On November 18, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) and Voices for Racial Justice hosted the Media Justice Salon, Towards Decarceration: Can Media and Technology Challenge the Status Quo? In late October, 6,000 people were released from federal prison as part of a large scale push for decarceration in the U.S., which incarcerates more of its people than any other nation. In the face of this bipartisan move toward shrinking the prison population, this webinar examined: will technology and media advance the status quo or challenge it?
Our featured speakers answered network member questions on the role of media and media representation, and its impact on policy efforts, and shared more on what the push for decarceration means for returning citizens – especially with the over reliance on electronic monitoring as a substitute for incarceration.
MAG-Net members learned how powerful advocates can be in helping to shape the narrative and policy direction of decarceration in order to maintain a people-centric framework when addressing mass incarceration.
- Alan Jenkins, The Opportunity Agenda
- James Kilgore, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
- Tara Libert, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
- Gabriella Anais Deal-Márquez, Voices for Racial Justice (Co-Host)
If you missed Towards Decarceration: Can Media and Technology Challenge the Status Quo? please check out the presentation recording
Important Resources from our presenters
- Public Opinion and Discourse on Criminal Justice Issues
- The Opportunity Agenda’s Communication Toolkit
- Ten Lessons for Talking About Racial Equity in the Age of Obama
- Electronic Monitoring is Not the Answer
- European Union Recommendations on Electronic Monitoring
- Voices of the Monitored website and interviews
Advocacy and Organizing:
- To learn more about Voices for Racial Justice, please visit website
- To learn more about Free Minds Write Night events, please visit website
- To stay up to date on reentry activities, visit Free Minds Facebook
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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.
Want to learn more about how your organization can join upcoming Media Justice Salon’s? Please contact Angella, Membership Organizer: [email protected]