At VV, we think about hyper-local change, and also long term systemic change, when the most marginalized are enable to be part of the debate.
Here's an example of the kind of local change we champion: Community Correspondent Chunnu Hansada reported a story on two teachers of a government school who have not been paid for four years despite continuing to fulfill their duties as teachers. His video created a stir and prompted more than 4000 to sign the change.org online petition. Thanks to overwhelming outcry, the teachers finally received four years' worth of back pay. Watch the video that created the uproar.
And it's not just about the change, but the people creating that change, such as Amita Tuti, a 26 year old tribal activist from India's Adivasi (a.k.a. indigenous) population, who has fought tirelessly against the discrimination and threats facing her community, particularly land alienation. Through her video reports, Amita has empowered her community to articulate long-standing issues such as the wrongful imprisonment, substandard public schools, and widespread corruption and neglect in local government. Amita's unwavering commitment to exposing the truth is inspired by her father who was poisoned to death by so called "upper castes" during the adivasi land struggle. Last month, Amita spoke in front of 2000 people at THiNK India, alongside VV's Managing Trustee Stalin K. THiNK is hosted by Tehelka, India's premier news magazine, and now a distributor of VV content. You can now watch IndiaUnheard videos every day on Tehelka's website.
Thinking about systemic change, Video Volunteers recently teamed up with the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change to document the adverse effects of climate change on local communities across India. For the web show, VV correspondents produced 18 video stories that demonstrate how climate change compromises the livelihoods of Indian farmers, fisherfolk and street vendors.
Video Volunteers produced the climate change web show to highlight how this escalating environmental problem is not only wreaking havoc through changing weather patterns, it is creating and exacerbating poverty. As we see in the video, farmers are harvesting fewer and less quality crops. Subsequently, food vendors like the juice sellers in Mumbai makes less money because their juice isn't as sweet. In India, the most affected by the cyclical pattern of climate change are the 80 percent of Indians who make their living off one acre of land. We launched it just in time for the Doha climate change talks currently underway. Watch the webshow.
If you're interested to hear more about VV's model of community media, you might like to watch this one minute video of VV at the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting, where we announced a commitment.
Thank you to all of you for your support and involvement over the years and we hope you'll think of supporting VV again before the end of the year!
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