who we are
Citizen Vagrom describes itself as a grassroots response to corporate
dominated media. Our aim is to generate a broad public debate on
the impact of corporate media on democracy, and to build alternatives
to profit-driven communications. Focusing on the dominant medium
of the day, TV, Vagrom produces a monthly video magazine highlighting
grassroots efforts to reclaim voice and culture from those who are
simply in the business of serving up audiences to advertisers.
what we do
Our magazine has featured interviews
with Ralph Nader, founder of Public Citizen and other public interest
groups; Noam Chomsky, renowned media analyst; Ben Bagdikian, winner
of nearly every award for journalism; locally produced stories
on Micro-powered "Pirate" Radio and Self-Publishing comic book
artists; counterspins on biased reporting like the Ď94 Police
Riot on Capitol Hill (against homeless youth who were in fact
peacefully protesting police harassment); short films, music videos,
video art, the best of Public Access programming, voices from
the streets, and more.
Citizen Vagromís monthly
"videoZine" can be seen weekly on Channel 29, and as a FREE
VIDEO RENTAL at participating local, independent outlets
like Rain City Video (all three stores!), Video Vertigo (913
E. Pike), Broadway Video (Broadway Market) and Scarecrow Video
There are many ways to involve yourself in Citizen Owned and Operated
Volunteer: Help out with some of the fun day to day chores of building a citizen's information utility.
It's easy to do, and necessary. Just call or send correspondence, and we'll plug
Submit: Send us video that doesn't fit into the neatly defined channels of profit-driven media. Short films, documentaries, rants, research, news stories, et cetera.
Spread the Word: Tell your friends about the concept, hold an impromptu screening of our videoZine, send in letters to the editor of your choice, convince your local independent video outlet to carry our tapes.
seattle independent media coalition
Citizen Vagrom is a spearheading
member of the Seattle Independent Media Coalition, an alliance
of radio, print, internet and TV producers and activists.
SIMC seeks to amplify our collective voice by facilitating
communication and cooperation between groups, and undertaking
projects that increase the participation in, exposure to,
and consumption of media produced by the local community.
profit-driven, corporate domination of communication channels as a
significant barrier to the free flow of information and ideas
a truly democratic society.
The coalition advocates more public and
corporate control over communications, and hopes to foster compelling
alternatives to corporate media.
For information about coalition groups, visit the Information
Subway for film, radio, television, internet and print.
from tyranny through a democratic process is IMPOSSIBLE without
a truly informed citizenry."