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RAISING ADAM - future men

Project Proposal

My name is Zoe Rafah and I am a volunteer at my local radio station South City Radio.org
I present and produce my own show called 'One in a million'. I have been doing this once a week for almost one year.
The OIAM show is a show which targets women of all nationalities and deals with anything which affects women like Fashion, health and more serious things like rape and domestic violence.
I had the oppurtunity to interview Ken Livingstone whilst he was mayor of London on his views on female eqaulity.
I will be starting a journalism degree at the end of this month at UAL in Southwark.

Many of us are concerned about the distructive behaviour of men in our society today.
I would like to play my part in society by presenting and producing a series of television shows based on the future of the male gender.
The show will have aspects of 'child of our time' where the millenium birthed children are case studied.
I would like all racial groups to be involved. I would like men and women to have their say.
I would like pregnant women who have confirmation of the male sex of their baby, so we can look at a more funtional ways of raising men.
We as a society are always trying to fix things with exasperation through the government, well my suggestion is that we try and PREVENT a gloomy future.

I believe that as a society, without realising it we send messages to our men that they are to be emotionally bound.
We as both sex adults say things to little boys like 'Big boys dont cry' etc.
As women we often complain about men not being sensitive enough but does our society from both genders make it safe for men to be sensitive? or are they mocked and devalued as men as a result?
Also some men are completly defient about becominmg 'in touch with their emotions' due to a fear of becoming feminine in some way or viewed as homosexual.

We are living in a time where men are more destructive than ever, knife crime, gun crime, domestic abuse, rape and alchohol/drug abuse to name a few. All rife in our culture today.

I would like to produce and present a televised project called 'Raising Adam' which looks at raising men a different way, a way which is safe, pressure free, nurturing and adaptable and most of all expressive whilst still being macho.
It will be a challenge, but one I believe I can meet, through research and gender professionals support.
I would appreciate support and finances to see this product get off the ground, bear fruit and sow seed into the hearts of our nation.

Kind Regards

Zoe Rafah

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South London Campaign for Young People

I propose that we begin a South London campaign to coincide with the American presidential election, which for the first time will have a black person nominated for the presidency of the United States.

It is a good opportunity for the UK media and population to ask itself what are we doing about something similar happening in this country.

The entire British media will undoubtedly be covering such a momentous campaign for two solid months starting today until November 4th, the day of the American election. I believe we should take this opportunity to focus attentions in South London about what democratic opportunities are being given to our own minorities -- ethnic or social.

Looking at the subject from our South London perspective, the general impression of the media (which is to say also the rest of the population since everybody follows media reports) is that our schools nowadays are principally focusing in keeping students out of the influence of gangs.

For example, the talk about metal detectors at school entrances and booklets informing parents how to spot gang behaviour in their children. This is enormously counterproductive and perpetuates the wrong impression. But nothing is being put in place to counter that impression.

For example, I have had two students in local state schools which have achieved good results. And so did other students which now have gone to universities around the country.

But the perception that South London students are easily tempted to become gang members is creating a vicious circle out of which many future students will find it difficult to come out of. The reality is that good results from those students are mismanaged by the perceptions and preconceptions of the general population. This includes businesses, employers, political parties, etc.

For this reason I propose a campaign in South London to highlight an ambition that in 10 years time the election for the government of the UK should be fielding a person from an ethnic minority or at least a student from a state school.

We should remember the fact that of our current leaders in the three political parties in Parliament, most of them studied in private schools and in the case of the Liberal Democrats, two candidates for the recent leadership of that party went to the same private school, St Paul's. In the case of the Conservative Party, many members of the Shadow Cabinet also went to the same private school, in their case, Eton. In South London private and state schools co-exist nearly side by side but the perceptions of both are completely different.

This perpetual situation in political parties and other walks of life in the UK is not helped by a peculiarly British media tradition of citing the private school somebody attended instead of his/her achievements at University or as working adults, like in America.

Perceptions should change and we should begin now by taking this golden opportunity which is the elections in the United States.

The next step is how we implement a campaign like this one. In my view, of the community organisations and movements I know about in South London, nobody is implementing a short term campaign to focus the attentions of our own population in what is happening here and now.

It is well known that if we do not fight our corner we will be ignored. The general population and government will always focus on perceived priorities and emergencies staged by interested parties and the media. We should take this opportunity to seize the moment. This is our priority.

Pablo Behrens

Pablo Behrens is a film and commercials producer and a writer based in South London for the past 25 years.

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Shaolin Monk speaks out through short text film

Try this.

Go on, try it out. It's just two minutes of your life ...

SONY AWARDS and community radio/local media

[This is a quote from correspondence which indicates the passion which drives local media practitioners facing smooth, commercially driven, mainstream-oriented schemes which at best are self-promoting. WARNING: what follows contains strong feelings !]

I think their philosophy, if one can call it that, is utterly irrelevant and indeed borders on the risible. I can currently think of no reason at all to enter the Sony Awards which (ten years after our ground-breaking RSL was deemed inappropriate) continue to remain of no interest whatsoever to 'Radio Station X'.

We really don't need them, any of us. We may as well enter Crufts. The Sonys do not add to my understanding or enjoyment of radio. They tell me nothing about culture and can surely barely register even inside the industry itself. Where the opinions of the judges happen to coincide with reality, they do not augment it in any revealing or critical way. I have as much faith in them as I do in letters telling me I am the recipient in a lucky draw to win a million pounds or a family car. If I want an award, I'll invent one myself.

The question is not what the Sonys can do for us, but what they say about radio in the UK: the Sonys indicate it is mostly boring, torpid, unimaginative, self-satisfied, crass, dull, dumb, commercially-driven, pompous, irrelevant, smug, patronising, repetitive, cowardly and of little or no civic, social, artistic or technical merit. Or did I miss something?

