Mark your calendars. Next Thursday, April 5, Local 782 presents the San Antonio Music and Media Mixer. We are calling ALL MEMBERS OF THE SAN ANTONIO MUSIC COMMUNITY, whether you make music, work with musicians, or are an overall supporter of the vast San Antonio music arena, to join us for an evening of socializing with your peers. We at Local 782 believe that all members are important and that through unity, we co-create a strong future.
If you feel like we do, then please come out and help us spread the word. The SAMMM will take place inside Studio 1400 (1400 West Avenue) from 6-9pm on Thursday, April 5. The event is FREE and open to all ages with food from local eateries including Green Vegetarian and for those of legal drinking age, beverages from SOAH Tequila and El Perrito Tequila.
Bring your promo materials!!!
Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal filmed a series of shorts entitled ‘The Invisibles’. The series gives an inside look at life from the other side of the fence. These are the stories of the families torn apart by the dangers of migration.
In a sense, these are the real nightmares of the American Dream: poor people risking life and limb for a chance at a better life.
The horrors these souls endure is unimaginable, and what’s more, they are unrelenting in their quest, driven by hope.
Though I understand that these days policy is mostly concerned with business, it’s necessary to look at the bigger picture and analyze why we have any of these problems in the first place. The whole of humanity is locked in the same battle for survival, but if we want to cure our disease of indifference, we must learn to see through the eyes of those most oppressed.
This is why I am a media justice advocate, but that is a story for another day.
For now, I will let the videos do the talking.
I may never meet the makers or participants of these films, but I am thankful that they were brave enough to share their story, and I am inspired by their courage.
“The power to communicate, and therefore the power to transform society, belongs to everyone.”
There is something awkward about the way we as a society view communication. Perhaps the lack of comprehension is due to the business surrounding the idea.
We live in a world where communication is taken for granted. We waste words without any real attention to their meaning, let alone their value.
We see communication as a career path. We don’t fully embrace the notion that it is inherently human to communicate, or to want to. Communicating with others makes us feel connected. In fact, our whole development, from prehistory to now, is communication based. From the first clans to modern nations, all of the systems in place are products of communication. We don’t often reflect on the concept as a whole, though, nor it’s impact in the way we live and the way we can use it for progress. We discuss situations and we make decisions on how to deal with them.
It boggles my mind how we have come so far through advancements in technology only to devise a tier system for global communication; telecommunications to be more specific.
We live in a world where anyone with access to a phone line or the Internet can connect and communicate with someone half a world away. In this simple action, we hold the power to transform the planet. Still, we generally fail to realize the potential impact these tools can have; tools that were invented not for financial gain, but for communication on a grander scale.
Telecommunications has changed the world… AND, it will continue to change the world.
The problem is that the average person likely has no clue about why this is important. Furthermore, even those who do find some sort of value in these networks can’t seem to relate to the dire situation at hand.
Let me break it down for you:
Telephone companies have already convinced us that telephone usage is a service that must be ruled for profitability. More so, it is a privilege, something no one deserves or has the right to, but is granted because of priority over others. And so we have a tier system run by a multitude of COMPANIES competing with each other to delegate who can speak to whom, where, for how long, at what time, and even in some cases about what.
We have already accepted this, surrendering the ideal that EVERYONE should be entitled to the “privilege” regardless of whether or not they can afford the “coverage”. That’s just the way it is, right?
We are about to surrender the same ideal about the Internet. Telecommunications companies are about to implement a tier system through the world’s most viable network; the network that took us to the future.
This tier system is not just about who your service provider is. It’s about the gatekeepers; the entities that make the rules.
I can only speak for myself in identifying the problem with these rules. I simply don’t like what these rules say. The rules say that some deserve, and some do not. They say that those who can pay the price can play the game, or rather, manipulate the game. The rules say that those in power can stay in power and continue stacking the odds in their favor. As usual, it’s about money.
Not to go off into a rant, but THIS IS A POWER ISSUE, and if it is a power issue, then THIS IS ALSO A CLASS ISSUE. Therefore, IT IS ALSO AN ISSUE OF RACE, GENDER, AGE, AND CREED. For me, this is that complex of an issue because it really does play that big of a role in shaping society.
I for one am disheartened by the fact that we are still running in circles, continually fighting, trying to put people in their place, defending status, denying progress, and undermining the importance of inclusion. I hope that soon we finish these class wars and work towards a holistic future.
In the meantime, maybe we can spread the word and preserve the Internet as it is.
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“Our tireless media producer Gretchen Hasse attended the recent US Social Forum in Detroit, rubbing shoulders with many an artist and performer who share a passion for social justice. George Garza is a prime example of said artist. As a member of the San Antonio Music Coalition Local 782 he’s had first-hand experience working to engineer a local music scene the benefits musicians and music lovers.
Gretchen spoke with George about the humble beginnings of Local 782, holding meetings in a San Antonio coffee shop, to working with companies like Best Buy to help promote and provide performance venues for hardworking musical acts. Hopefully the work that Local 782 does will give you, dear viewers, some locally-applicable ideas of your own.”
I’ll be playing on this event in a couple weeks!!!!
Local 782, Best Buy & Epiphone teaming up—join us starting next Wednesday!
Don’t let an excited new fan walk away without making a connection. Makes perfect sense. Good read.
CUZ I LOVE THEM AND THIS SONG…
Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma appearance on Great Day SA w a solo acoustic performance of their rendition of Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight”.
My latest blog for Imagine 2050 focuses on the economic crisis in Detroit and how it is breeding activism in the community, making Detroit the perfect place to host this year’s US Social Forum and their annual Allied Media Conference.