The Mapping Action Collective is a data-visualization, mapping, and data analysis collective that uses GIS to support grassroots organizations and individuals working towards social justice and community resilience. We support these groups by helping them analyze and visualize their data with a strong emphasis on collaboration rather than dictation. Our group is a forum to support publicly accessible data and software, and develop a framework for how GIS can be used as a tool of empowerment for community organizations and social movements.
We aim to be collaborators, not just allies, when supporting frontline communities, always working toward building trust and long-term partnerships with the groups we work with.
As GIS students and practitioners, we want to build a system to support one another not just to network or get ahead professionally, but to foster a critically thinking and socially just community.