Oh, and if I wanted to watch a bunch of office workers get pissed, I'd save my £136 excluding VAT and simply head over the river to any bar in the City on a Friday night.



Local Filmmaker Michael Holland writes -

I used to go for regular Sunday lunchtime drinks with my stepfather and his friends. After a few drinks they would talk about work - dock work, the Surrey Docks. They would discuss cargoes they had loaded or unloaded, the ships’ crews that had met, where the boats had sailed from. After a few more beers they would retell jokes colleagues had told down in the hull. Sometimes the conversation would drift to observations on past strikes and marches to Trafalgar Square. And sometimes they would get melancholy as they spoke of accidents on the job, even deaths, amongst their own; their brothers, their comrades.
Nothing unusual about friends discussing work over a weekend pint, except this was the late 90s and these men had not worked in the Surrey Docks since it closed in 1972. Yes, they had moved to other docks further down river; further and further as the docks closed down one by one, beneath their feet, forever moving them on until they were plying their trade as dockers and stevedores in Tilbury and beyond.
Eventually they were made redundant or forced out into a world of work that they did not understand or were prepared for. The skills they had developed were not transferable. No one wanted sacks and boxes and huge crates manually lifted and moved; there were containers and special cranes for one man to do that job now.
Many ex-dockworkers went into mind-numbing jobs such as security guards or car park attendants. They would sit alone through the night in a lonely office block or underground car park. No friends to banter with. No camaraderie.
That’s why, years after they had ceased to be dockworkers they still spoke with each other as if they were. Their nostalgic reminiscing struck me as something quite sad. Sad that, for most of them, since leaving the docks they had not rediscovered the happiness and job satisfaction that had been taken from them.
As I sat, week after week, listening to their stories I knew that I had to get them on film so that this part of Bermondsey history – and London’s – would not die with the men that had made it. I wanted to document their tales for all time.
With a friend I managed to film interviews with many dockworkers and turned their words into my film, ‘Them Days Are Gone’. The title came from something one of the stevedores said in the film
With a small amount of funding I took the film around the borough, showing it to community groups, pensioner groups, in theatres and in nursing homes, getting small screenings wherever I could. Watching the audiences talk about it after, and adding their own stories, I knew I had done the right thing by making that film.
Since then, in my own time and with my own money, I have made other films that document different aspects of the area’s rich history. Our history that big film companies would not bother documenting.
With others I then made ‘Proper Nosh, Innit?’. A film on the history of pie ‘n’ mash as told by the piemen themselves. Again, the title came from a quote in the film.
I have since filmed interviews with former members of Clubland, the famous youth club in Camberwell started in the 1930s by Methodist Minister Jimmy Butterworth, and am hoping to put that footage together into a documentary film in the near future.
Last year I made the Bermondsey Artists’ Group Story, about a group of young art graduates who came, saw and conquered Bermondsey with new ideas in the 1970s, and who now run the magnificent Café Gallery in Southwark Park.
I am just about to finish The Southwark News Story, a film about the first twenty years of our local paper that was begun in 1987 by a man with a mission.
All great stories that I felt needed to be told otherwise they would die with the people who were there at the beginning.
And there are many more local stories that need to put down on film forever. Too many stories for me to film in my spare time, unless I was getting paid to do it, but I have to do another less exciting job to pay the bills.
Sister Cecily at the Bosco Centre is another amazing story that needs to be told; the Time & Talents Association; Surrey Docks Farm; the C.U.M. club; Oxford & Bermondsey Club; Fisher Downside Club, all there ready to have their stories told on film while some of the early members are still alive.
Then there are the smaller – but no less iconic – local tales of pubs and small businesses that have been a part of the borough.
If we don’t get these stories down on film now then we are just going to be left with a few old photos and maybe some newspaper clippings, and it will be too late. Father Nick of St Mary’s Church was on my ‘to do’ list but he died before I could get to him. Now is the time to get our history down on film for future generations to see. We live in the most historic borough in Britain but we must not let contemporary and recent history be lost. If we don’t make these films ourselves, now, no one else will.
  20/3/2008            more    


(to protect local commercial stations, community radio is barred from raising more than a small percentage of its income from advertising - here's one v frustrated station manager)


If you want to know how a station copes under the full force of these draconian and near-sighted panderings to commercial outfits then come to Cambridge. The short answer is we don't. It is painful and scary and undermines everything we do. Community Radio is only here in Cambridge because some of us are mortgaging our own personal medium term futures. I constantly take phone calls from people who want to advertise with us and I have to turn them away - money down the drain.

Here's a thought experiment:
*Newspaper headline: Local Radio puts limit on turnover of local charity/charitable org*
If it were anyone but a C/R station then it would be instant torches and pitchforks from everyone in the local VCS, people would be picketing outside their grubby little waste of money outfit.


Karl Hartland
209radio Station Manager
Voluntary and Community Sector Project Manager

105 FM in the Cambridge City Area
http://209radio.co.uk everywhere else!

Citylife House
Sturton Street

01223 488418
07968 898254

MEDIA MATTERS by Jessicah Curtis

I have never been a fan of the mainstream media. As a journalist I am horrified by what goes on at our local and national papers as well as being disgusted, like many people, at what makes it into the news.

What worries me the most, though, is what is not making it onto the TV bulletins and the pages of the Daily Mail.

The media have for years been telling us that a good newspaper is like a mirror for society—accurately reflecting our views and values back at us. But when was the last time you felt that any of the major newspapers reflected your values and beliefs?
  29/2/2008            more    

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