Read our Q&A with New York Region MAG-Net Co-Anchor, Global Action Project
1) Please tell us about your work - mission and vision of your organization?
Global Action Project was founded in 1991. Our mission is to work with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change. Our work lives in the intersections of media production, youth leadership development and political education.
2) How has media justice and representation issues impacted the youth you work with?
The NYC communities that our young people are from: LGBTQ, immigrant, low-income and working class, and communities of color are very impacted by media representation! The young people and their families and communities are often portrayed in a negative way if at all. In addition, increasing media conglomeration has meant that there is less ownership of media outlets by people of color and women and the images we see reflect that reality. Dominant media is able to perpetuate and normalize negative and stereotypical images of oppressed groups which is deeply connected to the treatment of these groups and policies enacted that directly impact their ability to make decisions over their lives.