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National Lawyer's Guild Training at Red & Black tonight

anyone have more info on this?
Just heard on KBOO that Alan Graf and others are going to give a training in legal observing at the Red & Black tonight, and will be showing the A22 Bush / Day X video there as well, starting at 7 p.m. tonight. Also heard from a caller that yesterday's dismantling of the Peace Camp was caught on video and might also be shown there tonight. This was news to me, so if anyone has more info, I'd be interested to get contact info or what the flyer says or the email announcing this event, if there were any of these things put out...
Jail Support Fundraiser and Videography Workshop 14.Aug.2003 11:56

General Defense Committee

Here's the original post. I don't know anything about the Peace Camp video.


About The Peace Camp Video: 14.Aug.2003 13:02

Indymedia Videographer

The footage is unedited and raw, showing some of what went down from one of the two video perspectives that were filming. I'm hoping their will be time to show some of the footage but its up to you guys in the end if it will be shown or not. I'll be at the Red & Black to answer any questions if anyone has any.

The address and time are:

SE 21st & Division @ 7:00 p.m. 08/14/03

sure 14.Aug.2003 14:24


Sounds good, we just hadn't heard anything about it. The floor is yours.

About the Training 16.Aug.2003 13:31


The NLG presented an excellent discussion on how to effectively film events in order to support legal efforts to hold the police accountabile for their crimes against the citizenry. Among the more useful tips offered were the following:

-Don't just shoot "action" shots. It's just as useful to have lots of long, boring shots of people standing around with signs, so you can show context. Alan Graf noted that the A22 lawsuits are being helped by the fact that video footage proves that protesters were peacefully standing around with signs before the police attack, rather than marauding around like the police (and the corporate media) tried to say they were doing.

-Look for identification information so the officers that assault people can be held accountable. If their nametags are covered, try to get the numbers on the back of their helmets. Call them on it when you see them without name tags.

-If you can't be involved when the action starts, hand your camera off to someone who can.

-Don't listen if the cops try to tell you that you can't be filming them. That's bullshit.

-Try to hold the camera steady.

-Identify the time and location every ten minutes or so, by speaking into the camera if necessary.

These are all good pointers for shooting video for legal, but I want to add some things that are important for whatever reason you might be out there filming.

First, protect yourself. Have a friend with you who can watch your back while you're watching the viewfinder. Carry some kind of protection for the inevitable use of chemical weapons. Gas masks, goggles, or barring those, moist bandanas can provide some protection. Have a tape runner who can get any hot footage out of the area immediately. Carry lots of tape and batteries so you don't run out. Carry water and don't forget to drink it. Stay with friends. Don't leave the action alone, as the police can and do target independent media people who are holding them accountable. They may stop, detain, arrest, or otherwise harass you after an action. Be prepared, have witnesses. Have other cameras in the area. Don't drive if you can help it -- for many reasons. If you must drive, park a long distance from the action and either walk with friends or bus the rest of the way. Otherwise, your license may be taken down, you may be profiled, and these armed and dangerous officers may find out where you live.

Second, protect your comrades. When you see the police harassing or abusing someone, get your camera in there and record it. Make sure you clearly identify the officer(s) involved. Get their name tags if possible, get close up shots of their faces. If you're shooting direct action, don't shoot people's faces. Don't identify them with the camera -- don't shoot anything the police might be able to take away from you and use against the person. If a person asks you to stop filming them, respect that. Unless it's a cop.

Finally, protect your camera. Get a polar filter to put over your lens. This will protect the lens from damage from fingers, projectiles, or other traumas. It will also allow you to wipe and continue shooting when the police hit the camera with pepper spray, as they love to do. Hold the camera securely. Be ready to throw the camera to a friend if the police approach, as they generally target independent media. One of their favorite new tactics is to arrest a person without cause, and then hold their camera indefinitely -- as "evidence." Even after the bogus charges are dropped. Be careful of that, but don't let it stop you from getting in there and telling this story.

These are just the things that come to my mind. Feel free to disregard them if you like, and do it your own way. Just get out there. See you in the streets.