An Open Letter

Dear Hunter and Huron Valley DSA members,

When we spoke recently we discussed how elite sectors of society maintain constant communication. It got me thinking that an explanation of where this organization fits in the media landscape was a bit overdue.

Perhaps the best way to explain it is by explaining the function of its counterpart, Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs is published by the Council of Foreign Relations, a New York-based think tank, six times a year. By examining the advertisements in the publication, some features of their demographic come into view. Advertisers have included Mitsubishi, Boeing, and Georgetown University. Mitsubishi might not sound so strange until the image is viewed. Rather than selling cars, they are selling the latest in missile and related software. It is a publication that has featured the likes of former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. It is a forum for Western leaders to discuss their latest ideas about national security, trade policy, and diplomacy.

Unlike its counterpart, Borderless Media Collective does not receive advertisement money. It is committed to maintaining a strong independence because journalism dies from a thousand little conversations that start, “Maybe you could just say…” Its commitment is to journalistic principles and its audience. Rather than giving a space for weapon manufacturers, BMC seeks out activist organizations campaigning for peace. The sound of the streets and the voice of the dissenter are at home here. This is a graffiti-stained forum for the vibrant swaths of humanity to listen and discuss.

There is a telling banner in almost every copy of Foreign Affairs. It’s Harry Truman’s presidential portrait with his quote, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” It speaks volumes about the understanding that the leaders of Western society have, it’s the reason so many were aghast with the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the information is quality or if the average reading level of Congress is that of a sophomore in high school matters less than the blatant acknowledgement of why people in their positions should read, or make their interns read for them. There are ideas that are best articulated through the medium of print. It is the ability of these elite factions to maintain constant, well-articulated contact that helps set the pace of their actions. It helps to establish standards to be pursued.

While traveling in Montreal for an upcoming issue, I came across a pamphlet, published in both English and French, that explained workers’ and tenants’ rights. The university we were at offered free legal consultation for students in French, English, and Mandarin for any reason. I’ve listened to the American horror stories of black mold, leaky ceilings, and insect infestations. There was little recourse for those tenants though. As I turned the pages of these pamphlets, the purpose of the organization crystallized. If the landlords of the world, the corporations, the military leaders, if they can speak to each other about what they do and why, then why don’t activist organizations do the same? If only those tenants in America could measure their living standard against the Canadian one in a concrete fashion, how different would America be?

That’s where Borderless Media Collective resides – in the activist circles, in the streets, and in every community that yearns for peace. I hope this helps explain our organization a bit more. Feel free to contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.

Sincerely,

Joel Campbell
President
Borderless Media Collective

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