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Status Coup Goes West!

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Status Coup Takes the West Coast:

Portland, San Diego, LA, + More

As the Coronavirus pandemic, 2020 election horse race, and now Supreme Court confirmation battle, the majority of corporate and independent media outlets with FAR MORE resources than Status Coup blow off critical—and devastating—stories impacting all of us.

And Status Coup aren’t ones to just sit in a studio being talking heads.

That’s why we’ve had a gnawing desire to head to the west coast to report on stories like the climate change-induced fires in Oregon and California, alt-right Trump supporters’ violent and terrifying determination to support a growingly more fascist leader, and indigenous rights and border wall fights.

Here’s the plan for the trip so far:

Portland: 

  • The ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, especially following the decision in Louisville to bring now charges to police as a result of the murder of Breonna Taylor.
  • The aftermath of some devastating fires here and climate change
  • Interviewing Trump supporters

San Diego

  • An indigenous tribe fighting for their land
  • Ongoing protests against the border wall between San Diego and Tijuana, led by the indigenous
  • Counter-protesters (Trump supporters) attacking those fighting against the wall
  • Detention camps for immigrants

Los Angeles

  • Black Lives Matter protests
  • Alt-right groups
  • The ongoing Bobcat wildfire

Arizona

  • The important Latino vote and polling in this all-important 2020 swing state

More!

But, it’s expensive to do in-the-field and independent reporting—especially when it’s on the coast opposite to where we live. Still, these stories are way too important to pass up.

That’s why we need your help. Please support our in-field reporting at any amount!

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Jenn

 

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Status Coup Takes the West Coast Trip Daily Blog Updates!

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Update: 9/23/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenn about to take off on her flight as the loudspeaker message saying something about the light guiding us—or this trip being blessed (gotta love religious sermons before takeoff!).

Update: 9/24/20

Wow! It’s been a busy, but excellent, trip so far. First of all, I want to THANK YOU so much for your generous support of this reporting trip. On this trip, we’re going to Portland, San Diego, LA, Arizona, and beyond. We’re reporting on stories like BLM protests, the alt-rite, wildfire devastation, border wall protests, indigenous rights, and the Latino vote in the 2020 presidential election.

Straight up- this trip costs a lot for two people. We need to pay for hotels, flights, trains, rental cars, food, freelance costs, Live U streaming costs, and more.

If you’re able to help us at any amount so we can keep reporting where others aren’t, it would be greatly appreciated. Here’s the link: https://www.powr.io/stripe-button/i/24931358#page

Here is the reporting from today:

 

Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures from the trip so far:

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I ate at an Israeli restaurant that not only had wonderful food but also offers their menu on a sliding scale for those who are financially struggling. Absolutely amazing- I highly recommend it.

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This was the inside sign of the restaurant.

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Portland is full of messages like this.

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A sign posted at a skate shop downtown, where I went to buy a protective helmet to wear during protests.

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A ton of support for Black Lives Matter downtown.

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There’s a huge independent bookstore in downtown Portland- and this is what they have to say to Amazon!

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Jon has a LOT of equipment to keep track of and lug around- definite kudos to him!

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More impactful messages on the street

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There are a lot of tagged signs and buildings around the city, related to Black Lives Matter and defunding the police.

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A lot of really incredible street art.

Much, much more to come! Bookmark this page and keep checking back.

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Update: 9/25/20

Today, everyone was anticipating the Proud Boys rally tomorrow. It’s a VERY important day tomorrow as the Proud Boys descend upon the city and counterprotesters fight for Black lives.

In the meantime, here’s a video update on everything that’s happened so far:

 

Much, much more to come! Bookmark this page and keep checking back.

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Update: 9/26/20

Today was a whirlwind of a day. The Proud Boys planned a rally in Delta Park, Portland. Counterprotesters decided to hold their ground and defend the city if needed by rallying downtown.

For the Proud Boys rally, we had to be very, very careful. We needed bulletproof vests (Members check out the video where I take you behind-the-scenes on this insane bulletproof vest purchase! Join as a member at StatusCoup.com/Join to get access to this and more video diaries from this trip.

There were journalists who were brutalized when they were deemed to not be press deemed acceptable by the Proud Boys. So my strategy was to blend in and let the words of this group of people stand for themselves.

Here’s some reporting from the rally (interviewees frequently said things that were completely out of the realm of reality):

There were also BLM protests at night- and police were extremely brutal toward protesters and press.

Here are some behind-the-scenes images from today:

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Me getting ready to head out to the Proud Boys rally.

