Portland Indymedia volunteers have been contacted recently by an public Venezuelan television station (Venezolana de Televisión) interested in trading videos. Inspired by the strong resistance of the people of Venezuela to corporate domination, along with the role that independent media plays in combatting the propaganda of the corporate Venezuelan media, Portland Indymedia volunteers are scrambling to assemble videos to send to Venezuela.
Scripts to the videos would speed up the delivery to Venezuelans, so we're asking for volunteers to view the following videos and transcribe the narrative, along with time and visual queues at approximately 2-minute intervals, or shorter if appropriate. If any of you can translate to Spanish as well, all the better. The idea is to make PDX IMC and Venezuelan videos more available to both our English and Spanish speaking populations via subtitles.
The videos Venezolana de Televisión is most interested in are as follows:
- "Fuck the Corporate Media"
- "A Call to Media Arms"
- "Killer<li>Coke, Corporate Crimes in Colombia"
- "A million dollars later"
- "Cops of the World"
- "Petty Fascism 101"
- "Rise up between the lines"
- "Li2U news"
Portland Indymedia has long been trying to find a way to create a relationship with Venezuelan activists and aid in proliferation in independent media. News from the people has played a historic role in Venezuela in the past few years. During the coup and reinstatement of Chavez, a Venezuelan IMCista who was visiting her family during that time said there was no trace of the dissent outside on her TV inside. She felt powerless and silenced. That inspired her involvement in independent media.
Venezuela also holds stories of people inside their houses, wondering what to do about the oil trucks never reaching their neighborhoods. They felt alone and talked to friends and family, who also felt alone. They all asked, "What can we do?" What may have started as a rhetorical question ended with an answer when asked enough times among enough people. "What can we do?"
What they did was get the route of the oil trucks and schedule groups to guard their routes. They got oil to their neighborhoods.
It's not the answer, but it's an answer. People getting together asking "What can we do?" is more likely to produce results we all want than people isolated in their cubes hypnotized by corporate media. PDX IMC and Venezuela getting together to trade videos and make connections breaks that isolation down even more.
What can we do?