1. People Watching

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    A hot summer day and a couple lounging in the park people watching conjures up a whopper of a reveal!

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    • Esta Tierra Es Para Todos Nosotros - En Espanol

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      This Land is for All of We: A small Rama community in Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, speaks out about the Grand Canal Project In June of 2013, over the course of a few days, and with almost no public consultation, one of the largest infrastructure development project in history was ratified by the Nicaraguan government. The contract grants sweeping powers over Nicaraguan territories and a 100 year concession to the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Commission (HKND). The mega-project, dubbed The Grand Canal Project, will cut a 178 mile long swath across Nicaragua. It will destroy almost a million acres of rainforest and wetland, heavily dredge and potentially salinate Lake Cocibolca – the largest source of freshwater in Central America - and remove hundreds of indigenous communities in its path, including the village of Bangkukuk, which is featured in this video. Comprised mostly of indigenous Rama people who have occupied this region for centuries, the canal would force the Rama off their lands, fragment their community, and threaten their livelihoods and way of life. Proponents of the canal promise thousands of jobs and huge economic development for the country. But in Bangkukuk, a traditional subsistence farming and fishing community, trading their territorial rights and traditional way of life for “economic development” is a poor bargain, especially for a people whose cultural identity is so closely tied to their land. And the promise of jobs seems far-fetched and out of touch with the realities of rural village life. In this video, community member Jose Luis states, “None of us is professional to work in a canal. That is clear.” He continues, “Maybe it could be for wash shoes. For them. Maybe. Because them no going to include we in no canal.” The indigenous people of the Autonomous Region of the Southern Atlantic coast have legal and territorial rights to their lands. National and international treaties require that the indigenous people be consulted on any projects in their territory. (Read the Wiki on the UN declaration, as well as the UN's PDF.) In the case of The Grand Canal Project, this did not happen. Construction is slated to begin in December 2014 and the Rama in Bangkukuk are still in the dark about their fate. Claus Kjaerby, from the Danish organization Forests of the World, (who was in Bangkukuk the same time I was) is racing to pressure international shipping companies – especially the Danish shipping giant, Maersk, the biggest customer of the Panama canal – to ensure that the canal is not “constructed at the expense of indigenous rights or protected environments.” (You can go to verdensskove.org/en to sign the petition to Maersk and read more about the canal.) Sadly, if construction on the canal begins and the indigenous communities are forcibly removed from their lands, it will be one more example in a long history of injustices to native peoples around the world. My hope is that the international community will rise to the occasion, hear the pleas of this small community – whose fears are echoed across Nicaragua – and help halt a path from which none of us can return. -Tom Miller

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      • This Land is for All of We: A small Rama community in Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, speaks out about the Grand Canal Project

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        This Land is for All of We: A small Rama community in Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, speaks out about the Grand Canal Project In June of 2013, over the course of a few days, and with almost no public consultation, one of the largest infrastructure development project in history was ratified by the Nicaraguan government. The contract grants sweeping powers over Nicaraguan territories and a 100 year concession to the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Commission (HKND). The mega-project, dubbed The Grand Canal Project, will cut a 178 mile long swath across Nicaragua. It will destroy almost a million acres of rainforest and wetland, heavily dredge and potentially salinate Lake Cocibolca – the largest source of freshwater in Central America - and remove hundreds of indigenous communities in its path, including the village of Bangkukuk, which is featured in this video. Comprised mostly of indigenous Rama people who have occupied this region for centuries, the canal would force the Rama off their lands, fragment their community, and threaten their livelihoods and way of life. Proponents of the canal promise thousands of jobs and huge economic development for the country. But in Bangkukuk, a traditional subsistence farming and fishing community, trading their territorial rights and traditional way of life for “economic development” is a poor bargain, especially for a people whose cultural identity is so closely tied to their land. And the promise of jobs seems far-fetched and out of touch with the realities of rural village life. In this video, community member Jose Luis states, “None of us is professional to work in a canal. That is clear.” He continues, “Maybe it could be for wash shoes. For them. Maybe. Because them no going to include we in no canal.” The indigenous people of the Autonomous Region of the Southern Atlantic coast have legal and territorial rights to their lands. National and international treaties require that the indigenous people be consulted on any projects in their territory. (Read the Wiki on the UN declaration, as well as the UN's PDF.) In the case of The Grand Canal Project, this did not happen. Construction is slated to begin in December 2014 and the Rama in Bangkukuk are still in the dark about their fate. Claus Kjaerby, from the Danish organization Forests of the World, (who was in Bangkukuk the same time I was) is racing to pressure international shipping companies – especially the Danish shipping giant, Maersk, the biggest customer of the Panama canal – to ensure that the canal is not “constructed at the expense of indigenous rights or protected environments.” (You can go to verdensskove.org/en to sign the petition to Maersk and read more about the canal.) Sadly, if construction on the canal begins and the indigenous communities are forcibly removed from their lands, it will be one more example in a long history of injustices to native peoples around the world. My hope is that the international community will rise to the occasion, hear the pleas of this small community – whose fears are echoed across Nicaragua – and help halt a path from which none of us can return. -Tom Miller

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        • The Loneliest Men That Are Alone

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          A live collaboration between filmmakers Josh Mullins & Tom Miller in the UK and songwriter Fraser McDonald-Smith over there in Mexico // © 2013

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          • Tidepools // Sayuri Sasaki Hemann

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            Tidepools by Sayuri Sasaki Hemann Portland International Airport, Concourse D Blog post & images about Tidepools: http://goo.gl/qIxnzw For more behind-the-scenes images, search for #tidepoolsflypdx on Instagram. www.sayurisworld.com

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            • Revolutionary War - Boston Tea Party (Educational Parody of One More Night)

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              Parody of Maroon 5's One More Night made for my Social Studies class. No the singing is not supposed to be great - apologies to Adam Levine - lol!! For educational purposes only. Buy the original song on iTunes or your favorite music site. Thanks to the History Channel for clips from The History of Us & The Revolution.

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              • Middle Ages (Educational Parody of Hall of Fame by The Script)

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                Yet another educational parody for my middle school Social Studies class. This one is based on The Script's Hall of Fame. Apologies to the Script for once again for butchering the high notes. But parodies usually beget bad singing! Enjoy as best as you can. This is for educational purposes only. If you like the song, buy it on iTunes or your favorite download site. Props also to the History Channel, Discovery Ed & the BBC for footage.

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                • What Makes The Renaissance (Educational Parody of What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction)

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                  The latest educational parody for my Social Studies/History classes. We take on the Renaissance with this one. Not easy being a boy band! Thanks to the many clips from The History Channel, Shakespeare in Love, Romeo & Juliet, Luther, National Geographic, Schlessinger Media, One Direction, Discovery Ed, etc. For educational purposes only. I claim no ownership. Please purchase the original movies & song from your favorite online site.

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                  • Battle of Trenton - Revolutionary War (Educational Parody of Beauty & a Beat)

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                    Parody video to teach my middle school class about the Revolutionary War. For educational purposes only. Apologies to the Biebs for butchering his song & no I can't rap either!! Buy the original song, Beauty & a Beat on iTunes or your favorite music site. History Channel & PBS props too!

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                    • Fox Frame Productions 2013 Reel

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