Georgia is one of the hotbeds of organized far-right white supremacist activity, especially in the realm of public education, mobilizing parents behind the “anti-CRT” and “don’t say gay” agenda. Organizing Black, Brown, and allied parents in response to such a stark threat is both critical and deeply challenging. We are honored by the stories that groups shared with us of their work to engage parents to bring racial equity to school systems, build deeper parent relationships, address systemic poverty, and fight back against the growing strength of the far-right.
“Understanding Parent Engagement in Atlanta" was commissioned by the United Way of Greater Atlanta in the hopes that a better understanding of parent engagement and organizing will help grassroots groups and philanthropy better support its development. We look forward to continued partnerships to support the building of true parent voice.
Cultural workers, youth media organizations, filmmakers, public media advocates and organizers have all put in so much work for us to reach this golden age of QT-BIPOC film production, where access and representation are central tenets of equity in entertainment.
Even as we celebrate, many of us hear the cautionary voices of our political elders telling us, “we have been here before!” And still many others hear, “there are still so many other ways and so much more we can attain!”
These case studies provide but a fractal of the path that lies beyond access and representation; they point to radical institutional and systemic transformation, not just surface level change. To ensure our stories are as powerful as our vision for liberation, we must also center conversations around ownership, power, class, and the right to creative experimentation.
Beyond Access & Representation showcases case studies that stretch all aspects of the production process to go beyond access and representation in dominant media and create our own pathways and platforms.
Movement Matters is convening six local organizing groups and their community leaders to investigate key players in local DC politics; research who influences these decision-makers, how they wield this influence, and its impact on efforts to create change.
In our engagement with local organizers over the last year, two key themes emerged:
In an effort to address both of these themes, we have developed Movement Matters' newest initiative, Unpacking Power in Local Politics: A Participatory Action Research Project.
PAR Project Outline
The project will result in a report that will provide a power analysis of selected officials, with recommendations on how the data and findings can inform future campaigns. MM will also document the PAR process the group used to uncover information, and share it as a roadmap for future Participatory Action Research efforts by local organizations. Lastly, the project will also provide on the ground experience for community members and staff in conducting a local PAR process.
Movement Matters is pleased to announce our latest report, Building Youth Voice for Youth Power in the DMV: Lessons from the Field.
Building Youth Voice for Youth Power in the DMV: Lessons from the Field informs the growth of youth voice and youth power work in the region and also has lessons for the field that extend beyond the DMV. The report offers a framework for youth work that helps clarify the distinction between approaches while also identifying how these approaches can be networked together as an ecosystem to support the development of youth power.
We thank the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation for their ongoing efforts to change the way philanthropy is supporting work on the ground and for commissioning this report.
We sincerely appreciate the time, trust, and recommendations provided by the groups we interviewed as well as their commitment to youth work in the DMV.
With the support of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Movement Matters will also be leading action-oriented conversations (Autumn 2019) around strengthening and deepening youth voice, youth work, and youth power in northern Virginia and regionally.