UPTAKE INSTITUTE

We are an independent online news organization that uses video as a catalyst for positive social change & civic engagement.

The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge it. You have to see structural racism to eliminate it. The problem is, most people don’t see it or understand it because it doesn’t impact them. The UpTake is working on several fronts to change this.

Live and On-Demand Video Coverage of the Legislative Process
The Minnesota House has just started providing the press two different video feeds of meetings and hearings. This is an important advancement in transparency; fewer House hearings will be able to hide away from TV cameras. However, for us to livestream, record and archive this additional feed we need to purchase additional equipment with money we have not budgeted.
 
We trust that you will appreciate this additional coverage, so we’ve moved ahead to spend the several thousands of dollars needed. But we need your immediate donation so we have enough money to cover the legislative session that began just today.
 
It costs us about $1,200 a week to provide this coverage. That’s on top of the money we need to purchase the additional equipment. Your donation goes very far at The UpTake. Nobody does this kind of coverage for less and provides more live video of the legislature than we do.

Covering structural racism beyond the corridors of power

We have professional journalists and volunteers working to cover structural racism in ways that the other media often don’t — or ignore completely because they “just don’t see it as an issue.”

Story example: "Long probation part of the Minnesota prison population problem says NAACP"

http://theuptake.org/2015/10/25/long-probation-part-of-mn-prison-population-problem-says-naacp/

Having a different perspective on the story makes a big difference. While most media approached the prison story as one of inadequate jail cells or mandatory sentences, The UpTake has listened to Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds — who points out that Minnesota’s mandatory sentences come with long probationary periods which often put people back in jail for technical parole violations, increasing rather than decreasing the prison population. It’s a perspective that no other media have reported on yet, even though Levy-Pounds made the statement to a legislative hearing where other journalists were present.

Other stories:

http://theuptake.org/2015/10/25/systemic-racism-behind-lack-of-paid-sick-time-say-religious-leaders/

http://theuptake.org/2015/05/22/can-these-stories-help-eliminate-structural-racism/

http://theuptake.org/2015/04/22/structural-racism-at-root-of-offensive-remark-about-north-minneapolis-says-rep-moran/

Documenting change in our political system and society through projects like "How Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Minnesota"
This acclaimed movie about the turning point in the fight for marriage equality was made thanks to your support. How Love Won will debut at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in April. Exact date(s) and time(s) of the showing(s) will be announced on March 17.


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