Alt Wire is a morning digest of links and information collected and explained by a different guest blogger every weekday. Today's guest is writer and media activist Jen Angel. Five amazing activist organizations you've probably never heard of (but should check out right now):
Reclaim the Media: A small Seattle-based non-profit, Reclaim the Media is one of the best sites for news on media policy issues and activism.
SmartMeme: For the last five years, SmartMeme has been developing story-based strategy—understanding how narratives and stories work to aid campaigns and social movements.
Courage to Resist: Courage to Resist supports members of our military who oppose the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military opposition to the war in Vietnam was a critical element in the anti-war movement, and it can be again.
Rising Tide North America: An up-and-coming environmental activist group, known for their creative direct actions and no-compromise stance opposing fossil fuel use.
The Beehive Collective: This group of talented artist-activists useintricately detailed murals as vehicles to educate the public about the history and implications of complex political, economic and social issues, from Pan Pueblo Panama to mountain-top removal coal mining.
BIO: Jen Angel is a writer and media activist, currently helping others promote their work through the cooperative publicity and tour management group, Aid & Abet. She is the former publisher of Clamor Magazine and a founding board member of Allied Media Projects. She blogs at http://jenangel.wordpress.com.
Previous Alt Wire Guests: Will Braun, Regan Hofmann, Josh Breitbart, Andrew Lam, Jessica Valenti, Jessica Hoffmann, Noah Scalin, Rinku Sen, Paddy Johnson, Melissa Mcewan, Fatemeh Fakhraie, Joe Biel, Anne Elizabeth Moore