Technology and Revolution Conversations

As a Membership Organizer with the Center for Media Justice I get to do rad work with a Network of 100+ organizations across the country. Most recently, this work has looked like a partnership with the good folks at May First People Link to support the Defend Our Movements tour in California. I got to participate and support facilitating two Technology and Revolution conversations with our partners to talk about the ways technology is enhancing social justice movements and the ways in which there are threats to our work collectively. By diving into conversations with political organizers, movement technologists, community based organizations, and nonprofits- we got to strategize and build upon points of unity for the movement.

[Image description: A flipchart is stuck to a wall during a Tech and Revolution conversation gathering in 2019. The flipchart has colorful sticky notes and a question on top prompting people to identify technology needs in their region. Some needs respondents identified are: youth trainers, better transit scheduling, developers, affordable texting services, and trainings.]

Before the California gatherings, May First People Link has held these conversations in Boston, Albuquerque, New York, and has plans to continue these conversations nationally and internationally. In Oakland, we convened at the Greenlining Institute to talk about the ways in which the tech industry contributes to gentrification, the criminalization of poverty, and how technochauvinism and white supremacy show up in technology spaces (read more here). In Los Angeles, members of MAG-Net (the national Network of organizations mobilizing for media justice), came together to talk about how policing is enhanced by technology and how communities are fighting back for survival (read more here).

[Image Description: Hamid of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition stands with an arm pointing to a television with a map presented. Hamid is in front of a room of participants, sharing about the ways predictive policing technology is harming and killing poor, unhoused, and BIPOC communities in Los Angeles. ]

Interested in joining the conversation? Reach my contact page to find out how to connect and stay tuned for a report on Technology and Revolution to be released very soon. Curious about digital security? Check out the Defend Our Movements website for resources, a help desk, and more.