CMC Posted Updates

CMC Final Schedule

We’re pleased to announce the final schedule for this year’s CMC, featuring 20 different workshops and trainings covering radio, video, print, art, music and more. Some of the highlights include the Octavia’s Brood authors leading a Sci Fi & Direct Action training, Shamako from Hip Hop Congress telling us What the Bleep Happened to Hip Hip, Arun Gupta showing what it takes to be an indypendent journalist, and the Community Media Assistance Project with two valuable workshops for low power radio stations looking to take the next step.

In addition we’ve got three powerful evening events lined up. The conference kicks off Friday with a screening of Jesse Freeston’s new film Resistencia, the keynote featuring the Octavia’s Brood co-authors will be 6-8 on Saturday, and Saturday night will be our music showcase, Unite the People.

Saturday concert: Unite the People!

We have partnered with RLM Entertainment to bring you this awesome showcase of politically minded Hip Hop and more, line up includes.

Rahman Jamaal- La Emcee
Shamako Noble- MC/DJ Hip Hop Congress
Mic Crenshaw- Hip Hop Activist/ Emcee
David Rovics- Radical Troubadour
George Mann- Protest Folk
Talilo Marfil- Portland Emcee
Quincy Davis- Portland Emcee
Poesia- hip hop
Silas Blak- hip hop
Rhythm bandits- break dancing
Taryn wright- dance performance

Saturday November 14th 2015
311 N Ivy Street Portland, Oregon 97227
+21 $5-10 sliding scale suggested donation, nobody turned away for lack of funds.

Friday Night Film Screening, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

We’re proud to announce that an opening night event featuring the Portland premier of Jesse Freeston’s film Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley, has been added to the schedule for CMC 2015.

The event will be taking place at Anarres Infoshop & Community Space at 7101 N Lombard in North Portland at 7PM Friday, November 13th. There will be a short reception at the beginning to allow conference participants to register and mingle before the conference begins in full on Saturday. After the film is over Jesse will be on hand to lead a discussion on the developments in Honduras, and his experiences as an independent journalist covering international conflict and Latin American social movements.


Saturday Night Keynote: Octavia’s Brood

For the Saturday night keynote of the CMC we will be featuring a presentation and discussion lead by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne marie brown, co-authors of the amazing new social justice science fiction anthology Octavia’s Brood. The new book is described on their website as such.

“The anthology consists of radical science fiction/speculative fiction/fantasy/horror/magical realism short stories written by activist-writers who are actively involved in building movements for social change. They use their experience doing community work as the muse for their fiction. The collection will also include essays about the radical potential of science fiction by people like award-winning science fiction writer Tananarive Due and award-winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.”

The keynote will be held Saturday evening at the Portland State Smith Memorial Union, the exact time and room number to be determined.

Walidah and adrienne will also be conducting a sci-fi writing workshop on Sunday as part of the conference. We’re glad to have them on board for the CMC and sharing the awesome work they are doing.

2015 CMC Submissions and Registration Open

We’re proud to announce basic preliminary details for the 2nd annual Cascade Media Convergence, as well as let everyone know that workshop submissions and registration are now open.

This year’s convergence will be taking place November 14th & 15th, primarily at Portland State University in downtown Portland. Workshops will take place from roughly 10AM-5PM, with other evening events that we will announce as details become finalized.

If you or your organization would like to submit a workshop or strategy session for inclusion in the program please visit the Propose a Session page. We’re looking for three different types of sessions, informational workshops that highlight the work of media makers and artists making a difference, hands-on skill based workshops geared toward other community organizers and members of the public, and strategy session breakouts where we discuss ways to connect issues important to the community with media makers who want to help.

The deadline for submissions is October 1st, with the preliminary final schedule released October 15th.

We encourage everyone who plans on taking part in the convergence to Register, there is no deadline to register and people can sign in the day of the conference. We ask for a small donation to offset conference costs, our suggested contribution levels are $35-$50 for full registration or $10-$25 for low-income people and students, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

2014 CMC Recap

We wanted to give this little recap to highlight some of the things accomplished during the first CMC in September of 2014, and give a sense of what happened for those who weren’t able to make it. The convergence had roughly 200 participants along with 67 endorsing organizations from cities like Moscow ID, San Francisco, Seattle, Olympia, Eugene and more. There were 26 “traditional” workshops, along with several strategy based sessions where participants talked about particular topics which people were interested in collaborating on going forward from the convergence. There was a particularly strong turn out from community radio stations with roughly 20 taking part.

We think the first convergence  accomplished it’s goal of bringing together experienced media makers along with those interested in learning from throughout the region to share knowledge, and seek out ways for greater collaboration moving forward. We hope to build on momentum from last year’s convergence as we organize for this year’s.


Follow the links to check out some of the highlights from the 2014 CMC.

2014 Schedule

Promo video