December, 2009

New York adult home residents: "We don’t want to wait. The Governor’s plan is too little, too late!”

Regions: United States

Issues: Housing, Mental disability rights

Tags: adult homes, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability Advocates, mental illness, new york, Protest, supported housing

On November 24, over seventy residents and disability rights activists rallied to demand that Governor Paterson comply with a Federal Court order to provide supported housing for people with psychiatric disabilities. About 4,300 people have spent years institutionalized in large adult care facilities in New York City because sufficient alternative housing is not available.


Looking Back at 2 Years of the Hub - 10 Editor's Picks

Regions: Global

Tags: campaigns, issues, retrospective, users, videos

NOTE: As part of my job here at WITNESS, I have watched more than 2,000 videos on the Hub alone since I joined the team in mid-2008. Different videos have stuck with me for different reasons - some visceral, others more rational.  Selecting just ten of these - and you'll see I also snuck in a couple of extras - has been extremely hard.  My criteria has been simply to choose those that I think are worth seeing, either because of their content, tactics, visuals, or because they have been inspiring to me personally. Also, I have deliberately not chosen videos that have already surfaced in our other Top 10 retrospectives. With that mind, this list is admittedly subjective and unscientific - even still, I hope you find little bits of value in these videos, as I did.


Looking Back at 2 Years of the Hub - Top 10 Most Covered (and Responded to) Issues

Regions: Global

Tags: campaigns, issues, retrospective, videos

December 2009 marks the Hub's official two-year anniversary and we're looking back at the most popular videos, issues, campaigns, and blog posts since our launch. There's a lot to cover - the Hub is now home to 3,000 videos on a range of human rights issues from all around the world. Since 2007, more than 9,700 people have created accounts on the Hub, 177 organizations have created group pages, and Hub content has been viewed more than 8 million times. This list marks the most covered (and responded to) issues on the Hub - see more on our 2-year retrospective posts.


Looking Back at 2 Years of the Hub - Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts

Regions: Global

Tags: blog, issues, most read, retrospective, videos

December 2009 marks the Hub's official two-year anniversary and we're looking back at the most popular videos, issues, campaigns, and blog posts since our launch. There's a lot to cover - the Hub is now home to 3,000 videos on a range of human rights issues from all around the world. Since 2007, more than 9,700 people have created accounts on the Hub, 177 organizations have created group pages, and Hub content has been viewed more than 8 million times. This list marks the most read posts on our blog - see more on our 2-year retrospective posts.


Looking Back at 2 Years of the Hub - Top 10 Most Mentioned Issues

Regions: Global

Tags: campaigns, Hub, issues, retrospective, videos

December 2009 marks the Hub's official two-year anniversary and we're looking back at the most popular videos, issues, campaigns, and blog posts since our launch. There's a lot to cover - the Hub is now home to 3,000 videos on a range of human rights issues from all around the world. Since 2007, more than 9,700 people have created accounts on the Hub, 177 organizations have created group pages, and Hub content has been viewed more than 8 million times. This list marks the most mentioned issues - see more on our 2-year retrospective posts.


Looking Back at 2 Years of the Hub - Top 10 Most Viewed Videos

Regions: Global

Tags: Hub, most viewed, retrospective, videos

December 2009 marks the Hub's official two-year anniversary and we're looking back at the most popular videos, issues, campaigns, and blog posts since our launch. There's a lot to cover - the Hub is now home to 3,000 videos on a range of human rights issues from all around the world. Since 2007, more than 9,700 people have created accounts on the Hub, 177 organizations have created group pages, and Hub content has been viewed more than 8 million times. This list marks the most viewed videos - see more on our 2-year retrospective lists


Videos that opened our eyes to human rights in 2009

Regions: Global

Tags: 2009, images, udhr, udhr60, visual

Last year we asked people to tell us what images had opened their eyes to human rights. The responses were fascinating and a true testament to the power of visual imagery to capture the consciousness of people across boundaries. This year, to keep the conversation going, I asked WITNESS staff and interns to think about human rights videos they saw in 2009 that made an impact on them.


2 years of the Hub - a look back

Regions: Global

Tags: campaigns, issues, most covered, most viewed, retrospective, videos

December 2009 marks the Hub's official two-year anniversary and we're looking back at the most popular videos, issues, campaigns, and blog posts since our launch. There's a lot to cover - the Hub is now home to 3,000 videos on a range of human rights issues from all around the world. Since 2007, more than 9,700 people have created accounts on the Hub, 177 organizations have created group pages, and Hub content has been viewed more than 8 million times

We have learned so much from all of you in the past two years and we've been continuously inspired by how people and groups are using video and online technologies to tell their own stories, circumvent government oppression, and defend the basic rights with which all humans are born.


Digital Media and Iran's Green Movement: A Look Back with Cameran Ashraf

Regions: Iran

Issues: Elections, Freedom of opinion & expression

Tags: ahmadinejad, censorship, digital media, Elections, gerdab, Green Movement, mousavi, Protests, safety, security, social media, twitter, video, web 2.0

December 7 was Student Day in Iran, a day when students traditionally commemorate the deaths of three Iranian students who were protesting the Shah in 1953. This year, the Student Day protests were especially poignant because they demonstrated that Iran's Green Movement is still very much alive. And, like the post-election protests in June, news about the demonstrations was delivered to the world via tools like Twitter and YouTube.


Wastepickers add to climate change talks

Regions: India

Issues: Labor

Tags: Chintan, wastepickers, wasterecyclers