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With over 60 people participating over the course of the day from greater Boston and across New England, we had folks from a range of organizations who shared skills, networked, and talked about communications till it was dark outside. Organizations represented included: Occupy Maine TV, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, United for a Fair Economy, and Arise for Social Justice/Right to the City.

The day began with a lively interactive opening plenary on media tools supporting civic engagement on justice issues, facilitated by PCNers Kathleen Pequeño and Cara Lisa Berg Powers. Following the opening plenary, participants attended a series of morning workshops, then jumped into informal lunch-time discussion sessions (based on topics identified from the plenary), and a series of afternoon workshops. One afternoon highlight from the Creative Media Workshop was PCNer Celina Lee’s sharing of ACE’s amazing transportation justice campaign using the meme of super heroes.  You can visit our Be the Media! Blog to find out more about this year’s workshops.

Comments from the closing were very supportive of Be the Media! and show interest in future PCN-Boston/New England networking and training sessions. We look forward to continuing to build on another successful year of Be the Media!!

Here are some photos from the day:

Some participant comments:

“I thought the $40 fee was very reasonable…I expected getting info on tools and best practices for media and I received both!” 

— Kara Olberg, LivableStreets Alliance

“First time I’ve heard Kathleen Pequeño. What a dynamo and fun! Quite a unique selection of folks. ”   

— Martha Spiess, Indymedia/Occupy Maine TV

“Great Workshops! … I will share this info and we will turn it into action!” 

— Jasmine Laietmark, Boston Cyclists Union, formerly with ACE

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