I had the pleasure of serving as cinematographer for @michaelfranti new music video “The Flower” ft. @victoriacanal . We traveled the country for one week interviewing and creating intimate portraiture of people and families effected by gun violence. Today there’s over 100 people every day, that’s over 36,000 people every year killed from gun violence in America.
134 people were murdered in London in 2018, the deadliest since 2008. This is the average portrait for the month of December, generated using computer vision and portraits of the victims of homicides. "The music is a form of radicalisation (Participant 42, voluntary sector professional, focus group 2). This striking comment by an experienced professional captures a view that music videos can create a mind-set in young people that desensitizes them to violence and normalises criminal behaviour. A similar view was expressed by a former gang member, who described how the music can serve to ‘programme’ young people: And the worse thing about it: they’ve got their headphones into you, twenty-four hours a day. As soon as they wake up, slap on their stereo. They start programming. Especially when you’re waking up every morning; you put your stereo on and you’re listening to the gang music. When you leave your house, you’ve got your headphones in and all you’re listening to is, ‘Stab man this ...’ ‘Rob man that ...’ ‘Selling this’, ‘Selling that’ ... And you’re getting gassed, just being hooked (Participant 29, ex-gang member). (Whittaker, A.J., Cheston, L., Tyrell, T., Higgins, M.M., Felix-Baptiste, C., and Harvard, T. (2018). From Postcodes to Profits: How gangs have changed in Waltham Forest. London: London South Bank University. #london#england#unitedkingdom#crime#knifecrime#knifecrimeinlondon#homicide#violence#gunviolence#gangs #2018 #january#photography#postphotography#portrait#face#average#computervision#opencv#dlib#algorithm#sadiqkhan@sadiq@mayorofldn#metpolice@metpolice_uk#scotlandyard@victoriaatkinsmp@ukhomeoffice@sajidjavidmp
#TBT and #PSA COMBO: my man is barely 4 years old here, his sister almost 9, on the bolt 22 that I cut my teeth on.
As I looked over at him tonight as we played mariokart, the rifles on the wall behind him reminded me of how much of known psychology some Americans choose to ignore.
It never crosses any of my children's minds to touch those rifles, or any gun, unless it comes from my hands at the range. They don't even notice them, because they are just part of their environment, like the couch or the television.
It stands to reason that the most effective SCIENTIFIC solution to youth gun violence would be to show them, teach them, demystify weapons, eliminate the mystery of ignorance that leads to accidents and lack of respect of the power of firearms. It is a fact that constant exposure to things will make your mind "numb" to them as they become part of your known everyday world.
Why should WE have to be told we shouldn't have them at all because other parents are too irresponsible to teach their children about guns the way they do knives, fire, or sex?
☘️SDA 2018 RECAP☘️
A beautiful, brave, and poignant account that our co-founder Hailey wrote❤️ ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️
“I truly never understood the impact that gun violence can have on lives until a shooter walked into my high school 5 years ago. For those of you who haven’t gone through that, all my classmates and I can tell you—the impacts are life changing. Five years after, I operate differently in my life than I did before I heard those gunshots ring out, and I know the same will be true twenty, thirty, fifty years down the road. The affects of gun violence never go away.
Every year on this day since I came to Notre Dame, I’ve lit a candle at the grotto for Claire, her family, the Arapahoe family, Karl’s family, and myself. I take a moment out of my busy finals week to pray for healing and strength. While this gives me peace, I also know that gun violence is not erased by the words of a prayer. A prayer helps me heal the tumult in my heart, but it doesn’t change the fact that this has happened to me, and it will continue to happen unless we resolve to resolve—to actively work to change the ways in which we interact with and view guns in this society, and solve the problems that come from a lack of gun safety. So, when I get back from the grotto, I donate money, in Claire’s name, to Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that works tirelessly for gun sense and safety. If you have the means to do so, please do. Please take action so that we can prevent these acts of gun violence from impacting anyone else’s lives.
And to all my Warriors, we’ll always be in this together.”
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Episode 4 premieres TODAY! Hosted by Terence Fitzgerald, clinical associate professor, with Kim Finney, clinical associate professor, clinical psychologist and retired Air Force officer, and LAPD Officer Cody Silva of the Newton Division in South Los Angeles and a recent graduate of the USC LEAD program, discuss the systemic issues of gun violence in this country related to race, law enforcement and culture.
“I was and remain deeply traumatized by a violent assault and cover my ongoing anxiety with outward displays of perceived masculinity, my remonstrations a thin veil for my pain. Love me, tell me I am strong, so that I may someday be, mama.”
Also, “Don’t even discuss it if it hasn’t happened to you.” lol James Woods when is last time you had an unwanted pregnancy? When is last time you watched a dozen of your high school classmates murdered? When is the last time you were born penniless in Honduras & sought asylum? STFU, clown.
Activist move of the day starring the unstoppable @erikashannonmovement ⚡️ The majority of mass shooters have been men and some blame the cultural perpetuation that gun ownership is masculine. One gun manufacturer even uses the tagline, “Consider your man card re-issued”. Yeah… consider that bullshit re-jected! Our culture is based on supply and demand - if you stop buying gun violence, they’ll stop selling it. Kettlebells are in, guns are out. #burnfatendgunviolence#holdyourfire
This Thursday | Emergency Meeting.
We need all Black Groups, Organizations ,individuals and all Allies.
We have to take control of this situation NOW. Proper legislation must be in place . Proper help in the homes & streets must be in place.
We have to control this tragic CRISIS that effects us All! #Repost#Share#diallosekou#gunviolence#jacksonville#florida
134 people were murdered in London in 2018, the deadliest since 2008. This is the average portrait for the month of November, generated using computer vision and portraits of the victims of homicides. " There is a history of law enforcement agencies using information gained from social media to track gang membership and activities. [...] Indeed, this led to Facebook being referred to as ‘Fedbook’ (Densley, 2013, p.99). In response, gangs have learnt to use other forms of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat, as well as closed groups such as WhatsApp as a means of communication because they are aware that these are not monitored by law enforcement agencies. As one professional stated: I think that the gangs are probably using other forms of communications that are hard for police or law enforcement to intercept or to use, so things like Snapchat and things like that, so offences that are sexual in nature will be, so child sexual exploitation or bullying and things like that will be occurring over those kind of phone platforms that you're not going to see because it's not posts, it's not like on Twitter or Facebook. So it's only when you might receive a phone in custody, seize it that you then might identify other offences. With Snapchat, the images and stuff disappear and you can't get them unless they're saved or pictures taken at the time so the evidential base is difficult (Participant 12, statutory sector professional). " (Whittaker, A.J., Cheston, L., Tyrell, T., Higgins, M.M., Felix-Baptiste, C., and Harvard, T. (2018). From Postcodes to Profits: How gangs have changed in Waltham Forest. London: London South Bank University. #london#england#unitedkingdom#crime#knifecrime#knifecrimeinlondon#homicide#violence#gunviolence#gangs #2018 #january#photography#postphotography#portrait#face#average#computervision#opencv#dlib#algorithm#sadiqkhan@sadiq@mayorofldn#metpolice@metpolice_uk#scotlandyard@victoriaatkinsmp@ukhomeoffice@sajidjavidmp
#CalebHanna is not your typical #college student. At 19, he’s already making history as the nation’s youngest #black legislator. Inspired by former President #BarackObama, but on the opposite side of the aisle, the freshman #Republican in the West Virginia House of Delegates ran on a platform of “ #God, #guns, and #babies.” On “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, he described himself as a “very religious,” “very #prolife” conservative who believes “God comes first and foremost” in each of his policy decisions.” (via #Foxnews)
As new contenders join the #2020 presidential race, we hope that they will take seriously the impact of #gunviolence on communities across the nation. We talked with @klarevas and @sonali262 about what works along the lines of national and local actions, policies, and legislation to curb #gunviolence. Among those actions: share stories, be informed when voting, hold elected officials responsible, question poorly reasoned policies, demand more research, and definitely *don’t* stay in your lane.
#Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a deadly assault in #Kenya’s capital on Jan. 15, the Associated Press reports, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through #Nairobi’s Westlands neighborhood. The hotel complex that came under attack is less than two kilometers from Westgate Mall, where the group’s militants killed dozens of people in a 2013 siege, and is in what is considered one of the most secure areas of the city. In this photograph, Kenyan special forces take position outside the complex (Via: #Time )
🔆JAZMINE IS AT REST NOW🔆
Say her Name #JazmineBarnes
Whos Child is this #OurChild
Her family granted her services to be televised and to have an open casket throughout the services.
