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Responsible Speech Memorial: One Year Later

This month MLP is celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Responsible Speech Memorial, which was passed by Albuquerque City Council in a 5 to 3 vote last year.

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Halloween Costumes That Aren't A Good Look

It’s that time of year again! Halloween! Personally, we love a holiday that centers around getting and giving candy. Dressing up is fun too, but as usual, there are plenty of racist and cultural appropriation options out there to choose from. Our advice: just don’t. If you find yourself wondering if your costume might be racist or an ethnic stereotype then you should probably try to think of something else to be. 

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New Siembra la Palabra Digna Toolkit!

 

In April 2014, Media Literacy Project and 26 other organizations went to the Albuquerque city council to show our need for a media system that treats our communities with respect and dignity. Together we were able to pass the Memorial for Responsible Speech which represented the values of people across the city in stating that irresponsible speech and misrepresentation of marginalized communities has no space in our city. We want to thank everyone who participated in the actions to pass this memorial and thank the city council members who became champions for responsible speech with their votes. 

There is still widespread irresponsible speech used in local and national media. Passing this memorial was only the first step. 

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MLP Releases Revised Media Literacy Handouts

Media Literacy Project has revised our Introduction to Media Literacy and Language of Persuasion handouts!

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Grow With MLP's Ecosystem

MLP's Ecosystem created by Gigi Archibeque

New Mexico had one of our longest droughts in 2014. In fact, January was the driest our state had ever been since 1895. In Albuquerque alone we had no rain or snow for 43 days. The impact was visible and tangible—dry land, no snow-covered mountains, and a low Rio Grande. It stayed dry for months. Then, in the summer, we received record-breaking rainfall.

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Girl Tech Program

Girl Tech 2014 video shoot

Girl Tech was a program for young women of color ages 15-24 in Albuquerque. This year-long program included training on media justice, reproductive justice, storytelling, and video making.

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New Youth for Media Justice Program

Youth for Media Justice at FCC 2014 Event

Youth for Media Justice (Y4MJ) is a new program that Media Literacy Project launched this summer. The program is for young people ages 15 to 21 in Albuquerque who are interested in working on media policy and media justice issues.

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The 2014-2015 Bad Ad and Counter Ad Contests have begun!

Counter Ad Contest winner 2014

The two contests run September 5, 2014 to January 30, 2015. To participate in the contest, you must be a resident of the U.S. and enrolled in grades 6-12 in a public or private school or participate in an after-school program or community organization. Younger contest applicants may be accepted upon approval by Media Literacy Project.

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MLP Welcomes New Fellow

Boba bio pic

For the third year Media Literacy Project is hosting a Community Solutions Leader. The Community Solutions Program is a program of the U.S. State Department and implemented by IREX. Bozena (Boba) Baluchova joined Media Literacy Project in August. Boba comes to New Mexico from Slovakia and is a journalist and teacher there. Last year Boba worked as a development field worker in Kenya.

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We made our voices heard!

 Last night, New Mexico youth had their voices heard by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler about their experiences with media!  Young people rarely have opportunities to talk back to the federal government and their involvement in media justice helps to secure our movement for the future.

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