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Role of Street Art and Comedy as Tools in Activism Explored in New Issue of Journal of Public Interest Communications

The latest issue of the open-access Journal of Public Interest Communications, which blends academic research with practical insights, underscores the importance of amplifying underrepresented voices in the public interest communications field.

This issue argues that communicators must move beyond just providing a platform and focus on listening, understanding and responding to communities reshaping their narratives. The content challenges the notion of “giving voice to the voiceless” by recognizing these groups have always had powerful stories to tell. Contributors address the need for communications that drive change, dismantle entrenched power structures and ensure equitable representation.

The latest issue includes the following articles:

Street Art as a Discursive Site for Negotiating Pluricultural Governance: A Case Study on the Oaxaca Commune” by Lorraine Affourtit, Ph.D.

  • Exploring vibrant street art from Oaxaca City’s 2006 uprising.
  • Art reflecting commune goals: consensus and participation.
  • Street art’s role in envisioning radical democratic futures.

Partnerships for a Nonprofit’s Human Trafficking Digital Activism, Training, Legislative Advocacy and Survivor Support Efforts” by Alex Rister.

  • Highlights the risk of over-reliance on law enforcement perspectives in anti-trafficking initiatives.
  • Points out the missed opportunities in excluding survivor voices and leadership.
  • Discusses the limitations of connecting online activism to offline action.

Centering Black Philanthropy: Crafting Communications That Champion Investment in Diversity” by Floyd Jones.

  • Addresses the challenges in Black philanthropy and the need for systemic change.
  • Emphasizes the importance of inclusive platforms and incentivizing investment.
  • Advocates for shared stories and coordinated efforts in philanthropy.

The Revolution Will Be Hilarious: Comedy for Social Change and Civic Power” – a book review by Amelia Wade.

  • Explores comedy as a tool for disrupting power structures and supporting activism.
  • Highlights the role of humor in making marginalized voices heard and messages shareable.
  • Suggests collaboration between artists and organizers for effective messaging.

The inclusion of non-academic authors and editors in both issues from Volume 7 of the journal marks an important milestone, fostering a more comprehensive and inclusive exploration of public interest communications. Together, these articles shed new light on how public interest communications can be used by both academics and practitioners to promote inclusivity, opportunity for all and lasting social change.

Access thought-provoking insights and original research in Volume 7, Issue 2 at


Posted: January 23, 2024
Category: Center for Public Interest Communications, College News
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