May 10th, 2017
It's been a JOURNEY, and I am on it with my friend and fellow Water Protector, Ryan Vizzions. At Standing Rock his job pretty much entailed "poking the bear" i.e. combining excellent photography with some well-chosen words and basically doing a great job of breaking down corruption, and lifting spirits, daily. Tomorrow we will be presenting a selection of photos he took over the course of 6 months at Standing Rock to a group of about 80 10-year-olds in Georgia.
What We Are Doing
We were part of a larger collective at Oceti Sakowin Camp Media crew. It is our goal to share skills we honed there and help to develop communications hubs in key areas. Our plans include covering civil rights injustices in areas like Atlanta, GA and Flint, MI while drawing connections between what‘s happening in other communities to continue building awareness overall. We hope to empower and enable these communities to record and share what is happening in their homelands to effectively create social change and continue awakening the world.
280K people follow the No Spiritual Surrender (formerly Standing Rock Rising) Facebook page. An average of 100K-250K are reached daily, currently. From November through the end of December, during the height of the war-zone, the page was liked by thousands of new people per day. The Oceti Sakowin Camp page, started in November 2016 grew by 10K followers per week for about 6 weeks, currently at 69K people.
Who We Are
Ryan Vizzions Recently classified as one of "the world’s leading photographers over the past century" by Rick Smolan, a former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer. Ryan is devoted to using the No Spiritual Surrender platform (formerly Standing Rock Rising) to continue amplifying the voices of the people who are experiencing social and environmental injustice. Visit www.amodernghost.com to see more of his work.
Mary K (MK) Came to Standing Rock with 15 years experience in marketing and communications, and has developed classes and workshops around creating functional online communications hubs. At Oceti Sakowin Camp she inherited the management of the website and social media for the largest camp at Standing Rock, making sure the Facebook page was populated with relevant information, camp stories, and requests for the ever-changing support needs, multiple times a day. She is collaborative and worked well with a dynamic and diverse group of talent over the course of 10 weeks.
We will use the No Spiritual Surrender Platform to continue raising awareness with:
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Our Ongoing Work Includes
Public Wikimedia archive
Public speaking on the importance of independent media
Sharing What We Know
We want to offer 1-2 integral learning sessions on effective photography, videography and maintaining a communications strategy in slow times, and high-pressure situations.
It's been hard to stay out here some days, but I am having a very hard time imagining going home and walking away from an opportunity to keep fighting for social and environmental justice, for life. I truly feel like this the best chance to address things that I can't ignore.
Visit NoSpiritualSurrender.com to learn more.