EDITOR’S NOTE; Around 10 a.m., the City Council will meet to consider the controversial plan for new districts that was developed by a puppet citizen’s commission controlled by the mayor and Council president. You can watch the staged debate on Ch. 35 or you can see what is really going on with live coverage at http://www.ustream.tv/occupyfreedomla supplied by a citizen video-journalist who calls herself Freedom with support from OurLA.org
Meet Freedom, the moniker of the live streaming video chronicler of the OccupyLA movement who with a cell phone and a battery pack has produced more than 400 videos on the protest movement from Los Angeles to Washington and New York.
She got involved at the start of the City Hall encampment six months ago and soon learned how she could be a citizen video-journalist taking viewers of a journey behind the scenes to see protests, meetings and events for themselves and meet the people involved. More than a quarter of million viewers around the world have watched her videos live.
“Don’t hate the media, become the media” is her motto.
I first connected to her innovative and fascinating work on the night when LAPD arrested 300 occupiers and destroyed the two-month-old encampment.
While the mainstream media was secured behind police lines and frankly making up stories when they didn’t have a clue what was going on, Freedom was providing a tour of the scene on the grounds of City Hall, talking to the protesters and the police with the same good cheer and warmth.
I have asked her on behalf of my non-profit citizen journalism project OurLA.org to go to City Hall on Friday when the City Council debates the controversial redistricting plan engineered by the mayor and President Herb Wesson to preserve the political machine for another decade.
Channel 35 will show the Council in its carefully scripted debate and the lines of regular citizens getting a minute or two at the microphone to protest their disenfranchisement and the carving up of their communities of interest.
Freedom will provide a different view, the scene inside and outside the Council Chamber and let you feel like you are there, meeting the people and sharing their passion.
I hope you will tune in for a while to http://www.ustream.tv/occupyfreedomla when the meeting begins around 10 a.m.
The intention is to build an Internet video channel for community activists that will reinvent public access TV. The mayor and City Council stole the millions of dollars state law intended to maintain broadcast public access for the community and used it produce what is rarely more than government propaganda on Channel 35.
Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate in the OurLA.org Video project with live reports or movies you make about our life and times in Los Angeles.