The Center for Media Justice is proud to co-sponsor Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now! and the New York Daily News and Joseph Torres of Free Press tour stop for the launching of their new book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media.
The community is invited to book tour event that will take place on Friday Oct. 21 at the First Congressional Church of Oakland from 7 p.m. to 8:30.
The First Congressional Church is located at 2501 Harrison St in Oakland, Calif.
News for All the People offers a sweeping account of the class and racial conflicts in American news media, from the first colonial newspaper to the age of the Internet. Based on years of archival research, News for All the People reveals how racial segregation in the media distorted the news and highlights numerous examples of how publishers and broadcasters actually fomented racial violence through their coverage.
González and Torres chronicle the struggle of Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American journalists to create a vibrant alternative and democratic press, which included forcing open the doors of the major media companies in the 1970s.
The book weaves back and forth between the corporate battles and government policies that built our segregated media system-as when Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover gave a radio license to the KKK-and those who rebelled against that system, such as Pittsburgh Courier publisher Robert L. Vann, who led a national campaign to get the black-face comedy Amos 'n' Andy off the air.
JUAN GONZALEZ , a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for commentary, is former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a columnist for New York's Daily News, and co-host of the nationally syndicated TV and radio news show Democracy Now! His previous books include Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, and Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse.
JOSEPH TORRES is the senior advisor for government and external affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization. Before joining Free Press, he worked as deputy director at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years.
The book tour is co-sponsored by Democracy Now and Free Press. For more information on the event and the book please visit www.democracynow.org