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!

~

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.

Text Coup to 370370 so you’re notified when we go live throughout this West Coast reporting trip.

HELP us keep going and fund this trip at any amount via: https://www.powr.io/stripe-button/i/24931358#page

 

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