May 17, 2016

“Julian Assange Addresses Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy”

Date published: 05/15/2016
Publication: Time Warner Cable News

By Katie Eastman

TROY, N.Y. — Julian Assange, the now infamous Wikileaks founder, addressed the crowd at the Sanctuary for Independent Media from exile in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

He spoke about the upcoming presidential election.

“Donald Trump is not going to win,” Assange said. “Because women make up 52 percent of the U.S. population.”

He also spoke about how media shapes the information landscape.

“We have our personal experience and our mediated experience, making sure that people have true perceptions about the world is in fact the most important thing in the world,” Assange said.

Assange spoke to the Sanctuary for Independent Media because he’s friends with Igor Vamos, a Sanctuary Board Member and independent filmmaker. 

The mission of the of the organization is to provide a platform for non-corporate media.

“Anyone who wants to have a voice, who wants to be able to speak their mind,” said Sanctuary for Independent Media Board Member Kathy High.

“The last decade has really seen the shrinking media landscape, so many less reporters, so many less paid reporters and so really people have been picking up the slack and trying to do it themselves,” Vamos said.

Most of those at the center are volunteers

“There’s this corporatization of everything, and everything revolves around money, and one of the things that we do is we don’t really work with money,” High said.

Volunteers who give a voice to those who don’t have one.

“Music and political speakers and political films that you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the Capital Region,” Sanctuary for Independent Media Board Member Andrew Lynn said.

The sanctuary is always looking for volunteers. Whether it’s for their new, commercial-free radio station, WOOC 105.3, or help care for the community garden.

“Whatever your skill set is, we can use you,” Lynn said.

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