Chicago Coalition for
As a librarian interested in what we now term "digital divide" issues, I was
thrilled to learn about a group called the Chicago Coalition for Information Access
(CCIA). CCIA was founded by Carl Davidson, a mover and shaker in SDS in the 60s,
who had moved into other aspects of grassroots organizing. I got involved over a
couple of years, and was heavily involved by the time I left Chicago in 1997.
- Chicago Media
Map, July 1996. An analysis of ownership of local print, tv and radio media
outlets. The print map was never made available online.
- Telecomm and Me? Yes!
Demystifying Telecommunications and Information Policy, Town Forum, July 20,
1996. (Principal organizer, with Chicago Coalition for Information Access; Chicago
Media Watch; Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.)
- Southwest Youth Collaborative, Community Computing Center.
(Grants, Teaching, Developing Instructional Program, 1995-1997.)
- Carl had hooked up with the SWYC, a group doing great work
with youth in SW Chicago. They needed someone to help them write up plans and a
grant for a computing center, and then to help get some computer skills training
going. I drafted a bunch of my friends to help with the basic computer training of
the youth; and then the youth took over with peer-based skills training. Since
then, the program has continued to develop, and is part of CTCNet Chicago.
- Board, 1996-97.