Published on December 16, 2009 in News and Video. Closed
Some 250 demonstrators are reported to have been arrested following some of the most intense protesting since the United Nations Climate Change Conference began more than a week ago in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here’s what our own Sara Peach reported today for Grist.
Youth activists were beaten by police this morning in Copenhagen after they marched out of the Bella Center, shouting “Reclaim power!” and “Climate justice now!”
During the second week of the COP15 talks in Copenhagen, the number of activists allowed to attend the talks has been drastically reduced. By Friday, when President Obama arrives, the number of nongovernmental “observers,” the UN group to which most of the activists belong, will be reduced to just 90.
A mix of frustrated indigenous, youth, and environmental activists walked out of the talks this morning at about 11 a.m. local time. Once outside, the marchers attempted to join a second group of activists organized by the anti-corporate network Climate Justice Action. But before the two groups could join, they met a line of police.
The activists and the police shoved back and forth, and the police beat them with batons. The marchers said throughout the action that they had remained peaceful.
A partnership with the Pulitzer Center, YouTube’s Project: Report is a journalism contest intended for non-professional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be told. We’re proud to report that two of the five finalists are UNC grad students: Eileen Mignoni and Sara Peach. For the third and final round finalists were asked to create a piece on an disenfranchised population that allows them to tell their own story. Video was collected from both the journalist and from the subject, making this a truly collaborative piece.
Eileen’s piece, posted below, is entitled “From Burma’s Mountains to Carolina’s Piedmont.” It’s the story of Karen refugees who have fled persecution in their homeland for a new life in the United States. As Eileen reports, in 2007, 118 refugees were resettled last year in North Carolina’s Orange County by Lutheran Family Services. Sadly, as these families are able to have a new start, the numbers in the camps remain stable, due to restrictions on the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. The flow from Myanmar is constant. View High Quality video.
Sara’s story is entitled “Land of Our Own.” As she reports, “the Hmong people of Southeast Asia faced persecution after they aided U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. Thousands of Hmong refugees eventually resettled in the United States. Today, they and their children carry on traditions – such as this New Year celebration in Newton, N.C. – while adapting to American culture.” View in HD.
Voting is open until January 9th; viewers are allowed to vote once a day. Visit the Project Report Web site to vote. The winner will receive $10,000 and an opportunity to work with the Pulitzer Center. Congratulations and best of luck to both Sara and Eileen.
Seven years after North Carolina legislators voted to move mental health care toward private community providers, patients with mental illness and their families are still waiting for stable and reliable mental health care services. In Shadows is a documentary Web site dedicated to telling the stories of those caught in the middle of a broken system. Site launch is scheduled for October 2008.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication announces the release of http://www.AndamanRising.org, a collection of 15 student-produced multimedia stories about life in southern Thailand after the 2004 Asian tsunami.
The site’s debut follows a month-long foreign reporting assignment in which 14 journalism students traveled to the province of Phang-nga, Thailand to explore some of the most intimate corners of Thai society.
Based out of a village next to the Andaman Sea, students used photos, audio, video, graphics and design to craft cultural snapshots of a region that has risen above tragedy. Working with a team of Thai translators, they documented the story of a teenage cross-dresser in a traditional Muslim community, the narrative of an illegal immigrant family from Myanmar, and the spiritual transformation of a young monk.
Congratulations to all the students involved and a special thanks to all the wonderful families in Thailand who generously allowed us a glimpse into their lives.