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Media Justice Salon – Telling Untold Stories: How Documentary Film Shapes New Racial Narratives

On November 30, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) hosted a Media Justice Salon, Telling Untold Stories: How Documentary Film Shapes New Racial Narratives. We discussed the power of documentary films as a tool to shape new narratives through a racial lens and support our movements for justice. Ava DuVernay’s recent documentary, “13TH” is a prime Read more

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What is MAG-Net?

The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is a hub for the resources organizations need to build local power and take their work to the next level. Our membership is diverse, from movement-building organizations like Million Hoodies Movement for Justice to public access TV stations like PhillyCAM. Through educational webinars to deepen our analysis, a members-only Read more

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Getting Started with Digital Security: Tips and Resources for Activists

Reposted with permission from MAG-Net member, WITNESS If you are documenting human rights abuses, technology can put powerful people’s wrongdoings in the spotlight, or it can put you in jail. Whether you’re facing down police to protect the environment, documenting systemic state violence, or communicating with activists in conflict areas, it’s very important to think Read more

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e-Carceration: Race, Technology, and the Future of Policing and Prisons in America

Keynote speech delivered at Fusion Magazine’s Real Future Fair in Oakland, CA on November 15, 2016. Video of the speech can be found here.  19th century Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci said: “the old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born. Now is the time of monsters.” On November 8th, election day in Read more

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How I’m showing up for racial justice

I felt like something was missing. Many years ago, I was a writer and editor involved in independent press. My work was political, but racial justice did not show up in a way that satisfied me. I knew that when race was not central to the picture, racial justice wouldn’t be, either.  That’s when I Read more

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Media Justice Salon – SHOT ON CAMERA: Documenting the Police

On September 22, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) and Champaign Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice hosted the Media Justice Salon, SHOT ON CAMERA: Documenting the Police. We see the tensions between cameras pointed at the police and those pointing at the public and are facing the implications these situations have on free speech, Read more

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Center for Media Justice Executive Director Awarded Electronic Frontier Foundation 2016 Pioneer Award

Tonight, Center for Media Justice founder and executive director Malkia Cyril was awarded a 2016 Pioneer Award at the 24th Annual Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards ceremony for their work as a leading voice and organizer on the issues of Net Neutrality, surveillance, communications rights for prisoners, and media representation of people of color. >> Read more

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Let’s make police body cam policies do better on civil rights.

Reposted with permission from Equal Future Since we released our Body Worn Camera Policy Scorecard together with the Leadership Conference last November, body cameras have gained even more attention and traction nationwide. Many more departments are adopting the new technology in hopes of increasing transparency, but many incidents have already occurred where an officer failed to record Read more