in the state of Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona, the city on the other side. The first half of the film is set in Mexico. Between static and tracking shots of desert landscapes and the border wall, Akerman interviews people who plan to or have attempted to cross the desert into the US, including a young boy in an orphanage. She quietly interviews an older couple whose son died in the desert when his group lost their way.

Similar in structure to her earlier film SOUTH, and stylistically reminiscent to FROM THE EAST, FROM THE OTHER SIDE feels perhaps the most active. By physically crossing the border and filming on both sides, we experience Akerman’s and our own ease of travel between, as well as witness the shift into the militaristic and racially skewed reality existing in Douglas, Arizona. While in Douglas, Akerman interviews a Mexican consulate, the sheriff and paranoid white locals.

Through Akermans’ signature steady gaze, she “insists” – we have no choice but to look, think, settle into the image, and to let the image settle in; in a way the length of the shots summon respect for the person on the screen. In one scene, per his request, a man reads a pained statement among his traveling companions in a cafeteria. He tells us why his group is migrating and what the journey has been like for them. Akerman says, “You have to be really like a sponge when you make a documentary.” FROM THE OTHER SIDE urges the viewer to be porous.

“In FROM THE OTHER SIDE, we hear Akerman interviewing Mexicans in Spanish and Americans in English…her interest in her subject goes well beyond sympathetic tourism…This is both sensitive portraiture and sharp investigative journalism, maintaining a respectful, inquisitive distance from its subjects that recalls some of Walker Evans’s photographs of Alabama sharecroppers in his book with James Agee, LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN.”

– Jonathan Rosenbaum, PLACE AND DISPLACEMENT: Akerman and Documentary Written for Chantal Akerman: Four Films, a DVD box set released by Icarus Films on March 29, 2016


SOME SOURCES (if you’d like to read more about Chantal Akerman and this film… not necessary to attend or participate!):


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Save the date!! DDTV’s 30th Anniversary Event – Friday, Dec. 2, in NYC!

Come celebrate independent media in honor of DDTV’s 30th Anniversary

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6pm @ All Souls Church in NYC!









Mark your calendars!

Please RSVP & share on facebook —>>> click HERE





Date: Friday, December 2, 2016

Time: 6pm

Location: All Souls Church
1157 Lexington Ave. (@ 80th St.)

New York, NY 10075


Guest Speakers from Independent Media




Live Music

Silent Auction

Please mark your calendars for this special event!


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The Myth of American Democracy: Livestream Discussion





Livestream Discussion hosted by Kali Akuno, featuring Jared Ball and Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Presented by: Cooperation Jackson & Deep Dish TV for the “An American Nightmare: Black Labor and Liberation” Project

Is there any substance to the democratic promise of electoralism within the settler-colonial cum capitalist-imperialist “project”? Or is the role of electoralism, pure and simple, a systemic and historical deception falsifying reality, regenerating the illusion that it is not a system of settler-colonialism and capitalism-imperialism, but one that it is, potentially at least, a democratic multi-class multi-racial system, and that only those who chase this illusion will receive the paltry benefits of temporary privilege. The adherents to such illusions must clearly promote the settler-colonial theft of indigenous lands and power, the perpetual oppression of black labor and life, and the indispensable hegemony of the US as the primary global imperialist power.

This discussion took place on Tuesday, September 27th at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/6 pm MT/5 pm PT


KALI AKUNO is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.


Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network, the Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.


JARED A. BALL is a father and husband. After that he is a multimedia host, producer, journalist and educator. Ball is also a founder of “mixtape radio” and “mixtape journalism” about which he wrote I MiX What I Like: A MiXtape Manifesto (AK Press, 2011) and is co-editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X (Black Classic Press, 2012).  Ball is an associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. and can be found online at IMIXWHATILIKE.ORG.




 is an award-winning, freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She is a staff writer for Daily Kos and co-hosts a weekly, morning drive-time public affairs/news show on the Pacifica Radio network. Chimurenga has been a Contributing Writer for the Los Angeles Watts Times, Sentinel and Wave newspapers, as well as Ebony, Truthout and Counterpunch. She is the author of No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant and Reparations…Not Yet: A Case for Reparations and Why We Must Wait; she is also a contributor to several social justice anthologies.



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Deep Dish TV Salon – October 10th


Monday, October 10, 2016

Award Winning Journalist Mario Murillo

Colombia – Revolutionary War and the Peace Agreement

 Deep Dish TV Salon Evenings 

The historic agreement just signed  between the Colombian government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, is seen by many as a major step forward in ending the 52-year internal conflict in the country. The deal will be submitted to a popular vote on October 2nd for ratification.  But the road to a lasting peace with social justice for the majority of the population will be long, and difficult. What of the revolutionaries’ goals of land reform, respect for the rights of small farmers, the indigenous people and the thousands of Afro-Colombians who have been dispossessed by the oil companiesAccording to the UN, Colombia has the largest population of internally displaced people in the world – 7 million of its 47 million people. How can social justice be achieved in a country dominated by a neo-liberal economy?  If the FARC disarms, will the right-wing militias? What restraints on the Colombian military? What about the U.S.’s Plan Colombia, the counter-insurgency strategy adapted for interventions in other countries? The violent backlash by the right wing and its allies in the political establishment is already underway, while social movements across the country continue to raise concerns about how their voices were not heard in the overall peace process, threatening their own organizational goals and struggles. Colombian activist and media scholar Mario A. Murillo has been covering and writing about Colombia for over 25 years, and will outline some of the major contradictions in the peace process, and why U.S.-based solidarity activists should be concerned. Read his recent article here.

