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Jazz Sanctuary from 7-10 PM Every Night

Jazz Sanctuary is a wonderful celebration of all that is creative, dedicated to …

Traevon Vautrin: The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s prodigy

Published: 02/07/2018

Publication: The Alt

Eleven-year-old Traevon “Trae” Vautrin is a very busy intern. In the downstairs studio of The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, he darts from the printer to the couch to the computer. He’s meant to be on the …

Protesters in Troy push for changes in wake of AG’s report on fatal shooting

Published: 1/19/2018

Publication: The Saratogian 

TROY, N.Y. >> More than a dozen concerned citizens gathered on a stage at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on Thursday night, only a couple of days after the state Attorney General’s Office issued a report ripping the conduct of the Troy …

Troy activists want review board: Residents call for reforms after Schneiderman’s report on 2016 police shooting

Published: 01/19/2018

Publication: Times Union

Residents call for reforms after Schneiderman’s report on 2016 police shooting


Photo: Lori Van Buren


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Troy merchants to set up Sunday in Colonie Center

Published: 01/09/18

Publication: Troy Record


By Lauren Halligan, The Record

COLONIE, N.Y. >> A group of Troy merchants are setting up shop at the mall this weekend, in a new collective pop-up called #ShopTroyNY.

Following the launch of a social media campaign called #ShopTroyNY, …

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The outpouring of support from this community helped us raise $32,584—we can now help build two new progressive radio stations for the Capital Region.

The Hudson Mohawk Radio Network is now live, test broadcasting on WOOA 106.9 FM Albany and WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady. The FCC construction permits will

Chris Hedges on the American Empire’s Descent Into Dystopia

In a powerful speech delivered at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, N.Y., Chris Hedges analyzes fascism and empire in the Trump age. The Truthdig columnist begins by enumerating…

Sanctuary TV: Chris Hedges Q&A “Fascism in the Age of Trump”

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges took questions after speaking at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

Land bank builds toward better Troy

Fighting blight is an unheralded struggle for the Troy Community Land Bank, a constant effort to keep buildings from deteriorating, knocking down structures when they can’t be salvaged and enticing investors into North Central, the city’s poorest neighborhood.

In its third year of existence, the land bank is developing a system geared toward improving the entire neighborhood rather than just individual properties.

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Investigative reporter Azmat Khan visited the sites of nearly 150 U.S.-led airstrikes in northern Iraq and interviewed hundreds of survivors, their family members, local officials and others about the damage caused by the bombings.

Low-power FM station with progressive message coming to Albany

A new low-power radio station run by advocates for environmental and progressive causes will be taking to the airwaves in Albany in January.

The broadcast tower for WOOA-FM went up last week atop the roof of the Social Justice Center on Central Avenue in Albany, said Mark Dunlea, chairman of the not-for-profit Green Education and Legal Fund, which holds the station’s federal broadcast license.

Sanctuary TV: Chris Hedges on Fascism in the Age of Trump

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke in at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

Chris Hedges is the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003), a finalist for the …

Azmat Khan at Sanctuary for Independent Media

Published: 11/27/17
Publication: All Over Albany

Award-winning journalist Azmat Khan will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy this Friday, December 1 for a talk.

Khan has reported for a bunch of different outlines, including Frontline, and she’s Future of …

“In Mecca with eye, iPhone”

Siri is confused. She and I are riding on the Wifi network kindly provided by Osama bin Laden’s family, who own the biggest construction conglomerate in the Holy Land. She does not seem to know where we are, geographically speaking. Siri thinks we are in Doha in Qatar, my previous stop, but I am with my iPhone 4s and pocket Quran in Mecca.

“Putting Food By” working party in KitchenSanctuary

Learn about the art of harvesting and saving the food from your garden, ready to use all winter long!

“Sunday at Sanctuary for Independent Media: Nano Stern”

Published: 10/27/17
Publication: The Alt

Joan Baez—ever heard of her?—once said that Chilean musician Nano Stern “stands out for his ability to play various instruments, but his most faithful companions will always be his guitar and his voice in the simplicity that characterizes him as a person.” Stern is headed …

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Published: 10/27/2017
Publication: Times Union



Nano Stern is from Chile, but the political punk poet and singer-songwriter also spent time in Germany and studied music in the Netherlands. But Stern has always embraced his Chilean musical roots, blending classical, jazz and rock with Chilean revolutionary music. Folk legend …

“Troy media group announces fall 2017 season”

Published: 10/18/2017
Publication: Troy Record

TROY, N.Y.>> The Sanctuary for Independent Media has announced its fall 2017 season, featuring musical performances, speakers, films, workshops, gallery shows and more.

Located at 3361 Sixth Ave. in North Troy, The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community …

“Melissa Aldana Quartet, Sanctuary for Independent Media”

Published: 10/18/2017
Publication: Times Union


Growing up in Chile, Melissa Aldana could hardly avoid the sound of jazzy horns: Both her father and grandfather were serious saxophone players, and she took up the instrument as a child. (Her bio says she still plays granddad’s Selmer Mark VI horn.) Aldana left Chile to pursue …

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