Journalist, activist, musician and photographer and interminable world explorer, Jay Sand is has written for the Philadelphia City Paper, Z Magazine, Wired, Guinea Pig Zero and dozens of other magazines and ‘zines, on-line and off. A 1996 graduate of Z Magazine’s Media Institute, Sand has been a participant in and organizer of several activist media projects, such as Countermedia, formed to provide non-corporate coverage of the 1996 Chicago Democratic National Convention, the Direct Action Media Network, a multimedia news network that gathers and distributes reports about global activism, and the Washington D.C. and Prague Independent Media Centers, formed to provide alternative coverage of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund meetings in April, 2000, and September, 2000, respectively. Sand is currently on the global organizing group of Indymedia, an independent media project, founded in late 1999 to provide independent coverage of the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle, that has inspired the formation of over forty local community media centers on six continents. Sand is an anti-globalization activist and consults organizations on developing non-hierarchical organizing processes. Sand’s recent projects include an extensive photojournalistic study of Jewish communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sand has been exhibiting his photographs of Jewish communities in Africa in galleries across the United States since November, and is currently speaking about the cultural and connections between Jews and Africans at multicultural centers on university campuses across the nation.