From June 12-16, 2016, The Opportunity Agenda conducted its seventh annual Communications Institute, focusing on the intersections of two human rights issues at the forefront of the social justice movement: criminal justice and immigration reform. In 2016, 15 Fellows dedicated themselves to learning and refining their communications skills and working with The Opportunity Agenda in a six-month residency program following the Institute. They then boldly pushed new criminal justice and immigration narratives forward, speaking to local and national media to successfully change hearts, minds, and policy.
During the Communications Institute we worked with the Fellows on framing the criminal justice and immigration discourse in a way that tells a larger story, while allowing them to speak specifically to their own issues, such as racial profiling, human rights abuses along the US-Mexico border, the criminalization of young people in schools, immigrant detention, and gender and sexuality concerns. Past Institutes have focused on immigration; home opportunity; and race, gender, and economic opportunity.
The 2016 Communications Institute was made possible, in part, by the generous contributions of Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Libra Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and individual donors.
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