Everyone is invited to participate in a nationwide “virtual protest” in support of Black Lives Matter, launching online Sept. 1, 2020 and streaming 24/7 throughout the year at www.publicpublicaddress.com. Submissions received in the coming months will be included in the virtual protest within 24 hours of submission. Send us a short video/image of you protesting, and we will digitally “cut it out” and stitch it into a moving collage of hundreds of other submissions.
*We especially invite those who are immunocompromised, people with disabilities, precarious community members including undocumented individuals or those at risk of deportation, medical workers and caregivers to those who are immunocompromised, those without childcare, those who are house-bound, those who are bed-bound, and the many other reasons one may need to protest “virtually.” We are actively prioritizing Black and brown participants and seek to center them in the work.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I have limited mobility and it’s difficult for me to shoot a video — how can I participate?
In addition to 5-10 second smartphone video clip submissions of participants ‘marching’ we can also accept photo submissions such as selfies, and other types of still images necessitated by restrictions faced by participants. All submission styles will be integrated.
I am undocumented and concerned about being identified — can I participate without showing myself?
Yes. You can choose to cover identifying features, hold the sign covering your face, or create other ways to remain anonymous.
I have been protesting on the street and will continue to do so, is there a way for me participate in this project?
This project is for both those who Can and Cannot protest on the street. Additionally, If you can protest on the street, consider not only submitting yourself, but helping somebody in your own network who can’t protest on the streets document themselves ‘marching’ and submit to the project.
Where will Public_Public_Address be viewable?
Viewers will be able to see this project online in multiple venues and platforms. We launched www.publicpublicaddress.com on September 1st with Black Lives Matter Tampa, and will continue streaming online beyond the election–continually expanding the project through talks, lectures, workshops with both students and activists, and evolving community partners across the country.
Does this project in a way encourage protesters to stay off the streets?
This project is not about avoiding the physical street at all. In fact, more than ever we all need to show up in the ways we can — there is critical work and visibility that needs to happen on the streets, online, and behind the scenes. This project is about widening the possibilities of ways we can show up.
An around-the-clock virtual protest lifts voices of those unable to take to the streets by Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 9/22/20
This website helps people with illnesses and disabilities participate in Black Lives Matter protests by Alaa Elassar, CNN, 9/27/20
Black Lives Matter Tampa to use new internet platform for virtual protests by JJ Burton, ABC Action News, 7/29/20
Activism is in the air with four Houston art shows led by women by Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, 10/22/20