Youth organizers from Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project explore the challenges faced by recent immigrant Haitian parents and students in New York City public schools.
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Media History Timeline
The Media History Timeline program at G.A.P. uses new media to present the history of youth activism and the policing of youth of color. This social justice-oriented program is centered on creating a web application that can be used to facilitate community-based learning and actions.
What is it? What does it look like?
The Media History Timeline is an interactive online tool that links our personal histories with larger histories of social struggle and popular movements for justice, and explores the powerful role of media in these histories.
What and who is it for?
The goal of the application and the accompanying curriculum is to engage users as diverse as young people, community organizers, artists, teachers, educators and unaffiliated individuals looking for ways to connect to movements for justice. The final version will be a dynamic space where the user is: given the opportunity to share individual experiences and place them in an historic context; able to develop their own media in response to history; create their own timeline for use in organizing and educational settings; and build community with other people working for social change.
Who is working on it?
For the past three years, Global Action Project (G.A.P.) has convened a leadership team comprised of youth, partnering organizations and digital media consultants to create a functioning prototype using TimelineJS and a Wordpress website: mediahistorytimeline.org to house the tool and broadly distribute the accompanying curriculum. To facilitate the leadership of youth in the project, youth leaders have: learned research skills and researched content related to the theme of the tool; learned technical skills, including basic web design skills, coding, user interface and interactivity design. Youth leaders have populated the timeline with events related to a specific issue of importance to them: the history of policing and surveillance on youth of color, and the community organizing efforts to address these injustices. Youth leaders and G.A.P. staff have conducted workshops with partnering organizations to get feedback and inform the tool’s continuing development.
This Summer, July 21- August 31st, 2014, 17 young people from throughout NYC were employed at GAP to learn new media technologies, advance their political education and team-build. The Program ran twice a week for four hours each day at our Chelsea offices and at the computer lab of New York University’s MAGNET (Media and Games Network) site in Downtown Brooklyn Campus.
Young people were continuing to create content and learn critical new media skills in the production of a web application “The Media History Timeline;” a curriculum tool to help users make connections between historical moments, media and popular culture and our personal stories. As part of their process youth created memes, Gifs and collages, were introduced to basic coding, web design and interactivity and researched and wrote content for the website. The youth focused on the topic of police brutality in their communities and youth organizing against discriminatory policing and surveillance. The youth’s collages were featured at CAAAV’s Asian Youth Action exhibit held at Project Reach in Chinatown with other youth’s work focusing on the connections between police abuse and gender issues.
Contact Carlos at [email protected] or call (212) 594-9577 with any questions.
Global Action Project is located at 130 W. 25th Street 2C NY 10001 www.global-action.org