Sunday, October 29, 2006

Brad Will's Last Stand

Oaxaca Mexico Brad Will Independent Media Video Journalist Murdered by Paramilitary Hit Squad
Click Image ~ Watch Video ~ mp4 16 minutes ~ Spanish Language Torrent ~ U2B ~ download
This is the last footage of a well respected colleague and good friend of many of my good friends. I knew Brad only as ships passing in the night but knew of his many adventures through the stories his good friends have told ... and will continue to tell. The video is provided by the Oaxaca IndyMedia Center. It shows his skill as a videographer as he runs with the crowd, backward away from gunfire, in order to "get the shot" of the people running... through his lens you can hide with him under a truck to "get the shot" of the group that likley included his killer... He died rollin' tape for justice ... I guess that's as good as it gets these days ...

In some mainstream articles about this event they describe it as a "shoot out" ...
I guess so, a shoot out between guns and a video camera ... guns have won the fight but the wars not over...

MONDAY Oct. 30th Call to Action!

Related Links ::: Oaxaca IndyMedia, Much More INFO @ NYC IMC,
Join the Global Outrage @ your nearest Mexican Consulate Office,
Spanish TV VIDEO of the Aftermath of the shooting
VIDEO ~ Camera's or Guns part 2 & 3 here (on the right),
Spanish Only Version of Brad's Last Interviews

Electronic Blockade add a log to the fire

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Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...


October 29, 2006
New York City

Brad Will was killed on October 27, 2006, in Oaxaca,
Mexico, while working as a journalist for the global
Indymedia network. He was shot in the torso while
documenting an armed, paramilitary assault on the
Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, a fusion of
striking local teachers and other community
organizations demanding democracy in Mexico.

The members of the New York City Independent Media
Center mourn the loss of this inspiring colleague and
friend. We want to thank everyone who has sent
condolences to our office and posted remembrances to We share our grief with the
people of our city and beyond who lived, worked, and
struggled with Brad over the course of his dynamic but
short life. We can only imagine the pain of the people
of Oaxaca who have lost seven of their neighbors to
this fight, including Emilio Alonso Fabian, a teacher,
and who now face an invasion by federal troops.

All we want in compensation for his death is the only
thing Brad ever wanted to see in this world: justice.
We, along with all of Brad's friends, reject the use
of further state-sponsored violence in Oaxaca.
The New York City Independent Media Center supports
the demand of Reporters Without Borders for a full and
complete investigation by Mexican authorities into
Oaxaca State Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz's continued
use of plain-clothed municipal police as a political
paramilitary force. The arrest of his assailants is
not enough.
The NYC IMC also supports the call of Zapatista
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos "to compañeros and
compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand
justice for this dead compañero." Marcos issued this
call "especially to all of the alternative media, and
free media here in Mexico and in all the world."

Indymedia was born from the Zapatista vision of a
global network of alternative communication against
neoliberalism and for humanity. To believe in
Indymedia is to believe that journalism is either in
the service of justice or it is a cause of injustice.
We speak and listen, resist and struggle. In that
spirit, Brad Will was both a journalist and a human
rights activist.

He was a part of this movement of independent
journalists who go where the corporate media do not or
stay long after they are gone. Perhaps Brad's death
would have been prevented if Mexican, international,
and US media corporations had told the story of the
Oaxacan people. Then those of us who live in comfort
would not only be learning now about this 5 month old
strike, or about this 500 year old struggle.

And then Brad might not have felt the need to face
down those assassins in Oaxaca holding merely the
ineffective shields of his US passport and prensa
extranjera badge. Then Brad would not have joined the
fast-growing list of journalists killed in action, or
the much longer list of those killed in recent years
by troops defending entrenched, unjust power in Latin

Still, those of us who knew Brad know that his work
would never have been completed. From the community
gardens of the Lower East Side to the Movimento Sem
Terra encampments of Brazil, he would have continued
to travel to where the people who make this world a
beautiful place are resisting those who would cause it
further death and destruction. Now, in his memory, we
will all travel those roads. We are the network, all
of us who speak and listen, all of us who resist.

The New York City Independent Media Center
4 W. 43rd St., Suite 311
New York, N.Y. 10036

"the work of the theater is the liberation of dreams, the
transformation of ideas into working acts" Julian Beck

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7:20 PM  
Blogger farmer said...

May god help us all....

9:35 PM  

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