No Spiritual Surrender is creating Awareness of social and environmental injustice and civil rights
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THE CREW 
We are frontline documentarians keeping the eyes of the world on injustice in hopes of changing it. We know the front lines move, dissipate, multiply, and internalize. As we travel from city to city and camp to camp, we bring this awareness with us. We share this awareness with the network of people who follow this page.

Ryan Vizzions

Photographer & Water Protector

Standing Rock Rising was started by Ryan in October 2016 in the middle of the movement. In just a few months he grew the page to over 200K followers. It is currently at almost 300K. Ryan releases prints for sale to support himself. He is a Pulitzer Prize nominee.



Higher Ground
This image, captured by Ryan Vizzions, had a large reach of 2.4 million.
Reactions, comments, and shares came to 114K.



Defend the Sacred, featured in People Magazine Photos of the Year, Newsweek & Newsweek Japan Photos of the Year, and Amnesty International magazines, as well as hundreds of independent journals and posts. This photo launched the Standing Rock Rising page following. Alone it reached over a 100 million people in a couple of days following October 27, 2016. It is still in wide circulation and has continued to be viewed by hundreds of millions of people.

Other posts by Ryan have also reached millions, but the above are samples for quick reference.

Vissions' style of strategic storytelling is "just being himself," sticking to his moral compass with no compromises, and sharing his internal process. He brings the best of himself to that page and is well respected for his work in Indian country and around the world. He is willing to share this platform to continue amplifying the voices of the people who are experiencing social injustice, civil rights injustice, and environmental injustice.

Paula Antoine
Rosebud/Sicangu Sioux Tribe Member & Water Protector

Paula is our Tribal liaison. She has a background in complex system structure and management and asset management (in terms of content and information), and we consider her our Elder. She advises us on pitfalls to watch out for and helps us determine the greatest areas of need.

Regarding camp organization, Paula was sanctioned by the Rosebud/Sicangu Tribal Council to establish the Rosebud Camp at Standing Rock and has a well practiced understanding of camp-to-Tribe dynamics. She is experienced in working with communications decisions that come from the community itself rather than from a hierarchical structure-- bottom up versus top down.

Paula started the Sacred Stone Facebook page and is in regular contact with a vast inter-Tribal network.

Mary K
Assistant Director, Oceti Sakowin Camp Media, & Water Protector

Mary K served as the Assistant Director of Oceti Sakowin Camp Media from mid-November 2016 through the end of February 2017. Starting out as a map maker, she quickly moved into managing the Facebook page and website. At their height in terms of population, when the camps totaled 14,000 people, Mary K directed a crew of 12 people that addressed logistical and volunteer needs, donation inquiries, and major concerns both in camp and from the outside world. In a break from those roles, she learned to take frontline and narrative photos to keep the original content flowing.


Midnight Tipi, these poles stood for 15 minutes on the Backwater Bridge before being taken down by over 30 law enforcement agents who circled around us, throwing tear gas canisters and firing rubber bullets into a small crowd of nonviolent Protectors. This photo was picked up by a couple of independent news outlets and featured on the Sacred Stone website.


Prayer Walk, Martin Luther King Day.

ocetisakowincamp.org
facebook.com/OcetiSakowinCamp

INDEPENDENT MEDIA
We developed a network of independent media that visited Standing Rock and plan to connect with that network for future speaking tours and presentations around the country on the importance of independent media. Regarding other Water Protectors and aspiring independent media, we plan to share our collected experience in establishing independent media and building trust in the communities that are being covered.

EXPERIENCE
We weathered the North Dakota winter, communications suppression and interference, camp infiltration, supply-line corruption from within and outside the camps, theft, and trauma. We witnessed, documented, and were subjected to innumerable human rights violations, including being in the direct line of fire by less-than-lethal weapons. We witnessed the all too common injustice of the fossil fuel industry inflicting itself upon Indian country and thereby putting the drinking water of millions of people at risk of oil contamination.

FIGHTING CORRUPTION
If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline will transport crude oil from the Bakken oil field of North Dakota almost 1200 miles through four states--North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.

Other pipeline projects are being fast-tracked through the Trump administration, and environmental protections have been and are being systematically dismantled, with the mainstream media, corporate ads, and bought-off political figures pushing the profit-driven intentions of the fossil fuel industry beyond the limits of the law.

ALLIES
We have many other potential collaborators, including former crew members, Water Protectors, and leaders of the indigenous communities with which we have worked.

DELIVERABLES
If awarded the support, we will continue the fight against injustice while raising awareness at the same time. We continue to do this regardless, but the support would enable us to focus, share, and move with greater ease.

