WITNESS is excited to announce a generous two-year, $500,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation which will go to powering up our critical work supporting activists, civic witnesses, and social movements across the U.S. to better utilize digital video and tools to expose abuses, strengthen and elevate counter narratives from vulnerable communities, uphold human rights values, and mobilize for change.
Police Violence Tag
Last week’s killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the attack on police in Dallas, once again thrust the role of eyewitness video in the spotlight. We provide resources and guidance for filming, sharing, curating and preserving video of police violence.
WITNESS has worked alongside Brazilian activists for more than five years to strengthen their use of video to document human rights abuses in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics, and to advocate for justice.
15 Apr One year later: Brazilian partners reflect on the importance of video cameras when a young boy was killedNews and Events | bridgette
April 2 marked one year since the devastating murder of a 10-year-old boy named Eduardo by Police in Rio de Janiero. Our partners in Brazil, Coletivo Papo Reto, reflect on the importance of video in the aftermath.
WITNESS’ Jackie Zammuto was interviewed about what considerations citizens should keep in mind when deciding to share and upload videos of police violence.
On November 12, 2015, WITNESS celebrated the power of video to bring about justice at our annual Focus for Change Benefit in New York City. Co-hosted by the amazing Femi Oke and Peter Gabriel (via BeamPro robot), the night was a huge success!
WITNESS partner Coletivo Papo Reto was featured in article published by BBC Brazil on Friday October 30.
September 17, The Brazil Foundation hosted it’s annual benefit at which WITNESS and Brazilian partners, Coletivo Papo Reto, received the 2015 International Philanthropy award.
On September 14th, 2015 the WITNESS Media Lab hosted a panel on filming police abuse at Civic Hall in Manhattan with activists from the USA and Brazil. A livestream video of the event is now available.
Hari Sreenivasan reports on how WITNESS trains citizens around the world to record better video when they witness a crime, while protecting themselves from becoming targets.