OccupyMNTV's mission is to bring the public accurate and authentic representational images of Occupy Minneapolis and the Occupy Movement in Minnesota. It's entirely volunteer run and has been operating almost exclusively with one camera and one computer since November of 2012.
Videography and editing take considerable effort and time, but in spite of its remarkably limited resources, OccupyMNTV's videos have reached a wide audience and have been featured on local news, Occupy Wall Street's facebook page, ThinkProgress, The Huffington Post, and MSNBC.
There's quite a bit going on, and it's becoming evident that coverage of Occupy Minneapolis and the Occupy Movement in Minnesota could be much more comprehensive.
There's an excess of creativity and activity around here, and a shortage of the technology necessary to allow the activities to be creatively and truthfully covered. This campaign aims to ensure the chronicling of this important and unprecedented moment.
OccupyMNTV on ThinkProgress
OccupyMNTV and Occupy Homes MN featured on Rachel Maddow
A movement is only as strong as its ability to represent itself, and with each day that passes, important historical moments slip through the cracks and are left only to be remembered by those who witnessed them firsthand. We can't depend on the corporate media to represent us truthfully, and in order to ensure these pivotal events are properly presented to the people and chronicled for posterity, we need your support. Every dollar donated to OccupyMNTV will increase the depth, breadth, and quality of our coverage.
The Occupy Homes movement is rapidly developing, and Minneapolis has been leading the charge. With the victory of Bobby Hull (explained in the video above) demonstrating that communities can organize and hold the banks accountable to the people their policies and decisions affect, the stakes have been raised. The quality of coverage of the events of the ensuing months will have a profound impact on the lives of several Minnesota families who are facing foreclosure. Click here to learn about Occupy Homes Minnesota's ongoing campaign to save Monique White's home.
Furthermore, by donating to OccupyMNTV, you're not only helping to save important historical moments from obscurity, assisting in the fight against economic inequality, and helping keep Minnesota families in their homes; you're also contributing to the production of an eventual feature length documentary about the Occupy Movement in Minneapolis.
What We Need & What You Get
All proceeds will be used to purchase audiovisual equipment (starting with a second camera, followed by a second computer, and an audio recorder) that will make it possible for more volunteers to contribute to OccupyMNTV's creative coverage of the movement as it develops in Minnesota. We want to do as much as we can to make OccupyMNTV a lean, mean videojournalistic machine in time for major events planned for May 1st.
Other Ways You Can Help
Let your friends know the Occupy Movement is persisting and evolving, and having real effects in peoples' lives. Tell them about Occupy Homes and how communities can band together to keep people in their homes and fight back against economic injustice. If you're a videographer or video editor in Minnesota who's interested in assisting us, email OccupyMNTV@gmail.com.