CBNR: Help Us Tell More Social Justice Stories

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Raised by 32 people in 7 months
Created November 28, 2018
WHO: Launched in April 2018, Community Based News Room (CBNR)  — a project of Law at the Margins — is a digital newsroom of professional journalists, social justice innovators, and people impacted by law and policy.  CBNR supports collaborative journalism and is building a model for grassroots community media.  We envision CBNR filling “news deserts”—where movements are active, but their stories are not being told—with impactful reports that can strengthen low-income, marginalized and dehumanized communities.

WHAT: Your generous contributions will fund our coverage of justice issues with CBNR reporters, writers and editors. CBNR reporters are both writers who have experienced injustice and have a unique point of view on our legal system as well as professional journalists who want to cover social justice topics. CBNR editors have years of editing experience and work with all CBNR correspondents to ensure CBNR stories (text, photos, videos) are top-quality journalism. 

WHY:  There’s never been a more important time to leverage collaborative reporting and build cooperative networks to expand the reach of journalism, deepen access for journalists and transform non-journalists into effective agents of change through storytelling. We want to give those on the margins the tools they need to document their communities and empower them, and prove that doing quality community journalism can be transformative. 

HOW: CBNR will publish one story per week, do more special projects like our “We the Immigrants ” series on underreported justice issues and upgrade our digital media presence. For our stories, we will generate originate reporting, analysis, photos, videos, audio and live streaming. The work will be distributed through CBNR’s website, social media channels, newsletter and media partnerships.

We hope that people who value great journalism as much as we do will provide the funding boost that is needed to advance our work. With your support, CBNR correspondents will be at the forefront of media coverage on justice issues. Please give so CBNR can tell the stories that need to be told for America and the rest of the world to create change.

Note: Our cover photo is by multimedia journalist Michael Nigro, a CBNR contributor.   Learn about his work here.   See an example of his CBNR work here .
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Imagine that stories on immigration and human rights are reported by activist-organizers like Maru Mora Villalpando.  Maru is a community organizer with NWDC Resistance, a grassroots volunteer group working to end all detentions and deportations in Washington state and to shut down the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. Maru also is a founder member of MiJente, a national political home for Latinx communities across the U.S. She is a single mother who recently has been targeted by ICE and put on deportation proceedings due to her work bringing to light the inhumane conditions at NWDC in collaboration with people detained there.  She shares her experience in her piece: ICE Came After Me and I Fought Back. http://lawatthemargins.com/ice-came-after-me-and-i-fought-back/ 

We want activists like Maru to be regular paid contributors with our Community Based News Room (CBNR).  This is why we started a GoFundMe Campaign to help us to build a newsroom where those who are marginalized and impacted are shaping the narrative on the big issues of the day. 

Listen to Maru explain why the CBNR is important.

Please consider donating $5, $10 or $25.  Any and all amounts make a difference.    All donations are tax deductible.   
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I’m Eric Ortiz, executive editor of Community Based News Room (CBNR). I’m here to ask for your support so we can build CBNR.

I have three kids under the age of 11, and I want my kids to grow up in a world where all voices are heard and all needs are met.

That is why we—myself, Chaumtoli Huq and Elbert Garcia—launched Community Based News Room in 2018. We want to amplify the voices from marginalized communities and tell overlooked stories to raise awareness of important issues and spur action.

Many CBNR contributors are the people most impacted by law and policy. We already have published stories on criminal justice reform, prison abolition and immigrant rights. The authors were in prison ( http://lawatthemargins.com/i-found-peace-in-prison-through-yoga/), on death row ( http://lawatthemargins.com/death-row-saved-my-life/), mothers of the incarcerated ( http://lawatthemargins.com/how-a-mother-learned-to-speak-for-the-voiceless-behind-the-walls/), daughters of the demonized ( http://lawatthemargins.com/i-dont-want-my-father-to-die/), and undocumented activists ( http://lawatthemargins.com/ice-came-after-me-and-i-fought-back/).

We work with CBNR writers to help them tell their stories.

We want to keep amplifying marginalized voices. We want to keep developing new social justice reporters. And we want to keep telling important stories that are not being told to help right wrongs in our society and create change.

We want Community Based News Room to be a platform that fights for justice through grassroots media, and we are growing this journalism from the community.

That is why we need your help. Just as it takes time and money to raise a family, it takes time and money to grow a grassroots media platform.

Please support our work at Community Based News Room with a donation today. You can contribute here. Any amount helps. Your support will help us change the narrators — so we can change the narrative for good. For this generation and all future generations.

With gratitude.
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Carla Pineda, a journalist and Community Based News Room (CBNR) contributor, understands the importance of community media.

"As a woman, Latinx, daughter of undocumented Central American immigrants, I always knew of stories that were important but not reflected in the media landscape."

Carla wrote one of the stories in our "We the Immigrants" series. Read her piece on how undocumented black immigrants are using technology to organize:

Your donations will allow us to support journalists like Carla who want to report on undercovered issues and better serve marginalized communities.
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Multimedia journalist Michael Nigro says we need community based media because this type of reporting is not supported by corporate media.

"Having covered stories from large and smaller outlets, I recognize the utter importance it is to have the ability to telescope in and cover a story from the ground level. The Community Based News Room allows journalists like myself to do just exactly that. It allows us to dig deeper. It allows us to put a face or faces to these social justice issues that are quite often underreported."

His piece on the Yemeni has been described as a must read by community, foundations and fellow journalists. Read here: http://lawatthemargins.com/how-yemeni-immigrant-activists-…/
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Raised by 32 people in 7 months
Created November 28, 2018
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