On June 16th, MAG-Net member organizations from across the country gathered at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit for our annual MAG-Net Membership Assembly.
We were lucky to have Highlander Research & Education Center help lead our convening, which celebrated our collective victories, deepened our knowledge of #MediaJustice, and built power for future campaigns and collaboration.
Together, we created a “Fire of Victories” to share our wins and brainstormed ways to amplify our work. We dived into a Media Justice 101 presentation to help members explore and tease out the history of our media system, with stories on the leadership of people of color throughout the history of media justice.
The Media Justice 101 session was very valuable and … it helped me to articulate more clearly the importance of Media Justice by showing how the history of the media in the U.S., like every other area of our lives, is rooted in systemic oppression, and also how the media as a tool has been used in liberatory and transformative movement work. – Tia Oso – National Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Filled with new lessons from the Media Justice 101 presentation, we worked together to identify ways media justice is connected to the issues that matter most to our communities and how we can use a media justice frame to strategically intervene and win victories locally.
I left truly inspired by the work and more committed to integrating my organization more fully into the MAG-Net program. I also want to acknowledge that MAG-Net is one of the few organizations that constantly reminds itself to honor and make space for people to tell their own story. I admire and support that work as the essence of the social change we are looking to bring about. – Carlton Turner – Executive Director, AlternateROOTS
To wrap up the Assembly, we collaborated on what the future of the network looks like and identified priority issues we wanted to address as a network.
I feel like the time spent together really boosted our connections to each other and understandings of the ways in which our work currently is and can be connected in the future. – Helyx Chase – Tech Manager, Media Mobilizing Project
After the Assembly closed, member organizations shared their work on the AMC MAG-Net Radio Hour program, hosted by Antoine Haywood of PhillyCAM and Brian Dolinar of Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.
We ended our time together with a #MediaJustice Mixer co-hosted by MAG-Net and Free Press! Over 50 people connected with others who work, organize, and have an interest in media justice.
Want to read more about the experience of our members at the Membership Assembly? Check out “Building Movements and Sharing Histories: Global Action Project at the Allied Media Conference” written by Carlos Pareja and youth leader Yara Barbosa of Global Action Project. And don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with MAG-Net and our member organizations!