Welcome ~ A Note from Your Chapter Leaders

Welcome to the California Chapter of Media Literacy Now. Recently, California has become a hotbed for media literacy legislation, and we want you to be involved. Please see our action steps listed below, or feel free to contact one or both of us directly (our emails are below).

~Brooklyn Levine & Lisa Levine, Co-Presidents, California Chapter

Current Activity

March 2018: Media Literacy bill, SB 947, authored by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson and based on Media Literacy Now’s model bill, will be reviewed at a public hearing by the California Committee on Education on March 14, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Capitol.

Next Steps

  • STEP 1: Attend the public hearing this Wednesday.

    • When: This Wednesday, March 14, at 9 a.m.
    • Where: John L. Burton Hearing Room (Room 4203) at the State Capitol,
      Sacramento, CA  95814 (phone number is 916.651.4105).
  • STEP 2: Send testimony.

    Let the California Education Committee know you support media literacy education.

    • Submit testimony to the members of the Education Committee here or directly to the bill’s author, Sen. Jackson.
    • Review a sample testimony below.

Sample Testimony in Support of a Media Literacy Bill

Chapter Leaders

Co-Presidents, California Chapter
Media Literacy Now

Brooklyn Levine, California chapter co-presidentBrooklyn Levine, PhD, MSW. Dr. Levine is a social worker and academic. She is on the faculty at the School of Social Work in the University of Southern California. Working with both adolescents and adults in clinical practice and in academia she has become acutely aware of the need for media literacy as a way to cope with a wide variety of mental health issues arising from a media saturated world. For most of her clients and students, a therapist’s office or a master’s level classroom are their first encounters with critical thinking about the media.


Lisa LevineLisa Levine, BFA, MFA, is an artist and university educator in the San Francisco area. In teaching courses dealing with the theory, practice and history of photography she has found that students have never been asked to think critically about this ubiquitous and highly influential medium until they show up in a photography class on a college campus. She has designed curricula that focus on contemporary artists using various art forms to draw attention to the manipulative nature of photo-based media with the intention of getting students to think critically and express their thoughts about the Media through their own art.