Vanderbilt News: Vanderbilt University launches series on justice, healing with renowned artists and scholars

Vanderbilt News: Vanderbilt University launches series on justice, healing with renowned artists and scholars. “Vanderbilt University is partnering with Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum and Millions of Conversations to host ‘Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice,’ a trans-institutional series of virtual conversations and artistic collaborations focused on healing at a time of significant social unrest.”

Social media and social justice: How to vet online awareness campaigns before jumping in (CNET)

CNET: Social media and social justice: How to vet online awareness campaigns before jumping in. “Whether it’s a black square on #BlackOutTuesday or a black-and-white selfie for #womensupportingwomen, odds are you’ve seen some campaign related to a social cause take over your newsfeed. But at a time when calls to take action are louder than ever, how much good can social media campaigns really do? Fact is, they’re not all created equal, and you’ll want to pause before deciding which ones to support.”

Minnesota Monthly: U of M Press Uploads 22 Racial Justice Books for Free

Swiped off Sarah’s Facebook wall, from Minnesota Monthly: U of M Press Uploads 22 Racial Justice Books for Free . “Across social media platforms and news outlets, resources to learn about racism are yours for the taking as the battle to turn rage and sorrow into reform continues. Charging the cops involved in Floyd’s case is not the end. If you’re in a place of privilege, you can always keep learning and listening. To help, the University of Minnesota Press has created a 22-book Reading for Racial Justice collection, free to read online through August 31.”

Technical .ly Philly: Media Mobilizing Project is launching an online archive of Philly’s social justice movements

Technical. ly Philly: Media Mobilizing Project is launching an online archive of Philly’s social justice movements . “Media Mobilizing Project (MMP), a nonprofit that works to amplify voices of communities fighting for justice, equity and human rights, has launched the first stage of its digital archive of social justice movements in Philadelphia. The archive will contain more than 800 hours of footage documenting local movements, including clips from grassroots campaigns for education funding, immigrant rights and workers’ rights.”

National Institute on Aging: The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All!

National Institute on Aging: The Neighborhood Atlas—Free Social Determinants of Health Data for All!. “Developed by Amy Kind, M.D., Ph.D., and her team at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Neighborhood Atlas2 is a user-friendly, online tool that enables customized ranking and mapping of neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage across the full U.S., including Puerto Rico. Anyone can use the Neighborhood Atlas, not just researchers: If you can use a smartphone mapping app, you can use the Atlas — no fancy degree required!”

Dope Magazine: Social Media and Social Justice

Dope Magazine: Social Media and Social Justice . “DOPE Magazine spoke with several organizations created to promote social justice by advancing equality for people disadvantaged because of race, citizenship status and religion. While they all agreed on the importance of social media in advancing their causes, they also used specific examples to explain how the benefits don’t always outweigh the drawbacks.”

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant’: Clooney, Microsoft unveil TrialWatch app (Digital Trends)

Digital Trends: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant’: Clooney, Microsoft unveil TrialWatch app. “CFJ’s TrialWatch program, which formally launched this year, aims to monitor trials around the world that pose a high risk of human rights violations: trials that oppress vulnerable groups, silence speech, or target political opponents. Through the program, a small group of trial lawyers and activists are trained to report on legal proceedings, boiling a trial down to a series of facts that can be easily recorded and ultimately compared.The new app augments the ability of TrialWatch’s monitors, making it easier to document happenings in a courtroom.”

Miami Herald: Fire burns archives at history-making social justice center

Miami Herald: Fire burns archives at history-making social justice center. “A fire at a Tennessee social justice center that trained the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has destroyed a building and decades of archives. Nobody was injured. News outlets report officials are investigating what started the fire Friday morning at the Highlander Education and Research Center.”

BuzzFeed News: Here’s How A Secret Meeting Of Twitter Execs And Indian Activists Caused A Caste Scandal

BuzzFeed News: Here’s How A Secret Meeting Of Twitter Execs And Indian Activists Caused A Caste Scandal. “At a roundtable discussion in New Delhi last week, Twitter’s top executives seemed unaware of caste-based abuse taking place on its platform in India, according to eight people who were present at the meeting. The discussion, which was attended by CEO Jack Dorsey and Twitter’s head of legal and public policy, Vijaya Gadde, has drawn the company into an ongoing controversy over how it addresses issues of caste on its platform.”

Havana Times: Social Media Increases Participation of Nicaraguan Youth in Social Justice Causes

Havana Times: Social Media Increases Participation of Nicaraguan Youth in Social Justice Causes. “The social networks in Nicaragua are the principal platforms used by youth to support social justice causes and mobilizations. This was the principal revelation of the recent study: ‘How the youth get information and how they participate,’ presented by the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development, or FUNIDES.”

Tweeting Social Justice: How Social Work Faculty Use Twitter (British Journal of Social Work)

British Journal of Social Work: Tweeting Social Justice: How Social Work Faculty Use Twitter . “Social media are considered useful tools for academic purposes. Our exploratory study offers insight into the use of Twitter by social work faculty in the USA. Employing an online survey, this study investigates Twitter usage among a sample of social work faculty (n = 274) from the top-fifty-ranked MSW programmes in the USA. Slightly more than half of the participants had Twitter accounts, the majority of whom use Twitter as part of their academic work. The most common motivations for using Twitter include promoting one’s research, raising awareness about an area of research and engaging in networking with peers. This study contributes to the literature by describing the prevalence and patterns of Twitter usage among social work academics and lays a foundation for future research, investigating its effectiveness in increasing awareness and promoting changes related to social justice issues.” The whole article is available for free at the URL provided.