Cutting edge community arts space and Media Alliance’s wonderful new home, the Pacific Felt Factory, sprung into action after the tragic Ghost Ship Fire in December of 2016, to arm artists with fire safety tools to avoid tragedy in the living space challenges all low-income Bay Areans face.
Brava Theater for the Arts hosted a free anonymous fire safety workshop for Bay Area artists featuring a host of safety supplies and equipment and demonstrations and advice from the SF Fire Department, with an amnesty agreement that no one at the workshop needed to divulge where they were living in order to get their questions answered or to receive supplies.
The workshop got a huge amount of press attention including KRON , KPIX and KTVU.
MA submitted these comments to the Berkeley Police Review Commission looking at the events of December 2014, when local Ferguson support rallies were dealt with violently by the Berkeley Police Department.
Among other problems, several members of the press both mainstream and alternative were manhandled and injured by law enforcement.
Following the submission of these comments, the PRC voted to set up a subcommittee (probably including MA) to work on a new press credentialing policy for the City of Berkeley. Continue reading Press Credentialing→
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has proposed new sweeping censorship rules for information going into and out of California prisons
Public comment remains open, years after the call. Use this tool to send a note with your objection to the vague and over-reaching regulations, which characterize all political materials as “oppositional to society and authority”.
The Speak Free Act is a federal anti-SLAPP bill introduced in the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis by Reps Anna Eshoo and Texas Republican Blake Farenthold.
SLAPP stands for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation and describe lawsuits filed primarily to discourage, harass and intimidate public participation and free speech.
Anti-SLAPP laws provide a way for those targeted via SLAPP suits get the suits dismissed fairly rapidly and avoid being drained by long and resource-consuming lawsuits designed not to prevail on the merits, but to exhaust the target into silencing themselves to get out from under the lawsuit.