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Published on Aug 29, 2012
This is a clip from the YCM featuring Isaac Ontiveros from Critical Resistance and Stop the Injunctions Coalition.
March 14th 2011, the City Attorney of Santa Barbara, California filed a proposed gang injunction against 30 individuals, allegedly from Eastside and Westside gangs with an additional 300 John Doe's to be added at a later date.
In response Youth CineMedia students began investigating how it would impact their lives and that of their families, as many found themselves "on the list". YCM immediately began interviewing those on the proposed injunction and releasing video clips, we then began to look to outside communities for help.
With another proposed gang injunction under way in the Fruitvale (Oakland, CA) - what started as a google search ended as an educational adventure for 13 year old Marco, 17 year old Luis and 18 year old Daniel, as well as for YCM alumni Alba and Gonzalo.
From the rooftops of downtown Oakland to the communities of North Oakland and the Fruitvale; students found themselves recording interviews with leaders in a coalition against Oakland gang Injunctions known as Stop the Injunctions Coalition.
In addition, Santa Barbara youth were able to document a powerful and insightful play from a youth theatre group and attend a gathering with youth organizers to discuss strategies and solutions.
Thanks to everyone in Oakland who opened our minds and strengthened our resolve and hope for justice and equality. For more information on how you can get involved please visit www.stopinjunction.worldpress.com or contact YCM to learn about efforts against the proposed injunction in Santa Barbara at email@example.com.
Youth CineMedia 2012 "Creating change through the lens of today's youth." Camera and interviews by: Osiris Castañeda Additional interviews and footage by: Marcos Areballo and Alba Gonzalez