If I Could Change the World

Search form

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.

Article Tabs

One exciting driver behind the surge in rooftop solar systems has been the plummeting costs – along with the innovative ways people are getting solarized.

The California bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this week allows government to disrupt communications under certain guidelines – but includes an “emergency” exception that requires no independent approval.

Representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy reform advocates, this dozens-strong alliance called on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the mega media merger.

If we want a healthy society that follows its laws and applies them equally to everyone, we must demand a full investigation and criminal prosecutions for everyone involved in the mortgage backed securities fiasco.

Black bloggers and activists are aggressively using Twitter to hold corporate media – and the police – accountable.

Charlie Hardy, the 75-year-old former Catholic priest now running for Senate, wants to halt NSA spying on ordinary citizens and overturn Citizens United with a Constitutional amendment.

Posted 3 days 3 hours ago

A group of watchdogs at Maplight has introduced an interactive tool to track not only the level and location of political donations, but how the money impacts specific pieces of legislation.

Posted 3 days 22 hours ago

From clashes during the Occupy movement to violence this month in Ferguson, Mo., researchers say protests get ugly when officers use aggressive tactics, dress in riot gear and line up like military.

Posted 3 days 2 hours ago

Choiseul, a township of around 1,000 people on Taro Island, is less than six feet above sea level.

Posted 3 days 22 hours ago

Borrowers with federal student loans appear to be buckling under the weight of their debt, as more than half of Direct Loans – the most common type of federal student loan – aren't being repaid on time or as expected.

Posted 2 days 2 hours ago
Feds to Publicize Drug Company Payments to Doctors

All of the nation's drug and medical device makers must soon begin publicly reporting payments they make to U.S. physicians.

Aasif Mandvi sits down with Don Yelton, who apparently missed the "don't be racist" on national TV memo.

Can the climate justice and other U.S. social movements better support communities of color like Manchester, Texas, which are already bearing a disproportionate burden of tar sands refining, pollution and the illnesses that come with it?

Techtivist Report: Beware the Black-Box

Russia stole the lead this month in the race for Total Surveillance with the introduction of a law to ostensibly to trap pedophiles and prevent terrorist attacks that delves deep into its citizens' emails and watch everything they do online.

Naomi Klein: "Fight Like Hell for Climate Justice"

Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein have a tough-love message: time is running out on climate change, and everything we've ever fought for is on the line.

Sign Up