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ALA Webcast--Annual Conference 2003
President's Program

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About the 2003 Annual ALA President's Program:
Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate
Founder, DC Library Renaissance Project

To generate community, political, private and foundation support to improve the DC library system to a world class standard. Ralph Nader established the DC Library Renaissance Project in December 2002 to help raise awareness of the steady decline of the DC Library System due to systematic budget cuts.

The project is funded by grants from The Catherine Reynolds Foundation, The Cafritz Foundation, The Washington Post, The Kiplinger Foundation, The Olender Foundation, The Walsh Street Foundation, The Carnegie Foundation, National Geographic Society, many area law firms and interested private citizens.


ALA Webcast--Midwinter Meeting 2003
President's Program

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About the 2003 Midwinter ALA President's Program:
"Patriotism, Freedom, and Information"

In a post-September 11 world, how do librarians balance the First Amendment rights of their patrons with concerns about terrorism and access to information? Is there a conflict between our cherished traditional professional values and our responsibilities as Americans? How will you respond if the FBI visits your library asking for circulation records? Join ALA President Maurice J. Freedman and Amy Goodman, host of the award-winning Pacifica Network Show "Democracy Now," to explore the issue of how patriotism and defending against terrorism is offered as a justification for limiting our freedoms and our access to information - and related issues.

Amy Goodman is a 1998 recipient of the George Polk Award for the radio documentary "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Military Dictatorship," in which she and co-producer Jeremy Scahill exposed the oil company's role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers on May 28, 1998. They were also awarded the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Project Censored selected the documentary as one of the "10 Most Censored Stories of 1998." They also were honored by the Overseas Press Club, a citation they rejected because of the Club's agreement that journalists not question the keynote speaker US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke at the awards dinner, in the midst of the US bombing of Yugoslavia. Goodman and Scahill co-wrote two articles in The Nation magazine on the Chevron-related killings.

Goodman has also won numerous awards for the radio documentary she co-produced with journalist Allan Nairn, "MASSACRE: The Story of East Timor," including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from AP, UPI, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting . In 1991 Goodman and Nairn survived a massacre in East Timor in which Indonesian soldiers gunned down more than 250 Timorese. The Indonesian military banned them from returning.

Goodman has reported from Israel and the occupied territories, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti and was the first journalist ever to interview the jailed US citizen Lori Berenson, serving a life sentence in Peru. Goodman also broadcast the first US radio interview with imprisoned East Timor rebel leader Xanana Gusmao.

In addition to her daily radio shows, Goodman speaks around the country on university campuses, as well as to human rights, church and community groups about media activism. She also runs workshops at community radio stations on grassroots coverage.