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Watsonville Students Walk Out
by Ramiro
Tuesday May 1st, 2007 1:04 PM
PVHS students walked out today in Watsonville to demand justice for migrant people
Pajaro Valley High School students -- approximately 500 of them -- walked out today from school to demand justice for migrant people and a stop to the raids.

One sign read, "Stop the raids," while they chanted "si se puede" all along Main St.

One minimal fight broke out between two students, to which KSBW 8 cameraman responded by shoving the crowd to obviously take a good shot of the "juicy story." One student claimed he tried to cover the camera from filming the fight, and the cameraman pushed him and told him he would "sue him" if he touched his camera.

I confronted the KSBW 8 reporter and cameraman in the plaza after the students had left, telling them it was extremely unprofessional to push students. The reporter answered that they were "punk ass motherfuckers" and the cameraman said they deserved to be pushed. The cameraman proceeded to tell me "the students negatively represented you" and that "when white people saw that on TV they would have a negative response to it."

This is what corporate media reporters think of students and the community in general. Fair and balanced? Bullshit.

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by yell_fire
Tuesday May 1st, 2007 5:09 PM
Wow. I hope you talk to that student --- he has a case for assault and/or battery against the station and the cameraman.

You really pegged the corporate press. That is why independent media is so important.

Keep on loving, keep on fighting, keep on *writing*...

mucho paz
by I was Jung once too
Tuesday May 1st, 2007 5:09 PM
that is just wrong! maybe there should be some action taken against "Action" News 8 employees. Did any other media get this incedent filmed (besides the undercover cops who were likely there with cameras)? The assaulted studets, or other witnesses could at the very least lodge a formal complaint to the Hearst Corp. Just a thought.
by (a)
Tuesday May 1st, 2007 6:13 PM
next time, kick him in the nads and smash his camera
by felix
Wednesday May 2nd, 2007 3:41 PM
were would i have to go to press charges against the camara guy who pushed me while i tried covering the lense... because its dum the camera ppl were just recording the bad things going on they werent bothering with the things we had to say.
by amo
Wednesday May 2nd, 2007 4:41 PM
I would suggest contacting a lawyer. The National Lawyers Guild would be a good place to start. If you have witnesses, you could not only file charges but file a lawsuit. You should also document your injuries and see a doctor if needed.
by Ramiro
Wednesday May 2nd, 2007 5:50 PM
Call a lawyer if you want to press charges and sue. Although I was not there at the time of the incident, I did confront them afterwards and can testify on that. The Slantinel's Donna Jones wrote an article and I think mentions "an altercation between students and a cameraman," but good luck on them actually reporting on what really happened or helping you win a case.

I just sent a complaint online to the News Director. Pretty sure that isn't going to do anything, but here's the link if you want to write to them:
by Raquel
Wednesday Aug 8th, 2007 3:30 PM
i feel bad that students were pushed to keep the camara man from filming the fight that i was involved in. THank you all and you know what screw ksbw im still thinking about sueing because they have no right to film me while im fighting or putting me on national televistion
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