We believe in order to bring solutions to dismantle racism, sexism, poverty and issues impacting our environment, one must first understand the power dynamics in our society. This is why we believe in the study of political education.
During our first phase of work we provide one-day workshops to raise awareness of technology and its socio and economic relationship to our society. These workshops include a one-hour panel discussions on topics such as Digital Media, Digital Security, Open Source, Web Development and Emerging Technology followed by a hands-on training workshop to learn current tools related to the day's topic.
There is no technical experience required to attend our one-day workshops.
We host workshops in Oakland, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Philly and NYC.
Malcolm X - The Media's the Most Powerful Entity
November 10, 2018
12:00 - 3:00 PM
320 W 37th Street
New York, NY 10036
Malcolm X said "The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent.”
Media has been a tool that has proven to influence the minds, ideas, behaviors and attitudes of the masses. So is media a tool of the enemy or the people? Come out as TechActivist.Org discuss the difference between corporate media and media made by the people for the people.
TechActivist.Org will kickoff this event with a panel discussing the power of media and the role young Black and Brown people play in making media with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report (and a Certified Elder of the Black Journalism Tribe).
We will then engage in a hands on workshop where participants will learn the following:
The Power of Words - How To Write an Op Ed
The Power of A Meme - Creating Memes, flyers, images and other easy digestable information you can post on Social Media
The Power of Radio - How to get started with Podcast, SoundCloud and Radio
The Social Power of An Algorithm - Not all information and content on the internet is promoted the same. Learn some tricks and concepts.
Community Control of Modern Technology w/ Sister Elaine Brown
Past Event - Check out Livestream here
We are living in the days where white supremacy is not only rooted in our school books but can also be found in an algorithm, online bots, and where tech tools are being created with a sole intent to surveil on poor, Black and Brown bodies as a way of social control.
As our communities continue to resist inequality and racism in the digital age, TechActivist.Org will kickstart monthly tech training workshops in New York City to teach what self-defense and self-determination looks like in the 21st century.
Our workshops will also provide a foundation of political education needed to understand learned lessons of past resistances.
Join us for our kickoff event with Guest Speaker Sister Elaine Brown as we discuss why technology was added to the 10th point of the Black Panther Party's 10th-Point Program "Community Control of Modern Technology."
Meet The Crew
People question the capability of bringing change in the world, and that is because for so long the people who have had the knowledge and tools of empowerment have done nothing but create extreme poverty and desperate times.
We are educators, technologists, activists and disrupters. We believe in the power of unity. We are working hard to develop a space where everyone, regardless of their level of education, can come together to learn, strategize and create with digital technology.
We hope you join us: Volunteer, Attend a workshop, Become a Tech Activist.
Founder and Co-Director
Political Educator and Technologist. Past includes serving as Global Social Justice Lead at ThoughtWorks, and founding partner and former Community Manager of
Black Girls CODE.
Co-Director, West Coast Lead
Educator, Artist and Author. The wisdom in his lyrics, social consciousness, and story-telling abilities can be attributable to his upbringing: his father was a Black Panther and his mother, an avid reader and active participant in the Black Liberation struggle.
Digital Security Lead
Passionate digital humanist and Black feminist who often searches for solutions through their first love, technology. She has a background in web development, community organizing, racial economic disparity research, and education media.
Why We Exist.
As poor communities and communities of color increasingly organize and mobilize against police brutality and demand basic human rights, technical tools and platforms are consistently used to oppress and suppress their voices. While there are small pockets of people working on decentralized technical tools to support frontline activists fighting against systemic poverty, oppression and racism, these groups are small and often do not represent working class communities of color.
Overwhelmingly, the people most impacted by social ills are on the losing side of the digital, educational and economic divide. Of the 2,000+ activists we've worked with since 2015, 97% have stated a desire to create their own technical tools but never had access to computer programming classes nor knowledge of the technology to use. Their lack of technical knowledge and resulting low capacity to effectively fight back in digital spaces undermines the potential of today’s activist to effectively amplify their voices and drive real social change.
How We Got Started.
In 2014, while our founder, Idalin Bobé, did community organizing work in Ferguson, MO, she created a tech institute for activists to learn digital security tools, digital media and web development. After seeing how activist were learning technical skills to advance their work, groups around the country started requesting trainings to meet their technological needs and interest. TechActivist.org was started because activists’ need for tech-related skills were and still are crucial to propel the mission of liberation, equality, and justice.