QUESTION: legal rights for media

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Dear Radical Reference,

I'm trying to figure out what the Legal Rights are of a media person when documenting activism, protest and direct actions. Can the police arrest/detain you for trying to record? What legal defense can be used in the field when engaged in this activity if someone tries to prevent it or threaten someone recording? What are the legal dangers of recording violence against citizens and/or police brutality? Is it illegal to record faces in the crowd, etc?

Particularly in the following cities/states/reservations:
Chicago, IL
Phoenix, Arizona
South Dakota (Pine Ridge and other Reservations)
Washington, DC


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ANSWER: Co-operative organization and not becoming the go-to-person


Hi Adam,

I have been looking for books that may appeal to your question, and I must say that I have been a bit disappointed in what I have (or have not) found! There are, of course, a plethora of corporate titles that will tell one "how to manage," (hierarchically) and there are many lefty publications about activism, but few that are written by activists or radicals about how their cooperatives work (that I was able to find).

I browsed through a few library catalogs and bookstores, and was only able to find a few titles that looked like they might touch upon your question:
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
The revolution will not be funded : beyond the non-profit industrial complex by Incite! Women of Color Against Violence.
Organizing for social change : Midwest Academy manual for activists by Kimberley A Bobo; Jackie Kendall; Steve Max; Midwest Academy.
Tools for radical democracy : how to organize for power in your community by Joan Minieri; Paul Getsos.
Building powerful community organizations : a personal guide to creating groups that can solve problems and change the world by Michael Jacoby Brown.

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QUESTION: Statistics for artists in need

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Dear Radical Reference,
My organization, Acts of Art, is working with Split This Rock & the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) to create a petition and paper demanding that 1% of the $500 billion stimulus package go to the arts. (In a way similar to the WPA projects). We need to create this 2 page paper pronto! Can you help us find solid statistics & references: 1) how the arts have financially/socially stimulated neighborhoods 2) how art funding has been cut 3) artists in need. Any further direction would be appreciated!
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QUESTION: womens' roles in activist organizations

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I am looking for recent (past five years) publications on the roles of women in activist organizations for a literature review in preparation for a series of documentary interviews.

I am not looking for biographies, but rather behavorial analysis or case studies. Book or journal publications are preferred, but well referenced website essays or dissertations are okay too.


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