Empowerment Project's Rapid
we have been documenting the re-invigorated movement for peace
and global justice - first on the streets of New York City immediately
following the Trade Towers' collapse, then in February '02 at
the protest against the World Economic Forum's corporate agenda
in New York, in April when 75,000 protesters gathered to bring
attention to the plight of the Palestinians, the School of the
Americas, and the US military involvement in Columbia in Washington
DC, and on October 6th in New York where 30 to 45 thousand people
demonstrated in Central Park against the escalation of war in
Iraq and the US foreign and domestic policies tied to this horrifying
but not unexpected development. We returned to DC for the October
26th demonstration of over 150,000 and the February 15, 2003 march
of over half a million in concert with over 10 million people
around the world who stood up together to say no to war.
We continue to document the peace movements and release organizing
videos. But merely being there to document is not enough.
Going beyond the videotaping of activists,
experts, and citizens whose voices are rarely heard, as well as celebrities
and the occasional politician who still has a spine, we have successfully
turned that footage into more than mere memorials of the events, but into
documentaries that can be utilized as powerful organizing tools.
Clips of our footage have been
on Free Speech TV's World in Crisis and the new
Mobile-Eyes programs within 48 hours of several
of these protests, and streaming media versions are accessible on
the web by millions.
Empowerment Project's stand-alone
programs follow within two to three weeks thereafter and are currently
self-distributed to hundreds of groups who have used our videos for educating,
mobilizing, fundraising, creating dialogue, and spreading the message of
As the pace of destruction speeds
up on the planet, so must our pace as a counterbalance. Through
our programs, we get the word out that those not in support of Bush's
foreign policy are not alone. Seeing for oneself the resistance
in this country can mobilize people both here and abroad, and widespread
distribution of this media is essential if we are to bring to fruition
a united vision of justice and peace in these crucial times.
For more information about upcoming
peace events, please visit United For Peace and Justice at www.unitedforpeace.org.
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