Recapturing Our Stories: Active Learning for Media and Racial Justice!


Images of people of color and other historically marginalized communities proliferate in the media.  At times they inspire, but more- often-than-not they perpetuate stereotypes and misinformation rather than empowerment and liberation.  

Behind the scenes a web of rules, regulations and production not only create, but disseminate these images… often at the expense of our communities’ health and wellbeing.  Fortunately this is not the end of the story!

Join us for an interactive and creative session that explores the ways that story-telling, organizing, and technology can help to shape the stories that impact our lives.  Bring your own stories as the United Church of Christ’s media justice ministry and the Center for Media Justice join forces to consider these questions and look for ways to promote racial justice through the media. 
This session will be held on Tuesday, October 1 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St NW, Washington DC 20001 (near Metro Center).  The session will start at 10:30 am and end at 12:30 with lunch.   RSVPs are necessary so we can provide you with lunch.
The workshop will occur after the UCC's annual Everett C. Parker Lecture and Awards Breakfast, which will start at 8 am.  Limited complimentary tickets to the breakfast may be available, please email if you would like to attend both events.

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Join National Civil Rights Call for Economic Justice – Telephone Lifeline

Join Us: A National Civil Rights Call on Protecting and Expanding the Lifeline Program, September 12th, 2-3pm EST

Thanks to the Lifeline program, our nation's most vulnerable and chronically underserved – struggling families, communities of color, native populations, seniors, veterans, and rural residents—are able to maintain telephone service that would otherwise be unaffordable. But recent media attention has ignored the benefits of this critical program, focusing instead on perceptions of fraud and abuse.  Read our blog post on the Lifeline Program.

Join Representative Doris Matsui (D. CA-6), California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval, advocates, and experts for a national conference call to discuss the importance of protecting and expanding Lifeline. Speakers will discuss the most recent attacks on the program and how you can take action to protect and expand this essential service. There will be time for Q&A with speakers at the end of the call.

September 12, 2013, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Please RSVP here to receive a dial-in number

  • Keynote Address: Representative Doris Matsui, D. CA-6
  • Edyael Casaperalta, Program and Research Associate, Center for Rural Strategies
  • Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Professor David Super, Georgetown Law School
  • Jessica González, Vice President, Policy & Legal Affairs, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Moderated by Nancy Zirkin, Executive Vice President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

This event is one of several activities designed to highlight National Telephone Discount Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.civilrights.orgQuestions? Please email