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Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz Discusses Responsible Speech

WHAT: Lalo Alcaraz will speak at Media Literacy Project’s “Teach-In on Responsible Speech” on Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at Encuentro in Albuquerque.  Lalo Alcaraz is a prolific Chicano artist and cartoonist. He's best known for the comic strip "La Cucaracha," which is the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed, daily, Latino comic. Lalo Alcaraz's week-long visit to Albuquerque is sponsored by Southwest Organizing Project and consists of a variety of events leading up to Tierra del Soul – Fiestas de Chile y Arte.  Lalo Alcaraz will explain his process of creating cartoons as a way of talking back to irresponsible representations of his community in the media.

WHEN: Sept. 25, 7-8 p.m.

WHERE: Encuentro, 714 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

COST: Free to the community

WHO: The following are available for interviews:

·         Immediately following the event: Lalo Alcaraz

·         Before or at the end of the event: Andrea Quijada, member of FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee and executive director of Media Literacy Project

WHY: This talk is part of Media Literacy Project’s Siembra la Palabra Digna campaign, meaning “sow the dignified word.” The campaign urges media to speak conscientiously about marginalized communities, avoiding name-calling and biased representations, as well as empowering everyday people to understand and deconstruct images of their communities in the media. At the event, Media Literacy Project will discuss the goals of the Siembra la Palabra Digna campaign and how people can participate. 

About Media Literacy Project:

Media Literacy Project (MLP), a non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, is a nationally recognized leader in media literacy resources and education that transforms everyday people into critical media consumers and engaged media justice advocates. MLP offers a comprehensive, social-justice approach to media literacy, addressing its three components: access, analysis, and creation. Since 1993, MLP has worked with schools and community organizations locally, nationally and internationally to deliver dynamic media literacy trainings and curricula, as well as to support media justice campaigns.

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