"Thirty-Second Busiversary"
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Thirty-Second Busiversary (2022-23)

Every year, Flying Focus Video Collective takes a retrospective look at the programs produced in the previous 12 months. Sharing short clips to give people a sense of what happened in the 13 new shows (made up of 24 episodes) in 2022-2023, the "Thirty-Second Busiversary" is informative and wide-ranging.

In part 1, a show reflecting on the life of FFVC producer Yvonne Simmons includes music, photos, and speakers at her memorial from September 2022. One show features another fierce woman organizing for peace, Judy Gumbo, in a Portland talk. Three shows highlighting indigenous people include a local history lesson from Associate Professor David Lewis, a protest on Indigenous Day of Mourning (aka "Thanksgiving"), and offering many ways to get involved in the struggle for BIPOC and other rights. The last show in part 1 features a free lunch program that helps houseless people with basic needs and helps build community.

Part 2 begins with two shows about the environment: one with Black Environmentalists telling of Portland's historical efforts, the other featuring clips from several actions focusing on the climate emergency. Two shows recorded at the First Unitarian Church follow: one with a panel of labor and veterans representatives talking about the privatization of the VA (and the Post office), and the other with Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin calling for peace in Ukraine despite our country's leaders insisting on more war. On that theme, the next show is from author/activist Norman Solomon's June 2023 livestream for Portland talking about his book "War Made Invisible." Then an update on the Portland Police Bureau's Training Advisory Council takes the viewer inside the community members' efforts to have the cops explain why so many Black people are subjected to force in the mostly-white Portland. Finally, a protest outside a local Post Office on Presidents' Day 2023 calls for workers' rights and to preserve the institution for the public.

Three of the shows were partially or fully recorded using computer connections, and ten of them include footage recorded by Field Coordinator PC Peri. The shows are introduced by producers Barb Greene and Dan Handelman, with PC hosting. This was the fourth time the Busiversary was produced using internet technology.

Enjoy the breadth and depth of these shows which encourage positive social change.

Part 1 (27:29):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Welcome with PC Peri and Dan Handelman
  3. Organizing for Change:
  4. 3:25: Introduction with Dan
  5. 4:23: VB 125.11&12 Yvonne Simmons (1946-2022)
      A Life of Loving Activism
  6. 6:53: Intro with Dan
  7. 7:32: VB 127.9&10 Judy Gumbo: Never Give Up
  8. 9:57: Intro with Dan
  9. 10:41: VB 128.4&5 Indigenous History of the Portland, OR Area
  10. 13:14: Intro with Dan
  11. 13:56: VB 129.4 You Can't Pour Gravy on Genocide
  12. 16:26: Intro with PC and Barb Greene
  13. 17:28: VB 126.10&11 Getting Involved
  14. 20:04: Intro with PC and Barb
  15. 21:07: VB 128.8&9 Creating Community Through Lunch!
  16. 23:29: Summary Part 1 with PC and Dan
  17. 25:13: End Credits part 1 and outtakes
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:19):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Welcome back with PC Peri and Dan Handelman
  3. Environmental Justice
  4. 3:13: Introduction with PC and Barb Greene
  5. 4:03: VB 127.5&6 Celebrating Black Environmentalism
  6. 6:24: Intro with PC and Barb
  7. 6:59: VB 129.2 Climate Emergency! Health Care Alternatives
  8. 9:23: Intro with PC and Barb
  9. 9:58: VB 127.13/128.1 Labor and Veterans Fight Against Privatization
  10. War and Peace
  11. 12:28: Intro with PC and Barb
  12. 13:12: VB 126.2&3 Medea Benjamin: Negotiate Peace in Ukraine Now
  13. 15:40: Intro with Dan
  14. 16:22: VB 128.12&13 Norman Solomon: War, Activism and the Media
  15. Police Accountability
  16. 18:47: Intro with Dan
  17. 19:33: VB 126.6&7 Police: Force, Race and Shootings 2023
  18. Workers Rights
  19. 22:00: Intro with Dan
  20. 22:36: VB 127.1&2 Saving the People's Postal Service
  21. 25:04: Summary part 2 with Dan and PC
  22. 26:17: End Credits/Behind the Scenes
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

The two-part show (VB #129.07&08) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage (add $3 for USB Flash) and is streaming on line at our full Retrospectives You Tube channel.

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