Posts Relating to: Criminal Justice

Hollywood Awards Season Shares the Spotlight with Social Justice

January 10, 2018  |  Activism

At AndACTION, we help nonprofits think strategically about how cultural moments spurred by film and television can strengthen advocacy-based communications. Hollywood’s TIME’S UP campaign, a follow-up to the #MeToo movement, changed the color and the conversation on the Golden Globes red carpet. Standing in solidarity with women, attendees donned all-black ensembles to declare the clock…

Netflix Gives New Life to TV Shows (And Why Nonprofits Should Care…)

October 26, 2017  |  Monthly Media Roundup

The West Wing, an NBC political drama that ended in 2006, remains a Netflix staple with a serious fanbase. The West Wing Weekly, a podcast started by the show’s lead Joshua Malina, analyzes each episode, often adding political commentary or inviting guests (in this week’s episode, former Secretary of Education John King) to draw parallels…

Marshalling Support For Your Cause

September 25, 2017  |  Activism

(Photo credit: Open Road Films) In 1940, as the chief litigation officer of the NAACP, Marshall served as the defense for a young black man wrongfully accused of rape in a small Connecticut town. The highly publicized trial, which became tabloid fodder, spread falsehoods about black males as a threat to communities and resulted in…

Don’t Be “Insecure” About Using Pop Culture to Promote Your Cause

September 20, 2017

The mere existence of the show – not to mention its widespread popularity – is groundbreaking. “Insecure” features a black woman (played by Issa Rae) as the main character and creator of a premium cable series, among an all-black cast. The show presents social issues, overlooked by most television series, from the perspective of black…

Emmys 2017: Delivering issue narratives right into your audience’s living rooms

September 19, 2017  |  Activism

In a surprise cameo, Chance the Rapper challenged audiences: “I love television, it’s a pleasant distraction/But just imagine taking action…” At AndACTION, this is exactly what we aim to achieve: to challenge activists and organizers to use Emmy-winning stories to reach new audiences and advance their campaign goals. As each winner took to the stage…

How Late-Night Talk Show Hosts Might Be the Activists America Needs Right Now

August 3, 2017  |  Industry

Shows like Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight use humor to reframe complex policies and uncover the essential outrageousness, hypocrisy and injustice in today’s political circus. Plus, with talk show hosts like Jimmy Fallon bringing in guests like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Stephen Colbert hosting Black Lives Matter activists on The Late Show, pointed political conversations – on issues from…

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February 8, 2017

AndACTION’s Intro to Using Pop Culture for Social Change webinar explains why pop culture is such an important strategic communications tool and how we can help nonprofits use film and TV to advance their work. Please watch the video, then get in touch with us at to get started!

Pop Culture as a Powerful Force for Narrative Change

January 23, 2017  |  Activism

This piece was originally published in Change Agent, the biannual publication of the Communications Network.  We all tell ourselves stories. There’s a story of how each workday goes—psychologists call these behavioral scripts—and there are larger narratives we tell ourselves about our lives in general. There’s even a subfield of psychoanalysis called narrative therapy that encourages patients…

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January 20, 2017  |  Film Festivals

Last year’s Sundance was noteworthy for several reasons: streaming services Netflix and Amazon were the highest purchasers, cementing their place among traditional studios; Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation became the biggest sale of Sundance history; and sleeper film Manchester by the Sea is now poised for Oscar success. This year, Sundance is going in…

Unmaking a Murderer: Proving the Power of Pop Culture

November 15, 2016

We’re talking of course about Making a Murderer. The Netflix mega-hit captured the country’s attention earlier this year, and had a direct impact on two attorneys who succeeded in getting the conviction of one of the series’ subjects overturned. Just yesterday, a federal judge ordered the release of Brendan Dassey. His attorneys – Steve Drizin…