Wine & Cheese – 6 PM – 7 PM

Program & Discussion – 7 PM– 9 PM

Tax-deductible contributions –

$35.00 per person per evening

RSVP to:

We will send address of event in Manhattan after reservation received

(via PayPal or credit card)


mail a check to the address above payable to Deep Dish TV

and include “salon” in memo line 

Please feel free to invite guests

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Mario Murillo – Journalist, Professor of Communications

Mario Murillo is a professor  and former chair of the Radio, Television, Film department in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, where he teaches courses in radio journalism and documentary production, media studies, and Latin American studies. He has worked in commercial, public, community, and university radio for over 28 years in various creative capacities. He was a longtime host and producer on WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio in New York, where he served as director of Public Affairs Programming from 1989-1998 and anchored its long-running morning drive public affairs and news show Wake Up Call for over twelve years. He has reported regularly for NPR’s Latino USA,  NPR’s All Things Considered, and Pacifica Network News, among other outlets. Since 2001, he has served as special guest host on WNYC New York Public Radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show.  He is the author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization (Seven Stories, 2004), and Islands of Resistance: Puerto Rico, Vieques and U.S. Policy (Seven Stories, 2001). 

Upcoming Salons

November 17, 2016 

Margaret Morton – Photographer & Professor Cooper Union

Contested Spaces.

December 2, 2016

Celebrating Independent Media – Honoring Deep Dish TV at 30!

All Souls Unitarian Church – 79th and Lexington – 7 pm

Deep Dish TV


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The Myth of American Democracy: The Reality of Symbolic but Hollow Empowerment

As the 2016 Presidential Primaries are drawing to a close and the leading candidates and their supporters are rapidly shifting towards intentionally isolating and attacking the emerging Movement for Black Lives, we want to have a strategic discussion to interrogate the aforementioned questions and discuss and propose possible solutions to the barriers and afflictions confronting the Black working class.

Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson.

KALI AKUNO is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson. Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, MS. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.

Kali also served as the Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network, the Executive Director of the Peoples’ Hurricane Relief Fund (PHRF) based in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. And was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development (SSJCD), a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, California.



ROSA CLEMENTE has been a community organizer, scholar, journalist and Hip Hop activist for over 20 years. In the 2008 U.S. election Clemente was the Green Party Vice Presidential running mate with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. The pair comprised the first women of color ticket in American History.

Clemente is a frequent contributor on CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Free Speech TV, Pacifica Radio, teleSUR, Hard Knock Radio and Democracy Now!. She has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, The Nation, The Progressive, The Village Voice, Urban Latino, Essence, Latina, Vibe, The Huffington Post, Alternet, Wiretap, Black Agenda Report, Indymedia, News One, In These Times and The Source.


Jared Ball

JARED A. BALL is a father and husband. After that he is a multimedia host, producer, journalist and educator. Ball is also a founder of “mixtape radio” and “mixtape journalism” about which he wrote I MiX What I Like: A MiXtape Manifesto (AK Press, 2011) and is co-editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X (Black Classic Press, 2012).  Ball is an associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. and can be found online at IMIXWHATILIKE.ORG.



MELINA ABDULLAH is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and immediate past campus president and current Council for Affirmative Action Chair for the California Faculty Association (the faculty union).  Dr. Abdullah earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African-American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race relations.  Abdullah is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, with subjects ranging from political coalition building to womanist mothering.  What binds her research together is a focus on power allocation and societal transformation.  She is currently writing a book manuscript that examines Hip Hop and political mobilization.   Professor Abdullah is a womanist scholar-activist – recognizing that the role that she plays in the academy is intrinsically linked to broader struggles for the liberation of oppressed people. Melina serves on the leadership team for #BlackLivesMatter and is committed to ending state-sponsored and police violence towards all people, and especially Black people.  She has been particularly active in the resistance movement that emerged following the killings of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in California as well as in Ferguson, Missouri.  Professor Abdullah emerged as a national leader in the effort to advance ethnic studies.  She is a member of the California State University Chancellor’s Taskforce for the Advancement of Ethnic Studies.  Dr. Abdullah serves on leadership boards for the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI), Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA), Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) and The Reverence Wellness Salon.  She is active in political and community organizing, and frequently delivers public lectures and contributes to radio news programs, print and on-line media.  Melina is a member of the Beautiful Struggle collective and co-hosts/co-produces a weekly radio show of the same name which airs on KPFK (90.7 FM) and streams worldwide.  She blogs at  Melina is a “soccer mama” of three children and resides in Mid-City Los Angeles.


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