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2nd call!!! Rad Ref panel in Sacramento for CLA in November

Hi all,
I was recently contacted by someone at CLA who wants us to do something at their next conference. Is anyone interested in doing a panel with me? I'm willing to do the legwork (filling out the proposal etc), but think it would be WAY better with more than just me yammering away. You could tie this in with a nice SoCal vacation, come on, it'll be fun and panels are a great way to get your feet wet if you haven't presented much. Deadline is April 17th though, so get in touch if you are interested.
Below find his letter:

"Election 2008: Race, Gender and the Media"
 A special panel discussion featuring Laura Flanders, Glen Ford & Gary Younge

Thursday, October 2nd 

7:30 - 9 pm: Panel discussion 

9 – 10:30 pm: Debate watching party

At the Brecht Forum 
451 West Street (West Side Highway / between Bank & Bethune Streets) 
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15 • Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Join FAIR, the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and the Brecht Forum for a panel discussion, Q&A and debate-watching party on the night of the debate between vice presidential nominees Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

The evening will kick off with a panel discussion on race, gender and the media in the 2008 election. In an election year that has seen the first black candidate nominated for president by a major party and the first Republican woman nominated for vice president--while two women of color have teamed up on the Green Party ticket--issues of race and gender have been at the forefront during this campaign season, not least in media coverage. But how well have the media served the public in this historic election? What issues are being ignored, even as the press heralds the race as evidence of shattered glass ceilings and the "end of black politics"? Journalists Laura Flanders, Glen Ford and Gary Younge take a closer look.

Then stick around with FAIR at the Brecht Forum to watch the vice presidential debate.

Get Ready For The RNC!

UPDATE: Here's the wiki with all the info!

Lia Reports Back: Radical Reference at ALA Midwinter 2008

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Descriptions of the workshops we are conducting are here. We'll have a table with (hopefully) some exciting crafty stuff too, so come over, it should be pretty great.

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On March 3rd, 2007 The San Diego Food Not Lawns put on an all day conference and workshop at City College.
Michelle Simon, author of "Appetite for Profit, How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back." was the opening speaker, and Dolores Huerta made the evening keynote address.

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