On October 28, the Media Action Grassroots Network launched its first Media Justice Salon. Previously known as Digital Dialogues, Media Justice Salon’s are interactive webinars that highlight top line media and communication policy issues that impact our communities. Media Justice Salons are a great educational opportunity for network members to learn more about critical media issues, connect with leaders in the field, and to find out how to take action.
Connection Over Profit: Our Fight to Close the Communications Gap was an opportunity for members to join community and media justice advocates who shed light on the human and social costs of not having access to phone and internet to stay connected to loved ones and their support systems. Our featured speakers shared more about the burden carried by families with incarcerated loved ones, as well as the experience of rural and low-income communities who struggle with the digital divide.
- Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- Alex Friedmann, Prison Legal News
- Elandria Williams, Highlander Research and Education Center
- Alex Hart, Freedman Consulting
If you missed the Media Justice Salon, please check out the powerpoint slides and also a segment from the webinar – featuring Zach Norris (The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights) and Alex Friedmann (Prison Legal News) – discussing the impact of incarceration on families and the recent prison phone justice victory.
Important Resources from our presenters
Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families”
Improving Internet Access for Low-Income Americans
Broadband Study: Use What’s There
Suggested websites to learn more about prison phone justice issues: