February is almost here, we’ve all had time for post-holiday recovery, and we’re not buried in snow, so no excuses — get out and get engaged!
Here are some upcoming events to get you started.
Earth. Data. Action.
Wednesday, February 4
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Happy hour and panel discussion hosted by Internews, Google Earth Outreach, and BAIL.
Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Internews Earth Journalism Network and hear how technology, data, and networks are enabling voices around the world to protect and preserve our lands and oceans. The panel will explore interactive maps for reporting on climate shifts, take a sneak peek at a new toolkit for environmental data journalism, and share some of their groundbreaking work with environmental sensors.
- James Fahn, Founder, Earth Journalism Network
- Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach
- Gustavo Faleiros, Founder, InfoAmazonia
- Willie Shubert, Program Officer, Earth Journalism Network
FREE (RSVP required)
By: Kimberley Sevcik
I’m the Engagement Director for a project called Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) that uses documentary film to raise awareness and spark attitude and behavior change around gender issues in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Peru, and Jordan. Partnering with community organizations on the ground, we train facilitators to screen films about girls’ and women’s struggles and triumphs around the world; to lead conversations about the issues in the film, drawing analogies to community challenges; and to brainstorm solutions to those challenges.
When I tell people about the project, I generally get a two-tiered reaction.
The general population responds to the project’s sex appeal. They find it compelling. Everyone likes film, everyone likes a good story.
Development experts are more skeptical. They find it interesting, but they want to know how it’s making a positive – and measurable – difference.
It’s a question that I’ve been struggling to answer, too, as we round the bend on our third year of the project. Read more
Have you ever thought about investigating war crimes? Gathering evidence for international tribunals? Advocating for policy change or government intervention in ongoing conflicts? If you have, or are just curious what it’s like for those who do, then we have the movie for you.
E-TEAM, a new feature-length immersive documentary focused on four Human Rights Watch Emergency Team members, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and will be screening in San Francisco at the Presidio Theatre for one week October 31 – November 6 (tickets on sale Monday, October 27, mark your calendar!).
The film offers a rare look at the work and lives of human rights investigators, following the team members as they investigate human rights abuses in Syria and Libya as well as into their homes and personal lives.
BAIL had the opportunity to connect with the film’s co-directors – Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny – who provided some additional insight into the film and their work. Read more
By: Brenna Marea Powell
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 71 journalists have been killed in Syria and more than 80 kidnapped. Most of those have been killed for covering the war, and most of them were local. Only 11 were foreign reporters.
Syria is of course not the only place where journalists face serious threats to their lives — many of those reporting in countries torn apart by war, repressive regimes, or other violence are targeted for the work they do. And in most cases, it is local journalists who are the most vulnerable.
One of the most important organizations working to protect journalists and activists is one you possibly haven’t heard of yet. Working quietly, Internews has trained journalists in 80 countries — many of whom are under threat — providing them with tech tools to help them protect their identity, keep their data safe, and do their work in the most difficult circumstances.
This past week, BAIL was very pleased to work with Internews to organize a small Bay Area event on Internet freedom. Read more