Tuesday, May 26, 2009

West Oakland Toxic Woes House Party!

The Myrtle Street Review is the proud host of a fundraiser for Spot.Us, a nonprofit pioneering community funded reporting. They need your help to publish an investigative news story on toxic "hotspots" in the Bay Area!

  • WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • WHERE: 2825 A Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA 94608

$15 advance tickets by donating on this page and or $20 at the door! Enjoy complimentary food! BYOB!

Click here for the Facebook Event.

Not a lot of money is needed to make this documentary happen. By showing your support in a small way, you can be a big help!

Here's the skinny:

Residents of West Oakland are surrounded on all four sides by highways, and breathe car exhaust every day. They are forced to cope with pollution from the trucks that come and go everyday to pick up and drop off supplies at the Port of Oakland. Worst of all, the citizens of West Oakland live among factories that make unbearable noise while releasing toxic fumes into the residential neighborhood.

The levels of lead inside of EXCEL High School in West Oakland were found to be 54 times higher than the EPA standard. The levels of other toxic metals such as cadmium and nickel were all at least eight times the safe levels.

Dioxins, chemicals that cause cancer, have not been tested for yet because the tests are too expensive. When we first heard about the situation in West Oakland, we were stunned that such terrible circumstances would be allowed to exist in America, and we were inspired to take action.

How Will This Reporting Help?

Our goal is to educate the public about this unjust situation, primarily the people of West Oakland, so they will be able to take necessary action in order to regain clean air and clean water that they are entitled to. Our film will be shown at a fundraiser organized by David Joseph that will raise funds for Global Community Monitor.

Also, we will donate money to Global Community Air Monitors if we make a profit from this documentary.

We have already started on this project, and as I mentioned earlier, you can watch our two minute teaser here.

However, we have already run out of money, and still need to obtain these items in order to complete our larger project:

  • Extra computer memory: $25.97 Video files slow down our computer, so we will need extra memory to store them.
  • 500 GB external hard drive: $108.24 We will use this to store the large video files so they don't take up space on our computer.
  • Wide angle lens: $50 The wide angle lens will allow us to capture pan shots with less motion blur.
  • Lapel microphone: $35.67 We will use this for interviews.
  • Money for Transportation: $106 Both of us will be taking at least ten trips to West Oakland, and BART tickets cost $5.30 for each one of us.
  • Money for MiniDV Cassettes. We will need at least 12 in order to make a full length documentary $65.98

With these tools we can work on a full length documentary. Right now, with Spot.Us, we hope to produce a short documetary of 10-15 minutes.

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