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The rally definitely wasn’t as well attended as predicted.

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Top Proud Boys spoke from the stage.

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You’ll see signs like this all around the city.

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The houseless community is large here in the city- which we will be reporting on tomorrow.

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Police were brutal as night fell and protesters gathered near the justice center.

Much, much more to come! Bookmark this page and keep checking back.

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Update: 9/27/20-9/29/20

Hey there!

I’m sorry for the delay in getting blog updates up on this page–we’ve been busy! As I type this, we are in San Diego, California, where we are reporting on Trump’s border wall and ongoing indigenous protests where the wall and its construction are desecrating sacred sites.

Yesterday, we went down to see the wall and ended up getting pulled over by border patrol. It ended up being fine due to some quick thinking by freelance journalist Tina-Desiree Berg.

Today, we’re headed to a local reservation for some more interviews.

Proud Boys are also in the news, due to Donald Trump saying from the debate stage: “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by.” Definitely check out our interviews with Proud Boys from the other day if you haven’t yet. It’s as if we are living in an alternate universe.

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We did some reporting from a tent city in Portland.

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This is the train track where police sometimes throw the belongings of the houseless.

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Flying to San Diego!

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Gaslamp area of San Diego where we ate dinner.

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Jenn with Tina’s puppy!

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US Customs and Border protection building near the border.

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Support for the wall right near the border.

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Tattered flag by the border.

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“Do not enter” sign by the border.

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Trump’s wall.

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Much, much more to come! Bookmark this page and keep checking back.

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Status CoupVention: Progressives Fight Back

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Jenn and Jordan Dem Convention

Status CoupVention:

Progressives Fight Back

It’s final…Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate.

The DNC powers-that-be are ready to coronate their King and Queen at convention. One who wrote the crime bill and the other who has spent her time going after Black mothers for truancy, refusing to investigate the crimes of police,  and tossing Black people in jail with harsh sentences that don’t match the victims’ very minor crimes.

Nevermind that we’re in an age of protests and uprisings against the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. Nevermind the calls to defund and demilitarize the police.

Biden and Harris are decidedly NOT progressives. The Democratic Party doesn’t care about progressives (See: AOC’s 60-second speaking slot).

Through shady machinations and a decidedly UNdemocratic primary, Bernie Sanders and his supporters were cast aside–and with him went his policies.

This week, it’s the Democratic convention where the establishment can pat themselves on the back for a job well done. For yet another race where progressives get nothing and the “resistance” party gets to continue their focus on holding their money and power.

NEWS: Progressives are fighting back at the 2020 Dem convention, and Status Coup will be there every step of the way.

This week, Jordan and Jenn will be IN Milwaukee on a socially distanced road trip. We’ll catch protests, give up-to-the-minute convention commentary, talk to Bernie delegates, and show you what’s really going on in Wisconsin this election cycle, where Trump won in 2016.

Donald Trump will be in WI too, trolling the Dems every step of the way.

It’s the Status CoupVention: Progressives Fight Back Road Trip!

On this page, we’ll update you about the trip (check it daily for new blog posts and pics!), the interviews we’re doing, and what we learn–and think–along the way.

We also need your help! Due to COVID, we’ve lost a lot of members who are struggling financially and this convention is SO important to cover but it’s pricey to travel cross-country with three people (NYC to Milwaukee is quite a hike!).

Help get the TRUTH of what’s going on at the 2020 Dem convention out by supporting this reporting road trip at any amount. We have a goal of raising $3,000 for this trip before we head home at the convention’s end. Absolutely any amount would help us and keeps our reporting free.

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8/15/20 Updates

Today is a day FULL of driving. It’s 14 hours to Milwaukee from NYC and we’re driving the whole way for safety due to COVID. But, we know it’s going to be worth it. We plan to go live from the car today. In between streams, we’re connecting with protesters and Bernie delegates who are going to be in Milwaukee.

Here’s a video we shot for you when we stopped to eat lunch:

Update: It’s been a LONG day of driving. But well worth it. We’re tired but invigorated. To pass the time on the road, we did a live stream while driving (with Jon filming in the backseat–all done very safely 😉

Road Trip livestream

Before we knew it, we’d been live for FOUR HOURS! Phew! It was a lot of fun and the Status CoupMunity helped keep us going.

You can see that livestream here:

We stopped off in Ohio and ate a very well deserved dinner.

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We also want to thank everyone who helped contribute to our #DemConvention road trip fundraiser. It’s because of you all that we’re able to take this trip in the first place. If you’re able to help support us at any amount, here’s the link.

