From:   Charles Lenchner <>
Sent time:   Friday, October 07, 2011 8:04:31 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Proposal: Non-White Media Day

Van Jones was there this evening.
If anyone wants to 'have more people of color present and represented' then a better model to look at are the requirements of certain companies when they search for jobs. They work with guidelines for how to reach candidates of color, a statement that they welcome candidates of color, and they actually plan searches in such a way as to be sure that they get the right pool of applicants. That is a very different approach than 'getting who you can get' or 'working with folks who show up.'

OWS, to the extent possible with such loose organizational dynamics, can explicitly extend invitations to organizations with membership largely made up of people of color, could establish roles for people whose job is to welcome/explain/introduce reps from these groups if/when they visit, keep a list of 'representative voices' to suggest to visiting media that includes demographic information, and maintain a list of media representations that we feel do a good job representing our diversity.

This is not about saying things to feel good; it's about action plans that produce particular results. It's not tokenism, it's integrating a commitment through actions. This kind of effort will not only produce desirable outcomes for the representation of PoC (and people of faith, age diversity, geographic diversity, orientation, gender, etc.) but it will ALSO help inoculate the OWS efforts from senseless and destructive attacks from extreme quarters.

Just a thought.


On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 8:37 PM, David DeGraw <> wrote:
just talked w/ Glen Ford - he will be at park at 3 pm tomorrow, can we get him on the livestream?  he is down to do some interviews:


On 10/7/2011 7:09 PM, wrote:
 I am working in staten Island to reach the people I know.  We are all outreach and we all need to reach out to as many people and as many kinds of people as possible. 
On 10/07/11, shaista husain<> wrote:
So how do we spread this strategy to the movement at large? This is
not something you can impose, you can't impose silence on anyone, i am
against that and i doubt it will be productive. The goal is to
increase multiculturalism grassroots pro-actively on the ground and be
careful about all issues of representation in the larger media. We
must bring some proposals for multiculturalism to the General Assembly
and have it address once and for all a statement about
multiculturalism. Our media team has to put forth more people of color
voices and send that out to all media outlets.

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Matthew Presto <> wrote:
> I don't think setting aside a single day will really be helpful and instead
> ends up tokenizing, but.. there's a good rule of thumb to follow, whether
> speaking to the media or participating in the General Assembly: if your
> voice has been disproportionately represented, then step back.
> This can happen in conjunction with (particularly whites and/or men)
> encouraging journalists to speaking to a wider diversity of voices.
> Matt
> On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM, shaista husain <>
> wrote:
>> Micah, we are not trying to silence our white comrades, they don't
>> need to tell the media to talk to someone black--its nice if they do,
>> but that is not necessary--the official mainstream media just
>> automatically goes to white people first, because they take whiteness
>> as the dominant narrative. White people can talk blackness
>> themselves--this is tactics of subversion. This is the point--white
>> people are capable of speaking in solidarity with people of color and
>> expressing their multiculturalism--just like black people and
>> immigrants assimilate here in the US, white people can also assimilate
>> blackness, global justice, multiculturalism... as they are doing on
>> the ground day to day in this movement. We need to put
>> multiculturalism on the top of our media strategy no matter who
>> speaks. And also, allow the true factual diversity--impossible to
>> ignore--- to come to the i support your efforts!
>> On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 3:57 PM, Micah White <> wrote:
>> > Proposal: We pick one day in which everyone who speaks to the media at
>> > #OWS
>> > is not white. If the media try to talk to you, and you're white - then
>> > you
>> > tell them to talk to someone who is not white. Flood the world with
>> > images
>> > and words of non-white members of #OWS.
>> >
>> > Then we have one day where everyone is a woman, or one day where
>> > everyone is
>> > over 40 years old.
>> >