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MAGNet Press Kit

MAGNet Press Kit

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Media Action Grassroots Network Press Kit June 2010
Media Action Grassroots Network Press Kit June 2010

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WHO WE ARE 
The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is a local-to-local advocacy network of grassroots social justice,media, and cultural organizations working together to build power for social change through the critical use andtransformation of media and communications systems. MAG-Net is a project of the Center for Media Justice.As a grassroots network, our membership is our strength. We act together to secure changes with and for the com-munities we represent.
OUR MISSION AND VALUES 
MAG-Net’s mission is to build a transformative movement for media justice that is effective, integrated, and sustain-able and that advances racial justice, economic justice, gender equity, and human rights.To thrive, communities pushed furthest to the margins need communications infrastructure and policies that sup-port real democratic engagement. Media rules that advance justice, equity, and rights require a strategy to increasethe collaboration and effectiveness of the media reform and justice sector. MAG-Net was launched in 2004 to reachthese goals, expand the base committed to media and cultural change, and improve media policy and conditionsfor disenfranchised communities.
MAG-Net
THE MEDIA ACTION GRASSROOTS NETWORK
 
WHAT WE DO AND HOW WE DO IT 
Our member groups improve the media conditions and increase the media power of underrepresented com-munities through local organizing projects, regional-to-national alliance building and campaigns, leadershipdevelopment, and community-centered policy change.Through community building and membership activities, a media justice Learning Community, strategic advo-cacy, and a regional capacity- and alliance-building initiative, MAG-Net seeks to:
Connect, nurture, and engage
individual media justice leaders to develop and elevate shared models,vision, and strategies for change
Develop the leadership, capacity, and long-term sustainability
of grassroots regional organizations basedin historically disenfranchised communities and working at the intersection of media/cultural change andsocial justice
Strengthen the effectiveness
of regional alliance building and community organizing for media policychange that expands media access, equity, and cultural self-determination
Increase the impact
of grassroots media policy development and advocacy for racial justice, economicequity, and human rights
ANCHOR ORGANIZATIONS 
THE CENTER FOR MEDIA JUSTICE
(CMJ), Oakland, CA –
MAG-Net Coordinator 
The Center for Media Justice is a national communications strategy and advocacy center for grassroots leadersand organizations based in historically disenfranchised communities. CMJ’s work builds the power of movementsfor racial justice, economic equity, and human rights to become more effective, collaborative, and transformative.
ESPERANZA PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER
, San Antonio, TX
Since 1987, the Center has used cultural production and organizing to help individuals and grassroots organiza-tions acquire the knowledge and skills to support life in a just society. Through advocacy efforts, public forums,actions, and art, they challenge oppression across race, class, sexual orientation, gender, age, and health, aswell as physical and cultural boundaries.
MAG-Net
 
MAIN STREET PROJECT
(MSP), Minneapolis, MN
Main Street Project is a grassroots cultural organizing, media justice, and economic development initiative work-ing to help rural communities face today’s realities with hope. They provide creative and practical tools to giverural residents of all ages, cultures, and economic and immigration status the opportunity to more fully partici-pate in all aspects of community life.
MEDIA ALLIANCE
, Oakland, CA
Media Alliance is a 32-year-old media resource and advocacy center for media workers, non-profit organiza-tions, and social justice activists. Their mission is excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability in all aspectsof the media in the interest of peace, justice, and social responsibility.
MEDIA JUSTICE LEAGUE
, San Antonio, TXLaunched in 2004 after a critical FCC hearing, the Media Justice League is a diverse media justice organizationcommitted to collaborating with local communities and organizations to advocate for media change and social justice strategically using all aspects of grassroots music, media, and technology.
MEDIA LITERACY PROJECT
(MLP), Albuquerque, NM
MLP was founded in 1993 to cultivate critical thinking and activism in our media culture. They are committedto building a healthy world through media justice. Beginning as an outreach project of Albuquerque Academy,MLP develops multimedia resources and presentations on issues of representation, consumerism, and power.While MLP prioritizes their work within the Southwestern U.S., they have worked nationally and internationallyon media justice issues.
MEDIA MOBILIZING PROJECT
(MMP), Philadelphia, PA
The Media Mobilizing Project exists to unleash the powerful combination of communications, media making,and organizing in order to clarify the issues at stake, document lived human realities, and act as a tool to inspireand unite those who have a vested interest in change.
PEOPLE’S PRODUCTION HOUSE
(PPH), New York, NY
PPH believes a diverse, ethical, and independent media is an essential element of social change, and thathistorically excluded communities must be protagonists in media democracy. PPH’s work combines mediacreation, media policy education, and media organizing to preserve and expand the free press so central toAmerica’s identity and democracy.
www.mag-net.org

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