We are an independent online news organization that uses video as a catalyst for positive social change & civic engagement.
The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge it. You have to see structural racism to eliminate it. The problem is, most people don’t see it or understand it because it doesn’t impact them. Now celebrating 10 years of independent, donor supported news coverage, The UpTake is working on several fronts to change this.
The Minnesota House has just started providing the press two different video feeds of meetings and hearings. This is an important advancement in transparency; fewer House hearings will be able to hide away from TV cameras. However, for us to livestream, record and archive this additional feed we need to purchase additional equipment with money we have not budgeted.
Covering structural racism beyond the corridors of power
We have professional journalists and volunteers working to cover structural racism in ways that the other media often don’t — or ignore completely because they “just don’t see it as an issue.”
Story example: "Long probation part of the Minnesota prison population problem says NAACP"
Having a different perspective on the story makes a big difference. While most media approached the prison story as one of inadequate jail cells or mandatory sentences, The UpTake has listened to Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds — who points out that Minnesota’s mandatory sentences come with long probationary periods which often put people back in jail for technical parole violations, increasing rather than decreasing the prison population. It’s a perspective that no other media have reported on yet, even though Levy-Pounds made the statement to a legislative hearing where other journalists were present.
Documenting change in our political system and society through projects like "How Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Minnesota"
This acclaimed movie about the turning point in the fight for marriage equality was made thanks to your support. How Love Won won an Audience Choice award from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and Best Transformative Feature at the Grand Rapids Film Festival.