Generation Justice (GJ) is the premiere, award-winning youth media project in New Mexico. GJ trains 13-25 year olds to harness the power of media and give rise to stories of hope.


Youth & Fellows Publish on the Importance of Early Childhood











GJ recognizes early childhood development as a core social justice issue in NM. In 2010, our Strong Starts project highlighted the unique needs of families and children in 5 diverse communities. Since 2012, our Little Feet Walk Loud curriculum has challenged hundreds of participants to think about the connections between early brain development and larger societal issues.

Recently, we built on this early childhood work by partnering with Pegasus Legal Services for Children on a project that stresses the importance of home visitation programs for parents and children.

A team of 5 GJ youth members and fellows have been working together to learn and produce media about home visitation programs. This work has culminated with Edwin Rivera, Sam Lechuga, Tamara Colaque, Christina Rodriguez, and Kateri Zuni publishing their powerful editorials in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Albuquerque Journal. The editorials draw on data, personal experience, and equity frameworks to make a strong case for home visitation programs in New Mexico.

Click below to read the editorials:


Presidential Candidate Rallies in New Mexico 
Recently, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton (representing Hillary Clinton), visited New Mexico to host rallies in support of their presidential campaigns. We attended all of these rallies and documented the events through several photos and videos. Bernie Sanders drew 7,000 to hear him; Trump drew 4,000 inside and several Anti-Trump protesters outside; Bill Clinton drew a smaller crowd. Check out the full facebook album here.
 

 

GJ Leads Discussion on Race and Reporting














In front of a packed room at this year’s Society of Professional Journalists Regional Conference in Albuquerque, GJ Director Roberta Rael helped lead a discussion on the lack of diverse voices in today’s newsrooms. Co-facilitating with Rachel Sams, the Editor-in-Chief of Albuquerque Business First, Roberta asked critical questions that challenged participants to think about racial equity in their reporting.

Member Updates

Realizing a Dream, Achieving Career Success

Generation Justice serves as a strategically-aligned career pipeline to independent, alternative, community-based, and mainstream media. The GJ Fellows Program is a critical component of this pipeline. Since his fellowship at GJ, 2013 Fellow Jason Fuller has pursued graduate studies at VCU's Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.
Now, the multimedia skills he honed at GJ are taking him to Washington, D.C. to work as a Multimedia Web Producer for WAMU 88.5, the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington, D.C. area. 

Christina Wins Journalism Award
GJ Fellow Christina Rodriguez won a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her beautiful in-depth radio reporting on water issues in New Mexico. Christina's first place pieces, called "Water is Life," featured interviews that touched on drought, environmental justice, and the importance of acequias in our state.

 Click here to listen to Christina's award-winning interviews! 

Moving Our Media Justice Movement Forward

Over the past few years, GJ has worked hard to ensure New Mexican voices are at the forefront of media justice struggles. From Net Neutrality to Prison Phones and the Lifeline Program, this past year has seen that work pay off nationally in huge victories!

This month, we joined other Media Action Grassroots Network organizations to celebrate those victories and plan our next steps in the media justice movement. It is an honor to serve as the MAG-Net Anchor Organization for NM. 

On Air for Our Community

GJ radio productions always reflect our core values: Action, Community, Youth Leadership and Empowerment, Equity, Multiculturalism, and Love.  The radio programs over the last two months are no different. In April, we featured #GenZVote, a new project to register youth voters in NM, award-winning Journalist and Author Sam Quinones on opiate and heroin addiction, and climate justice. In May, we featured the Native American Community Academy (NACA) and the opportunities they provide their students. We had powerful interviews with hip-hop artist Equipto, who took part in the #Frisco5 hunger strike, and Ane Romero, who established May as Mental Health Awareness Month. We also produced a powerful show on the Department of Justice's report on UNM's sexual violence policies and practices. This show received recognition from NM Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham who thanked us for our work. We also received updates on the Santolina Master Plan controversy and highlighted local non-profit organization, Talking Talons, and their work with youth and the environment.  Check out all of these shows now.
 

April Radio Shows 



May Radio Shows 


 

In Community









 
  • Thursday, April 7 - Friday, April 8: MAG-Net Anchors Congress
  • Friday, April 15 - Saturday, April 16: Society of Professional Journalists Regional Conference 
  • Thursday, April 21-Friday, April 22: Head 2 Toe Annual Conference
  • Monday, April 25: Quote...Unquote Fundraiser: Amy Goodman Book Reading and Signing
  • Friday, May 20: Bernie Sanders Rally 
  • Tuesday, May 24: Donald Trump Rally
  • Wednesday, May 25: Bill Clinton Rally for Hillary Clinton

#GJLove





















Our video, I Have Never Been More Proud To Be New Mexican, portrays the story of the Anti-Trump Protest from the perspective of the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) and recognizes their efforts in keeping the peace. The video received over 33,000 views on Facebook and has been shared over 800 times. Check it out below: 

Coming up in June!

Generation Justice will be in Detroit next week at the 2016 Allied Media Conference. Please let us know if you will be attending or if you know of a session that we should check out!

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