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The #FightFor15: Activist Media as Collaborative Citizenship

Thu, May 25, 19:30 to 21:30, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 2, Indigo Ballroom B

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This documentary project is a collaboration with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 105 in Denver, Colorado, and examines activist media as what Downing calls “sociotechnical institutions." These films highlight personal stories of union members in the Fight for 15 and Justice for Janitors campaigns. The short format of this documentary series shows how media-making and distribution practices of activists and filmmakers mirrors the temporal nature of contemporary social movements. The project complicates celebratory notions of participatory culture and digital revolutions by critically studying the political economy of social media, the labor of community organizers, and the power relations embedded in race and class.

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