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Caught in the act, a "Guerrilla Video" roundup

Some of the most historically significant film/video footage has been caught by regular folk on humble equipment and then employed in the interest of social justice by holding people accountable. I call this Guerrilla Video.

I like this definition of "guerrilla" from "A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy, as by surprise raids." The term has been used to describe the underfunded soldiers of the American revolution and the people's army of Vietnam alike.

Video can be used as weapon for social justice. It was someone testing out some new video equipment in 1991 when he inadvertently caught California police beating Rodney King. And more recently, who would have believed a BART police officer would brutally shoot Oscar Grant in the back without seeing the cell phone video?

Although fortunately not as fatal, a number of local guerrilla videos have turned up recently. I thought I'd share some while they're still hot.

Boss GMO flows a fuse:
"IslandGirl637" (Youtube handle) was video recording some of the participants at Hawaii State Legislature's "Ag Day" which had been organized by Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation's "Boss GMO" Dean Okimoto. She turned a corner to see Okimoto confronting two women from GMO labeling group Babes Against Biotech. Okimoto has denied doing what he caught doing in the video. Go figure.

Kanaka Garden:
This next video catches Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) personnel destroying a garden planted by Native Hawaiian activists. DLNR also arrested 8 - 10 of the outlaw gardeners and towed their cars away. The DLNR has authority of so called "ceded" lands, also known as "seized" lands as they were seized from Hawaiian royalty to be returned. That was over a 100 years ago and counting. The video will at least make you think about the true ownership and use of these lands.

This video differs from the previous in that it was edited to make a statement. Which it does very well, IMHO.

Berserk cop:
This one has been making the rounds. Like a lot of people at the deOccupy Honolulu encampment, Chris Nova Smith always has a cellphone camera ready to document raids and police actions. When a cop went berserk and Chris tried making a complaint at the police station, the berserk cop prevented him from doing so, and his buddies helped! It's like they didn't see the camera? What the heck were these guys thinking?

I'll be highlighting more guerrilla video from Hawaii soon. If you see any, send them over for me to look at. Email me at hdougm at gmail dot com.

Defend the right to own and bear cameras! (And learn how to shoot one safely.)

H. Doug Matsuoka
6 April 2013
Makiki, Honolulu


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