Poet and novelist Audre Lorde said, “We were never meant to survive.” And yet our communities, in the face of rising hate and oppressive policies, continue to resist, continue to beat the odds stacked against us.
For communities of color, lower income families and the social movements they fuel, transforming systemic barriers and “beating the odds” in the 21st century demands a fair economy, connected communities, a political landscape of visibility, voice and power. To achieve this we need a media and technology environment that fuels real justice.
We call that “Media Justice” and recognize this as a crucial moment in our struggle for freedom—freedom from oppression, freedom to communicate.
Center for Media Justice
The Center for Media Justice, established in 2008, is a national non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. The organization's 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."
The Center for Media Justice's founder and current Executive Director is Malkia Cyril.
In 2002, leaders from We Interrupt This Message and Race Forward (formerly the Applied Research Center) launched the Youth Media Council (YMC) to counter media bias against California’s youth and people of color. As the project grew, it expanded to address inequities in media access and coverage in diverse communities by collaborating with local social justice groups nationwide. With technical support from the Movement Strategy Center, YMC staff organized these groups into the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), and evolved to become the Center for Media Justice (CMJ). Launched in 2008, CMJ is now a nationally recognized organizing hub representing the media policy interests and building the cultural leadership of hundreds of social justice groups across the United States.
CMJ has a vision that states, "Media Justice is a long-term vision to democratize the economy, government, and society through policies and practices that ensure: democratic media ownership, fundamental communication rights; universal media and technology access, and meaningful, accurate representation within news and popular culture for everyone."
The Center for Media Justice believes that Media Justice will be achieved when the media and cultural environment results in connected communities, fair economies, racial justice and human rights for all people; and lifts up the voices of communities of color, low-income people, and other under-represented communities.
OAKLAND, CA 94612-2708 | Tax-exempt since April 2009
Classification (NTEE) Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy N.E.C.
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Donations to this organization are tax deductible.