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Understanding “Copaganda”

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What is "Copaganda?" And how does it influence policymaking and elections? At our recent Community Safety Beyond Policing webinar, we heard from Alec Karakatsanis, Palika Makam, and Tori Bateman about the many ways in which popular and social media and politicians push narratives that constrain our imagination around safety and supress an analysis of systemic violence.

Here's what they had to say:

Palika Makam, Director of Digital at the 8th Amendment Project, started us off by talking about how copaganda shows up in TV, movies, and social media. It’s everywhere!

Alec Karakatsanis, founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps, shared about how copaganda constrains our understanding of “public safety,” and delved into who benefits from those limits:

Tori Bateman, AFSC's Policy Advocacy Coordinator, explained how Copaganda has an impact on upcoming midterm elections:

And finally, Palika shared thoughts on how we can all resist contributing to Copaganda:


Want to hear the full discussion? Watch the full webinar or browse past recordings of webinars put on by Community Safety Beyond Policing.


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