NV Direct Action & Blockades Training for Earth Fest! @ TESC

When: Wednesday, April 23 at 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Where: TESC Longhouse

What:  Join us for Earth Fest at Evergreen!

This 3-hour training will entail a history of direct action and civil disobedience in the history of social and environmental movements, and how tactics and strategies have helped win campaigns.

The training will include NVDA 101, basic blockade techniques, and folks will have the opportunity to brainstorm and learn the steps to effective action planning through role plays.

Public · Hosted by Steph Cascadia

Co-hosted by EPIC – Evergreen Political Information Center, South Sound Rising Tide, and the Evergreen Environmental Corps

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3 Responses to NV Direct Action & Blockades Training for Earth Fest! @ TESC

  1. Robert Capa says:

    Intrepid Reporter, you don’t need to put Brad’s name in quotation marks. His surname is Collins, and if you bothered to follow decent photojournalistic protocol you’d try to get people’s full names, positions, ages, places of residence (broadly, e. g. whether someone lives in Olympia or Lacey, not street addresses), and of course ask permission before taking their picture, or at least before publishing the image. None of the pictures you have taken are of such great political urgency or of such important public figures that you can afford to shoot first and ask questions later. Even so, it would behoove you to ask permission. You also represent nobody but yourself, your press card’s a meaningless widget. Your rights end where others’ begin, and where your rights encroach on theirs. You say you don’t need to ask permission because it’s not an interview, but being a photojournalist is about more than taking pictures, and DOES include interviews. You have to interview your subjects to understand the story depicted in your images so viewers can understand what’s going on. The information I listed above for captions is baseline, to be expanded according to the events depicted. Try again, John.

  2. Robert Capa says:

    P. S. You might also get better quality images if you did have the subjects’ permission, had rapport with them and made them feel comfortable.

  3. admin says:

    Well, “Bob”, that may be YOUR journalistic style, but it’s not everyone’s. Mike Wallace and Hunter S. Thompson come to mind. The subject(s), in this instance, aren’t simply newsworthy or of public interest, they’re suspects–involved in an assault-robbery/misprision last year. They’re not about to be forthcoming and can’t be required to interview in any event. One co-ed was invited to discuss her concerns after she attempted to use a public meeting at TESC (last week) to confront this reporter, disrupting it, and then curiously disinterested once it had concluded…at “Brad’s” caveat. i.e. She/they were more interested in confrontation than dialog. That’s fine too. Nothing bad happens to a writer. It’s all material.

    ‘Permission’ is often not sought here because of the paranoia by many of these r@dicals, the loss of editorial control that would imply (permission to photograph/record from the subject(s) being covered), and it isn’t necessary (under 1st Amendment principles). Many public figures don’t want to be photographed or recorded. Some photojournalists almost always seek ‘permission’, others do not. I’ve questioned many mainstream media photojournalists about this, asking whether THEY ask permission of these subjects, and they invariably say, “NO!” If you read the header on this blog, you’ll notice it mentions “adversarial journalism”.

    As far as ‘credentials’ go, they’re sufficient. There is no government agency that grants journalists a ‘license’ to report. Soul Snatcher, Productions ™ is a licensed investigatory news gathering service in Washington State. This is public record. It’s a BUSINESS license, not permission or a ‘credential’. A ‘free press’ wouldn’t mean much if it was dependent on government permission to function. The framers of our Constitution understood this when they wrote the 1st Amendment. Thomas Paine grasped this when he wrote ‘Common Sense’. It is grasped by American courts today. Ergo, this reporter and this community blog does NOT need YOUR ‘permission’, et ux, to witness, see, hear, AND document all of that in public venues, whether by pencil, pen, camera, video, or audio or all of the above. Arguably, it is an inalienable universal right inasmuch as the use of our senses is. It is also a collective right belonging to the public.

    “Without fear nor favor” means just that as a cornerstone of journalism. Sucking up to a subject may (or may not) produce an interview, but typically only what they want you to hear. The raw data (video/audio/photos) help identify the subject for the reader, reveal a lot of information from the expression and how the subject chooses to present themselves, and often captures nuances the subject wouldn’t candidly admit. e.g. “Brad” touching and attempting to block the camera lens in an effort to intimidate/stop the photojournalist inside the Student Activities office on TESC’s campus late last year following a public presentation by a Nobel prize winning economist. That kind of information isn’t going to come from an interview with “Brad” (if that’s his name) or WITH his ‘permission’. “Brad” can be seen in the company of ‘Maddy’ Pfeifer during the incident–the young man ordered into federal custody as one of the Grand Jury resisters, you’ll recall.

    Tell ya what–if you have something you think is missing, try writing your own blog…or, you can publish it here. It’d likely be posted so long as it’s coherent, makes some kind of point, and rises above mere ad hominem arguments. Mainstream media isn’t covering this in depth. Admittedly the subjects are often vacuous or hysterical, and there’s a limit to how interesting that can be. On the other hand, some of their mentors (e.g. Kristian Williams) are extremely interesting, erudite, articulate, and prolific authors. Mr. Williams is well worth the effort to hear and write about. He’s rational. I could list many others, but they become self evident upon hearing/reading their work. You probably have a few of your own favorites.

    So while YOU may prefer to suck up to your subjects, I’m usually not given to painting lipstick on the pig. It is what it is. I’m a sucker for pretty women, though, and admittedly got distracted last year in Sylvester Park by one young @narchist while covering the May Day celebration there. Somehow, the suspicion remains it may have been deliberate in a successful effort to divert the photographer’s attention. So, it works both ways. Still, a lot of images captured (e.g. the one of Dean) proved the old adage: a picture’s worth a thousand words. His expression said it all. It had the added benefit of informing the public just who, in their neighborhood, the advocates for ‘smashing the state’, rejecting laws, denying the existence of ‘rights’, openly declaring war against the government, society, and even civilization are. Perhaps (or NOT) all that is ‘justifiable’, but the public has every right to know about it and what’s afoot to implement it. The public has the right to know what happens in public venues and at public events. At least that’s published here, unlike the Transit authority who gathers video and audio but does NOT publish it. It is, however, subject to PDA requests. Yes, YOU and your p@ls can be and ARE recorded (even whispers) when you ride a PUBLIC bus! There’s no such oxymoron as ‘public privacy’…not in law, and not in practical terms. When you go out in public, you relinquish any expectation of privacy. Politicians get this, movie stars get this, cops get this, criminals get this–the only ones that appear to be left in the dark on the issue, unfortunately, are @narchists and feckless TESC students goaded on in their misapprehensions by certain manipulative professors (“F*ck the law!”) at that public school.

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