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Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets!Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement$
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Sasha Costanza-Chock

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028202

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028202.001.0001

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Worker Centers, Popular Education, and Critical Digital Media Literacy

Worker Centers, Popular Education, and Critical Digital Media Literacy

(p.103) 5 Worker Centers, Popular Education, and Critical Digital Media Literacy
Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets!

Sasha Costanza-Chock

The MIT Press

Digital media literacy provides opportunities to take advantage of the changed media ecology, but low-wage immigrant workers face persistent digital inequality. Chapter 5 describes how organizers, activists, and educators at the epicenter of the immigrant rights movement struggle to support their communities by setting up computer labs and organizing courses in computing skills. Some go further and use popular education methods to link digital media literacy directly to movement building. The chapter discusses the mobile media project VozMob (vozmob.net) and the community radio workshop Radio Tijera to illustrate the ways that immigrant rights organizers are creating popular education workshops that combine critical media analysis, media-making, participatory design, cross-platform production, leadership development, and more. The chapter develops the idea that community organizers are developing a praxis of critical digital media literacy within the immigrant rights movement.

Keywords:   critical digital media literacy, popular education, digital inequality, participatory design, immigrant rights, VozMob

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