What I Learned From Streaming Protests and Uprisings

I’ve always been a huge fan of technology. I’ve been fortunate enough to have semi regular access (regular now) to the internet since 1996. I remember the days when yahoo messenger, and aol gave us our first video chats, with friends, family, and those we never met.

Years ago I hosted an internet show on a site called Stickam, which I could pull other users video feeds in and have a live talk show with guests. It was mildly popular, and included a few guests of infamy, and was hosted live from… my bedroom.

At the time, I also had started a livestream account, but the platform was choppy, ustream coaxed me in and asked me to try their service. Also too choppy during those days in 2008. I kept my account around though.

When Occupy started, I was one of the few people at the Los Angeles camp who had experience with streaming. I helped find guests, (who sadly were not always allowed in the media tent, but that’s another story) and tried to help find relevant content for offline media, but during camp days, until the final weeks we were not offline much.

I had suggested instead of the bizarre ideas the media team had about buy thousands of dollars worth of equipment, we get some decent phones, some battery packs, and hook up streamers, instead of our laptop on a car with converters, and truck batteries. I was shut down.

Then the Skyborg appeared, and other streamers from Oakland, and San Francisco, and people realized, laptops were stupid, and dangerous if you had to run, phones and battery packs work.

I started using my own phone to stream for OLA in April of 2012. Prior to that I spent the prior 7 months mixing our official channel, rebroadcasting streams from across the world, as well as General Assemblies, and other meetings and actions.

I already knew before I even posted my first “I’m going Live” update, that the cops were going to be watching.

I’ve always tried to take that into account, but because of the transparency of Occupy, many times I ended up feeling uncomfortable about what I had streamed, fearful people could be targeted because of my footage. I watched comrades arrested again and again, and by summer of 2012, realized as soon as I left an action, the cops moved in, to either terrorize or harass people at the action.

I had one of my stream supporters listening to scanners hear my voice over the scanner, and I then told the pigs we are watching the watchers. Support heard me say it over the scanner as the channel was open and they were mid convo, which ended with OH SHIT, and no more scanner.

I’ve gone to stream events at consulates, where I normally have full service, to not be able to get online to stream, not from any phone, on any service or portable wifi. We know LAPD has stingrays, and are using them to steal our incoming data, so since they redirect our cell phone, its hard to get data out.

All this, I have seen and experienced, and it took a toll. The amount of state violence I have not only witnessed, but have been personally affected by, even if it is “only PTSD” from a past attack, and minor injuries now.

This is why I was hesitant to stream the LA marches around the Mike Brown shooting. This is why I have tweeted, but not streamed. I don’t want any of the people who end up on my footage to be criminalized because of it.

I don’t want what happened to this kid in Baltimore to happen to ANYONE because of my footage, let alone get paid for that type of thing. Yes, I used to take donations, but I also didn’t work, I streamed full time, and my combined donations from 2.5 years, didn’t even cover one years phone bill. It was just about keeping people connected to what was happening.

But is that connection for others on the outside worth the potential of jail for someone else? No.
I am going to refrain from streaming uprisings, maybe I’ll cover meetings, happy shit, ya know the stuff that no one watches… 🙂 But from here on out, all my riot porn goes to the ACLU Mobile Justice CA App.

And maybe some pics to twitter when I feel like it. Follow me there @lizsavage


How to Kill A Movement


There are many facets to the destruction of movements. Although playing a key role in the failure of movements the state requires other components to make their plan of action successful. Organizations with their own vested interests, the media, and stagnation are all factors that contribute to the death of movements.

The State

The state however is the ultimate arbitrator in this, whether through use of repression with physical violence and imprisonment, or through infiltration and psychological tactics. The state will use and has used everything in its arsenal to eliminate what they see as a threat to its system of control. This is achievable through the granted legitimacy of violence that the state is given under the guise of security. We have seen countless examples of this from the formation of unions, red scare, panthers, animal liberation groups, the anti-globalization movement, Muslim Americans after 911, the Occupy movement, and…

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Fusion Center National Day of Action Norwalk, CA

lapd-spyingToday over a hundred activists, many youth, gathered outside the Los Angeles Fusion Center to protest, as a day of national action against spying done on the people by the police. This is not just an “activist problem”. Students, artists, tourists, and every day people are having “Suspicious Activities Reports (SARs) filed against them for taking pictures, drawing local landmarks, taking videos, walking, doing pretty much anything, or acting in any way an officer may “using his or her judgement” deem “Suspicious”. An alarming number of these SARs are being filed against people of color, specifically targeting the black community.

The follow is video I shot today, from the protest, including speakers and skits. Please share these videos, inform yourself, and every one you come into contact with, about how your rights are violated by those whose jobs are supposedly “To Serve and Protect”. We all know that means capitalism, not the people.

Hours after this protest I learned LASD shot an innocent unarmed man who was trying to help a wounded neighbor out,  and wonder to myself how much more has to happen before more wake up to what the real dangers in the street are. THE POLICE!

To learn more, and to find out how you can get involved go to www.stopLAPDspying.org

And visit them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stoplapdspying

END State Sanctioned Sexual Assault, Rape Culture and Law Enforcement Impunity

END State Sanctioned Sexual Assault, Rape Culture and Law Enforcement Impunity

Please read and share this link widely! Stop allowing these criminals to perpetrate violence against the people!

No H.O.M.E. For Nazis in Beverly Hills

No one should talk to Nazis!

