October 7, 2019

POSTED BY

Jose Fresan

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Witness & The Importance of Video in Social Justice

Have you ever stopped and think what would you do if you were to witness a crime or injustice on the streets? What would you do? Would you get involved hands on? Would you run away from the scene? Would you film the events? One of the perks of having …

Have you ever stopped and think what would you do if you were to witness a crime or injustice on the streets? What would you do? Would you get involved hands on? Would you run away from the scene? Would you film the events? One of the perks of having a smart phone with us 24/7, is the ability to photograph, film and share everything in the exact same moment that is happening, and I’m not talking about instagramming your meals every 2 hours. I’m talking about the power that these gadgets gives us to bring more social justice to the world. So if you answered “film the events”, you’re probably going to be the most helpful if faced with a social injustice.

The importance of video in bringing social justice to our world has increased exponentially, video has been able to solve cases that otherwise would have never been truthfully solved.The increasing rate of the video production in our world it’s overwhelming. Right now 300 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube every minute, but sadly within that gargantous amount of footage, evidence of social injustice is lost forever.

Witness comes from the need of preserving video evidence to use it in social justice cases, and works as a a guide to witnesses all around the world. Their wide range of sources like guides to filming good evidence, legal guidance and advocacy, have helped solve numerous cases all around the world. Witness trains and equips activists and marginalized communities around the world to use video and technology to expose abuses and fight for justice and lasting change.

It is really important that we are always prepared to be helpful if facing an injustice and that means knowing how to make the most out of our smartphones. If we’re filming we want to know that our footage will be useful as valid evidence in court, that we are helping the victim instead of making it worst, that we are not breaking the law by filming, and that our actions can be helpful.

Visit witness.org and learn how you can be prepared to be a witness.