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Mission

JustMedia is an open access lens based archive designed to support advocacy efforts for systemic reform through the art of storytelling. JustMedia focuses on challenging the criminal legal system by organizing, amplifying, and sharing existing films and videos that tell a variety of stories. This intentional act serves as a media literacy tool for the movement to end mass incarceration and achieve abolition.

WE ARE: CREATORS | ADVOCATES | STORYTELLERS | ARCHIVISTS

What We Do

Access

Cost free membership to an extensive multimedia database of content related to systemic violence and incarceration.

Network

Vibrant community of storytellers, who create and maintain partnerships with leading social justice groups.

Support

Consult with lesson planning, amplifying, networking for storytellers, leaders and organizers.

Inspire

Stories of/by families and communities directly impacted by the system.

RESOURCES

Staff

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    Mo Browne

    Mahogany L. Browne

    Executive Director

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    This position is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, & educator. Browne has received fellowships from Art for Justice Fund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, & Black Girl Magic. As the founder of the diverse lit initiative, Woke Baby Book Fair.

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    Aurora_Nonas-Barnes

    Aurora Nonas-Barnes

    Programming Director

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    I am a performer, an arts and culture organizer, community activist, educator, and administrator. I have over a decade of experience cultivating programs and organizing events throughout New York City, building a versatile skill set that ranges from programmatic concept development to hands-on logistics, production, leadership development, coaching and performance.

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    Rico_F

    Rico Frederick

    Creative Director

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    Award winning graphic designer with a graduate degree from Pratt Institute. Industry experience ranges from major imprints to global fashion brands as well as advertising agencies. Over ten years successfully delivering dynamic projects which activate emotion and intellect to transform creativity into unbound commercial and cultural campaigns.

Board Members

  • Adnan Khan
    Adnan Khan

    Adnan Khan

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    is the Executive Director and co-founder of Re:Store Justice which he co-founded while incarcerated. Adnan was sentenced to 25 years to life under the Felony/Murder rule at the age of 18. While in prison, he inspired, launched and worked on the Felony/Murder rule legislation (Senate Bill 1437) with his organization, Re:Store Justice. The bill passed and after serving 16 years, in January 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create.

  • Ayana E. S. Walker
    Ayana E. S. Walker

    Ayana E. S. Walker

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    Experienced Digital Marketing and SVOD Operations professional with extensive background in product management and online marketing in the entertainment sector.

    Passionate humanitarian balancing professional career with commitment to making a positive societal impact.

    HBO Total Duration 18 years as Title Director of Product Management, Marketing & Operations. Walker serves as mentors through several community organizations including Girls Write Now, Harlem Children’s Zone, and is on the board of Urban Word NYC.

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    Camonghne_Felix_B

    Camonghne Felix

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    is a poet, a writer, speaker, & political strategist.  She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, & has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo & Poets House. Formerly the Director of Surrogates & Strategic Communications at Elizabeth Warren for President, Camonghne is the Head of Strategic Communications at Blue State.

  • Catherine Gund
    Catherine Gund

    Catherine Gund

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    Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, racial justice, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice, and the environment. Her films have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Her films include: Aggie (Sundance, Doc Fortnight), Dispatches From Cleveland (CIFF, MSPIFF), and Chavela (Berlinale, Hot Docs, Ambulante).

  • John Lee
    John Lee

    John Lee

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    Lee is a writer, director, hacker, investor, radical creative futurist also known as, John Threat is a Director and Crypton, Blockchain Investor, Content Production and a Digital Consultant, John has created content for MTV!, Starz! , Various Music Labels and Ad Agencies and more.

  • Scott Hechinger
    Scott Hechinger

    Scott Hechinger

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    Former public defender in Brooklyn, Scott represented people charged with crimes who couldn’t afford an attorney, but also long shared his perspective as a public defender outside of court in a variety of media to shift the narrative and drive systemic change. After years serving as Director of Policy at Brooklyn Defender Services, Scott is now focusing all of his time directing Zealous.

  • Tyra Patterson
    Tyra Patterson

    Tyra Patterson

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    used her time in prison constructively to educate herself.  A sixth grade dropout, Tyra eventually earn her GED, obtained a steam engineer’s license, became a certified tutor and completed a paralegal training program. On Christmas Day, 2017, Tyra was released from prison. She joined the OJPC staff full-time only weeks later.

Highlights

Immigration Crisis:

Life on the Border

Stories of men, women, and kids who risked death to get to the US-Mexico border, and how the situation looks from both sides.

Power of Prosecutors

Brooklyn Defender Services

Prosecutors have the power to end mass incarceration today. Learn what you can do to hold them accountable.

Slavery to Mass Incarceration

Equal Justice Initiative

The myth of racial difference created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved.

Curriculum