Monday, April 13, 2009
Women of Color Media Justice Initiative (WCMJI)
During the spring semester of 2009 the Women of Color Media Justice Initiative (WCMJI) has partnered with Gardena High School and two other high schools to train students on media literacy and media advocacy with an emphasis on gender politics. February-March trainings featured students from GHS Life Skills, Peer Health and Government classes in addition to King-Drew Medical Magnet’s media literacy and advocacy after school class. WCMJI partners Ida B. Wells Institute, Mother’s Day Radio, the City Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s Leadership Project have received funding from the California Women’s Foundation to do training and education on media education. Mother's Day Radio and WCMJI recruited and trained Cal State Los Angeles students to work with its high schools on deconstructing racism and sexism in the media, challenging mainstream media-influenced gender roles and examining the gender/racial politics of hip hop representation. Students who participate in the program will be involved in letter writing, drafting editorials and contacting music industry corporations and media outlets to advocate for socially responsible images in hip hop, rap and other music genres.