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Moya Bailey on the Power of #HashtagActivism

04/28/18 - BOSTON, MA. - Moya Bailey Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, poses for a portrait on April 28, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Professor Moya Bailey (Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) is featured in the Thomson Reuters Foundation news, talking about how hashtag activism can help shape political action and activism around the country. She notes that the protests happening around the country in the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery illustrate how hashtag activism can shape conversations and organizing strategies, noting that giving a name to something is important.

“One of the things that’s really impressive about this moment is that people are repurposing social media as a tool for activism and for … demanding racial justice,”

Moya Bailey, in an interview with Thomson Reuters News

Bailey goes on to discuss how hashtags contribute to organizing happening on the ground and online and how they can be powerful tools for organizers and protesters. You can read the full article here, and you can learn more about hashtag activism in Bailey’s new book– co-authored with Northeastern professor Brooke Foucault Welles (Communications Studies and Network Science) and former Northeastern professor Sarah J. Jackson (Communications Studies)– entitled #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice.

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