GOALS

Our goals include empowering resistance camps positioned in defiance of corporate greed and racist action. We will do this by providing the content for your social media campaigns, online websites, and other fundraising platforms. (See the Little Creek Camp example currently in the works.) We will only provide help that is requested, operating with free informed prior consent, helping Native Americans tell their story in their own way.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

Nothing tells a story as quickly as a narrative photo or short video.

We plan offer 2-to-5 day workshops covering the basics and best-practices to tell your story using photography and video. We will start by using the tools many people have available already--smart phones and tablets--and then move on to basic field cameras. We will help people understand the essentials of editing their work and uploading it to the internet.

STRATEGIC STORY-TELLING USING SOCIAL MEDIA

Strategic storytelling helps to enable recognition—it helps to tell the deeper story of what is going on in nonviolent moments of resistance. Social media enables people to continue the conversation and to keep it at the top of their consciousness, fresh in their minds. In our 2-day workshop we cover which networks to use, what kinds of content are most appropriate in different situations, and best-practices for posting, based on the interests of the people you want to reach.  

AMPLIFYING VOICES
Our collective platform has almost 300,000 followers and is still averaging one million person-reach every few days.

SUMMER RESISTANCE TOUR -- UNDERWAY
We plan to set up public speaking events at colleges and conferences about the importance of independent media, currently in the outreach process.

Lending online presence and support to Little Creek Camp in Iowa, (see attached plan). Camp organizers are finalizing their website. We will be covering their domain.

We have a photography/videography workshop scheduled for the Pine Ridge Reservation in July 2017.
 
We are tracking the Longest Walk, started in 1978 by the American Indian Movement (AIM)  originally to address 11 bills introduced at that time that all violated treaty rights. This year they are walking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to bring awareness to drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence in Native communities. We met with them in Denver, live-streamed their march and reached 14,000 viewers in the first hour. We will continue walking with them for one week in the near future and hope to release a film short and full-length interviews via podcasts. We have a network established that will syndicate podcasts through Native broadcast systems starting in the Pacific Northwest.

We are setting up our website under the name nospiritualsurrender.com and plan to publish it within a week or two.

While traveling and visiting resistance camps, we collect photo-content with which to populate camp websites and social media. We plan to create a Wikimedia archive of narrative imagery to help communities effectively communicate in defense of their homes and futures.


Drawing Connections. Taken in Clearfield, PA, an ethanol plant.

DRAWING CONNECTIONS

As our journey continues, we are documenting toxic projects and sustainable solutions, with the goal of developing a Wikimedia archive and making that content available through the Creative Commons to empower grassroots support, event organizers, and indigenous storytellers to talk about the problems and solutions to bring about positive social and environmental change in their own words and their own locations around the nation.

This is a rough plan that we are already implementing every day. Your help would further our reach, give strength to our efforts, and ensure our ability to take all of this on in a timely way. 
Tiers
The Unseen
$5 or more per month 1 patron
See what we didn't share, but loved at least once a month. Photos of candid moments, observations and discoveries.

Includes
  • The Unseen, a photo we share nowhere else once per month.
Thank You
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
We'll send you a No Spiritual Surrender sticker and 3 other original graphic stickers throughout the year, quarterly.


You'll receive out-take photos from our journey, from behind-the-scenes of our journey.


We will list your name or organization on the Thank You page of our website.



Includes
  • The Unseen, a photo we share nowhere else once per month.
  • No Spiritual Surrender sticker, and quarterly original graphic s
  • Out-takes, photos from behind-the-scenes
  • Your name or organization listed on our page
Behind the Scenes
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Become part of our journey, as the road leads us to the next battle to bring awareness to social and environmental injustice and civil rights. We will livestream behind the scenes moments, and share a little bit about our planning process including sketches and graphics developed on the journey.

Includes
  • Be listed on our Thank You page of the website
  • Get a bi-monthly original sticker
  • Livestream behind-the-scenes moments
  • Shared sketches, and plan-graphics from the journey
Where We Are Going Next
$50 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
Meet up with us once a month in a private livestream to talk about the top 5 places and groups we are looking at visiting in order to amplify their voices and bring awareness to the topics of concern and area(s) they are focused on defending.

Includes
  • The Unseen, a photo we share nowhere else once per month.
  • Be listed on our Thank You page of the website
  • Get a bi-monthly original sticker
  • Credits on an upcoming photo series
  • Early access to work
  • Get a limited edition signed print from Ryan Vizzions every othe
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Process videos
  • We'll send you a No Spiritual Surrender T-shirt
Goals
$0 of $1,000 per month
$1000 per month will cover our basic operating expenses including vehicle + insurance, cell phones, wifi and laundry.

