July 11th, 2013
My Story behind @VictorianPrude’s video:
Activist decries Texas ‘police state.’
[screenshot via Raw Story]
This is so wild… So amazingly wild.
Though I will give 99% of the credit to Sarah, a woman I’ve known for a few weeks as VictorianPrude on Twitter, we had chatted back and forth privately a couple of times, the video is actually mine.
I was extremely bummed that I had to be in the office on Monday and could not make it in to the Senate Committee Hearing. I thought because I would have Tuesday off, that if they were still taking testimony around 8 p.m., I’d pop on over to Austin and cobblesquat on a floor (many have kindly offered their extra rooms or floor space to do just that). However, when it was announced they would not accept anyone to be in line after 11 a.m. to speak to the committee, I was resigned to the fact that I would not get to go and speak.
I had toyed around with the idea of grabbing the video of people testifying, because what I’d seen in the House State Affairs Committee meeting was riveting - heartfelt and emotional women that were allowed to speak about their choices did so, even though only 90 people were able to testify. What I ultimately want to do is splice together an awesome video of the most powerful moments.
I was recording the stream off and on all day, so I only have about 3 to 4 hours of the Senate Testimony… and I was severely disappointed a few times when I would look up after a particularly awesome testimony to see that I had not hit “record”. I was, ironically, waiting to record my union sister, Andie Gardner’s testimony, when Sarah started speaking. (I did not get a chance to do so.)
I watched the whole thing play out… with video of her being escorted out of the room (and I’m sure the Capitol) and while I was waiting to hear back if we would need to pitch in for bail money, I finally came to my senses and checked to see if I was recording.
HOLY HELL, I WAS!!
The next hour or so, was spent trying to import my video into iMovie, editing out just Sarah’s part, and then, uploading it to Tumblr and then to YouTube. (This was the original post.)
In less than a week, this video has gone on to be included in stories in Salon (above), MoveOn, DailyKos, and was featured on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night and has over 330 thousand views on YouTube.
This was incredible timing, as well. This video, the reception of it, and Sarah’s appearances on Lawrence and in several online articles have rejuvenated us, at least in my opinion, in what has been a somewhat defeating few days.
My role was incredibly small, but I’m proud of that part I played.
(And, I’m incredibly grateful to the people that have credited my YouTube channel as the source of the video.)
I wanted to go back and grab a few other important testimonies I saw, but I can’t seem to get the link to work. If anyone does, please let me know? Thanks!
ETA: Both Sarah and Jordon, whose testimony I grabbed and posted on YouTube have been incredibly kind in giving me credit for the videos.