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Courtney is in San Francisco and Oakland for the next few days to stream and film Occupy actions and victories. Follow her @CourtneyOccupy to see when she goes live.
In the interim, we've produced a video of the Vancouver rally against the robocalls and election fraud on March 3rd. A call has been placed for nation-wide rallies on March 11th.
As we continue whittling away at the (expanding) OVMT sneak peek and an upbeat Occupy promo video, we're also busy making arrangements for the next big segment of the Occupy Victory Media Tour: the joint G8 & NATO summits happening in Chicago on May 19th-21st. Many large organizations have put out a call to start flooding Occupy Chicago as early as May 1st, which also happens to be the day of the national general strike, to add to their numbers and coordinate weeks of direct action leading up to the summits. The month of May looks poised to become a sort of perfect storm for Occupy and general grievances of the G8 countries.
OVMT (Jordan) hopes to be in Chicago before May 1st to get ample coverage of the lead-up to G8/NATO and to establish a base of operations for an international team of livestreamers to cover the month's events. Courtney has begun fundraising efforts to get her to Chicago for May 15th-23rd. She'll utilize the #OccupyCongress funds from Janurary in the interim to help coordinate this streaming team, either at Occupy Oakland and SF, or back at OWS. Jordan may also need a bit of extra funding for this streamer HQ or a couple more hard drives, when the date comes closer. This fundraising page will continue to be used until its deadline as a general-funds donation point for OVMT, but in the future we will likely create smaller, mini-drives for specific equipment, goal, or travel expenses, like Courtney's Chicago trip above, to make things simpler and allow our viewers to "democratize" their donation more.
In the mean time, why not check out the video we produced of the #TellVicEverything protest against Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and his inflammatory comments in support of the insidious internet spying legislation Bill C-30. We know you're eager for more OVMT footage, and we wanna get it to ya. We'll have another great video to hold you guys over with soon, though. Thanks so much for your continued support, both for us and for change.
Sadly, Courtney was unable to get to DC for #OccupyCongress. The funds raised specifically for the trip will be set aside for a potential (likely) Occupy trip in the future, possibly back to OWS. Thank you generous supporters for your donations. Luckily, our friend from Occupy LA was able to continue his trek to #OccupyCongress and through the south back to California, gathering Occupy footage. We'll be working to incorporate some of that into documentary. We're pouring through what we shot and livestreamed, and will be working to release a 10-15 minute sneak preview to let you see a little of what we got while we continue post-production. In the mean time, why not check out the video we produced of Occupy Vancouver's emergency occupation of the US Consulate in solidarity with Occupy Oakland against the brutal crackdown they suffered from Oakland Police Department on their Move-In Day (#J28).
Thank you again for your support. Keep your eyes open for more OVMT content soon!
Hi Occupiers, supporters, and indie media philanthropists,
We're Jordan and Courtney, founding members of the Occupy Vancouver Media Committee, and we're in the process of a documentary project to try and help give some perspective to this transitional phase the Occupy movement as a whole is currently going through. The Occupy Victory Media Tour (OVMT) is an effort to find the stories of success within Occupy, from the individual, committee, encampment, regional, national, and movement-wide levels. Individuals involved with the movement have been through a lot in its short history, and now, in the last month of the oft-called Year of Revolution, the majority of encampments are being or have been dismantled. Scores of Occupations have been battered by municipalities, media sensationalization, law enforcement, and a bitter winter, and many of the biggest and most iconic encampments across the continent are now gone. All of these fragmenting actions have brought this young movement out of its first, infant stage, forcing it to adapt and evolve as its myriad of cells, separate but not separated, see fit.
This is not an easy process, and if we weren't challenged by it or doubtful in it, we wouldn't be human. In the years of hecticness that the past few months have felt like, we have missed much. Occupiers should be reminded of their successes, and celebrate them as victories. As we see untold thousands take to streets they've walked but never marched, or one-on-one bonds deep as family form through acts of communal kindness we didn't know our fellow citizens possessed, we know there is victory in our minds. As we feel brotherhood, sisterhood, and practice solidarity with strangers we stand shoulder-to-shoulder next to, rallying under cries that unify those both here and afar, we know there is victory in our hearts. As social media feeds, hashtags, and streams feed us, organize us, and refresh us, we know there are victories among us, between us, and forever with us, not only innumerable, but unshakeable.
Any aggressive, oppressive, or criminal actions against us, devised and enacted by the institutions we grew up being told to rely on and to trust, peel back the layers of cynicism the brusqueness of modern society has encased us in, and reveal the staggering amounts of sheer pain these forces have inflicted, and continue to inflict, on us as individuals. Make no mistake. This is the process of radicalization: the bluntly intrusive and personal experiences with unaccountable agents of a breaking system that chip away our begrudging acceptance of the status quo, and reveal newfound passions in spirits long-thought atrophied or forgotten. These are all victories.
"Try to separate a man from his soul. You only strengthen him and lose your own."
- Brother Ali
What We Got; What We're Getting
The big, milestone events of Occupy have been covered quite well by indie journalists and filmmakers so far, but we want to find the more personal, individual victory stories that help shape our perspective on Occupy. We covered the injunction against the last-and-longest-standing encampment in British Columbia, Canada's allegedly liberal western frontier, at Occupy Nanaimo. We've been covering the gradual regrouping of Occupy Vancouver. We've interviewed the award-winning filmmakers behind Occupy Love, Velcrow Ripper and Ian MacKenzie, an Occupying university professor, an ex-city worker, Occupy medics, food workers, a wild salmon activist, a man whose life was saved by Occupy Nanaimo, and many others. We went to Occupy Wall Street to cover the transition to the year after the "Year of Revolution," and of course, collect stories of victory. We were in Liberty Park for the entire New Year's Eve celebration, as well as covering general assemblies, marches, press conferences, direct actions, meetings, interviews, and more on the surrounding days. We livestreamed the whole way.
We aim to produce a free documentary film out of our work on OVMT, with additional accompanying media pieces. We've been Livestreaming through Occupy Vancouver and occasionally our own OccupyVictoryMT channel, and we plan to continue to do so while at OWS, with the help of some friendly NYC Occupiers. (Follow @OVMT on Twitter to be updated when we're going live.) We also plan to incorporate some of our livestreamed footage into the film.
We've paid for this first iteration of OVMT with our own personal funds. (When we have the time, we'll eventually get an itemized budget up.) We want to see this project through for our fellow Occupiers, as a gift back to the movement that began giving us glimpses of victory in social justice that we haven't seen before in our generation. However, to sustain ourselves in post-production, and to have any hope of further media projects for Occupy, we have to put our fate on the kindness of our supporters. We don't have much to give in return, but take a look at our perks and see if you can donate to support and further independent Occupy media. We want to help encourage others to be the ones that create what they want to see out of the movement. Any projects that can get sustainable funding are further reinforcement of those 'stop worrying and do' ethos of Occupy. If you can't afford to spare any funds, there are still ways you can help. You can spread the message on your social networks. Post our YouTube channel around. Follow our Twitter account. Watch us Livestream. Email us your Occupy Victory stories. Or just talk to your friends, relatives, or neighbors about Occupy.