By: Moe Angelo
Far-right Florida Man is out of control, and is now taking it upon himself to protect the public from blocked roads by assaulting women and pointing a gun at protestors. It has been over 24-hours since a press release, and accompanying higher-quality video, shows what Police claim to be weapons drawn by protestors, were articles of their clothing, and not weapons. Yesterday, St. Petersburg Police announced via an edit to a Facebook post initially (and then a new post yesterday afternoon included below), that they have identified the gunman. This has been the only update or announcement from city officials.
Watch the slow-motion, high definition footage below:
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the power of independent media and citizen journalism is rapidly growing, right alongside the exponential advancement of technology, and because of this, is under heavy attack. It is obvious that with small amounts of effort, citizens now have the power to hold their leaders accountable, in ways that previously were not possible. str34m is seeking your help to both protect and advance the growth of independent media.
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We are facing an unprecedented reality where American journalists are being attacked and vilified by their own government, or anyone with dissenting opinions, as a way to silence the voice of the people and continue to hide from accountability. At the same time, the power, and sheer size, of independent media and citizen journalism is growing at an exponential rate.
The crippled state of multiple industries due to global pandemic, combined with the increasingly apparent class war being waged, has made it nearly impossible for our t34m at Str34m to continue creating impactful content for people, not profit.
In the last few months, we have shown the voices of protesters from Portland to Tampa, Richmond to Seattle, Texas to North Carolina. Through these travels and coverage, it has become increasingly apparent that many of our trusted institutions, like police departments, have a history of misrepresentation in the media of their own ideologies when measured and calculated using Stuart Hall’s representation theory. str34m’s live coverage of local and nationwide events is being picked up by larger news outlets and providing crucial information to people that has traditionally been lost between the street and the newsroom. Our behind-the-screens efforts include the development of open-source technologies for creators and broadcasters, an example of which is a new, fully-secure and untraceable operating system called Orchid.
But now, str34m urgently needs your financial support to continue, as the realities of housing and job crises due to pandemic set in, and an election of historic proportions determines the fate of the future of journalism – not just for Americans, but for the entire world.
We are looking to raise $25,000 in this effort. We will use these funds to upgrade and repair our equipment, in order to keep us as safe as possible while continuing to document these often dangerous events. The funds will also be used to grow our network of independent journalists, providing them with the proper technology and protection to keep them safe in these increasingly dangerous coverage locations.
We understand that this pandemic has had tremendous effects on many financially, please only give if you are comfortably able to. We are seeking donations to our parent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Llacuna, inc, to maintain reporting in not only our local Tampa Bay community, but across the country by growing our network of independent citizen journalists.
Monetary donations are not the only type needed or accepted. We are actively looking for volunteers that would be able to help in any number of ways. Please visit the Volunteer Section of str34m.tv to get involved!