Host organization: Media Mobilizing Project
Hannah Sassaman will work with communities most impacted by mass incarceration to limit how “predictive algorithms” using race, and factors correlated with it, affect decisions about who stays locked up and who goes home.
Sassaman is a nationally recognized organizer for media justice. As policy director of the Media Mobilizing Project, she leads many of the organization’s strategic campaigns, including its CAP Comcast campaign, which forced the telecom corporation to expand affordable internet to poor people in Philadelphia and beyond. She previously served as campaign director at the Prometheus Radio Project, where she helped lead the organizing and legislative strategy that resulted in the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, a bill that opened up the FM dial to thousands of community radio stations nationwide. She has built radio stations and helped organize communities working on issues of technology, justice, and the right to communicate around the world—from Pine Ridge, South Dakota to Nashville, Tennessee to Kisumu, Kenya. She sits on the board of directors of Allied Media Projects and Fight for the Future, and serves as a trustee at the Valentine Foundation. She was also included among Philadelphia magazine’s “Best of 2016” for her work as an activist.