Road Trip! Great Opportunity for Citizen Journalism

Conversations From The Open Road is an opportunity for Vermont high school and college students to experience, and compassionately participate in, our world in a meaningful way.
We are a traveling citizen-journalism, digital storytelling media program engaging with communities on the front lines of significant economic-environmental-cultural justice issues.
By the end of each 2 week exploration, each student creates a documentary short about a thread of the people, place and struggle. Together, this collection is shown at film/media festivals around Vermont.
Please check out their website for info, applications and contact email.
UPCOMING TRIPS:
August 11-25: Minnesota – 1 spot open
Come and document this exciting moment with us – From Standing Rock and beyond!

More than 10,000 people came to show solidarity with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline proposed (and now completed) to be built under the Missouri River, within their reservation’s lands.This is THE largest congregation of Native Americans and allies in a century! The rippling effects of this movement is palpable.

We will travel to another battle gaining momentum in the indigenous community’s fight to assert their sovereignty and basic rights.

Indigenous Americans “en masse wild rice harvest” in late August in northern Minnesota will most likely continue the battle in court as an important test case about treaty rights.

Leech Lake Ojibwe band member Arthur LaRose, chairman of the 1855 Treaty Authority, has said that his group’s concerns go beyond ricing, fishing and hunting. “From pipelines, to wild rice and walleye, the State of Minnesota does not appear to be protectively regulating the natural resources,” LaRose wrote to Governor Mark Dayton.

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