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8 times livestreaming was indispensable to activists

Let’s take a second to remember the 2015 Black Lives Matter protests, and the gross misreporting conducted by the mainstream media. For those who tuned into CNN, the coverage consisted of money shots of looting, violence, and Wolf Blitzer’s condescending denouncement of protestors.

The TV news cycle has the ability to shape the opinions of the entire nation. How can activists combat the spread of misrepresentation in the mainstream media, with so few resources in comparison?

With the new outlets social media exposes us to, many have turned to livestreaming to document truths that the mainstream cannot, or will not see. Here are a few of the most remarkable examples.

 1. The Arab Spring

“The Arab Spring Project” blog

During the Arab Spring protests of 2010 and 2011, we witnessed one of the first times social media became a revolutionary tool for activists. When several Middle Eastern and north African governments responded with violent repression coupled with internet blackouts, livestreaming played a central role in documenting injustice outside of traditional media formats.

A representative from Witness, a group focused on training activists in livestreaming, claimed that live video during the Arab Spring prevented the world from ignoring the important struggles that were taking place.

2. Occupy Wall Street

AP/Seth Wenig via Current

Soon after social media activism exploded internationally during the Arab Spring, we saw a strategic use of livestreaming here in the US.

For many activists, mainstream media coverage was a source of extreme frustration. Livestreamer James Woods claimed to have seen CNN deliberately avoid covering the arrests of protestors. As a response, Occupy protestors had to take truth-telling into their own hands.

We can thank Occupy Wall Street livestreamers for really making this form of media what it is today. One of Occupy’s channels,, apparently became so threatening to the established powers that they were arrested in their Brooklyn studio.

3. Ferguson Protests

Getty Images via The Wrap

Protests against police brutality, for obvious reasons, are especially dangerous hotbeds for police versus activist conflict. Nonetheless, livestreaming “citizen journalists” entered the fray and filmed alternative views of the Eric Garner demonstrations in New York, as well as protests in Ferguson.

During a Ferguson protest, livestreamer John Ziegler recorded a cop pointing a rifle at a protester and shouted “I will fucking kill you!” The ensuing footage got the officer fired.

During these protests, faster LTE networks facilitated livestreaming, compared to the slow 3G networks of the Occupy days.

4. Police Brutality


We all remember the chilling death of Philando Castile. That alone is a testament to the power of the more modern tools of livestreaming, which go beyond sites like Ustream to permeate everyday social media such as Facebook and Instagram.

Zuckerberg may not have predicted that his latest feature would be used to document incidents of racial violence, yet with both the deaths of Castile and Alfred Olango, Facebook live has been cemented as an activist tool.

5. Standing Rock

Avery Leigh White via Rolling Stone

Livestreamers at Standing Rock had two battles to fight. While the #noDAPL activism was underreported by mainstream media, it became the responsibility of individual protestors to document the events.

At the same time, livestreamers had an obligation to film incidents of extreme police violence against protestors.

6. Anti-Trump protests

AP/Ted S. Warren via Komo News

The aftermath of the election and the inauguration led to mass protests, as well as the usual citizen journalism and livestreaming seen in previous protests.

What was unique was the use of livestream by celebrities such as Michael Moore to promote protests on an even larger platform, as well as Shia Labeouf’s use of livestreaming as an artistic medium in his anti-Trump stream titled “He Will Not Divide Us.”

7. Women’s March

The Huffington Post

The Women’s March was likely the largest protest in US history. Instead of being primarily used to document alternative media, livestreaming technology adapted to this massive scale. Video streaming professionals amplified the march even further by recording the entire event for all those who could not make it.

This new approach allowed everyone with access to the internet to be part of the movement.

8. And onwards

Stephanie Keith/Getty via Rolling Stone

As the Times reported, airport protests erupted “out of nowhere” after Trump’s executive order banned refugees from certain countries. While it is unclear the exact role of streamers in mobilizing protestors, small gatherings quickly turned into massive crowds in airports across the nation as word spread quickly through social media livestreams.

Livestreams are still indispensable for activism today. But what exactly is their future?

They are increasingly being co-opted by more powerful outlets, such as celebrities and the media. Yet the technology is at the same time becoming more and more accessible at the grassroots level, through networks such as Facebook.

Livestream technology is still a powerful presence in politics, and most likely will continue to grow.

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THE EXPOSÉ | Episode 26 | “How to Trump Your Self-Care”

With Trump in office, we need all the self care help we can get to guide us through the next four years (and not fluffy self care like just eating organic).  How can we take care of ourselves while we fight back for our rights?  And how can we maintain our mental wellbeing in a world where being “woke” has become a competition?  And the most important question of all; why is it important?

