North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival

Just in time to honor the true spirit of Earth Day, the North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival presents a slate of grassroots media projects with the lofty goal of changing the world. From April 21 through May 5, a series of online screenings, presentations and workshops will highlight the struggles of “ordinary” people from Cohoes, NY to Arica, Chile who are confronting corporate polluters and seizing control of their own destinies. Organized by The Sanctuary for Independent Media, the North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival honors the epic struggle against multinational capitalism by working people with everything to lose and nothing to gain but what they already have: health, home and happiness.

April 21 “Local Media/Local Voices: The Struggle for Clean Air in the Hudson Mohawk Region” [films and panel]
April 25 “Arica: A Toxic Waste Scandal” with “Our Soil” [film and panel]
April 30 “Echoes from Lock One” with filmmaker Q&A in collaboration with North Dakota Environmental Film Festival [film and panel]
May 5 “Witness to the Future” 25th anniversary screening [film]

To register, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ntejff21

The North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival takes place online and is free of charge. Registration is required.

In the words of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: “Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This goal will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”

Those are the words, we are living the reality. A year of the pandemic has proven what everyone knows: working class and communities of color are far more vulnerable to the effects of toxic pollution than the general population. We knew it, the pandemic proved it–what are we going to do about it?

The North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival tells the stories of people working to make a change against seemingly insurmountable odds.

This event is produced by The Sanctuary for Independent Media and sponsored by iEAR Presents! and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer, made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

Black History: Capital Region Youth Rise Up!

Black History: Capital Region Youth Rise Up!
Saturday 02/27/2021 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Exploring the minds of youth in the Black History that they are part of and continue to create.  Learn from the voices and vision of our younger generations, as they [...]

MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration: Rise Up! The Struggle Continues…


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Monday 01/18/2021 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
The theme of 2021's twenty-second Capital District MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration was "Rise Up! The Struggle Continues..."  The virtual event is over now, but you can watch the [...]

Memorial Altar: “Emerging from Darkness”

Memorial Altar: "Emerging from Darkness"
Sunday 01/17/2021 - 05/01/2021 - 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
EMERGING FROM DARKNESS: MAKING SPACE FOR GRIEF An installation to honor personal, community, national and global loss We welcome you to visit Freedom Square, at the corner of 101st St. [...]

Be The Media! with Messiah Rhodes: Passion to Tell Your Story

Be The Media! with Messiah Rhodes: Passion to Tell Your Story
Friday 11/20/2020 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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2020 Press Coverage

Troy kids research Hudson River water quality

 

WNYT Staff
Created: August 21, 2020 08:27 PM

Young people from Troy are taking on the water quality in the Hudson River.

A new collaboration between Riverkeeper and the Sanctuary for Independent Media is giving Troy kids a chance to learn more about the Hudson.

The group is called Water Justice.

Teens will be testing the water for bacteria and tracking health and safety standards in the Hudson River Watershed.
Genesis Cooper, 14, tells NewsChannel 13 she became interested in the water issue after seeing the lead contamination story last year in Flint, Michigan.  Now she wants to affect change in her own backyard.

“Taking how we can solve the problem of its pollution and make it better so that everyone can have clean drinking water and clean bathing water,” explained Genesis.

A physical lab for the Water Justice program is being built now in North Troy and will be done some time next year.

Copyright 2020 – WNYT-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

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For Black Lives

Black Lives Matter.

Listen here for local coverage of the Movement for Black Lives. This playlist includes all of the speeches from Troy’s Rally for Black Lives on Sunday, June 7, as well as more recent words from those fighting for justice:

MediaSanctuary · Rally For Black Lives
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Coronavirus Statement for The Sanctuary for Independent Media

The escalating concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19 have led to extraordinary measures.

For the well-being of our audience, staff, and artists, facilities at The Sanctuary for Independent Media have been closed, employees are working from home, and all in-person public activities scheduled through September 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. We are  maintaining our broadcast and online operations in the meantime.

We are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to follow the lead of local, state, and federal authorities as well as the decisions of individual artists so we can respond to changing conditions.

