By Tanisha Dozier
“It’s important that youth understand their voices matter …”
Sydney Butler, RAGE Media Coordinator
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The Power of Now is a youth led docu-series powered by The Race and Gender Equity (RAGE) Project. Located in Sacramento, CA, The RAGE Project harnesses the power of individual and collective transformation through healing, education, advocacy and research. The Power of Now will focus on youth activism and leadership. It is coordinated by some of Sacramento’s youth leaders, including myself. We lead this group with an objective to uplift Sacramento’s youth to promote change within their community.
According to RAGE Media intern, Kiarah Young “the docu-series is important because realizing my power as a youth of color changed the direction of my life in the last two years. I want other youth to be inspired and realize that the sacrifices made during activism are worth it in the end.”
The students participating in the project will be interviewing Sacramento youth activists that have played a part in impacting the community in their own significant way. A major goal intended to be achieved by the interviewees is for them to be able share their experience as activists while empowering the youth around them. Those sharing their stories have grown up in Sacramento, allowing them to be able to relate to what still happens to a lot of the students as far as unjustified acts of violence or intensified racial profiling.
In the words of another RAGE Media intern, Eric Wright, "if you want to make a change, stand up, and fight for what you believe in. However big, or small, each day, you can inspire change"
We realize that the upcoming youth need to be woke when it comes to what’s happening a block away from where they reside or where they attend school. Hence the name, “The Power of Now”! This video docu-series is intended to advocate by empowering youth now; advising them to speak NOW, to be heard NOW, and most importantly to take a stand NOW ... because if not now then when! We hope that giving young people access to stories of events that have been led by other Black youth will enhance their knowledge of what they can do.
Stay informed about The Power of Now at www.rageproject.org; or on Instagram @rageproject. Series release - May 2020.
Tanisha Dozier is a RAGE Media intern originally from Sacramento, California. She recently moved to Hayward, California where she attends CSU East Bay, majoring in Multimedia Journalism.
Ms. Dozier has been involved in community work, specifically a group called BMAD (Blacks Making A Difference) since she was about 12 or13 years old. At first the involvement was very minor, for example she hosted community breakfasts on Saturdays to feed parents, children; really anyone who wanted to come didn’t matter the age.
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As Tanisha grew the amount of involvement did too; by her Sophomore year of high school she was putting together Board presentations to talk to the Superintendent of the school district advocating for black youth.
Now that Tanisha is in college she has received exposure to what her options are and found her fit. Ms. Dozier states, “I am going to be a journalist that will produce articles that put an emphasis on the problems that happen on a daily basis. I am also interested in using my platform to brainstorm ideas to empower those impacted or influenced. My initial goal is to continue to empower the generations that are after me, after them and so forth. As long as I am able to shed light on those who haven’t realized they can impact their community. I will.”