Creative Change alumni Caty Borum Chattoo (CC ‘17), director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, and Mik Moore (CC ‘14) of Moore+Associates announced the launch of Yes, And… Laughter Lab in partnership with Comedy Central. The lab is “a convening of funny people and social justice activists intended to spark more collaboration between the two and support the creation of more comedy that addresses our most pressing social problems.” The initiative will give five original, high-quality, and purpose-driven comedy teams the
opportunity to pitch their ideas to a room full of potential allies, partners and funders on June 11 in New York City. Yes, And… Laughter Lab will also help develop campaign concepts for the immigrant advocacy non-profit Define American. In addition to support from Comedy Central, the lab is supported by the Pop Culture Collaborative. The deadline for pitches is Friday, April 5.
Sage Crump (CC ‘17), ill weaver (CC ‘17), Wes Taylor, Waajeed, and Carlos (LO5) Garcia from the Detroit artist-activist collective Complex Movements announced that they will open their latest work, Kites on Kites: Shadow to Sky, on April 10 at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The project is a multimedia installation that combines writing, publication, print, sculpture, video, and sound, produced in collaboration with activist Siwatu-Salama Ra. This work runs at the university’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery until May 24.
Cultural strategist Lina Srivastava (CC ‘ 16) is thrilled to announce the launch of the #WelcomeALL Toolkit in English and Spanish to build welcoming culture in communities. “Welcoming migrants is an act of joy and solidarity against isolationism and xenophobia,” writes Lina. Please use the toolkit and share it widely!
Mark Stranquist (CC ‘ 16) and the Reentry Think Tank launched its Media Justice Fellowship, which will train, fund, and support formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth to be Philadelphia’s newest criminal justice experts and reporters. Fellows will partner with a variety of local/regional media outlets, professional journalists, and journalism experts to research, produce, and publish a series of media pieces throughout the spring of 2019.
Communications Institute Fellow Astrid Dominguez (CI ‘18), director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Border Rights Center, was quoted in the New York Times about the U.S. Border Patrol’s mass release of migrant families. “Families should never be detained, but this practice must be met with skepticism,” she said.
The Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, cofounded by Dante Barry (CC ‘16, CI ‘15), has launched a campaign around the recent police shooting of 20-year-old Black rapper, Willie McCoy, demanding that the City of Vallejo release body-camera footage of the incident to the public. “Police violence is gun violence. Too many young people in our communities are dying and we are demanding justice for Willie McCoy. We need to talk about community safety in a nuanced way that acknowledges how law enforcement is seen by our communities,” said Dante in a statement. “...Too many from our communities are experiencing the devastating costs of gun violence, policing, and economic injustice. Safer and healthier neighborhoods are strengthened by addressing poverty.”
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On April 3 in Washington, D.C., Twanna A. Hines (CC ‘17) will be a panelist for a post-show discussion about the film "Roll Red Roll," which goes “behind the headlines to the root of high school sexual assault in America.”