During the eviction of #ows at Liberty Square, I was surrounded by 2,000 militarized NYPD riot cops, 3 LRAD’s, and the most significant surveillance technology I ever seen. I was scared shitless sitting there with 200 protestors, facing the inevitable beat down, abuse and arrest of us all. The police made if clear for 2 hours that anyone who stayed would face the NYPD’s show of force. Even journalists were threatened with losing their media credentials if they stayed and filmed.
I wasn’t scared because of the possibility of being arrested, beaten, or maced. I was scared because my phone was dead and I couldn’t stream live video or tweet to the world what was happening. My SD cards were running low and I didn’t have a good camera lens to capture all the action in the low light. I still did it to the best of my ability, working with what I had only to be physically dragged out of there by 2 NYPD Sergeants who saw me film the whole incident.
I got out safely and immediately went back home to work on the only footage captured inside Liberty Square, footage the world was waiting to see. Unfortunately, my laptop is nearing its end and when I went to edit the footage, I couldn’t see the video, only the audio, and when I went to render/export, it took 10 hours to complete. The video then took 12 hours to upload because of the slow internet speed at my house. By the time it was finally uploaded, the video everyone was looking for was already out of the 24hr news cycle.
Its not easy to do this with no sponsors, products, or advertisements, but we never cared because we never did this for the money. We don’t ask for much at We Are Change, we never really do, but if we can get the proper equipment for the job we can give back more to you.
Money raised will go towards the following video and editing equipment we need right now: