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Amy Goodman to speak at Wealthy Theatre on May 7

Journalist Amy Goodman will speak at Wealthy Theatre as a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Suggested donation is $5 to support Community Media Center.
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Doors open at 5 p.m. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Suggested donation at the door is $5 to benefit Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Visit this link for more information.

Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now!, will speak at Wealthy Theatre on Sunday, May 7 as part of a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Community Media Center. The visit is part of her North American tour: Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America. 

Goodman will talk about increased threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration; movements long ignored by the corporate media, but central to Democracy Now!’s daily journalism. Goodman will also sign copies of her books at the event.

Linda Gellasch, CMC executive director, said “as an independent journalist, Amy Goodman and her work are right in line with Community Media Center’s free-speech centered mission.”

Gellasch noted that GRTV is the only local television station to air Goodman’s news program Democracy Now! The program can be seen on GRTV/ LiveWire channel 24 at noon on weekdays.

“These are stories she’s discovered during her work as a journalist that may give hope to people in our community who are discouraged during the current political climate,” Gellasch said.

“Amy Goodman is a champion of free speech, as is CMC, and has always been a strong supporter of community media throughout the country,” Gellasch continued. “Her work is often aimed to bring to light news stories that are neglected by corporate media. Being an independent journalist, Goodman boldly covers news without allowing restriction from any corporate advertisers.”

Suggested donation to benefit Community Media Center is $5 at the door. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first-served basis.

To see a piece of Amy Goodman's work: From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series "RISE" Focuses on Indigenous Resistance

More information on the 2017 Speaking Tour is available here.

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