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THE CREW 
We are frontline documentarians keeping the eyes of the world on injustice in hopes of changing it. We know the front lines move, dissipate, multiply, and internalize. As we travel from city to city and camp to camp, we bring this awareness with us. We share this awareness with the network of people who follow this page.

Ryan Vizzions

Photographer & Water Protector

Standing Rock Rising was started by Ryan in October 2016 in the middle of the movement. In just a few months he grew the page to over 200K followers. It is currently at almost 300K. Ryan releases prints for sale to support himself. He is a Pulitzer Prize nominee.



Higher Ground
This image, captured by Ryan Vizzions, had a large reach of 2.4 million.
Reactions, comments, and shares came to 114K.



Defend the Sacred, featured in People Magazine Photos of the Year, Newsweek & Newsweek Japan Photos of the Year, and Amnesty International magazines, as well as hundreds of independent journals and posts. This photo launched the Standing Rock Rising page following. Alone it reached over a 100 million people in a couple of days following October 27, 2016. It is still in wide circulation and has continued to be viewed by hundreds of millions of people.

Other posts by Ryan have also reached millions, but the above are samples for quick reference.

Vissions' style of strategic storytelling is "just being himself," sticking to his moral compass with no compromises, and sharing his internal process. He brings the best of himself to that page and is well respected for his work in Indian country and around the world. He is willing to share this platform to continue amplifying the voices of the people who are experiencing social injustice, civil rights injustice, and environmental injustice.

Paula Antoine
Rosebud/Sicangu Sioux Tribe Member & Water Protector

Paula is our Tribal liaison. She has a background in complex system structure and management and asset management (in terms of content and information), and we consider her our Elder. She advises us on pitfalls to watch out for and helps us determine the greatest areas of need.

Regarding camp organization, Paula was sanctioned by the Rosebud/Sicangu Tribal Council to establish the Rosebud Camp at Standing Rock and has a well practiced understanding of camp-to-Tribe dynamics. She is experienced in working with communications decisions that come from the community itself rather than from a hierarchical structure-- bottom up versus top down.

Paula started the Sacred Stone Facebook page and is in regular contact with a vast inter-Tribal network.

Mary K
Assistant Director, Oceti Sakowin Camp Media, & Water Protector

Mary K served as the Assistant Director of Oceti Sakowin Camp Media from mid-November 2016 through the end of February 2017. Starting out as a map maker, she quickly moved into managing the Facebook page and website. At their height in terms of population, when the camps totaled 14,000 people, Mary K directed a crew of 12 people that addressed logistical and volunteer needs, donation inquiries, and major concerns both in camp and from the outside world. In a break from those roles, she learned to take frontline and narrative photos to keep the original content flowing.


Midnight Tipi, these poles stood for 15 minutes on the Backwater Bridge before being taken down by over 30 law enforcement agents who circled around us, throwing tear gas canisters and firing rubber bullets into a small crowd of nonviolent Protectors. This photo was picked up by a couple of independent news outlets and featured on the Sacred Stone website.


Prayer Walk, Martin Luther King Day.

ocetisakowincamp.org
facebook.com/OcetiSakowinCamp

INDEPENDENT MEDIA
We developed a network of independent media that visited Standing Rock and plan to connect with that network for future speaking tours and presentations around the country on the importance of independent media. Regarding other Water Protectors and aspiring independent media, we plan to share our collected experience in establishing independent media and building trust in the communities that are being covered.

EXPERIENCE
We weathered the North Dakota winter, communications suppression and interference, camp infiltration, supply-line corruption from within and outside the camps, theft, and trauma. We witnessed, documented, and were subjected to innumerable human rights violations, including being in the direct line of fire by less-than-lethal weapons. We witnessed the all too common injustice of the fossil fuel industry inflicting itself upon Indian country and thereby putting the drinking water of millions of people at risk of oil contamination.

FIGHTING CORRUPTION
If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline will transport crude oil from the Bakken oil field of North Dakota almost 1200 miles through four states--North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.

Other pipeline projects are being fast-tracked through the Trump administration, and environmental protections have been and are being systematically dismantled, with the mainstream media, corporate ads, and bought-off political figures pushing the profit-driven intentions of the fossil fuel industry beyond the limits of the law.

ALLIES
We have many other potential collaborators, including former crew members, Water Protectors, and leaders of the indigenous communities with which we have worked.

DELIVERABLES
If awarded the support, we will continue the fight against injustice while raising awareness at the same time. We continue to do this regardless, but the support would enable us to focus, share, and move with greater ease.

