Code Switch & Policy Pitch

A non-profit collective advancing civic development through digital and media literacy education.

“Misinformation destroys trust. When you destroy trust, you destroy the bonds that hold society together.”

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The arc of history is shifting...
and culture eats political strategy for breakfast.

Cigarette Break Banksy 2009 Summer Show.

At the civil sector of society, it is critically important to invest in the culture and sustainability of grassroots social movements.

A focus group series by Without a Mission revealed two central findings:

1. We have largely forgotten the mission and values inherent in good government.

2. Once we are reminded that government exists to act in the best interest of the common good, improve quality of life, preserve public health, and so on, we become much more supportive and willing to engage in making government work for everyone.

*Find your reps, learn
where they stand on the issues, how they vote, and who their donors are
*Gain insight into
lobbying, PACs, and campaign finance
*Know your rights
to peaceful protest
for leading a legislative visit with your reps

All found at the link below!

Narratives of the Future: 
Storytelling & Social Change.

Who Made My Media?
Tribal Division & Our (e) Reality.

Vietnam by Charis Tsevis

Human connectivity -- across racial, cultural, and economic divides -- relies heavily on amplifying the lived experience.

When we embrace our history, we gain clarity into our deeply-rooted belief systems.

Why is it so easy to divide us?
Perhaps, it's because we don't know each other anymore.

Perhaps, it's because too many of us don't feel seen or heard.

Consider this:  
What are my belief systems
and how did these beliefs come to be?

*Dig into the power of storytelling
*Frame your story for social change
*Understand systemic issues
*View how others use stories as a disruptive force for good

Big Brother Really is Watching You by Claire Merchlinsky

Do you ever wonder how frequently your browser behavior is tracked and analyzed, classified, and leveraged? Understanding how content is both targeted and consumed is vital to distinguishing fact from opinion.

Consider this:
We are saturated in false choices.
It's the steady diet of modern politics.

If a piece of information makes you feel scared, angry, or frankly smug, it's worth doing additional checks before accepting this information as accurate or complete.

*Understand the idea of scarcity
*View the connections between fear, pain, & propaganda
*How to think critically
*Disinformation campaigns explained
*Test your bias & rate your ability to fact-check!

The Issues, In-Part.

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An ongoing dive into some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Census, Gerrymandering, & Electoral College, Oh my!
Know your rights & make a plan to vote >

Photo: Black Bodies by Kaitlyn Anderson

A culture of unilateral convenience: civil rights in the land of the free.

Colorblind & Prison Confined: Understanding the Impact and Pathways to Change

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How we operate:

As our position is focused on co-creating solutions, our approach champions effective altruism. We believe people should have the ability to donate passionately across multiple causes but effectively within these causes to produce the most consequential outcomes.

Collective action on any social issue requires attention to the ways digital regulations influence and shape every other policy domain. Often we see a fragmented or independent set of influences or individuals as the culprit toward exasperating an issue, however, to create solutions within a digital-dependent society, we have to address the fact that these digital systems are owned and managed by corporate and government entities. The need for a transparent and regulated code of ethics, as the baseline for digital development and intent of use, is absolutely necessary toward scaled social solutions.

Our fundraising is three-pronged. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly for a more comprehensive breakdown of each fundraising objective. In addition to a monthly donor report, we will host an open Zoom session each month to review these reports and speak candidly to these goals and produced outcomes.

Prong 1. Digital rights advocacy and protection.

Combatting disinformation and increasing digital and media literacy.

A lack of connection is one of the main contributing problems towards the isolation of communities and the acceptance of reality and facts. Communities need reliable, accurate news and access to factual information that creates the opportunity for dialogue, reflection, and informed decision-making.

By addressing the evolution of key digital systems, and developing a common understanding of practices used in such, we'll begin to shed light on the addictive and intentionally-designed digital tactics used to curate our google results, social media feed, and the ads we see. Underscoring the need to rethink how we consume and share information, the goal is to bring awareness, trigger a moment of pause, and stir curiosity towards confronting our digital addictions and the subsequent repercussions of such.

Up first:

A. Awareness towards the rise of ISP (internet service provider) and media monopolies over our local and regional news.

B. The need to advocate for transparent ethical standards in behavioral analysis, predictive analytics, responsible data collection, including corporate and government commitments toward the funding of ethical data infrastructure.

The plan, in-part:

Increased collaboration across organizations and issue areas to levy an awareness campaign that brings attention to digital problems by reinforcing the interconnected threats to our collective communities, particularly within marginalized and rural communities. We often may overlook the relationship between algorithms and socio-economic, environmental, and public health issues, but by organizing collective power through a shared goal, we have an opportunity to push for real change.

Partnerships with tech leaders within the social impact sectors, and creating an open-communication access point between our campaign and experts in the digital protection and national security space.

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