A playlist, a reading list and a to-do list

Here at Media Mobilizing Project, we’re trying to answer the question of what do we do – to defend our communities, build our power, and resist increased oppression in these times. Here’s what we are reading and listening to for inspiration, plus some of the actions we and our allies are beginning to take.

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Our Playlist

These are some songs that we’ve been listening to. Songs that soothe our souls, give us hope and make us feel powerful. Songs that get us pumped and ready to fight back.

Listen to “We The People – Music for Fighters: Part 1” on our YouTube Playlist, on iTunes Music on your phone or computer, or copy our song list and make your own playlist.

Our Reading List

We found these pieces of journalism and analysis helpful in making sense of the new conditions and realities we are all facing. We hope you will too.How Philly can ‘morally secede’ from Trump’s America

An overview of some of the key things Philadelphia can do to “Morally secede from Trump’s America” from Daily News columnist Will Bunch…

“States and even municipalities do have tools to counteract parts of the Trump agenda that their own citizens rejected at the polls last week. In fact, with Republican control of all three branches of federal government, this may be the only serious way that a regressive agenda can be fought for the next two, four or (gasp) eight years.


How to win in these populist Trump Times
Jonathan Smucker on the dangers and opportunities of living in populist times…

“To be living in populist times is to be living in an era when political authority is no longer seen as legitimate by most people… During such a crisis, populist movements and leaders emerge, from both the right and the left, in order to forge a new popular alignment of social forces. Populists explain the causes of the crisis, they name ‘the establishment’ as the problem, and they articulate a new vision forward  … Left-wing populism and right-wing populism thus share certain rhetorical features … but their contents and consequences could not be further apart.”


Trump: The Social Media President?
Past presidential candidates have won by mastering the new media of their time. Here’s a look from early in Trump’s campaign of how he’s done just that, from CNN commentator Van Jones…

“The Trump phenomenon flabbergasts pundits like me. We thought the billionaire was leaving the world of Entertainment, climbing over a wall and joining us in the sober domain of Politics. But in fact, the opposite happened. “Trump, The Entertainer” stayed exactly where he was. Instead, he pulled the political establishment over the wall and into HIS domain. The political class is now lost in the world of reality television and social media.”


A Dying Mule Always Kicks Hardest
The Reverend William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina, reminds us that…

“Less than a majority of Americans elected a mortal, not a god, when they cast their ballots for Donald Trump. They did not un-elect the foundational principles of our Constitution, nor have they overwhelmed the moral convictions of our faith.


ThinkProgress will no longer describe racists as ‘alt-right’
Here is how one news outlet is refusing to do the PR work for those who hate. We think other newspapers should follow their lead.

“The point here is not to call people names, but simply to describe them as they are. We won’t do racists’ public relations work for them. Nor should other news outlets.”

Our To-do List

What we’re doing:
MMP Movement Media Institute
Saturday, December 3, 9:00am – 5:00 pm
200 Federal St, Camden, NJ

An intensive, information-filled day offering important media skills and strategy to strengthen organizing or community work. A great chance to connect with other participants who are working on different issues in the area.


Telling Untold Stories: How Documentary Film Shapes New Racial Narratives 
Wednesday, November 30, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Join us for a discussion on the power of documentary films as a tool to shape new narratives through a racial lens and support our movements for justice. This month’s special guest is Tilane Jones of ARRAY, an independent film distribution company founded by Ava DuVernay and dedicated to the amplification of independent films by people of color and women. Featured Presenters include MMP’s Media Production Director, Milena Velis


From Others in the Struggle:
Our City Our Schools
Photo campaign to #AbolishSRC
Join the Our City Our Schools campaign in taking a picture to get rid of the School Reform Commission and return control of the schools to Philadelphia parents, teachers and community members. Take and share a picture saying why you think we in Philly should run our schools and get rid of the School Reform Commission. Find the instructions here!


New Sanctuary Movement
Sanctuary in the Streets
The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia will be recruiting 1,000 people to join our Sanctuary in the Streets Campaign to disrupt immigration raids. Support New Sanctuary Movement as they expand Sanctuary in the Streets with will host non-violent action trainings throughout the next two months to prepare.


Walmart Workers develop app to share info and get organized
Our Walmart
Just in time for Black Friday Walmart workers start to use WorkIt, an app to help people working in hourly jobs get answers to questions about workplace policies and rights from trusted and trained peer advisors. WorkIt also connects workers who share your experiences and can provide support + care. Know someone who works at Walmart? Share the app with them.


3-call Series on Post-election Landscape and Strategies 
Online/ Webinar hosted by Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Right to the City Alliance
Starting Tuesday, November 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm 

As organizers, members of impacted communities, and allies, now is a critical moment for sober assessments, and for putting our best thinking forward to develop collective strategies that resist, obstruct, and defeat the agenda of this next administration. The first call on November 29th, will be on Key Resistance Strategies and Intentional Cross-Movement
Building. RSVP Required.


Fight for $15 Day of Action
Tuesday, November 29, 5:30am & 5:00pm
Philadelphia, City Hall

On Tuesday November 29, tens of thousands will rally in more than 340 cities, and airport workers will take action in nearly 20 of the nation’s busiest airports.


Eastern PA Student Power Gathering
Saturday, December 3, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
University of Pennsylvania

This gathering is for all students and youth allies in Eastern PA, whether you go to a 2-year school, 4-year school, or are not currently enrolled. Take the #PAstudentpower survey to let them know what you’re interested in organizing around: bit.ly/studentpowersurvey