media literacy project

V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
Georgia West
Margaret Wright

News Feature

Next Gen Justice

Young women tackle reproductive equity

Girl Tech participants say the “if, how and when” decisions about having kids should be left to mothers.
V.21 No.31 | 8/2/2012
Media Literacy Project staff, including Rusita Avila (second from top right), with Roadside Theater’s Edward Wemytewa and Donna Porterfield (second and third from top left)

Performance Preview

Calls From the Pen

Media Literacy Project’s one-night extravaganza keeps the line open for inmates

Rusita Avila says she knows a simple way to keep people out of prison: Let them talk on the phone. This is one of the issues Avila and her organization hope to bring attention to on Saturday, Aug. 4, with a parade, theatrical performances, film, live music and poetry.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
Folks met up at La Plazita Institute in the South Valley and split into groups to offer narratives about New Mexico’s prison system.
Eric Williams


Don’t Hate the Player

Radio project reaches out to inmates and their families, breaking the silence around America’s prisons

The Thousand Kites project reaches out to inmates and their loved ones, breaking the silence around America’s massive prison system. The project’s founder visited Albuquerque to collect narratives, and the Alibi was on hand to catch stories about local lockup.
V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011


FCC taps local media justice group for committee

FCC boss Julius Genachowski has invited New Mexico’s Media Literacy Project to join a committee that weighs in on consumer issues.

The Federal Communications Commission regulates radio, TV, Internet and telephone service, among other things. The FCC is powerful, and its mission is to make communication channels available to everyone in the United States without discrimination, according to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Such services should be provided for reasonable fees, too, the act states.

Over the course of reporting on issues such as net neutrality, campaign advertising and low-power FM radio stations, the Alibi’s interviewed staffers at the Media Literacy Project over the years.

Andrea Quijada, executive director for the group, says in a news release that she is encouraged that New Mexico was “invited to participate in this important national dialogue, and we are extremely honored that we were identified as the best advocate for the diverse consumer needs in our community.” With the Media Literacy Project’s participation, the FCC will get more perspective on Hispanic, Native American and rural communities, she adds.

The committee will evaluate topics such as consumer protection, education, access and the impact of emerging tech. The Media Literacy Project will serve for two years, and its first meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Washington, D.C.

V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Partners Rebecca Rosales and DeAnna Armijo with their two daughters
Eric Williams


Family Pride

Making a place for LGBT parents—and their kids—is a priority for nonprofits

Adrien Lawyer and Elena Letourneau are what they refer to as “invisible”—a white, seemingly straight couple with a 6-year-old son.

Lawyer had his breasts removed in 2004. A year later, he began hormone replacement therapy, which deepened his voice and sprouted hair on his face. Lawyer is now legally a man. Once recognized as a lesbian couple, he and his partner have undergone not only a physical but a cultural transformation. They appear to be the all-American family. And that’s exactly what they are.

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