GOALS

Our goals include empowering resistance camps positioned in defiance of corporate greed and racist action. We will do this by providing the content for your social media campaigns, online websites, and other fundraising platforms. (See the Little Creek Camp example currently in the works.) We will only provide help that is requested, operating with free informed prior consent, helping Native Americans tell their story in their own way.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

Nothing tells a story as quickly as a narrative photo or short video.

We plan offer 2-to-5 day workshops covering the basics and best-practices to tell your story using photography and video. We will start by using the tools many people have available already--smart phones and tablets--and then move on to basic field cameras. We will help people understand the essentials of editing their work and uploading it to the internet.

STRATEGIC STORY-TELLING USING SOCIAL MEDIA

Strategic storytelling helps to enable recognition—it helps to tell the deeper story of what is going on in nonviolent moments of resistance. Social media enables people to continue the conversation and to keep it at the top of their consciousness, fresh in their minds. In our 2-day workshop we cover which networks to use, what kinds of content are most appropriate in different situations, and best-practices for posting, based on the interests of the people you want to reach.  

AMPLIFYING VOICES
Our collective platform has almost 300,000 followers and is still averaging one million person-reach every few days.

SUMMER RESISTANCE TOUR -- UNDERWAY
We plan to set up public speaking events at colleges and conferences about the importance of independent media, currently in the outreach process.

Lending online presence and support to Little Creek Camp in Iowa, (see attached plan). Camp organizers are finalizing their website. We will be covering their domain.

We have a photography/videography workshop scheduled for the Pine Ridge Reservation in July 2017.
 
We are tracking the Longest Walk, started in 1978 by the American Indian Movement (AIM)  originally to address 11 bills introduced at that time that all violated treaty rights. This year they are walking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to bring awareness to drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence in Native communities. We met with them in Denver, live-streamed their march and reached 14,000 viewers in the first hour. We will continue walking with them for one week in the near future and hope to release a film short and full-length interviews via podcasts. We have a network established that will syndicate podcasts through Native broadcast systems starting in the Pacific Northwest.

We are setting up our website under the name nospiritualsurrender.com and plan to publish it within a week or two.

While traveling and visiting resistance camps, we collect photo-content with which to populate camp websites and social media. We plan to create a Wikimedia archive of narrative imagery to help communities effectively communicate in defense of their homes and futures.


Drawing Connections. Taken in Clearfield, PA, an ethanol plant.

DRAWING CONNECTIONS

As our journey continues, we are documenting toxic projects and sustainable solutions, with the goal of developing a Wikimedia archive and making that content available through the Creative Commons to empower grassroots support, event organizers, and indigenous storytellers to talk about the problems and solutions to bring about positive social and environmental change in their own words and their own locations around the nation.

This is a rough plan that we are already implementing every day. Your help would further our reach, give strength to our efforts, and ensure our ability to take all of this on in a timely way. 

Recent posts by No Spiritual Surrender

Tiers
The Unseen
$5 or more per month 1 patron
See what we didn't share, but loved at least once a month. Photos of candid moments, observations and discoveries.

Includes
  • The Unseen, a photo we share nowhere else once per month.
Thank You
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
We'll send you a No Spiritual Surrender sticker and 3 other original graphic stickers throughout the year, quarterly.


You'll receive out-take photos from our journey, from behind-the-scenes of our journey.


We will list your name or organization on the Thank You page of our website.



Includes
  • The Unseen, a photo we share nowhere else once per month.
  • No Spiritual Surrender sticker, and quarterly original graphic s
  • Out-takes, photos from behind-the-scenes
  • Your name or organization listed on our page
Behind the Scenes
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Become part of our journey, as the road leads us to the next battle to bring awareness to social and environmental injustice and civil rights. We will livestream behind the scenes moments, and share a little bit about our planning process including sketches and graphics developed on the journey.

Includes
  • Be listed on our Thank You page of the website
  • Get a bi-monthly original sticker
  • Livestream behind-the-scenes moments
  • Shared sketches, and plan-graphics from the journey
Where We Are Going Next
$50 or more per month 0 of 100 patrons
Meet up with us once a month in a private livestream to talk about the top 5 places and groups we are looking at visiting in order to amplify their voices and bring awareness to the topics of concern and area(s) they are focused on defending.

Includes
  • The Unseen, a photo we share nowhere else once per month.
  • Be listed on our Thank You page of the website
  • Get a bi-monthly original sticker
  • Credits on an upcoming photo series
  • Early access to work
  • Get a limited edition signed print from Ryan Vizzions every othe
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Process videos
  • We'll send you a No Spiritual Surrender T-shirt