Angella Bellota , Membership Organizer
Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network. For decades, Malkia has strengthened the organizing and communications capacity of grassroots leaders to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age. A prolific writer and public speaker, Cyril's articles and quotes-- on issues from Net Neutrality and mass surveillance to the communication rights of prisoners and new strategic communications approaches-- have appeared in Politico, the Huffington Post, Motherboard, Mic.com, Essence Magazine, and dozens more, including documentary films Outfoxed, MissRepresentation, and most recently Ava DuVernay's exciting film: 13th, released by Netflix on October 7th 2016. Cyril is a Prime Movers fellow, recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement, the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, and the 2016 EFF Pioneer Award for their leadership on digital civil rights. Born of parents in the Black Panther Party, Cyril is now one of few leaders of color in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and a proud leader in the Black Lives Matter Network.