Thank you #khou#cnn#abc#fox26 and all the many other media outlets for doing a very beautiful job in showing this angel in a beautiful light, the family wants everyone to never forget her name and her sweet spirit.
Sidenote: You ask #FiyaMediaMogul why would I Share this picture on my Page and my Answer is this, she was beautiful in the flesh and she is beautiful at rest, her family now has ONLY PICTURES TO REMEMBER HER BY... why is that? Because she was A INNOCENT VICTIM OF GUN VIOLENCE, she was 7 years old less than 2 weeks away from turning 8 years old, SHE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE THE AGE THAT MANY OF OUR CHILDREN will see and experience, so when you ASK FIYA why would i share this I WILL PROCLAIM TO THE WORLD, SHE DIDNT ASK TO BE KILLED BY MISTAKEN IDENTITY she was just going to Walmart with her family.... __________
WE NEED TO LET THAT REALITY SINK IN... and if anyone outside of the Family of Jazmine Barnes has a PROBLEM WITH IT... its your problem not Fiya's because i have a 7 year old daughter and if someone made a decision to do this to her I WILL HAVE HER NAME, PICTURE AND ANYTHING ELSE TO REMIND THIS WORLD OF HER LIFE BEING TAKEN AWAY in that manner, she didnt deserve this and many other children didnt either Jazmine is OUR DAUGHTER too. protect our children.
I've been crying since i woke up today.. You cant tell @fiyamediamogul that seeing this dont make you just want to be better and do more to protect our children no matter what.. Im just overwhelmed with emotions _____
#justiceforjazmine and all the children of the world that have been killed from gun violence that they didnt even have anything to do with.. Innocent Victims
220 14329:20 PM Jan 8, 2019
I have been slapped in street by a man! And More than shootings more than police killings more than racist attacks We see this and have to address this!! I call my friends for help all the time 🤦🏾♀️🤷🏾♀️Even with the success in low shootings we in this kind of fighting right here everyday!!! we must meditate intervene in these or shooting is next!! (Myse I went to your page looking for McDonald’s video cause I didn’t know what happened) and then I see this 🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️🛑🤔✌🏾🧡 we bare witness to this all the time and it’s not an easy resolution it takes hard work to #changemindset#traumaisreal#violenceisadisease#lostsouls#investinourchildren We address this @lifecampinc all the time! There are so many lessons in this video that depicts the symptoms that lead to #GunViolence#incarceration#MoreTrauma#SheIsAQueen The disease of violence impacts so many! Men stand up and raise these boys stop looking at women as your Bitch!! #RestoreHope#Repost@mysonnenygeneral with @make_repost
PLEASE BE ADVISED THIS IS VIOLENT: ...The reason im posting this video is because I need "US" to understand why the white man in the McDonalds Video (Which Instagram removed from my page) felt so comfortable attacking a black women and why none of the Men really did anything. Its Because We are Beating our own , We dont Value our Black Women!! These are teanagers.. Normalizing a behavior that they've been taught!! I am so dusgusted at this video but we gotta be honest! How many times have we seen our own hit our Black women and "Minded Our Business".. Im not here to pit black against white , so I dont just post things to get US mad, I post things to educate US!! To unify US!! We cant expect anyone to Respect our women if We dont! Black Man, Pull a Young Black Boy Up today!! Educate him, Enlighten him, Motivate him. Explain to him his Role, Explain to him the importance of him protecting his Sister, mother, girlfriend Wife etc. Tell him he's a KING and he should behave as Such.. 🙏🏾😢💪🏾.. #ImSorryBlackQueen#SoulNotForSale#IworkForThePeople#RaisingKingz
40 1683:08 PM Jan 5, 2019
Excellent advice from @thesecuredad•
#Repost@thesecuredad with @get_repost
This is a bad situation to be apart of. If you see something like this, get away. Quickly and quietly move away and find an exit. It might not be the way you came in and that’s okay. Back doors, employee entrances and fire exits will do in a crisis. Be safe.
A customer at a Lauderhill, Florida, market was allegedly so enraged by the cost of two packs of cigarettes that he returned to the store waving a loaded rifle at the clerk and scaring other customers; he is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge.
39 3361:43 AM Dec 28, 2018
The NRA told doctors to ‘stay in their lane’ and stop pushing for control. They responded. It turns out, when you’re the one saving victims of gun violence, it’s not just your lane – it’s your highway. #ThisISOurLane