Pioneer Valley Witness: See it / Film It / Change It

Now perhaps more than ever,  an activist with a modern smart phone can quickly learn the skills of an eWitness;  a  videographer can bear witness to injustice in all its manifestations.

In this skill share, we’ll aim to improve our abilities using video and technology to protect and defend human rights and to create human rights change in a safe, respectful and paradigm changing way.

Topics include

  • Introduction to the video advocacy resources available thru witness.org & video4change.org, their mission, resources and collaboration possibilities and considering incubate Pioneer Valley: Witness, some kind of local resource and organization for eWitnesses.
  • Video Production Basics, Intro To CameraV and Video making
  • How to conduct Interviews, character Portraits and B-Roll and creating a Shot List
  • Video as Evidence and Filming Immigration and Customs Officials (ICE), Film Safely and Obtaining Informed Consent, Storytelling with Video
  • Filming Protests and Police Misconduct and Livestreaming, Conducting Hostile Interviews, Video for Advocacy
  • Essentials of Archiving Video & Video4Change Network and wrap up with what next?

Resources selected are guided by the needs of important current issues in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts such as the situation with Immigration and Customs Officials (ICE), filming hate and documenting the important work of movements for peace and justice.

This training and resource library is guided by and derived primarily from witness.org.   This skill share also looks at how we can participate in a growing network of activists; eWitnesses using technology to help change the world.

This course is also available online at moodle.georgeaguiar.com.

June 18th, the Doctrine Of Discovery and Pope Francis

On this day, June 18th, 565 years ago, Pope Nicholas V signed a papal bull, Dum Diversas, which led to the Doctrine of Discovery. The Doctrine is used to justify today’s laws which justify the taking of lands and rights from American Indians. Please sign the Romero Institution’s Letter to Pope Francis asking that he revoke the Doctrine.

We need to put an end to the law that enables brutally and violently conquering Indigenous lands.

Indigenous people are being disenfranchised, displaced, and ultimately devastated around the world. Their sacred lands are being reaped for wealth at the expense of the wellbeing of our planet. This is done “legally” by using the Doctrine of Discovery, a barbaric 15th century edict.

Romero Institute and supporters call on Pope Francis to revoke the Doctrine of Discovery, with the notion that the document’s framework can no longer remain applicable in the modern age of science and reason.

To learn more about the Doctrine of Discovery and to sign the Romero Institute’s letter to Pope Francis, visit Romero Institute’s Doctrine of Discovery Project.

Thank you to Alexandro Querevalú for his inspiring creation, please visit his YouTube page, enjoy more of his amazing work and do support his work.

Thank you to Strong Oak Lefebvre, a friend and follow activist who introduced me and many others to this important part of history. Please support her work at visioningbear.org.

And thanks to the Nolumbeka Project for all the wonderful work they do Honoring the Past • Healing the Present • Celebrating the Future.

George Aguiar — Liberation Technologist

This article first appeared: Traprock.org – Jun 18, 2017

A patRIOT Day Rally Speech, Northampton 4/17/2017

Thank you all for being here today.  It’s exciting to see the movement building and gaining momentum each day, each week, each month, and each year; swelling to unheard of crowds not only here in Northampton, but up and down the pioneer/pocumtuc valley, and across Massachusetts, the United States and even worldwide. We are the 99%.

Today, many are celebrating Patriots’ Day. While they choose to commemorate that shot first heard round the world, we gather to note that something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.  A fog shrouds us in cognitive dissonance and what is supposed to be a well informed electorate has been replaced by a corrupt election system that has resulted in the people’s vote being supplanted by Wall Street’s vote; the evil, greedy 1% in 3 of the last 5 elections.

I am proud to be here today with my sisters and brothers; Veterans For Peace.  We have all raised our right hands, relinquished our individually to uniformity and vowed to protect the constitution of these now incredibly divided states.  

We have all placed our fingers on the trigger.  Some of us, aiming only at human silhouettes… targets… practice.  

Others have placed their fingers on triggers and buttons meant to kill.  I firmly believe that that death click instantly transmitted trauma from that finger, up that arm and into the hearts of these lied to keepers of peace.  That trauma then infected their brains, was passed to their loved ones, their families, their friends, their communities, their nation.

There, it festered and grew exponentially across the world and gathered steam intergenerationally until we have this; the man whose name need not be mentioned and whose name should not be spoken.  How did this happen?

For my part, I am learning the language and ways of Nonviolent Communication as first synthesized most eloquently by Marshall Rosenberg.  This will be my weapon in this war; a weapon of compassion, love, peace, understanding and example. It is the biggest, best, most effective MOAB; THE mother of all bombs in my opinion.  

I’ve been led to believe many of us may suffer loss because of this past election and will then grieve that loss and will then walk thru the valleys of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, and Depression and finally emerge at Acceptance.  Let’s work together to be there for each other, help each other and make this right.

George Aguiar

– Liberation Technologist

– member: Veterans For Peace

  • this article first appeared – Traprock.Org April 19, 2017

Hello world!

Hello World, no kidding!  This website is built with WordPress, an Open Source  Content Management System and the first post, by default is “Hello World”, this post, just personalized.

Hello world was the first C programming language program I wrote in 1979, University of Mass, Boston Campus.  The instructor’s login was “ram”.  Roger A. Morris I think, as we all went by our login, traditionally the first letter of our first, middle and last names.

Me? geo, had to be different.  Go figure.