What is Media Empowerment?
Media Empowerment means communities taking back the power to define themselves, their needs and
their vision. It means empowering people with the knowledge and skills to make media work for
justice in their communities.
The Media Empowerment Project grows out of the United Church of Christ's historic commitment to
civil rights in media advocacy. The project is grounded in the belief that struggles for social,
racial and gender justice must address questions of media ownership, accountability and access in
order to truly be effective. MEP is working in low income communities around the country with
people of color, women and youth to help them think about how media could best serve their needs
and advance their struggles for social justice. The Media Empowerment Project provides
communities with the support and training needed to organize for meaningful, lasting change.
Together with community organizers, we are documenting and publicizing these experiences to
empower others around the country to take on the struggle for media justice.