Just Gimme Some Truth
November 18-23, 2002
Photos by Vivian Stockman unless noted
"Mountaintop removal is the most dastardly,
unimaginable thing that they (the corporate greedheads) could do.
..And they never have to see the horror of their greed...We could solve pollution
if only the CEOs had to live within 100 yards of their messes."
-- Jim Hightower, Nov. 21, 2002 at "Just Gimme Some
Ever feel like your some of your teachers and the
corporate-controlled mainstream media arent giving you the full
despair--the truth is out therebut you may have to work to find it.
The Just Gimme Some Truth conference sought to offer ideas and
tools on finding the truth.
Members of the Marshall University student group M.
A. P. S. (Marshall Action for Peaceful Solutions) worked hard for about
nine months to organize their superlative conference to expose some
truths about peace and justice and the mass media. OVEC is so glad to be a supporter of the M.A.P.S. students.
Attendance at the major events of the conference
was very good, despite the fact that some jerk(s) kept pulling down flyers
about Just Gimme Some Truth almost as soon as they were posted
around the Marshall Campus. Guess some people cant handle the truth.
The conference gave us a whole passel of ideas for
making the world a better place. Below are some notes from just a
few of the sessions. Be sure to check the sidebar and follow the links
for a lot more info.
OVECs Dave Cooper hosted a showing of Blue
Vinyl, a funny-sad documentary about the vinyl industry. Yup, we
are living in dioxin-toxic-soup.
Robert Jensen, author of Writing
Dissent, reminded us all to analyze news we read / watch from
mainstream sources, since multi-national
corporations own much of the mass media. Jensen, who is an assistant
professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at
Austin, suggested we seek out alternative media sources (see
a list here) and support these outfits via subscriptions. (The Charleston
Gazette is one of the few remaining independently owned
newspapers in the country. Support
investigative journalism by supporting the Gazette!)
Videographer, anti-globalization activist, IndyMedia
journalist, poet and tree-sitter Warcry addressed topics on "The
Real Eco Terrorism" and "Waging Info War." She noted that
the media is bombarding us with language that is designed to support
American foreign policy and/or suggesting to us topics upon which to
think, thus engulfing us all with mental pollution. She suggests we
deconstruct and reframe the language coming at us. She'll soon have
active a website -- www.informationliberationfront.net -- through
which we can all discuss the means to retake the airwaves, which by
rights belong to the public. Now, perhaps more than ever in our nation's
history, we need a democratically controlled media infrastructure.
Democratize the media now!
Populist Jim Hightower motivated the MAPS-sters to agitate
and organize -- as did our nation's founders -- and to gol-dang have fun
while doing so. In fact, the work of organizing is "...just about
as much fun as you can have with your clothes on."
Here are some of Jim's gems:
Americans must speak out. We have no right to
Face the forces of ignorance and arrogance.
The opposite of courage is not cowardice, but conformity.
Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
We are in one of those "when in the course of
human events" moments...
It's time for us to be the agitators again, because
our democracy is not given to us. It is something we must take.
The agitator is the central post in the washing
machine that gets the dirt out.
(About RollingThunderTour) Let's put the party
back in politics.
Public financing of American elections--the one
reform that really matters.
The Homeland Security bill will invade the security
of We the Free People.
Two wrongs don't make a right, but three left turns
The media isn't reporting what is going on.
People power is building in the countryside.
To get people to get up off their asses and do
something -- that is what democracy is about.
We can't wait on Washington. We've got to
build it ourselves on a local level.
OVEC co-directors Dianne Bady and Janet Fout get a photo-op with author and popular populist Jim Hightower before he delivers the keynote speech at the M.A.P.S "Just Gimme Some Truth" conference on peace and
Former Congressman and Secretary of State Ken Hechler talks with his friend Jim Hightower.
Marshall University student Tony Curtis, executive chair of M.A.P.S., was one several group members who worked very hard for months to organize the most excellent "Just Gimme Some Truth" conference.
M.A.P.S. maven Maggie mass communicates during the Speakout.
Photo by Tony Curtis
Dr. Robert Jensen speaks out on the Marshall campus.
Photo by Tony Curtis