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What: ACLU-SC Pasadena-Foothills Chapter Public Forum
When: Tuesday, November 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 No. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena

News After Snowden

An unfettered press has long been the keystone for democracy, ensuring that all Americans have clear oversight on the public servants they have elected to represent them.

Yet, increasingly over the past several decades, journalists are reporting that many agencies prohibit their employees from even talking with the press without public relations staffers present to monitor the conversations. And, in far too many cases, contact is blocked completely.

At our November 18th forum, three deeply experienced Los Angeles journalists will discuss the impact government suppression is having on their ability to provide the accurate, in-depth coverage so necessary to a free society.

They will look as well at the role alternative advocacy media has in shaping coverage, increasingly providing an antidote to the restrictions more traditional media face.

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  • Carla Hall is a Los Angeles Times editorial board member who writes about popular culture, reproductive rights, animal welfare, and human rights in Asia and Africa. She previously worked for the Washington Post’s Style section, where she juggled writing with acting roles in small theaters and even a couple of TV shows.
  • Brad Parker is an award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and musician, why owns Indie label Riozen Media. Brad is a prolific political writer and speaker as well as a progressive activist. His book on progressive politics and policy is, “Left Turn Only: Dispatches From The Progressive Underground.”
  • Kevin Uhrich is the long-time editor of The Pasadena Weekly who was recently honored by the ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/ Foothills Chapter as a “Pioneer of Social Justice.”

Moderated by Justin Chapman, ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter board member and reporter for the Pasadena Weekly.

The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Dick Price & Sharon Kyle, ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, aclupasadena@yahoo or 213.434.4643.


News After Snowden