This week's featured organization is WITNESS. WITNESS trains and supports activists and citizens around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to expose human rights abuse and fight for change.
The majority of the world’s population now has a camera in their pocket. People everywhere are turning to video to document and tell stories of abuse. But all too often, they are not filming safely or effectively, and their videos don’t make a difference. WITNESS identifies these critical situations and teaches those affected by them the basics of video production, safe and ethical filming techniques, and advocacy strategies.
WITNESS was founded in 1992, by musician and artist Peter Gabriel, in response to the videotaped beating of Rodney King by LAPD officers. Although those officers were acquitted, the video was seen around the world and provided an indisputable record of what happened that night. Human rights violations would never be seen in the same way.
In addition to training activists in safe video techniques, WITNESS also teaches archiving techniques so that evidence is not lost. They have an online library of training materials, and many of their informational guides are available on GitHub, where anyone can contribute to their content.
To find out how you can get involved, or take advantage of their training, visit WITNESS at:
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