October - September Blog Entry
October and September. It never rains it pours.
Where to begin. Well lets start with my film- making.
Occupy London dissolved its banking account as it no longer functions as a cohesive group but more like a decentralized set of actions that are in harmony with the initial statement formulated in the St.Paul's Camp. I am possibly the only person who personally benefited from this as it meant that Occupy Democracy had some money to spend. They wanted some videos made and they turned to me to make them. I think my heart may have shrivelled up and died had they chosen someone else considering all the videos I have made for them/us gratis. It was not much (£300) but usually its nothing so I was glad to have my expenses covered and to feel like I was earning something to make up for the £5.5K I spent on my equipment - not including my computer.
Below are the videos I made in the run up to Occupy Democracy.
I placed them on the Occupy London TV channel and as usual I do not get anymore than 4000 views. Anyone out there know how I can increase the spread of my videos I sure would love to know. The infomation on these videos is very important in my opinion and really should be public knowledge.
While I was making these video I was also involved in the meetings to organize the 11th October European Day of Action against TTIP. I was in the London group and it was kinda hard to get it off the ground but in the end we managed. "We" were supposed to be coalition of NGOs but really "we" were Occupy Londoners and World Development movement people and a few concerned individuals. We ended up with the biggest banner ever made and for some reason I fell in love with it. I told my cameras that it was possible to love more than one inanimate object at a time and they gave me the silent treatement in response.
What is TTIP? Well TTIP Is the biggest pain in my arse I have ever had and I cannot wait to get rid of the obligaition I feel to do what I can to tell the public about it. Unfortunately its quite a big job. The mainstream media seem uninterested. It is hard for them to cover given their addiction to the 'hook' of the story. The hook cannot be big enough to catch a whale but has to be big enough to be interesting. TTIP is a gam of whales. It stands for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. It is a free trade agreement being negotiated between the US Department of Trade and the European Commission. The concerns of NGOs and campaigners alike is that the hamonization of regulations will lower European Union standards. We are also scared that privatisation will scavange any remnants of public services and that ISDS will render national governments impotent to pass laws that may protect the envoronment and its citizenrty from the vulturous appetite of the capitalistic market.
So what can i do.. make a banner of course. Making sure it hung properly off the Westminster Bridge I was reminded of my relative fearlessness of heights when the ledge is sizable
Loving the breeze!