- District of Columbia
Mission: The mission of Grassroots DC is two-fold: 1) to provide media production training to low-income and working-class residents of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area and those who advocate on their behalf; 2) to provide media coverage of issues that impact the under-resourced and traditionally-oppressed communities of the District of Columbia.
Vision: Grassroots DC provides a space for media production and training to community members, individual activists and progressive nonprofits in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Through our training programs, Grassroots DC students learn marketable skills that help to sustain themselves and their families.
Through the distribution of news media, such as radio segments, short videos, public service announcements, digital stories, etc., Grassroots DC producers and contributors report on issues important to their communities, educate policy makers and the public at large, and advocate on behalf of public policies designed to improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors. The production and distribution of high-quality media that tells authentic stories from underserved communities, how individuals are affected by public policy and provides strategies for impacted residents to follow is Grassroots DC’s first priority.
Values: Grassroots DC believes that all people must have the opportunity to fully participate in the economic, social, and political life of metropolitan Washington, D.C. As advocates against oppression (in whatever form it takes) we align our actions with inclusive, anti-oppressive, and social & economic justice principles. We value the voices; experience, cultures, intellect and multi-dimensionality of members of traditionally oppressed communities. We interact with each other and the communities we serve in a way that is respectful, fully transparent and ethical. We encourage our organization’s members to be mindful of their intersecting positions of privilege and oppression. We will not produce nor support the production of media that violates these principles.