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Allied Media Projects, Inc.
10.27.15 FCC Connect2Health Task Force Beyond the Beltway Series – Detroit, MI (22761087107)
Diana J. Nucera, Director, Detroit Community Technology Project and Monique Tate, Digital Steward and Detroit Digital Justice Coalition Member at the site visit to the Detroit Community Technology Project.
PredecessorMidwest Zine Conference, Underground Publishing Conference
FounderJoshua Breitbart, Jen Angel, and Jason Kucsma
PurposeMedia-based organizing
Headquarters4126 Third Street
Executive Director
Jeanette Lee
Chief Operating Officer
Mike Medow
Associate Director
Morgan Willis
Hannah Sassman, Emi Kane, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Garlin Gilchrist II, Cézanne Charles, Moya Bailey, Helixx C. Armageddon
Budget (2017)
Staff (2018)
Volunteers (2017)

Allied Media Projects (AMP) is a Detroit, Michigan based organization that produces the annual Allied Media Conference and sponsors art, media, and technology projects focused on social change.[2] As of 2018, 73 projects and organizations are supported by the Allied Media Projects through its focus on promoting technology-based organizing[3] and media activism, which has included forms of media including zines, comic books, screenprinting, independent radio stations, hip hop, spoken word, blogging, digital technology, dance, and wireless networking.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Allied Media Conference began in 1999 in Bowling Green, Ohio as the Midwest Zine Conference, hosted by Clamor Magazine, with a focus on do-it-yourself media strategies that can be used for social change.[5][6] The name was later changed to the Underground Publishing Conference, and in 2002 was formally incorporated as an organization and renamed as the Allied Media Conference. In 2006, Clamor Magazine ceased publication and a five-person collective moved the conference and the organization to Detroit, where it continues to be based.[7] The first Allied Media Conference to be held in Detroit was in 2007.[4] Many of the participants and staff of Allied Media, including its director Jeanette Lee, came to Detroit originally as part of Detroit Summer.[8] In 2016, 65% of participants identified as a person of color, 50% as LGBTQ, and 26% as under 25 years old.[9]

The 20th anniversary conference in 2018 featured #MeToo founder Tyrana Burke as keynote speaker, moderated in discussion by Miriame Kaba.[10][11][6]

In 2018, after its 20th year, the conference leadership decided to take a one year hiatus, dubbed a "Chrysalis Year."

Impact[edit | edit source]

The FemTechNet Collective, a group of feminist scholars focused on critical study of science and technology, has held network gatherings in conjunction with the Allied Media Conference, amplifying the reach of this group.[12] The annual Allied Media Conference has served as a space for women organizing around prison abolition to meet, organize, and strategize how their institutions can contribute to prison abolition.[13] The conference, alongside the United States Social Forum, has also served as space for conversations about improving access and social inclusion for persons with disabilities.[14]

Allied Media Projects served as the starting place for the Detroit Community Technology Project in 2008, which later launched the associated Digital Stewards program.[15]

The Dream Cafe, organized as part of the 2018 Allied Media Conference, highlighted food sustainability issues in Detroit by inviting local black-owned food businesses and food producers to cook menus for conference participants each day, demonstrating best practices for serving nourishing, sustainable, and community-driven meals.[16][17][18][19][20]

Associated organizations[edit | edit source]

  • Digital Stewards: a program in partnership with the Open Technology Institute to offer technology education and to deliver community wireless mesh networks to low-income and marginalized Detroiters. Digital Stewards programs have since been started around the world, and processes developed by the group in Detroit have been adopted by other community-based organizations as a way teach technology and to improve access to the Internet.[21][22]
  • Detroit Digital Justice Coalition: a coalition of organizations founded in 2009, funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to create computer centers, technology workshops and community wireless, as well as technology educational models.[23]
  • Commotion Wireless

Related[edit | edit source]

United States Social Forum

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Allied Media Form 990". ProPublica. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. Bailey, Moya (2015). "# transform (ing) DH Writing and Research: An Autoethnography of Digital Humanities and Feminist Ethics". DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly. 9 (2).
  3. Paige, DeAsia (12 June 2018). "Weekend media event in Midtown is all about community, social justice". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 3 Dec 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hartman, Kat (June 17, 2014). "Allied Media Projects and the global relevance of Detroit's grassroots tech scene". modelD. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  5. Christina Dunbar-Hester. “‘Being a Consistent Pain in the Ass’: Politics and Epistemics in Media Democracy Work.” Journal of Information Policy, vol. 4, 2014, pp. 547–569. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jinfopoli.4.2014.0547.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Michigan Chronicle Staff. "DIA hosts media conference opening ceremony with #MeToo founder". Michigan Chronicle. Retrieved 3 Dec 2018.
  7. "Allied Media Conference". Zine Wiki: The Independent Media Wiki. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  8. Lewan, Amanda. "Jenny Lee". Detroit Urban Innovation Exchange. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  9. "Background". Allied Media Projects. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  10. Catolico, Eleanore (June 5, 2018). "#MeToo founder set to deliver keynote at Allied Media Conference in Detroit". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  11. Hodges, Michael H. (May 31, 2018). "Tarana Burke of #MeToo movement to speak at Allied Media Conference". The Detroit News. Retrieved Dec 3, 2018.
  12. Collective, FemTechNet. "FemTechNet: A Collective Statement on Teaching and Learning Race, Feminism, and Technology." Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, vol. 39 no. 1, 2018, pp. 24-41. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/690808.
  13. Lawston, Jodie M. & Meiners, Erica R."Ending Our Expertise: Feminists, Scholarship, and Prison Abolition." Feminist Formations, vol. 26 no. 2, 2014, pp. 1-25. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ff.2014.0012
  14. Kumbier, Alana & Starkey, Julia. "Access Is Not Problem Solving: Disability Justice and Libraries." Library Trends, vol. 64 no. 3, 2016, pp. 468-491. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lib.2016.0004
  15. Greig (2018). "Wireless Mesh Networks as Community Hubs: Analysis of Small-Scale Wireless Mesh Networks and Community-Centered Technology Training". Journal of Information Policy. 8: 232. doi:10.5325/jinfopoli.8.2018.0232.
  16. Baetens, Melody (May 30, 2018). "'Dream Cafe' creates recipe for local success". The Detroit News. Retrieved 3 Dec 2018.
  17. Hutson, Brittany (June 13, 2018). "From jerk fried pig ears to rainbow kale salad — Dream Cafe is preparing a world of flavors". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 3 Dec 2018.
  18. Kurlyandchik, Mark (13 June 2018). "Temporary Dream Cafe in Detroit brings social justice to the table". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 3 Dec 2018.
  19. Perkins, Tom (31 May 2018). "What if people of color ran Detroit's food system?". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 3 Dec 2018.
  20. Daniels, Serena Maria (18 July 2018). "Pop-Up Kitchen Counters Mainstream Narratives about Food in Detroit". Next City. Retrieved 3 Dec 2018.
  21. Greig, Jamie Alexander. “Wireless Mesh Networks as Community Hubs: Analysis of Small-Scale Wireless Mesh Networks and Community-Centered Technology Training.” Journal of Information Policy, vol. 8, 2018, pp. 232–266. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jinfopoli.8.2018.0232.
  22. Gail, Carlotta; Glanz, James (April 20, 2014). "U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  23. Abbey-Lambertz, Kate (December 29, 2011). "Detroit Digital Justice Coalition Brings Technology To Detroiters". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 December 2018.

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