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Appalshop and Center for Media Justice’s Malkia Cyril named as YBCA 100 Honorees

We’re excited to announce that MAG-Net member, Appalshop, and Center for Media Justice executive director, Malkia Cyril, have been chosen as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 100 honorees! The YBCA 100 is an annual selection of the 100 people, organizations, and movements that inspire this innovative arts institution the most. It celebrates the Read more

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We say black lives matter. The FBI says that makes us a security threat.

Did you know that, this past summer, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division authored a report designating a new group of terrorists: “Black Identity Extremists”? It labels black activists seeking justice as threats to national security. Our executive director, Malkia Cyril, and Shanelle Matthews, director of communications for Black Lives Matter, wrote a powerful Op-Ed in the Read more

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ACLU AND CMJ DEMAND FBI RECORDS ON SURVEILLANCE OF BLACK ACTIVISTS

FRESH CONCERNS PROMPTED BY LEAKED FBI DOCUMENT FOCUSING ON NEWLY CREATED CATEGORY CALLED ‘BLACK IDENTITY EXTREMISTS’ October 18, 2017 NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Media Justice filed a Freedom of Information Act request today asking the FBI to turn over documents related to surveillance of Black people on Read more

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Get the Shackles Off Our Children!

Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown brought some relief to those caught up in the juvenile legal system and their families by signing a number of bills into law. One of these, SB 190,  will bring an end to charges for electronic monitoring (EM). Electronic monitoring of juveniles has expanded in recent years, especially in low Read more

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Activists of color and allies: Learn how to protect yourself from surveillance at a digital security training!

The vast system of U.S. surveillance is in the hands of a President who is violating our constitutional and human rights. It’s vital that organizers protect their digital security so we can continue to work for social change.  The Center for Media Justice – home of the Media Action Grassroots Network – in partnership with Wellstone Action and United Read more

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From Brooklyn, to Philly, to D.C.: A Day in the Fight for Net Neutrality

On an unseasonably hot September day in Washington D.C., our group of grassroots activists have been jostling through several metal detectors, carpeted cafeterias, and marble steps from one congressional building to the next. By late afternoon our physical and cell phone batteries are running low. I think to myself, as we walk to our last Read more

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New Proposed Bill Allows Warrantless Surveillance

If you’re like most people in the U.S., you’ve never heard of Section 702. It’s a little known surveillance law that is part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Section 702 permits the government to collect the content of communications of “targets” who are “non-Americans” located abroad, including communications they may have with Americans. Read more

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We traveled to DC to fight for your Internet rights!

On Wednesday, September 27, we were in Washington, D.C. for the Net Neutrality Day of Advocacy! The Day of Advocacy was a huge mobilization of advocates traveling from across the U.S. to tell our policymakers that we need an open Internet so our communities can thrive, innovate, and organize for justice. Center for Media Justice Read more

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Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of Center for Media Justice Selected as TheRoot100 Honoree

Malkia Cyril, executive director and cofounder of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ), home of the Media Actions Grassroots Network, has been selected as an Honoree on TheRoot100, listed at #40. Established in 2009 shortly after the election of President Barack Obama, TheRoot100 is the online magazine’s annual list that honors Black excellence across fields Read more

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The Bay Area “Welcomes” FCC Chairman Pai with a Protest

Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Pai’s plan has got to go. Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Pai’s plan has got to go. Last Tuesday, Internet activists and Bay Area community members rallied outside of an event hosted by Lincoln Networks to hold a so-called “welcome party” for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The young, Trump-appointed chairman, who is Read more