In the January 1st, Sunday Edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, journalist Brenda Patton honors CMJ’s own Malkia Cyril as one the Bay Area’s change makers who are making a difference in our communities.

In the article, Malkia talks about the role media justice advocates played in shutting down AT&T’s attempted takeover of T-Mobile and in establishing FCC’s net-neutrality rules.

In addition to Malkia, other leaders featured include: Eva Patterson, president of Equal Justice Society, Nikki Fortunato Bas, executive director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, EBASE, Tim Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation, and James Bell Jr., founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute.

Read more about the Bay Area Change Makers here.

Read the Malkia’s full profile here.  A note about the full profile – we are proud and excited to be included in the SF Chronicle’s Change Maker series. Unfortunately the profile of CMJ’s Executive Director got some facts wrong:

  • the Universal Service Fund was established by the 1996 Telecommunications Act, not the other way around
  • the Media Action Grassroots Network is a national alliance of community groups working together for media rights and access, not a leadership or training program
  • Net Neutrality is a policy to protect all Internet users from censorship and protect their right to free speech online, not just those from poor or rural communities- though they are disproportionately impacted by threats to free speech.


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