After the Marches




C

overage

of t


he anti-war
marches of


early
2003 may have disappeared from


the
myopic


mainst


ream
media, but the effects these unparalleled events


had on


millions
of participants around the world will undoubtedly


be
more lasting.


The
stakes are high. The United States has openly


threatened


to abandon as “


irrelevant



the system of international law


s


,
treaties, and institutions created specifically to prevent a catastrophic
third world war.


Most
marchers


understood


the gravity
of


this





despite
the lack of dialogue on the subject within corporate channels of
communication





and
now wish to continue to press for peace instead of perpetual war,
justice instead of


retribution,
democracy instead of


corporate
oligarchy


.


 



Many
reports of the protests revealed marchers who had not previously
engaged in political action, but who were so concerned by the policies
of the U.S. that they braved the threat of ridicule and ostracism
(especially within the U.S.) to voice their anxiety.


At

Z,



we’ve




noticed
a marked increase of


interest
in

Z Magazine,



ZNet and Z Video Productions


within
the past year




among those
new to a


viewpoint
that does not equate capitalism with democracy


.
This is undoubtedly true for


many other left media outlets as well.


 



We,


within the left media, need to make sure we continue to reach out
to


the newly


politicized


public and listen to their concerns.


Likewise,
those who have started to see beneath the veil of corporate media
absurdities need to continue to educate themselves using the vast
array of resources available through non-corporate means





alternative
publications, alternative radio, alternative video, and progressive
websites





despite
the pressure from all sides to re-assimilate into the corporate-patriotic
mindset.


 



To
that end,

Z



will continue to


offer analysis of world events,


report


s
of




actions
in opposition to oppression


,


and suggestions for


alternative
visions.


 



Additionally,
we


regularly


offer listings
in our Zaps sectio


n


of media,
groups, and events intended to promote positive social transformation.


In


previous
issues


, we’ve
also offered long lists of websites presenting progressive points
of view.


Below,
is a short list of progressive


alternative
video producers, distributors and advocacy groups trying to break


into


the


most heavily
fortified, but most “mass” of communication media.