If I Could Change the World

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If I Could Change the World

If I Could Change the World
Mon, 5/14/2012

Filmmaker Bianca Smith captures Occupy Los Angeles as they come from the north, south, east and west to converge into a Workers' Day celebration. "We are babysitters, nannies, we're gardeners, janitors, security guards," a woman shouts at a union rally. "We're all kinds of workers, and we demand respect!"

Marchers also share their visions of a more just world. "My version of a perfect society would be someplace where everyone has an equal opportunity to live up to their potential," a young man says. "I think that's the ideal place to live in."

Smith explains, "We had been anticipating for the May 1 General Strike (M1GS) for several weeks. Once the date got closer we held a couple meetings to talk about how we could cover all bases throughout the day. We knew that M1GS planned to flood the city in four "winds" (north, south, east, west) until the marches and caravans converged in Downtown LA. We created a camera team for each wind, composed solely of film students from The Los Angeles Film School, and we interviewed the likes of every culture and walk of life we could. Los Angeles is a city full of diversity and we wanted to capture that. There are a multitude of different types of people with a multitude of issues at hand to be dealt with.  We wanted to convey the spirit of people, and I think we're all very happy with the results. This is a beautiful movement with real momentum, and I believe the medium of film and internet can play a very important role in that.

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United Fruit Co., Big Foods, food industry propaganda, GMOs, industrial agriculture, biotech industry, Alliance to Feed the Future, Frozen Pizza Institute, Calorie Control Council, U.S. Farmers and Rancher’s Alliance, Elanco, Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, Syngen

Food industry front groups and covert communications teams sponsored are going to unprecedented lengths – and deploying an ever wider array of PR tactics – to make sure consumers keep buying unhealthy products.

Greek debt crisis, Greek austerity policies, Alexis Tspiras, Syriza, Troika, Greek referendum

More than three out of five Greeks on Sunday decisively rejected a bailout deal proposed by the country's international creditors, which demanded new austerity measures in return for emergency funds.

Pope Francis, climate change encyclical, usury, public banking, Bank of North Dakota, financialization, money creation, public banks

We need a strategy to eliminate the financial parasite that is keeping us trapped in a prison of scarcity and debt.

refugee crisis, Refugees Welcome, home placement service, political refugees, xenophobia, Pegida

Through a new organization called Refugees Welcome, more than 1,000 Germans and Austrians have offered to share their houses with refugees who otherwise would be consigned to overcrowded asylum shelters.

Chris Hedges (Credit: Nation Books)

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Fight for $15, $15 minimum wage, bank bailouts, corporate subsidies,

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Chris Hedges (Credit: Nation Books)

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carbon emissions, mercury emissions, EPA, Clean Air Act

The Supreme Court invalidated a key Obama administration environmental regulation aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

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Fight for $15, $15 minimum wage, bank bailouts, corporate subsidies,

Municipal leaders should be commended for acknowledging the current wage is too low – but phasing in a higher wage over many years is unacceptable in an economy where costs of living are rising and wages are falling.

Micah White, Occupy Wall Street, movement strategies, movement tactics, mass protests, Black Lives Matter, The End of Protest

The co-creator of Occupy Wall Street has advice for the next generation of social movements: “Never protest the same way twice.”

church burnings, Michael Brown, Ferguson protests, Darren Wilson, Black Lives Matter, Charleston massacre, Ku Klux Klan, hate groups, hate crimes, National Church Arson Task Force

That numerous black churches in the South have been burned just a little over a week since the racially-motivated terrorist attack in Charleston lends credibility to the theory that racist organizations are at work.

Chris Hedges (Credit: Nation Books)

"You rebel not only for what you can achieve, but for who you [can] become," says the author and journalist.

I removed the flag not only in defiance of those who enslaved my ancestors in the southern United States, but also in defiance of the oppression that continues against black people globally in 2015.

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