8/16/20 Updates

We had a good night’s sleep in Ohio after a very long day of driving. We have about 5 hours ahead of us to get to Milwaukee, but we’re ready to go!

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Update:

As soon as we made it to Milwaukee, we headed over to a pro-peace, anti-war rally held by Bernie Sanders delegates. The event featured both in-person and virtual speakers and overlooking it all was a giant billboard taken out for the event.

Jordan interviewed attendees of the rally:

Jon, our cameraman, made a fantastic long-distance microphone to help keep us COVID-safe while still being able to report on what matters.

 

I LOVE this picture Jon captured of Jordan and me.

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Here are more pics from the event:

 

After the event, we ate dinner, made plans for tomorrow, and got some rest.

8/17/20 Updates

It’s officially the first day of the convention! Our first stop is to a Trump rally in Oshkosh where there will also be progressive counter-protesters. Definitely keep your eye out for updates on that and text Coup to 370370 so you’re notified when we go live.

UPDATE:

The Trump rally was…really something! We didn’t go inside the rally itself–no doubt it was full of people not wearing masks and standing close together in tight quarters. Certainly not where you want to be in the middle of a pandemic.

Jordan interviewed people who had gathered on lawns in front of local houses. There were some protesters interspersed with the Trump fans. For the most part, this section was Trump-land from top to bottom.

Here are links to today’s streams and clips:

Jordan Interviews TRUMP Supporters LIVE from Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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Here are some of the Biden supporters mixed in with this group:

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At one point, protesters stood in front of a Trump supporter’s truck and there was a standoff:

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Cops had relegated most of the protesters to one street, and they had messages that give us hope:

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8/18/20 Updates

Today was the second day of the convention. We went live from the hotel to give our thoughts on the first day…which was a disaster–we may as well be watching the GOP convention. Biden and friends are working very hard to attract republicans while giving the middle finger to progressives.

The best part of the day was interviewing the #BernieOrVest crew, who, in the midst of a pandemic, are fighting for progressive policy and acting as the last stand against a corrupt DNC.

Watch our hotel room convention recap:

Here’s the livestream with the #BernieOrVest crew–Jordan did some fantastic interviews here:

Here’s a shorter clip of the protesters:

Also, enjoy these photos from today!

 

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8/19/20 Updates

Today was a calmer day in the morning, giving us time to catch up on marketing and backend business tasks. We went live from the hotel to recap day 2 of the convention–which, as expected, was another MESS of a night. More platitudes, no policy.

In the evening, we headed down to “The Wall” surrounding the Wisconsin Center, which is where this ghost-convention is being held. The Bernie yellow vesters were there protesting and pushing for progressive policy. Another group showed up too that we hadn’t run into here before–Extinction Rebellion.

There was a bit of scuffle between police/secret service and Extinction Rebellion when the later was trying to fly a drone on the “people’s” side of the fence. Extinction Rebellion were dressed up as SuperHeroes and Nancy Pelosi/Elizabeth Warren clowns, which was quite a sight.

Tomorrow, another group is supposed to join in the fray for the biggest march/protest of the week as Joe Biden accepts the nomination for the Democratic party.

Check out our livestreams and videos from today:

DNC Convention Evolves From Trainwreck to Titanic–Jordan & Jenn LIVE From Milwaukee

Bernie Yellow Vesters Protest on DNC Convention Night 3–Jordan LIVE From Milwaukee

Here are some behind-the-scenes pics!

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8/20/20 Updates

Today was day four of the #DemConvention– the day progressives everywhere dreaded– Joe Biden accepting the Democratic nomination for president.

We went live from the hotel to recap day 3, did a special-edition member call (which we’ve never done before from the road!), and covered a Black Lives Matter/yellow vest/march on the DNC protest and march.

While the #DemConvention itself was largely devoid of policy, the people in the streets were demanding more from our politicians and party.

Here are the streams from today:

DNC Day 3 Confirms the Democratic Party is Punking You–Jordan & Jenn LIVE From Milwaukee

BREAKING: Yellow Vest Protests On Final Night of DNC Convention–Jordan LIVE From Milwaukee

“For Sale” Joe Biden Not Getting Many Bernie Yellow Vesters’ Vote

As Joe Biden Speaks at DNC, Protesters March in Milwaukee

Here are some behind-the-scenes pics from today:

8/21/20 Updates

Surprise! We drove to Chicago to cover a rent/eviction focused protest, on day 5 of its organizing. We capped the night off with a deep dish pizza!

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