Resources for Media Justice Organizing

Visions for Media Justice
Coalition & Ally Issues
Resources for Anti-Oppression Education and Organizing
Media Accountability Organizations and Other Media Resources
Media Justice Network Organizations


Media Justice: A Media for the People (a Declaration of Media Independence), 2003

Speaking for Ourselves by Makani Themba-Nixon & Nan Rubin (The Nation, Nov 17 2003)

Pleading Our Own Cause by Makani Themba-Nixon (ColorLines, Winter 2003-2004)

Media Matters: media literacy, communities of color and challenging the status quo by Silja J.A. Talvi, Colors NW Oct. 2005

U.S. Media Activism and the Search for Constituency by Aliza Dichter

Communications Policy is a Civil Rights Issue by Mark Lloyd

Can We Build a Wireless Communications Infrastructure That Values Everyone's Right to Communicate? by Vikki Cravens, Dharma Dailey, and Antwuan Wallace, Media Justice Fund/Funding Exchange

Chicago Tonight: Elites, Affluence & Advertising (Chicago Media Action)
This report, released on July 19, 2004, provides an analysis, including race and gender, of Chicago Tonight, the flagship hour-long TV program of WTTW Channel 11, Chicago's main PBS affiliate. Includes suggestions for action.

Why Are Civil Rights Groups Neglecting Media Policy? by Seeta Pena Gangadharan, Alternet April 2002

Media Justice Now: a call for development of a media justice curriculum (Third World Majority)

Presente! a Radio Station Barn Raising by Hannah Sassaman, YES! Magazine, Spring 2005

Voices from the Valley: Radio Cadena by Jonathan Lawson, YES! Magazine, Winter 2003

Media Reform, Media Justice (video)
This is a video report for StreetLevel TV about the National Conference on Media Reform (2005) that took place in St. Louis, Missouri. Media activists talk about the differences between Media Reform and Media Justice.

Media Justice: Access and Accountability (audio)
This edition of Making Contact (National Radio Project) takes a look at Media Justice, and the grassroots efforts to make media more accountable.


An Open Letter To Activists Concerning Racism In The Anti-War Movement, February 13, 2003: written by activists in response to organizing
in NYC.

Color in the Anti-War Movement: Activists of Color Mobilize Against War at Home and Abroad by Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, Includes specific response to the Open Letter cited above.

Where Was the Color in Seattle? Looking for reasons why the Great Battle was so white by Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez

Are Black People Pulling Their Anti-War Weight? by Donna Warren


The Western States Center, located in Portland, OR, an organization that has a number of resources for social justice organizations on their website, from their Dismantling Racism. These include:

Moving A Racial Justice Agenda: Organizational Assessment, Are you ready?

Assessing Organizational Racism: a tool for predominantly white organizations and multi-racial organizations of white people and people of color.

Challenging Homphobia, Racism and Other Oppressive Moments: tips on how to respond to comments and behavior (for “moment,s” not for deeper dynamics)

White Supremacy Culture from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001
This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up
in our organizations.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change

Definitions: from A is for Ableism to W is for White Supremacy

ColorLines Magazine, 'covering the latest in race, culture and organizing,' and many useful articles.

Multiracial Formations: New Instruments for Social Change: A study edited by Gary Delgado (founder of Center for Third World Organizing and Applied Resource Center) presenting general observations, key lessons and recommendations on a range of multiracial models and experiences. For more information on this and RaceWire, their news service, visit:

Talking the Walk: A Communications Guide for Racial Justice, ed. by Hunter Cutting and Makani Themba-Nixon, We Interrupt This Message 2003.
An excellent "insider's guide to disrupting the current narrative (or lack of narrative) on race justice." For more info visit

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice, by Paul Kivel, New Society Publishers, 1996. This is one of the better books on this topic.


The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) produces a bibliography of Anti-Arab Discrimination, Stereotyping, and Media Bias

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. GLAAD Media Resource Kits including: Media Reference Guide, Communities of African Descent Resource Kit, Covering Hate Crimes available from this website.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a national media watch group, has a Racism Watch Desk which presents an excellent resource of articles and information dealing with the media's misrepresentation of people of color.

