Fighting for our Homes is a website spreading awareness of the eight million people who are at risk of losing their homes because Wall Street abandoned responsible lending practices to gain short-term profits. The site allows people who have gone through foreclosed, are underwater on their home or who are generally affected by the housing crisis to share their stories and watch the stories of other families going through the same ordeal. Watch the videos here.
Brave New Fellowship The Brave New Fellowship is a political and creative training ground for a diverse group of four talented young recruits each year. These young people, ranging in age, race and ethnicity come to Brave New Foundation from a variety of communities, schools, and referrals. In 2008, one of the Fellows came to us after completing the program at Inner City Filmmakers, one just graduated from The Art Institute of California, and one came from a job at TMZ. And this year, we have Fellows who hail from all over the globe! Each came to BNF to be exposed to the world of investigative journalism, new media, and state-of-the art distribution strategies.
Brave New Theaters Brave New Theaters is a website that brings together a global network of screening hosts and filmmakers by providing services to both so they can reach more people. The site will emphasize films with a political message.
Meet the Bloggers is a live online video show created by Brave New Foundation which is broadcast online every Friday focusing on unconventional political opinion and analysis. Affiliate blogs include The Huffington Post, Think Progress, Alternet, Jack & Jill Politics and Of América. When not live, shows will be made available on-demand on meetthebloggers.org, as well as iTunes, and RSS Feeds. In addition to its web distribution, Meet The Bloggers will be televised on FreeSpeechTV and Link TV.
Issue Campaigns Utilizing a model of education, grassroots volunteer involvement and interactive technology, Brave New Foundation has created a unique system of alternative media distribution designed for long-term impact and sustainability. Through strong narratives and strategic partnerships with over one-hundred organizations we have produced internet video campaigns that help change perceptions and build social movements.
The following are some of our issues campaigns:
HOUSING IN NEW ORLEANS
When the Saints Go Marching In. This campaign, produced with the Center for Social Inclusion, exposed the realities of tens of thousands of families still living in temporary FEMA apartments and trailers two years after the devastation of Katrina. The campaign was viewed over 100,000 times and motivated 122,000 people to sign a petition in support of Senate Bill 1668: The Gulf Coast Recovery Act.
Lift the Ban. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harass” is the only law in the land that authorizes the firing of an American for being gay. Brave New Foundation’s campaign with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network raised awareness about this prejudiced law and how it has resulted in the firing of much-needed qualified Arabic Linguists. The campaign was viewed over 180,000 times.
Heckuva Job DHS! 5 Years of Corporate Cronyism. Brave New Foundation provided visual documentation of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mismanagement, excessive spending, criminal conduct and shady no-bid contracts in its campaign withCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The campaign was viewed over 34,000 times.
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for Peace. These campaigns with No More Victimsfeatured real people with celebrities like Vanessa Williams, Gloria Steinem, and David Arquette. The campaigns were viewed over 207,000 times and raised over $68,157 to bring two young Iraqi victims to the United States for critical medical treatment.
THE WAR IN IRAQ
Tell us the Mission. Four years after President George W. Bush gave his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, nationally renowned spoken word artist Steven Connell asks what exactly has been accomplished in Iraq. This campaign has been viewed over 130,000 times and garnered thousands of petitions asking Congress to fly the lag at half-staff whenever an American service member dies at war.
A Dream Deferred. More than 20 advocacy organizations worked with us on our Dream Act campaign on immigrant student rights and it inspired strategy conferences with California organizations and student activists. It has been featured in Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, Alternet, Citizen Orange, MyDD, Long Island Wins, among others.
Iraq Veterans Memorial is an online war memorial that honors the members of the U.S. armed forces who have lost their lives serving in the Iraq War. The Memorial is a collection of video memories from family, friends, military colleagues, and co-workers of those that have fallen.
Patriots Against War Profiteering is a program which enables free copies of the ‘Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers‘ DVD to be delivered to schools, libraries, and community groups across the country as well as active military around the world.