Cascadia Underground is a Seattle-based media center, cooperative and Cascadia wide collective that provides action-focused education, resources and community space for the Cascadia movement and bioregional issues. By magnifying diverse voices, stories and perspectives, we empower Cascadians to actively resist oppression, exploitation, discrimination or marginalization.
We are working to reignite the spirit of Independent Media Centers and Journalism Networks that were active in the late 1990’s and 2000’s. We provide media spaces for independent citizen journalism, with computers and equipment for digital recording, editing and publishing, and work to pair that with working professionals and interns who can guide an open and non-commercial media collective of programs and content creators.
Current Cascadia Underground Collective Members / Programs
The Cascadia Underground is a collective made up of community organizations and programs. We provide the space and technical services as a movement platform for groups with shared principles and values, working for a positive, sustainable and equitable Pacific Northwest community and bioregion.
PepperSpray’s objective is to continue the tradition of providing independent, non-commercial news and information centered around media diversity. Through a variety of different mediums, PSM creates and provides informative content, meant to be shared through today’s social media landscape. Pepperspray was founded as the media wing of Seattle Indymedia before Indymedia folded.
UpZones Podcast features stories from the people building a richer, more cosmopolitan new Seattle. Host Ian Martinez is a former journalist and Obama Administration adviser that brings his unique conversational manner to long-form interviews with community leaders in the arts, politics and activism, business, and general civic life.
Cascadia Underground is excited to partner with Seattle CascadiaNow! a regional coordinating chapter and hub of CascadiaNow!, a 501(c)3 to educate about bioregionalism, and build a social movement for the Pacific Northwest. Their podcast explores indigenous language and culture, in city, off grid living, ongoing resistance throughout the bioregion, Cascadian business highlights, news updates, with discussions that explore different issues set in a future Cascadia.
Sanctuary City Music Project features the music of politically-impassioned artists that speaks to Cascadia’s rich diversity, and to further the objectives of equality and political awareness. SCMP interviews musicians, policy makers, and other artists to produce recorded compilation albums which educate and raise money for various causes.
CAWS (Cascadians Against White Supremacy) is a non-partisan, volunteer organization aimed at educating about and acting against white supremacist action within the Cascadia bioregion. We do this via independently run workgroups and semi-annual CAWS summits, which feature TEDx-style personal and educational presentations, musical guests, and performances. Each summit culminates in resistance art making workshops, sponsored by Cascadia Underground.
Cascadia Underground’s leadership team is proud to represent a wide variety of Cascadian voices. With more than half of our organizing team comprised of people of color, and also including non-gender conforming and LGBTQ+ individuals, Cascadia Underground seeks to be an active example of its commitment to strengthening diversity within the Cascadia movement.
The Goal of the Cascadia Underground is to create:
- Functional and dedicated media spaces for Cascadians and programs furthering bioregional principles including video, camera, recording and editing equipment available for community use.
- Diverse and inclusive media collectives made up of Cascadians and community members which represent different groups and/or causes.
- Regularly generated original social media content, infographics and toolkits that put local, regional and national issues into a bioregional perspective and context, and help provide simple steps for people to take action.
- Regularly generated original video, audio and media content undertaken and created by collective members using the space, then shared on the Cascadia Underground platforms and on the program’s web pages.
- Educational and generative classes that happen regularly, have a community-building component as determined by the students, and that provide the tools and infrastructure needed by those telling their personal narratives.
- A non-profit store partnered with artists to create original merchandise, with any sales being used as a fundraising tool to support 1) local artists and 2) 501(c)3 non-profit causes.