Anti Social Media

"No Platform" Means No! “No Platform” Means No!

There has been a long-running, “low-grade street war” against the neo-fascist Golden Dawn in Greece. In the Ukraine’s ongoing Euromaidan demos, it is said that neo-fascists “make up about 30% of protesters.” President Nicholas Madura recently invoked the specter of fascism to describe the opposition in Venezuela. And in October, Raw Story reported that Golden Dawn had even opened a chapter here in Los Angeles. Antifascist forces take all of these developments very seriously.

From as far afield as Greece and Venezuela to even our own backyard here in Los Angeles, what these neofascist groups share – and as a coalition in 2010 initiated by ARA-LA and the Black Riders Liberation Party succinctly pointed out – are their varying stages on a shared quest for their own, political legitimacy:

“open fascist forces seek political legitimacy. They want greater influence within white nationalist, reactionary social…

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No Justice No Peace: Kelly Thomas’s Murders Let Free

How the fuck were these violent criminals found not guilty? #JusticeForKellyThomas

How the fuck were these violent criminals found not guilty? #JusticeForKellyThomas

Another case of police brutality goes unpunished as the violent murders of Kelly Thomas were found not guilty in an Orange County court yesterday.

I am completely disgusted with this farce of a “legal system” we have in this country, as I cannot believe that anyone could view this footage and find them not guilty! Trigger warning: This is an extremely violent and brutal beating by the Fullerton Police, be aware before clicking this link!

Tonight over 100 people gathered tonight in solidarity with the Thomas family against the ruling, The LAist Magazine put together a piece on it with photos from live tweeters, and video.

The LA Times reports the FBI is now looking further into the case, as they had already begun to investigate in 2011 as to whether his rights were violated.

There are protests already being planned. Anonymous plans a protest Tues the 14th at 11am at the Fullerton Police Department https://www.facebook.com/events/607232352658522

We have also heard a community call out for Saturday the 18th at 10AM also at the Fullerton Police Department.

We must demand accountability, because obviously these kangaroo courts are not serving justice.

These monsters need to be held accountable for murders, brutal beatings, and psychological terror they have continued to perpetrate unabated against the people for far too long. Why are they not held accountable to the laws they are supposedly meant to uphold?

We live in a country that fears imaginary “terrorists” yet believe in police who are 100 times more likely to maim or kill you or someone you love. Anyone who supports these people also has blood on their hands.

I urge you to join these protests, as well as every protest for every victim. This is not ok, and our silence is consent! No more killer cops on our streets, or any streets!

RIP Kelly Thomas, we are going to keep fighting for justice.

Beat Down By Non Violent Opposition


An old way I used to get over writers block was just by writing. By either hand-written or typed flow of whatever comes to mind. Unfortunately so much comes to mind I often do not know where to focus my energies. Tonight its on “non violence” and recent musings.

All around the world revolutions are happening, yet here in the US, we get very little news of this, relying on broken info from MSM and foreign government-run media sources. Occasionally we luck out with citizen journalists who are live streaming, tweeting, or just simply uploading to youtube. This has been vital to show how slanted media coverage is, and how vague the coverage and knowledge of these uprisings are. The main reason for this; they don’t want you to know, because they don’t want to you get any ideas.

There has been a long-standing fight to keep rebellion down, to keep society from revolting against those who want to be its masters. These “peace leaders” like Ghandi and Gene Sharp spread teachings, which are being used to kill uprisings by peace policing its participants. Though, those who scream the loudest about non violence, tend to never be the people on the front lines in the streets. They often attack other activists tactics, often peace policing them, often involving actual police as well, imposing violent state tactics.

Those who speak of Ghandi and his peaceful ways, often forget the beatings he and his followers received while fighting for freedom of India from England. They forget that 2500 people were beaten down, and never even defended themselves, in a protest over taxes on SALT. His followers these days have the idea of non violent protest as following orders. Organized civil disobedience working with the oppressors themselves. And why is that you ask? Because it’s merely street theatre, often not seen my many, if it gets coverage at all.

So what is the point of these non disobedient farces they call protests? Its to quell the anger of the masses. It’s another form of distraction. Its to suppress the people, and temporarily impede the desire for further action. We see this with the increasingly oppressive show of force by police on planned civil disobedience actions like this one at Walmart in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles. The police response was downright threatening. And this is not the only place this is happening, it is happening all across the country, and world for that matter.

If you haven’t noticed, in major cities, (and even a few smaller ones) police are becoming extremely militarized often wearing “tactical gear” such as helmets, and extra long batons. They hold less lethal weapons such as foam grenades, bean bags, rubber bullets, horses, mace, pepper spray, tear gas, and even flash grenades. They have tanks, and other intimidating assault vehicles. They show up in large gangs, riding in on the sides of panel trucks, often reminding us of storm troopers in their movements.

What do you think will happen when they beat the next round of peaceful protesters? It probably won’t be on the news, as they are protesting a major network sponsor. What do you prove to gain by telling people to not yell, to stay on the side  walks, to follow orders? I mean really, where the fuck has following orders gotten us anyway? Oh yeah, its gotten us separated from our communities, locked in our houses, scared to walk down the block, and when we do get fed up, we have people threatening us that we must conform to their way and idea of protest, otherwise they will impose state violence against us.

The next time someone mentions Gene Sharp or Ghandi, please, beat the shit out of them, and remind them they can’t fight back.

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