GROUND STATIC AND NOISE: FREE SPEECH UNDER ATTACK AT THE RNC
A community reportback on protests, police and arrested journalists at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul
Featuring on-the-scene video coverage of protests and arrests from PepperSpray Productions (Seattle) and Submedia (Vancouver).
When PepperSpray reporters ran into Cindy Sheehan outside the Democratic National Convention they asked for her prediction of what will happen in November. Cindy said "One of the corporate candidates will win, and the question then, as always, will be what will the people do, not what will the politicians do."
It was exactly for this reason that Seattle’s PepperSpray collective sent 2 reporters to the democratic and republican national conventions, not to gain access to the convention floors, but to cover the movement in the streets. We weren’t there to document either party, nor the crimes they have committed. The list is so long and the crimes so bad even corporate media has been reporting that for some time now. What corporate media overlooks is the story hidden in plain sight, of the movement, larger, more diverse, and more creative than anything happening inside the conventions. The corporate media would ignore, sensationalize, or insult those gathered in the streets, but indymedia was there to cover the action, and to find out what motivates the movement and to give both strategic and tactical reports of the battle for the future of humanity. Meanwhile the two major parties spent millions on riot gear and more millions to buy "demonstration insurance" that would cover the lawsuits police might incur while doing whatever it took to keep the people down. Apparently in modern America the Bill of Rights applies unless somebody gives the cops insurance money.
PepperSpray reporters went bravely into the melee, collaborating
with Vancouver’s Franklin Lopez to issue a daily video report from the streets. Both PepperSpray reporters were arrested, as were so many other media workers, but now they are back, with a terabyte of video clips. Continuing the collaboration with Submedia’s Franklin Lopez, we have prepared a report-back from what Republican nominee McCain dismissed as the "Ground-noise and static."
Gary Cameron from Atlanta Indymedia joins us to share his personal experience as a member of the independent media at the Republican National Convention, as well as additional footage he shot. This includes St. Paul Collage - speakers, interviews, street theater, marches to the Xcel Center, police presence, and more.
Joeff Davis from Creative Loafing will be showing slides from his coverage of the conventions, from inside the conventions centers to the protests in the streets.
AND, as a tasty little bonus, Gary will be showing footage from FTA in Miami in 2002, which shows CNN's glossed over coverage of the event, along with his own footage showing the protest presence and police response as it actually happened...yeah, it has nothing to do with the conventions BUT it's always nice to have a reminder of how easy it is to be misinformed by a misinformed media...as always, if you wanna know, you gotta go.