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10 Arrests in 87 Minutes: How the NYPD Actively Suppressed the Occupy Movement

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10 Arrests in 87 Minutes: How the NYPD Actively Suppressed the Occupy Movement is a short film by two video activists, Paul Sullivan and Justin Sullivan, documenting 10 arrests during Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary celebration. The protest that occurred on September 17th, 2012,  “Occupy Wall Street”, had over 180 arrests in downtown Manhattan and 10 of those arrests that took place over the span of 87 minutes were witnessed by the 2 brothers. The short provides a look at protestors individual arrests and displays NYPD’s action during crowd-control situation. For years, the NYPD have been criticized for their calculated actions and means of controlling such events and it has brought into question whether or not they are intentionally attempting deny civilians of their freedoms and/or taking advantage of their positions in law enforcement.

Paul Sullivan walks around downtown Manhattan with a camera strapped to him allowing the audience to experience the protest as another civilian walking the streets, however as he does so, he directs the audience to look in a certain direction or take notice of what is happening in the corner. Sullivan states what is happening and points out if there is a peculiarity in the action, informs the audience of any appropriate laws or current upholding legal barriers that are crossed, and even hints at his own beliefs in doing so.

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Let’s Crowdfund PoP

By: Kasey Wilcox

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Of the many important philanthropic causes I find an interest in, I value childhood education as one of the most important. Not because fighting cancer or childhood obesity is any less a priority, but because I know that I would be not be the same without it. An alarming number of 250 million children around the world of primary age lack basic reading, writing, and math skills (Pencils of Promise, 2008). Thus, I have developed a deep connection and care for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that sends children to school with trained teachers with $250 scholarships.

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Kinkajou Microfilm Project

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The Kinkajou Microfilm Projector is a tool created by Design That Matters, a group of MIT students who partner with social entrepeneurs to create products that complement basic needs in developing nations. The nonprofit organization saw that literacy rates in countries such as Bali and Bangladesh were alarmingly low with 75% of the adult population unable to read or write. Of the adults who were able to receive an education and attend classes, it was most convenient for them to take night classes while balancing their families and what jobs they could maintain with the limited abilities they had.

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Clearly I Wasn’t Destined to Be “The Next Great Author”

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I’m Kasey Wilcox + oddly enough while I find a comfort and ease in writing, I find myself a complete wreck trying to write a bio of myself to appear on a blog directed towards classmates. I speak with heavy sarcasm and often too fast in an attempt to keep up with the thoughts in my head. I like to think I’m extra thoughtful and careful with my words, however I usually find that I sit back just trying to absorb what is going on around me- especially in an environment such as our class where several of the students have experience with both art and activism.

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