We will provide ongoing updates as necessary. Stay safe!

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COVID-19 Coverage

We are extremely grateful to be able to serve our community during this pandemic. Producing hyper-local radio and video coverage of COVID-19 that can’t be found anywhere else is a reminder of how important community media is. None of this programming would be possible without the daily work of a team of volunteers and interns. Thank you to them, and to all of you who are listening.

Our intrepid team of Hudson Mohawk Magazine volunteer radio producers has continued to produce the show remotely, since The Sanctuary for Independent Media locked down on Monday, March 16. Our producers are doing an inspiring job of covering the justice and equity aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic that dominant media is not focused on.

If you’re not already subscribed to our podcast, now is as good a time as any to sign up! Click here to subscribe.

You can also listen Monday-Friday at 7 AM, 9 AM and 6 PM on WOOC 105.3 FM Troy and WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady and (streaming right here on mediasanctuary.org). And thank you to WOOA 106.9 FM and WCAA 107.3 FM in Albany for carrying the show as well!

And bookmark this page for easy access to all of our COVID-19 segments:

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Aaron Interviews Erika about Drama

Troy Prep High School student Aaron interviews Erika about drama in among teenagers and on social media. This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

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Sanctuary Youth MEDIA Club | Troy Prep High School | Fall 2019

MEDIA club

Hello everyone! There were seven of us who joined this club in fall 2019 and we discussed topics within our community through multiple radio interviews. Our names are Aaron Pinder, Keimesha Kelly, Chris Timbaland, Madison Cora, Cederic Wilson Decent, Jamari Patterson, and Breanna Whiteback. Over the past ten weeks, each of us have interviewed or been interviewed on a specific topic we were interested in exploring. We also welcomed a special guest, Fire Chief Eric McMahon! Some subjects that caught our interest were drama with social media and in school, the LGBTQ+ community and conflicts, and the current political situation. But don’t take our word for it, look below!
Chris interviews Troy Fire Chief Eric McMahon:

Breanna interviews Keimesha on Blackfishing:

Jamari Interviews Chris on LGBTQ+:

Keimesha Interviews Breanna on LGBTQ+:

Cedric Interviewing Erika on LGBTQ+:

Chris interviews Jamari about Pres. Trump:

Breanna interviews Chris about his dream job:

Madison interviews Sheila about her Ideal Career:

Aaron Interviews Erika about Drama:

Chris Interviews Aaron about Immigration:

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Breanna interviews Chris about his dream job

Troy Prep High School student, Breanna, interviews Chris about his dream job as an adult: Fire Fighting.This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Chris interviews Jamari about Trump

Troy Prep High School student, Chris, interviews a fellow peer, Jamari, about President Trump’s current actions and regulations. This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Madison interviews Sheila about her Ideal Career

Troy Prep High School student Madison interviews Sheila about her ideal career choice and how to determine one’s future. This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Aaron Interviews Erika about Drama

Troy Prep High School student Aaron interviews Erika about drama in among teenagers and on social media. This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Chris Interviews Aaron about Immigration

Troy Prep High School student Chris interviews Aaron about his experience with immigration and misconceptions associated with it. This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Breanna Interviewing Keimesha on Blackfishing

Troy Prep High School student, Breanna, interviews Kemeisha about the idea of blackfishing and how it impacts women. This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Jamari Interviews Chris on LGBTQ+

Troy Prep High School student Jamari interviews Chris on his experiences as part of the LGBTQ+ community. This segment is from the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Chris interviews Troy Fire Chief Eric McMahon

Troy Prep High School student, Chris, interviews Troy Fire Chief Eric McMahon about firefighting and what it takes to become a firefighter. This segment is part of the Sanctuary’s Youth MEDIA Club.

Sanctuary MEDIA Club | TPHS | Keimesha Interviews Breanna on LGBTQ+

Troy Prep High School student Kemeisha interviews Breanna on her experience as part of the LGBTQ+ community. This segment is a part of the Sanctuary Youth MEDIA Club.