Community Engagement

Dyan Ruiz leads community planning in SoMa

We don’t just report on people power efforts, we believe in people power. 

Our work includes participating in the community-based, grassroots efforts that we report on. In order to truly understand what is happening in marginalized communities and their efforts to impact public policy, we attend organizing meetings and other planning events.

The research and broad overview we gather through our journalism, as well as our technical expertise in land use and media, are all valuable to communities. Therefore, we sometimes get involved in efforts beyond the role of traditional journalists. At organizing meetings, for example, we provide advice on the public input process and on a mainstream media strategy. We also participate in discussion forums and community gatherings to speak about our work and research.

Ways that we participate:

Joseph is currently the President of the advisory board of the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) and has been since 2012.

Joseph was the Westside Program Director of the Housing Rights Committee from October 2015 to April 2018.

Co-founders Dyan Ruiz and Joseph Smooke were on the steering committee of Urban Idea from 2015 to 2016.

Dyan was on the steering committee of the Plaza 16 Coalition from October 2014 through 2015.

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