News - MNN El Barrio Firehouse
Recently we've been highlighting some of the quality community programming coming out of MNN's El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center. Monday's Clip of the Week featured a recent roundtable of women media activists, and last week we featured powerful readings by local poets.
Want more? Beginning this coming weekend, the MNN El Barrio Firehouse will broadcast its programs on Sundays at 8pm on MNN1 and Thursdays at 8pm on MNN4. MNN El Barrio Firehouse programs feature artists, writers, poets, and filmmakers, community and social justice activists, and neighborhood residents engaged in advancing human liberation, culture, and politics for the benefit of the community. Programs may also be seen on MNN.org.
In honor of Women’s History Month, today’s Clip of the Week features a panel discussion on minority women in the media, hosted by MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.
Moderated by the El Barrio Firehouse Director, Iris Morales, the forum invited female activists and artists to talk about their work in radio, television, print, theater, film and the web. In conceiving the event, Morales sought to offer a platform for discussing what unites and motivates these women, especially as the dominant media machine tells an ‘official’ story that often excludes them.
This clip, which was submitted to the Hometown Media Awards, highlights the remarks of New York artist-activists Magdalena Gomez and Jessica Green. Gomez is a poet, educator and performer whose violent upbringing in the South Bronx silenced her—and inspired a career devoted to “unbinding...
New York City has a real estate speculation problem, not a homeless problem, community activists told a packed Town Hall meeting at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center this week.
Some 40 homeless advocates, affordable housing activists and community organizers participated in the March 6 event, which included powerful and moving testimonies from homeless people themselves and an informative panel discussion among several housing experts.
Sponsored by Picture the Homeless, a New York advocacy group working to raise public awareness about homelessness, the meeting took place in the main studio at the MNN Firehouse and was taped for re-broadcast on MNN’s cable channels. Video of the event will also posted to MNN’s interactive Web site.
The purpose of the Town Hall was to explore the “many faces and facets of homelessness” in the city and to examine possible solutions. Housing advocates say there is enough unused housing stock in the city to shelter the entire homeless population.
“There are many vacant buildings right here in East Harlem that can house this community’s homeless...