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Social Justice Exchange

NCA to Host Social Justice Exchange at Convention

September 1, 2016

As the theme "Communication's Civic Callings" indicates, the Annual Convention calls for Communication scholars to consider questions about the complicated pasts, compelling presents, and anticipated futures of our civic life. To give life to these thoughts, NCA is proud to host our first Social Justice Exchange. The Exchange will bring together NCA attendees and activists, community leaders, and practitioners from the greater Philadelphia area. We envision the Exchange as an opportunity to network and launch important collaborations with NCA members. Our hope is that the Exchange will spark new, energetic, and dynamic conversations about communication and the common good, and result in the kind of engaged scholarship we all hope to achieve. 

We continue to seek and confirm participating organizations to insure a diverse representation. As a preview, here are just a couple of the amazing community groups you can expect to meet in Philadelphia:

Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER) consists of congregations from all across the city of Philadelphia, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level, and neighborhood — lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided.  They are people of faith who are committed to the work of bringing about justice here and now. By strengthening and mobilizing networks of relationships, they seek to exercise power in the public arena so that the needs and priorities of all Philadelphians are reflected in the systems and policies that shape the city.

The Humane League’s mission is to reduce animal suffering by inspiring change at all levels. They work through an ever-expanding network of field offices across the country, providing information and encouragement to help people make choices that will reduce animal suffering. Their work is made possible through a passionate community of committed volunteers and generous supporters. Knowing that changes are needed at all levels, they also advocate for reform at the corporate and institutional level through hard-hitting animal welfare campaigns targeting specific companies.

Greensgrow engages neighborhoods in cultivating social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and community greening. They are a nationally recognized leader in urban farming that is open to the public year round. Greensgrow is an Idea Farm that has given birth to CSA, the Community Kitchen, Greensgrow West, and other projects, resulting in permanent jobs and sustainable income that allows them to develop new projects.

The Social Justice Exchange is being coordinated by Bryan Crable, Director, Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. Please contact Bryan or Stephen Hartnett, NCA First Vice President, if you have any questions or feedback regarding the Social Justice Exchange.