This issue of our newsletter highlights work that integrates the arts, culture, and media with economic justice organizing.
Moving from economic crisis to just and sustainable communities requires imaginative thinking, creative communication and an increased capacity for those who are most affected to tell their own stories. The following resources and projects offer examples of such creative transformational work.
Arts, Culture, Media & Economic Justice Resources:
Domestic Workers United is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers organizing for fair labor standards and to end exploitation for all. The Invisible Women-Rise, DWU's dance theater collaboration with artist Lisa Ramirez, was an important part of their successful campaign for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York.
Cornerstone Theater Company and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network partnered to create this traveling theater troupe made up of day laborers in Los Angeles. The troupe performs original short plays for audiences of fellow day laborers at job centers and work sites. Their plays highlight the struggles of living and working as a day laborer without documentation.
The Media Mobilizing Project exists to build the media and communications infrastructure for a movement to end poverty, led by poor and working people, united across color lines. Through the powerful combination of creative communications and organizing, MMP clarifies the issues at stake and inspires and unites those who have a vested interest in change.
Commemorating the Centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which took the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, and galvanized a movement for social justice. Ongoing work includes a permanent public art memorial and an online archive of community stories of the fire and its relevance today.
The 100th Anniversary of the Great Lawrence Strike of 1912, popularly referred to as the Bread & Roses Strike, begins next year. The Bread & Roses Centennial Committee has formed to coordinate a series of events and programs that will take place through the year to celebrate this historically significant event.
A new multi-media essay by Anne Lewis and Fran Ansley based on the Appalshop film, Morristown: In the Air and Sun, focusing on issues of immigration, factory flight, and the organized demand for economic justice.
With great charts, statistics, and Federal Budget 101, which gives a guided tour through the budget, NPP 's website offers tools and resources to better understand the federal budget and the impact of spending priorities on our communities.
CPE simplifies the economy and puts useful economic tools in the hands of people fighting for social and economic justice. Check out their website for tools & resources including the book Field Guide to the U.S. Economy.
As always, we're proud to highlight the great work in this field to support and cross-pollinate an extraordinary network of artists, cultural workers, policymakers, educators, and activists. Please be in touch, and let us know what you think!
All our best,
Amalia, Caron, Kathie, Jason, Javiera, Lena, and Yolanda Arts & Democracy Project
A comic update of Pins & Needles, a 1930s musical about people fighting for jobs, housing, a minimum wage, immigrants' rights and economic justice. Performed by members of FUREE at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, NY.
If I had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival is co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project.
WHO WE ARE
The Arts & Democracy Project builds the momentum of a cultural movement that draws on a rich history of arts activism, social justice organizing, and grassroots engagement. Arts & Democracy is a sponsored project of State Voices.