Our mission is to build a powerful movement for a more just and participatory media and digital world—with racial equity and human rights for all.
Media, art, and technology have the power to increase or reduce equality to the degree they are democratized. Today, millions of Americans lack basic access to the communications technologies that keep the world connected and engaged, while telecommunications companies are growing their profits. In a digital age, these technologies are being used to speed up and super-size discrimination and disadvantage. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The Center for Media Justice (CMJ) was launched in 2008 to organize the most under-represented communities into a national movement for media rights, access and representation. CMJ has its roots in the Youth Media Council (YMC), launched in 2002 to counter dangerous media stereotypes about California’s youth of color in the news. As YMC grew, so did its analysis and approach. Within three years and with support from national intermediary the Movement Strategy Center, YMC expanded to a national scope, organizing a broad base of diverse social justice groups by co-founding the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). In 2008, YMC staff launched the Center for Media Justice. Today, CMJ coordinates MAG-Net – the largest racial justice network for media rights, access, and representation in the United States, and remains a powerful network hub winning racial equity through media policy change. We organize a national membership of affiliate groups, mobilize and support media justice campaigns, and strengthen the power of social justice movements to win the media representation they deserve through research, training, and strategic convening.