Our first day in Denver for the National Conference for Media Reform today. Janet Altman and I got here around 3 pm. It wasn’t looking good for parking in the heart of downtown for a 31ft RV. But after a very decent conversation with Michael Eber (who’s employee I found renovating a beautiful old school) and explaining what we’re doing, we got a prime spot at 12th & Bannock for all 3 days. And we’re parked just over 1/2 mile to the Sheridan. Doesn’t get any better than that! So we registered, then met Sarah from FreePress.net who informed us that Rupert Murdock was trying to buy The L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune. What a joke. No one really knew about this and I’m sure it’s being kept under wraps on purpose. My comment was…”Didn’t he get charged in the U.K. with phone tapping?” Yep!
We did a little protesting out front with our friends from Occupy Denver. Then went to Mercury Cafe for dinner with Crystal Zevon and some other great ladies where there was a movie event. But, it was so packed we couldn’t find a place to stand, let alone sit. So we came back to the “V” passing on the “after party”.
Day 2 We participated in many of the sessions. I found the one with the musicians especially great. Getting a message out via music and art is so important. All the artists were great and talked about how their music helps young people identify with their issues so they don’t feel they’re alone. We ended the day trying to get to the event off site but got lost (thanks to a bus driver who apparently didn’t know where Kalamath St. was and sent us 10 or so blocks in the wrong direction). We passed since we’d missed most of the event. Then decided we’d try to find the night event and couldn’t find the address given. But, after parking to reassess we met a young couple who gave us a great interview and who we hope to see again soon.
Day 3 & 4 were filled with sessions and tons of information. We got posters, books, magazines and DVD’s. No shortage of media that’s for sure. The final event was especially powerful when 4 young women ages 14-22 talked about what the media meant to them, how they thought it should be and why it was so damaging to young people. I will do a little session on each of them shortly as each worked with organizations trying to improve “fastfood” type media as they say. The comedians and artists who performed were excellent. We are so grateful to have been given an opportunity to attend this event on scholarship. Thank you to the people at NMRC for making this happen!