This week’s weird question comes courtesy of Kat: Which famous TV couch would you like to “jump” on?

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It’s time to look policy right in the face, and The Tempest is doing exactly that

At the close of 2016, many of us looked back on the year with a mixture of incredulity and sadness. We felt the deep reverberations of a changing political global landscape, riding the shockwaves through events like Brexit, an attempted Turkish coup, and the American election campaign. For many, politics took a dark and sudden turn the night Donald Trump was elected.

Donald Trump’s rise to power and ultimate capture of the White House was jolting for many. The rhetoric he used to incite support was divisive, destructive, and crass — but the sad truth is that he was merely capitalizing on the sentiments of his support base. He’s all of our childhood bullies personified: the ones who picked on us for our names, sexualities, clothes, lunches, appearances. Our bullies tried to make us feel small, alien.

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Donald Trump’s victory is an affirmation that those bullies don’t merely exist on the playground. And as of today, he was sworn in as 45th President of the United States of America.

That’s not something we’re going to take lightly.

We’re not here to participate in internet slacktivism — we’re here to assert our political presence. Which is why The Tempest is launching a new Policy vertical to kick off the dawn of a new political era.

We’re here to help people like you decipher laws and policies in ways that are easily digestible for everyone. In times like these, the most powerful thing we can do is equip ourselves with knowledge.

However, keeping up with politics requires time, energy, and (more often than not) an advanced dictionary/thesaurus. Truth is, many of us become discouraged with the seemingly daunting and clunky language of politics. Bills can be up to hundreds of pages long and full of legal jargon that’s difficult to break down. It’s all-too-easy to disengage from the endless bills that flow through the congressional labyrinth.

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This section is going disrupt that flow, take out the haphazard fluff and get straight to what matters. We’ll walk you through some of the hottest bills, what they aim to do, and whether or not they’ll disproportionately affect you.

Given that this is such a crucial time for politics, it’s extremely important that we understand the policies which govern us. Practicing active citizenship is the best favor we can do for ourselves, regardless of whoever’s in office.

And we’re here to shake things up.

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Unpacking Trump’s disturbing first week in 14 quick points

It happened. It really happened.

One week ago, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Since his election in November there’s been a lot of “Well, we don’t really know what he’s going to do. We don’t really know what a Trump Presidency will look like.”

Well, now a Trump Presidency is here and it’s becoming pretty clear what a Trump Presidency is going to look like. And it’s not pretty.

Here’s what the first week in Trump’s America looked like:

1. Trump ripped pieces of his inaugural speech from a Batman villain

I wish I was kidding. I really do. Unfortunately, I’m not. In his first address as POTUS, Donald Trump sounded eerily like Bane, the villain from Dark Knight Rises. Check out the side by side comparison of the inauguration speech and the scene from the movie.

2. The pages about LGBTQ+ issues, climate change and healthcare were removed from

Trump’s team wasted no time making their positions clear on the website. The pages about LGBTQ+ issues and civil rights briefly redirected to blank pages. Now, the page has an option for “Obama Archives”, which shows the Issues section of the website as it was under the Obama Administration, but the LGBTQ+ issues and civil rights still cannot be found.

The page on climate change was replaced with a page called “America First Energy Plan.”  There is no longer any mention of healthcare on the site.

3. Trump signed an executive order aimed at dismantling Obamacare

The executive order is not the repeal Trump promised in the campaign, but it lays the groundwork for an eventual repeal. The executive order signed allows federal agencies, like the Department of Health and Human services to delay laws that would impose a ‘fiscal burden’ on the federal or state government.

Of course, ‘fiscal burden’ is purposely vague, which allows these agencies to delay the enforcement of any pieces of Obamacare they want.

4. Trump signed an executive order that repeals mortgage breaks for low income borrowers

One of Obama’s last minute attempts to save the economy was to sign legislation which would reduce the yearly payments on mortgage loans for low income borrowers. Trump promptly repealed this legislation via executive order today, yet again demonstrating his commitment to Wall Street bankers, not the ‘little guy’ he promised to champion.

5. The Trump Administration made ‘Blue Lives Matter’ their official stance

The new site features a page entitled “Standing up for Our Law Enforcement Community”. The page is essentially a manifesto in support of policing. The page explicitly states that they will oppose anyone they believe to be ‘anti-police’. The page stops just short of stating direct opposition to Black Lives Matter and other organizations that advocate accountability in policing.

