On the passing of George Stoney.
The scapegoating of Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department official who was forced to resign last week, was such a perfect, surreal, and toxic example of everything that is wrong with our politics that I am daring to hope we can actually learn something from it.
Capacity means the ability to accomplish, change, remodel, or act on something that is a necessity, but often invisible because it is part of the operations or architecture of an organization. Since nonprofits must focus so intently on the work that becomes their public face, they do not have an easy ability to re-engineer the infrastructure hidden below. Since 1999, NAMAC has offered modest capacity building grants -- much like capital infusions to either start or complete a much-needed home improvement project.
The following sketches ideas which will be developed more fully in a forthcoming article on California Newsreel's 30th Anniversary and its implications for independent social change film production and distribution. The author is Co-director of California Newsreel but the views expressed here do not reflect those of California Newsreel.
I suppose, in the overused parlance of the time, this should be an occasion to "celebrate" California Newsreel and its 30th anniversary. Age, however, disposes me towards more sober and sobering reflections.
Saturday night I got home from a party. While I was scanning emails—deleting ads for Viagra, cheap airfare, and listserv nonsense—I saw the subject header, “NY Independent Media Center (IMC) Journalist Murdered by Paramilitaries.”
In the last issue of MAIN, NAMAC co-director Helen De Michiel covered the National Conference for Media Reform, organized by Free Press in St. Louis this past May. After discussing the various clarion calls sounded at the conference, she observed that NAMAC’s own constituency seemed sparsely represented among the participants. She emphasized the imperative for NAMAC members to get involved in the burgeoning campaigns for media reform and media justice.