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U.S. Social Forum: Storytelling for Real and Lasting Change in America

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Karlos Guana Schmieder, whose mother, Jeanne Gauna, was the founder and long term co-director of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) in Albuquerque, is the communications director for the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and "works with alliances to create communications strategies that really uplift and highlight their goals as an alliance."

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Schmieder has been creating strategies with the Detention Watch Network, which is an immigrant rights alliance that focuses specifically on immigrant detention. He also has been working with a juvenile justice network called Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), a juvenile justice groups that Schmieder said is working to lower racial disparities in the criminal justice system across the U.S.

On Friday afternoon, during the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, the CMJ and other collaborating organizations--the Progressive Communicators Network, Smar Meme, and the Praxis Project--will come together for a four hour People's Movement Assembly designed to develop a media justice agenda for the country.

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"[The Center for Media Justice] thinks the social forum presents a unique opportunity and the right convergence of people to integrate an idea of collaborative, creative storytelling into a movement building strategy for social movements," said Schmieder. "At the same time we think there's going to be the right leaders there for us to define a media justice policy framework that will help us to be able to use that storytelling in a real way."

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for OpEdNews.com

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