UNITY:Journalists of Color, Inc.
Representing 7,000 journalists of color, UNITY is a strategic alliance comprised of four national associations: Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Native American Journalists Association. In addition to planning the largest regular gathering of journalists in the nation (the UNITY 2004 Convention), UNITY develops programs and institutional relationships that promote year-round journalism advocacy and education, with a focus on fairness & accuracy in news coverage and diversity in newsrooms.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists published a report entitled Brownout 2003: The Portrayal of Latinos in Network Television News, by Serafin Mendez-Mendez and Diana Alverio.
Despite the enormous growth of the nation's Latino community, Latinos continued to be marginalized on the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC in 2002, according to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists eighth annual Network Brownout Report released. This year's study found that two-thirds of all Latino-related stories that aired on the network news were about crime, terrorism and illegal immigration.

A number of industry studies have documented the lack of diversity in news organizations and racism and bias in the media. The Maynard Institute offers several useful resources gathered here.

From Assimilation to Annihilation: Puerto Rican Images in U.S. Films by
Richie Perez., Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos Bulletin, Hunter College 1990.

Pictures of our Nobler Selves - A History of Native American Contributions to News Media by Mark N. Trahant.

Just a few of the media resources available:

African-American Video Resources: a Select Guide, by Patricia B. McGee

Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies.
1994 documentary recounting the little-known story of a remarkable independent film industry that produced close to 500 movies for African-American audiences between 1910 and 1940. These "race movies" provided black moviegoers with images that didn't demean them, but depicted them as real people.

Soldiers Without Swords: The Black Press in America. This documentary chronicles the history of the Black press and contribution of black journalists.

Race: The Power of an Illusion; a recent PBS series.

Third World Newsreel is one of a number of media arts organizations dedicated to promoting the production and distribution of media work by historically marginalized communities.

Also see these sites to locate work (and links) for screenings etc.:

Arab Film Distribution:


Frameline, promoting gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer media:

ITVS - Independent Television Service:

NAATA - National Asian American Telecommunications Association:

National Black Programmer's Consortium:

Native American Public Telecommunications:


Third World Majority offers training in digital story-telling to organizations around the country. For a terrific article on TWM’s work and reflections on media justice, by TWM's Thenmozhi Soundararajan see:

Innercity Struggle (ICS), based in East Los Angeles, is a community organization dedicated to promoting social and economic justice for youth and families of Boyle Heights and the surrounding communities of East Los Angeles. Through it’s youth component, Youth Organizing Communities (YOC), InnerCity Struggle(ICS) has tools and curriculum that can help build the organizational capacity of your group.

Youth Media Council: www/

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center:

Media Empowerment Project

Media Tank

Representing Education, Activism, and Community through Hip-Hop:

Indigenous Media Arts Group:

Industry Ears:

Silicon Valley De-Bug publishes stories and pictures on youth and working people's perspective on Silicon Valley life. We are a platform for the unheard voices of Silicon Valley's young and temporary. Training opportunities for journalists of color.

Sista II Sista (SIIS) is a Brooklyn-wide community-based collective of working-class young and adult Black and Latina women building together to model a society based on liberation and love.

Southern Echo, Inc. is a leadership development, education and training organization, working through an intergenerational model, to develop accountable grassroots leadership and community-based organizations throughout the state of Mississippi and the Southern region.

The Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural, based in Washington DC, is an alliance of regionally and culturally diverse organizations working to build a more just and sustainable food system. Its programs include advocating for national policies which support this goal, as well as economic development efforts such as bridging the digital divide, and helping our diverse members market the products of their farmers.

Videomachete is a Chicago-based, inter-generational, collective of cultural workers. We are activists, students, media artists- both youth and adult- who are all committed to cultivatng images, ideas, and words that transform our communities, raise consciousness, and generate collective analysis and action.

DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) is a community-based social justice organization of working class and poor South Asian immigrants and immigrant detainees and their families in New York City. Desi is a common term used by people of South Asian descent to identify as people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Guyana, and Trinidad.

Compiled by Martha Wallner, Media Alliance, edited by Jonathan Lawson, Reclaim the Media.

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey