Our STORY

In 2018, A group of multimedia storytellers and housing, land, and racial justice advocates came together to reimagine the past, present, and future of our communities by transforming the stories we tell about them.

Our TEAM

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Georgia Stand Up

Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies provides support for grassroots community organizing and non-partisan voter education.

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Leticia Hernandez

Bay Area, CA

Leticia Hernández-Linares is a bilingual, interdisciplinary writer, artist, and racial justice educator.

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Rob Liu-Trujillo

Bay Area, CA

Robert Liu-Trujillo is a lifelong Bay Area resident. Born in Oakland California, he’s the child of student activists who watched lots of science fiction and took him to many demonstrations.

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Right to the City

Boston, MA

Right to the City is fighting to remain in, reclaim, and rebuild our cities!

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LA Fair Housing Action Center

New Orleans, LA

The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) is a nonprofit civil rights organization established in 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination.

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Carla España

New York, NY

Carla España is a bilingual educator, researcher, writer, and speaker.

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Josh Healey

Oakland, CA

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, filmmaker, and creative activist.

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Paige Wood

Detroit, MI

Paige Wood is an award-winning independent filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and creative consultant.

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Jolu Productions

New Orleans, LA

Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice, and cities.

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Kadi Diallo

New York, NY

Kadi Diallo is a filmmaker based in Harlem.

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Julia Steele Allen

Philadelphia, PA

Julia Steele Allen is a writer, performer, community organizer and activist born and raised in NYC.

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Working Films

Wilmington, NC

Working Films uses documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection.

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Causta Justa Just Cause

San Francisco, CA

Causa Justa :: Just Cause aims to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents.

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Detroit Narrative Agency

Detroit, MI

Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) is a community organization that disrupts harmful narratives about Detroit.

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City Life/Vida Urbana

Boston, MA

City Life/Vida Urbana is committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power.

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Partnership for Working Families

Oakland, CA

The Partnership is leading a renewal of our economy in metropolitan regions across the country.

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Leah Mahan

Bay Area, CA

Leah Mahan is a filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.

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The Home Coalition

Houston, TX

Our shared mission is to make Houston stronger, more resilient, and more equitable in the long road to recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

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Cheryl Devall

Bay Area, CA

Cheryl Devall is a veteran storyteller in sound, images and words.

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Evan Narcisse

Austin, TX

Evan Narcisse is a journalist and writer, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture.

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Texas Housers

Austin, TX

Supporting low-income Texans’ efforts to have a decent, affordable home in a quality neighborhood.

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Amr Al-Aaser

Chicago, IL

Amr Al- Aaser is a writer and video producer who has appeared on sites like Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, Kotaku and Paste Magazine.

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Sanford Greene

Columbia, SC

Sanford Greene has worked professionally in comic illustration and related industries for over 15 years.

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Unites for A New Economy Colorado

Denver, CO

United for a New Economy builds community power through organizing; community activism and innovative policy solutions

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Neil Jones

Detroit, MI

Neil Jones is a multi-disciplined 3D Artist / Game Developer based in Detroit.

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James Williams

Detroit, MI

James Williams is an experienced 3D Artist with 5+ years of experience in various design fields

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Public Advocates

Long Beach, CA

We make a difference by holding public officials accountable, influencing policy and transforming legal rights into everyday realities.

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Gita Sonti-Jackson

New York, NY

Gita Sonti-Jackson is an award-winning writer and editor featured in MTV News, GQ, Kotaku, and Paste Magazine.

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National Low Income Housing Coalition

Washington, DC

NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone.

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Weathered Sweater

Winooski, VT

Weathered Sweater is a new Black-owned interactive media and art studio located in Winooski, Vermont.

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Pumashock

Atlanta, GA

Natalie White aka Pumashock is a singer, songwriter, and producer.

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Slothique

Atlanta, GA

Slothique is a BIPOC-owned one-top-shop multi-media production and design studio based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

London, KY

A grassroots organization using a set of core strategies, from leadership development to communications and voter empowerment, to impact a broad range of issues, including coal and water, new energy and transition, economic justice and voting rights.

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Isaiah

Minneapolis, MN

ISAIAH is a coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota.

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TuckerGurl

New Orleans, LA

TuckerGurl LLC is a production company for feature films, TV and web series, advocacy videos and theatrical productions.

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Randall Dottin

New York, NY

Randall Dottin is a filmmaker and an educator.

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Local Progress

Washington, DC

Local Progress is leading progressive change at the local level.

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ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment)

Bay Area, CA

A community organization that builds power to fight and stand for economic, racial and social justice.

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Public Advocates

Bay Area, CA

We make a difference by holding public officials accountable, influencing policy and transforming legal rights into everyday realities.

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Imani Mixon

Detroit, MI

Imani is a long-form storyteller who is inspired by everyday griots who bear witness to their surroundings and report it back out.

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Mensen

Jersey Shore

Mensen is an artist, designer, writer, educator, facilitator and creative strategist.

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Housing Now!

Los Angelas, CA

Housing Now! is a coalition dedicated to expanding affordable and accessible housing options for persons with developmental disabilities.

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ACRE (Action Center on Race and the Economy)

Detroit, MI

A campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and Wall Street accountability.

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Manufactured Housing Action

San Francisco, CA

MHAction is fighting for affordable housing and economic security.

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Georgia Stand Up

Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies provides support for grassroots community organizing and non-partisan voter education.

MORE INFO >

Leticia Hernandez

Bay Area, CA

Leticia Hernández-Linares is a bilingual, interdisciplinary writer, artist, and racial justice educator.

MORE INFO >

Rob Liu-Trujillo

Bay Area, CA

Robert Liu-Trujillo is a lifelong Bay Area resident. Born in Oakland California, he’s the child of student activists who watched lots of science fiction and took him to many demonstrations.

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Right to the City

Boston, MA

Right to the City is fighting to remain in, reclaim, and rebuild our cities!

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LA Fair Housing Action Center

New Orleans, LA

The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) is a nonprofit civil rights organization established in 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination.

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Carla España

New York, NY

Carla España is a bilingual educator, researcher, writer, and speaker.

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Josh Healey

Oakland, CA

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, filmmaker, and creative activist.

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Paige Wood

Detroit, MI

Paige Wood is an award-winning independent filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and creative consultant.

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Jolu Productions

New Orleans, LA

Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice, and cities.

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Kadi Diallo

New York, NY

Kadi Diallo is a filmmaker based in Harlem.

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Julia Steele Allen

Philadelphia, PA

Julia Steele Allen is a writer, performer, community organizer and activist born and raised in NYC.

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Working Films

Wilmington, NC

Working Films uses documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection.

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Causta Justa Just Cause

San Francisco, CA

Causa Justa :: Just Cause aims to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents.

MORE INFO >

Detroit Narrative Agency

Detroit, MI

Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) is a community organization that disrupts harmful narratives about Detroit.

MORE INFO >

City Life/Vida Urbana

Boston, MA

City Life/Vida Urbana is committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power.

MORE INFO >

Partnership for Working Families

Oakland, CA

The Partnership is leading a renewal of our economy in metropolitan regions across the country.

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Paige Wood

Detroit, MI

Paige Wood is an award-winning independent filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and creative consultant.

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Jolu Productions

New Orleans, LA

Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice, and cities.

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Kadi Diallo

New York, NY

Kadi Diallo is a filmmaker based in Harlem.

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Julia Steele Allen

Philadelphia, PA

Julia Steele Allen is a writer, performer, community organizer and activist born and raised in NYC.

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Working Films

Wilmington, NC

Working Films uses documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection.

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Detroit Narrative Agency

Detroit, MI

Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) is a community organization that disrupts harmful narratives about Detroit.

MORE INFO >

City Life/Vida Urbana

Boston, MA

City Life/Vida Urbana is committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power.

MORE INFO >

Unites for A New Economy Colorado

Denver, CO

United for a New Economy builds community power through organizing; community activism and innovative policy solutions

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Pumashock

Atlanta, GA

Natalie White aka Pumashock is a singer, songwriter, and producer.

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Slothique

Atlanta, GA

Slothique is a BIPOC-owned one-top-shop multi-media production and design studio based in Atlanta, Georgia.

MORE INFO >

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

London, KY

A grassroots organization using a set of core strategies, from leadership development to communications and voter empowerment, to impact a broad range of issues, including coal and water, new energy and transition, economic justice and voting rights.

MORE INFO >

Isaiah

Minneapolis, MN

ISAIAH is a coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota.

MORE INFO >

TuckerGurl

New Orleans, LA

TuckerGurl LLC is a production company for feature films, TV and web series, advocacy videos and theatrical productions.

MORE INFO >

Randall Dottin

New York, NY

Randall Dottin is a filmmaker and an educator.

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Local Progress

Washington, DC

Local Progress is leading progressive change at the local level.

MORE INFO >

Paige Wood

Detroit, MI

Paige Wood is an award-winning independent filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and creative consultant.

MORE INFO >

Jolu Productions

New Orleans, LA

Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice, and cities.

MORE INFO >

Kadi Diallo

New York, NY

Kadi Diallo is a filmmaker based in Harlem.

MORE INFO >

Julia Steele Allen

Philadelphia, PA

Julia Steele Allen is a writer, performer, community organizer and activist born and raised in NYC.

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Working Films

Wilmington, NC

Working Films uses documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection.

MORE INFO >

Detroit Narrative Agency

Detroit, MI

Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) is a community organization that disrupts harmful narratives about Detroit.

MORE INFO >

Evan Narcisse

Austin, TX

Evan Narcisse is a journalist and writer, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture.

MORE INFO >

Texas Housers

Austin, TX

Supporting low-income Texans’ efforts to have a decent, affordable home in a quality neighborhood.

MORE INFO >

Amr Al-Aaser

Chicago, IL

Amr Al- Aaser is a writer and video producer who has appeared on sites like Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, Kotaku and Paste Magazine.

MORE INFO >

Sanford Greene

Columbia, SC

Sanford Greene has worked professionally in comic illustration and related industries for over 15 years.

MORE INFO >

Unites for A New Economy Colorado

Denver, CO

United for a New Economy builds community power through organizing; community activism and innovative policy solutions

MORE INFO >

Neil Jones

Detroit, MI

Neil Jones is a multi-disciplined 3D Artist / Game Developer based in Detroit.

MORE INFO >

James Williams

Detroit, MI

James Williams is an experienced 3D Artist with 5+ years of experience in various design fields

MORE INFO >

Public Advocates

Long Beach, CA

We make a difference by holding public officials accountable, influencing policy and transforming legal rights into everyday realities.

MORE INFO >

Gita Sonti-Jackson

New York, NY

Gita Sonti-Jackson is an award-winning writer and editor featured in MTV News, GQ, Kotaku, and Paste Magazine.

MORE INFO >

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Washington, DC

NLIHC educates, organizes and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone.

MORE INFO >

Weathered Sweater

Winooski, VT

Weathered Sweater is a new Black-owned interactive media and art studio located in Winooski, Vermont.

MORE INFO >

Pumashock

Atlanta, GA

Natalie White aka Pumashock is a singer, songwriter, and producer.

MORE INFO >

ACRE (Action Center on Race and the Economy)

Detroit, MI

A campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and Wall Street accountability.

MORE INFO >

Paige Wood

Detroit, MI

Paige Wood is an award-winning independent filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and creative consultant.

MORE INFO >

Jolu Productions

New Orleans, LA

Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice, and cities.

MORE INFO >

Kadi Diallo

New York, NY

Kadi Diallo is a filmmaker based in Harlem.

MORE INFO >

Julia Steele Allen

Philadelphia, PA

Julia Steele Allen is a writer, performer, community organizer and activist born and raised in NYC.

