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YC Spotlight: “#TheWarOnBlackBodies"

Youth Channel Programming By Lee Walker Helland

With this year's violence against Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner on Staten Island, the unfair treatment of African Americans has been a more prominent topic than ever. Today's "YC Spotlight" features coverage of a recent panel discussion on the subject held at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Manhattan.

The September 9th event, "American Policing: The War On Black Bodies," offered insights from Khalil G. Muhammad (Director of the Schomburg Center); Jelani Cobb (Historian and Journalist); Claudia De La Cruz (Founder of Da Urban Butterflies); Darnell L. Moore (Activist and Co-Founder of YOU Belong); and moderator Joel Diaz (Education Associate at the Schomburg).

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YC Spotlight: “#Allin4Relief"

Youth Channel Programming By Lee Walker Helland

Today's "YC Spotlight" turns our attention to immigration policy-- one of several youth-oriented themes the smart producers at MNN's Youth Channel explore and document with their work.

In "#Allin4Relief," young people participating in the advocacy campaign New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform gather at Baruch College in Manhattan to urge President Obama to provide immediate administrative relief to undocumented people around the country. Youth from organizations including John Jay DREAMers, New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York talked about the ways in which the U.S.'s current...

YC Spotlight: "#DirectAction"

Youth Channel Programming By Linda Romano

Another important piece of digital media by The Youth Channel Community Journalists Interns at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center! The talented producers covered this summer's Climate Justice Youth Summit, a conference that brought together top activists in environmental justice.

In this clip, edited by Youth Channel Lead Producer Christian Jones, organizers hold a Direct Action Workshop to prepare for the Youth for the Climate Justice March. Watch the video to hear from summit attendees and from organizations like, a global network of climate activists, as they talk about the meaning of #DirectAction, and how the movement might lead to a better world.

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