6. We finally found out what “America First” really means and it’s just as awful as we thought

Woman with her hands up looking very upset

Trump’s inaugural speech made it clear that he intends to deal with our ‘enemies’ and allies confrontationally. The speech also suggested that Trump intends to essentially cut America off from the rest of the world, including the global economy. In essence, the speech confirmed our fears that “America First” is the battle cry of an isolationist, nationalistic country.

7. As the Trump team begins to work on Federal budget cuts, programs for women are the first to go

Though Trump did not announce plans for federal budget cuts today, information is beginning to surface about what programs he’s looking to cut. Unsurprisingly, programs that benefit women are on the chopping block, specifically, grants for programs supporting survivors of domestic violence. Looks like misogyny will be the official policy of the Trump administration, not just rhetoric.

8. Plans were put in place for the construction of ‘The Wall’

Crowd at the RNC chanting

Trump has declared that the construction of ‘The Wall’ on the Mexican border will begin within months, but admits that Mexico will not be paying for it, at least in the short term. ‘The Wall’ will be funded by government money. Trump also announced plans to pay for the wall by imposing stiff tariffs on Mexican imports. ‘Concerned white women’ wonder what will happen to their guacamole and margaritas.

9. War has been declared on reproductive rights

If men got pregnant you could get an abortion at an ATM

Trump wasted no time this week following through on the pro-life rhetoric he used in his campaign. In the first days of is presidency he reinstated the Reagan error ‘gag order’ on abortions, which stipulates that any foreign nonprofit that performs abortion or even discusses abortion as a family planning option will lose their federal funding. The Trump administration also had a strong presence at the ‘March for Life’, an anti-abortion march in D.C. Trump’s promise to repeal Roe v. Wade and dismantle a woman’s right to her own body was not simply campaign rhetoric. He’s actively making this happen.

10. Construction of the Keystone Pipeline XL and Dakota Access Pipeline was approved

Standing Rock protests

Trump signed an executive order stating his intent to move forward with both the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring dirty oil from Canada all the way to the Gulf Coast, and the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would poison the water sources of First Nation tribes. Clearly this administration believes that oil, and money, are more important than clean drinking water or environmental preservation. Also more important than the property rights of the people whose land the pipeline will pass through.

11. The crackdown on immigration began

Trump poster to stop illegal immigration

Trump made several moves on immigration in the past week. First, Trump threatened to pull government money from any city that has declared itself a Sanctuary City.

Trump also expanded the criteria for deportation related to criminal activity. Obama’s plan for immigration included deporting undocumented immigrants who had been charged with a violent crime. Trump has essentially expanded this to included any undocumented immigrant who has been charged with a crime, committed a crime, or engaged in activity that could be considered a crime, even if they haven’t been charged. This order also expanded the number of ICE agents to be hired and directed cities to hold undocumented immigrants arrested for crimes until ICE could retrieve them, regardless of the crime.

Trump also signed an executive order that temporarily bans refugees from entering the country. The same order also states that visas will be blocked from a long list of Middle Eastern, African, and Asian countries until an ‘extreme vetting process’ is put in to place.

12. The public was introduced to a new concept: Alternative Facts

Kellyanne Conway morphing in to a robot skull

In his first White House press briefing, Sean Spicer, Trump’s White House Press Secretary blatantly lied to reporters about the size of the crowd at the inauguration. Trump then lied about whether or not it was raining when he gave his inaugural speech. Then Kellyanne Conway introduced us to the term ‘Alternative Facts’ which are what happens when the media wants to tell the truth and the administration disagrees. Of course, #AlternativeFacts became a hilarious trending topic on Twitter. The appalling disregard for the truth has already become a hallmark of the Trump administration, whose press team is awaiting just the right moment to announce their name change to ‘The Department of Propaganda’.

Trump also continued his attacks on the media, continuing to hint that he intends to restrict the First Amendment.

13. Trump reiterated his belief that torture works

Man being tortured for information

But said that the secretary of defense would have the final say on whether detainees would be tortured.

14. Trump hints we will lift sanctions with Russia

SNL skit of Trump and Putin living together in the White House

During a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa, Trump said he was still considering lifting sanctions with Russia. May quickly responded that she believed the sanctions should stay in place. Trump has a phone call with Putin scheduled Saturday, so Trump can finally gush to Putin instead of just about him. Trump’s love for the Russian leader has been concerning to many for a long time, and the relationship seems to be getting closer.

That’s an exhaustive list for just a week. And it’s overwhelming to look at it all in one place. All the things we were worried about have started to happen and it’s only week one.

But we don’t have time to be exhausted or overwhelmed.

It’s time to Fight.

Time to Resist.

We will prevail.