MORE INFO >

Working Films

Wilmington, NC

Working Films uses documentaries to advance social justice and environmental protection.

MORE INFO >

Partnership for Working Families

Oakland, CA

The Partnership is leading a renewal of our economy in metropolitan regions across the country.

MORE INFO >

ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment)

Bay Area, CA

A community organization that builds power to fight and stand for economic, racial and social justice.

MORE INFO >

Public Advocates

Bay Area, CA

We make a difference by holding public officials accountable, influencing policy and transforming legal rights into everyday realities.

MORE INFO >

Imani Mixon

Detroit, MI

Imani is a long-form storyteller who is inspired by everyday griots who bear witness to their surroundings and report it back out.

MORE INFO >

Mensen

Jersey Shore

Mensen is an artist, designer, writer, educator, facilitator and creative strategist.

MORE INFO >

Housing Now!

Los Angelas, CA

Housing Now! is a coalition dedicated to expanding affordable and accessible housing options for persons with developmental disabilities.

MORE INFO >

ACRE (Action Center on Race and the Economy)

Detroit, MI

A campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and Wall Street accountability.

MORE INFO >

Manufactured Housing Action

San Francisco, CA

MHAction is fighting for affordable housing and economic security.

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I usually work with one art director or one editor, but for this project I got feedback from a whole team of folks. Normally that would be tough, but in this case it enriched the story and creative process so much.

Rob Trujillo
Illustrator: Alejandria Fights Back

OUR PROCESS

Many of us had joined forces on policy and direct action campaigns in the past, but Rise-Home Stories Project is a first-of-its-kind collaboration. Longtime organizers, advocates, writers, filmmakers, journalists, game designers, and more are working in true co-creative relationships, crafting five innovative media projects to be released in 2021: Alejandria Fights Back!, a bilingual children’s book, Dot’s Home, a narrative driven video game, But Next Time, a nonfiction podcast, MINE, an animated web series, and Steal-Estate, an interactive online experience. Each of these projects speaks to the power of abundance and collective action in the face of increasingly toxic narratives of scarcity and individualism.

The Rise-Home Stories Team is:

  • Crafting a visionary, shared narrative framework

    Our work challeges the dominant, harmful narratives that keep our communities divided, disempowered, and fighting for survival, and it conjures an irresistible long-term vision of the world we want to build.

  • Building collective power through creative process

    We’re blurring the lines between “artists” and “activists” in ways that have transformed our ongoing creative and organizing practices in our respective fields.

  • Centering the voices of frontline/impacted communities as creators and protagonists

    This body of work was made by and for Black and Brown organizers, artists, and audiences. This approach acknowledges that authentic representation of lived experience is vital to using media to build power and activate community.

Working on Dot’s Home was a lot like working on any kind of social change campaign. It took a long-term vision, shared values, and putting together a committed team. Ultimately, we all wanted to do right by our communities and our story.

Christina Rosales
Texas Housers - Co-Creator, Dot’s Home

Acknowledgements

LIST OF ADVISORS

Key Supporters
Amy Kenyon
Jerry Maldonado
Don Chen
Chi-hui Yang
Cara Mertes
Suzanne Shea

Narrative and Technical Advisors
Leila Fiester
Angela Tucker
Ill Weaver
Center for Story-Based Strategy
Detroit Narrative Agency
Josh Healey
Susana Ruiz
Benjamin Stokes
Paolo Pedercini
Michael Premo
Laine Kaplan Levenson
Opeyemi Olukemi
Molly Murphy
Hannah Hearn
Anat Shenker
Jon Funabiki
Valerie Bush
Jeff Chang
Christina "Phazero" Curlee

Core Resource Team
Executive Producer: Luisa Dantas, JoLu Productions
Senior Impact Producer: Anna Lee, Working Films
Supervising Producer: Paige Wood
Impact Producer: Julia Steele Allen
Associate Producer: Kadijatou Diallo

Rise-Home Stories is made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation’s Cities and State program.