What is the “Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance” (ARMA)?

On December 2017, Kone Foundation awarded me and my friend Monica Gathuo a grant to conduct the project we call Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA): Research and Activism Collaboration for Creative Uses of Digital Media, Pedagogy and Arts against Racism in Finland (watch us talk about ARMA here).

Since then, many people have asked about what the project is, its objectives and activities. In this text, I break down the title to answer some of these questions.

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Favela Media Activism and Its Legacy for Civic Engagement in the Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro

Favela residents, especially youth, have used online and offline media against human rights violations for a while now in Rio. Media technologies and journalism techniques have been increasingly important components of the struggles of low-income, peripheral populations.

In this article, Dr. Leonardo Custódio shares results of his doctoral research on the growth in political organizing thanks to favela media activists since Rio was announced host to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Text originally posted on Rio on Watch. See here.

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Types of favela media activism

Post originally published at the blog Favelas@LSE on 18/09/2014

One of the most important civic phenomena today in favelas of Rio de Janeiro is media activism. However, as I argue below, these actions are so peculiar to the context that perhaps it is best to refer to them as “favela media activism.”

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