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The Routledge Companion to Media and Activism

I have a chapter in the soon-to-be-published Routledge Companion to Media and Activism (edited by Graham Meikle)! My chapter is titled “Transformative media organizing: Key lessons from participatory communications research with the immigrant rights, Occupy, and LGBTQ & Two-Spirit movements.” Here’s the abstract: The relationship between the media and social movements is hotly contested by[…]

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Media Activism in the Digital Age

I’m happy to share that Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang’s new edited book, Media Activism in the Digital Age, contains a chapter that I coauthored (with Chris Schweidler, Teresa Basilio, Meghan McDermott, and Puck Lo) about the intersection of youth organizing and youth media. The chapter is based on findings from the Media in Action participatory research field[…]

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Design Justice Zine #3

The Design Justice Zine Issue #3 is now available to download! (selfie: I edited & contributed to this issue). Of special interest to designers, devs, hackers, social justice activists, and you! Design Justice Zine Issue #3: Design Justice for Action Edited by Sasha Costanza-Chock Designed by Una Lee, Victoria Barnett, Taylor Stewart Free download– High[…]

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Codesign Studio 2017 Final Projects Are Up!

I regularly teach a course at MIT called the Collaborative Design Studio in Civic Media, or the Codesign Studio for short. This semester we focused on youth media, gentrification, and displacement in the Boston area; but we wanted to develop media projects that respond to the current political, cultural, economic, and environmental crisis with youth-led visions of a[…]

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“Toward Transformative Media Organizing” published in Media, Culture, & Society

Exciting news! Together with Chris Schweidler and the Transformative Media Organizing Project, we’ve published findings from our nationwide participatory action research into media activism by LGBTQ and Two-Spirit advocacy organizations in Media, Culture & Society – one of the top peer-reviewed journals in the field of media studies. The abstract and link to full text[…]

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When We Fight, We Win!

WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!:  Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World Back in the 1990s, I worked with Jorge Díaz Ortiz, Puerto Rican cultural organizer, in a youth theater collective called Agitarte. It was my introduction to Freire and to Augosto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed methodology, and a deeply formative experience[…]

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Media in Action: A Field Scan of Media & Youth Organizing in the United States

From 2012-2015, Global Action Project, Data Center and Research Action Design conducted a national research project—Media in Action: A Field Scan of Media & Youth Organizing in the U.S. I was honored to participate as an adviser to the research, and I’m excited that the findings are now freely available. A bit more about the report,[…]

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The Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of Occupy Wall Street: 5 Lessons for Networked Movements

  By Sasha Costanza-Chock (@schock), Christine Schweidler (schweidler@riseup.net), and Charlie DeTar (cfd@media.mit.edu) Note: This is an English translation of an article that originally appeared in 2013 in La Vanguardia Dossier: “The Power of the Networks:” http://www.lavanguardia.com/internacional/20131217/54397298092/el-poder-de-las-redes-sociales-vanguardia-dossier.html   On 17 September 2011, a small group of activists took over New York City’s Zuccotti Park. They triggered[…]