Research Justice Track

Grassroots research and reporting

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The Research Justice Track, is back and will focus on sharing skills and tools for utilizing grassroots-led research and data in order to reveal untold stories, challenge dominant narratives, and expose social injustice to make the case for change. Research justice honors the expertise of communities most impacted by injustice and supports their organizing and movement building, pursuing the production of knowledge through a popular education framework. Our definition of “data” is broad and includes our experiences, traditions, stories, and community knowledge, as well as the many ways we communicate our data, such as maps, reports and studies. We will examine success stories of radical research as a tool for change and liberation, while continuing to grow a national research justice network.

Coordinators of this track are Diana Benitez, Shweta Moorthy, and Sally Marquez.

Call for Participation

Research Justice believes that communities are experts - communities have first hand experience of oppressions, and research is a tool to document and make visible those experiences to effect change. But is it "just research" or "Research Justice?"

Research is an essential part of creating the knowledge required to enact change.  Statistics and Data are used to shift public opinion and policy. But often those who produce them are part of the dominant narrative.


We are really excited to bring back the Research Justice track to the AMC this year. In years past, the Research Justice collective received over 90 proposals for sessions to be presented at the AMC. The concept of research justice resonated with so many, and recognize the range of research needs/issues/opportunities faced by communities, from strategic use of research, to defending communities from potential harms of research.


We are seeking session proposals for the Research Justice track. Sessions can be an introductory workshop, presentation, facilitated discussion, group activity, art, movement or any other format you can imagine! We call for sessions that fall into the following categories:

  • How-to: hands on workshops, tools, methods, models, skillshares
  • Ideas: theory, strategy, history, postcolonial, decolonial, militant coresearch, movement based research, liberatory knowledge, revolutionary inquiry, critical par.
  • Case Studies & Existing Examples: research projects, such as excluded workers, youth models, indigenous models.
  • Case studies: challenges and lessons learned.
  • Place-based Research at AMC: movement research and media based organizing projects based in Detroit.
  • Future: National strategy/working meetings, ongoing research network.

Questions or comments? Please contact us with any ideas

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