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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…

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.

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.

“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 …

“We Recommend…”


Published: 10/27/2017
Publication: Times Union

 

Music

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 …

“Young Troy filmmakers document Hudson River pollution”


Published: 08/02/2017
Publication: The Alt

Young Troy filmmakers document Hudson River pollution

 

On an overcast mid-July morning, 11-year-old Trayvon Vautrin combs the beach for treasures in the form of broken pottery pieces as he waits for his fellow co-workers of the Uptown Summer program to …

“StoryHarvest is North Troy’s festival of food, music, poetry and art”


Published: 10/12/2017
Publication: Saratoga Living

StoryHarvest is North Troy’s festival of food, music, poetry and art

Rebecca Whitehead gives a free chair massage.

 

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy held its seventh annual StoryHarvest: A Celebration of …

“Sanctuary for Independent Media 2017 fall”


Date Published: 10/12/2017
Publication: All Over Albany
Sanctuary for Independent Media 2017 fall

Among the people making appearances this season (left to right): journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Azmat Khan, and filmmaker Parvez Sharma.

The upcoming fall season of events at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy is out. …

“Low-power, high-energy: Grassroots Radio Conference meets in Albany”


Date published: 10/07/2017
Publication: Times Union

Low-power, high-energy: Grassroots Radio Conference meets in Albany

 

ALBANY — In an age when corporate media outlets rule the airwaves and saturate the world, low-power FM radio stations – or LPFM –  are the small-scale, low-budget, …

"Taina Asili on the importance of Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media"


Date published: 05/24/2017
Publication: The Alt

Taina Asili on the importance of Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media
Jaya Sundaresh | Wednesday, May 24 2017

Taina Asili on the importance of Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media
Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde is back in the …

"Activist artist to headline Troy’s Freedom Festival"


Date published: 05/31/2017
Publication: Troy Record

Activist artist to headline Troy’s Freedom Festival

Taina Asili y la Bande Rebelde will perform at the Freedom Festival on Saturday at Freedom Square in Troy.Photo provided

 

"Amy Biancolli: Musical homage to Albany’s jazz lady"


Date published: 01/19/2017
Publication: Times Union

AMY BIANCOLLI Published 4:45 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017

I did not know Lee Shaw personally. It grieves me to say this, but I never met her. Never became a regular at her gigs, though I do recall her …

"Sanctuary for Independent Media officially launches radio station"


Date published: 02/09/2017
Publication: Troy Record

By newsroom@troyrecord.com,, @troyrecord on Twitter
POSTED: 02/09/17, 1:13 PM EST | UPDATED: ON 02/09/2017

TROY, N.Y. >> After a more than a year of test broadcasts, The Sanctuary for Independent Media has officially launched a new listener-supported, non-commercial radio station. …

"Biancolli: The art of Bloomberg-funded 'Breathing Lights'"


Date published: 10/03/2016
Publication: Times Union

By Amy Biancolli Updated 11:54 am, Monday, October 3, 2016

They’re odd. They’re unexpected. They’ll stop you in your tracks, prompting you to hit the brakes and pull to the curb. The abandoned buildings now blinking in the night throughout Albany, Schenectady …

"Troy neighborhood comes together for annual anti-violence festival"


Date published: 08/27/2016
Publication: Troy Record

By newsroom@troyrecord.com,, @troyrecord on Twitter
POSTED: 08/27/16, 5:35 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 08/27/2016

TROY The North Central Neighborhood Community Center, in partnership with several other community organizations, hosted the fifth annual Unity in the Community Anti-Violence Back to School Festival …

Upcoming Events
10/21/2017 – 12/16/2017
Art Opening: “Troy Project” with Susan Anthony
Dec. 16
6th Annual North Central Holiday Justice and Peace Celebration

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