2012 Anchor’s Retreat Report
Over the next 12-18 months, MAG-Net memberswill lead diverse regional projects focused ondigital inclusion, wireless rights, community media, cultural and media infrastructure, eco-nomic rights, and elevating the public voice ofexcluded workers. Together, the network willwork collectively to pass federal and state rulesto lower the cost of calls from incarcerated anddetained people and protect under-representedwireless consumers.
MAG-Net is a chapter-based network, with twelveregional chapters governed by a team of local “Anchor”institutions in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New York,Texas, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia,Minnesota, and Illinois. Anchor institutions are lead-ing local or statewide groups with the infrastructure,capacity, and will to network locally at the intersectionof media and social justice.
About the Center for Media Justice (CMJ)
The Center for Media Justice (CMJ) is a communica-tions training, strategy, and action tank mobilizingbold cultural strategies to end racism and poverty,and strengthen grassroots social justice movements.Launched as an organization in 2008, we help racialand economic justice groups deploy coordinatedcommunications strategies and coalesce their politi-cal power for regulatory media change. Our programsinclude the Media Training and Technical AssistanceProgram, and the Media Rights and Access OrganizingProgram.CMJ is the ﬁscal and strategic manager of the MediaAction Grassroots Network, a signature project of theMedia Rights and Access Organizing Program. As such,the Center for Media Justice is charged with coordi-nating the governance activities of the Anchors Team,effective ﬁnancial management, strategic planning,infrastructure management, membership services, andmobilization of the network to achieve its shared goals.To fulﬁll this mandate, CMJ has engaged our staff often- including one full time Membership Organizer, afull-time National Organizer, and portions of all remain-ing staff time dedicated to network management.In July 2012 CMJ additionally contracted a NetworkDevelopment Specialist to implement a 12-month net-work development plan.
This event would not have been possible withoutsupport from MAG-Net’s funders. Special thanks tothe Media Democracy Fund, the Ford Foundation,the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the OpenSociety Foundation for their ongoing support of thiscritical work. We also thank the staff of the NationalLabor College, whose service over the years has beenimpeccable.None of this work would be possible without thededicated leadership of MAG-Net’s anchor groups. Wethank the Media Literacy Project, Media MobilizingProject, People’s Production House, Media Alliance,IDEPSCA, Urbana-Champaign IMC, Highlander Center,Art is Change, Southwest Workers Union, CommunityMedia Workshop, Native Public Media Martinez StreetWomen’s Center, Working Narratives (formerly knownas Thousand Kites) and Main Street Project, Othernetwork leaders include the Media Justice League,Reclaim the Media, and the Esperanza Center.Special thanks to Alison Roh Park and Karlos GaunaSchmieder for documentation; Community JusticeNetwork for Youth, National Network for Immigrant andRefugee Rights, Spitﬁre Strategies, and Lisa Yanceyfor special presentations; and to the Ford Foundation,the Media Democracy Fund, the Nathan CummingsFoundation, the Open Society Foundation for theirongoing support of this critical network.