MFN Skillshare Video Series


Making a Shekere with Dr. Qasimah Boston

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MFN Member and artist Dr. Boston was moved to create a #shekeremovementforjustice initiative with the goal of adding a spirit-moving initiative into the movement for justice. In short, a shekere is a musical instrument originating in Africa made of a gourd, beads, and string. This initiative took hold and now, Shekeres For Justice are nationwide thanks to her work.
During this webinar, you will see how a shekere is made, learn about the materials used to make it, and hear the rhythm played by the shekere. You’ll also be able to take deeper action by joining the #shekeremovementforjustice and contribute to the movement for justice
Interested in learning more? You can read more by searching the hashtag #shekeremovementforjustice on social media. Or, request a kit by direct messaging @thecreativespirit5 on Instagram!
To stay in contact with Dr. Boston, visit The Tallahassee Food Network Facebook Page or email her.

Air Monitoring Use for Data Collection with Beto Lugo

It’s no secret that environmental racism is affecting our communities across the country. For decades environmental justice communities have been burdened by high levels of toxic air, water, and soil pollution. What’s the solution? To organize with the community, and further community led solutions to improve public health!

Join MFN Member Beto Lugo from CleanAirNow Kansas as he discusses how his organization and others use personal air monitors for data collection. During this webinar, you’ll learn that engaging in air monitoring and turning invisible pollution into data points gives decision making power to those who are directly impacted by the findings.Interested in learning more? Linked below are a few helpful resources Beto has passed along:

To stay in contact with Beto, visit or email him at

Using Census Data for Organizing and Advocacy with Melissa Miles

Have you ever wondered how census data, organizing, and advocacy are interconnected? Look no further! Join MFN Member Melissa Miles from New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, as well as panelists Paul J. Allen and Luke Hellgren from MJ Bradley and Associates, as we learn about the power of data!

During this webinar, we look at the recent MJ Bradley report and the data tool used in its creation, specifically on how to use census tract level data for understanding, organizing and advocacy. You’ll learn that community-specific data, led by community, is critical to environmental justice work, as well as how to use data driven tools to gauge the impacts of electrification on the pollution emissions of a fenceline community.

To stay in contact with Melissa or MJ Bradley and Associates, please visit and for more information.