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VisuNews: 10 Years of Occupy Wall Street

VisuNews: 10 Years of Occupy Wall Street

September 16, 2021

Zach D Roberts and Aaron Cynic are back with a conversation about Occupy Wall Street, which turns 10 years old on Friday, September 17th.

No OWS hasn't been occupying Zuccotti Square for 10 years but the legacy OWS lives on in many forms. There's no Bernie presidential run without OWS, there's no conversation about the 99% without OWS - we could go on - but that's why we recorded this podcast!

Zach was in NYC for the occupation at Zuccotti aka Liberty and Aaron was in Chicago's financial district and Grant Park.



This is a great piece in The Indypendent on how 9/11 set back the anti-globalization/pro-worker movement.

Lessons from OWS in The Guardian

Occupy Wall Street Did More Than You Think in The Atlantic by the co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street Journal

I was beaten several times and arrested at OWS #D17 along with hundreds of other journalists and activists. This is an excellent report detailing some of them. (The Global Justice Clinic (NYU School of Law) and the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice (Fordham Law School)



Repost Episode: Photojournalists on the Unite the Right Rally 3 Years on and more…

Repost Episode: Photojournalists on the Unite the Right Rally 3 Years on and more…

August 11, 2021
Photojournalists on the Unite the Right Rally 3 Years on and more...


This is a special crossover episode of the Visu.News and Around the Lens podcasts. We’re recording this on the third anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that ended in the death of Heather Heyer and severe injuries to dozens more. 

I’m here with a handful of photojournalists who were there that day discussing what has and hasn’t changed since then. Our conversation starts with the tiki torch march then on to the next day - the Unite the Right rally, August 12th. We then drift into chatting about how covering the far right has changed and discussed some of the new risks of working as a photojournalist covering protests. 

I apologize that I did not have each person do a proper intro of themselves, so I will list who is on the call in the order in which they spoke. You can find their socials and websites in the show notes.

Sandi Bachom is a freelance video journalist based in New York City with Getty and NowThisNews ( You can find her on Twitter and Instagram

John Rudoff is a freelance photojournalist with SIPA-USA and based in Portland ( You can find him Twitter and Instagram

Ford Fischer is an independent video journalist and co-founder of based in Washington DC. You can find him on Twitter and YouTube.

Emily Molli is a video and still journalist and founder of follow her work on Twitter and Instagram 

Michael Nigro is a freelance photojournalist and film director based in New York City. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram and his portfolio site here

And I’m Zach D Roberts a freelance photojournalist co-founder of Visu.News and  You can find me on Twitter and Instagram

PA State Senator Was At the Capitol Insurrection (and loves the Big Lie)

PA State Senator Was At the Capitol Insurrection (and loves the Big Lie)

May 27, 2021

Hello, this is Zach D Roberts here with the Visu.News podcast. This week I'm chatting with Sean Kitchen of (Pennsylvania Spotlight.) Sean is a writer based in Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg - he has previously contributed to Raging ChickenPress (a favorite publication of mine) and is the go-to person to learn about all the Big Lie shenanigans going on in the Keystone State. 

In this episode, we focus on one politician - Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano. Since we recorded this episode it has been confirmed that Senator Mastriano was at least at the steps of the US Capitol on January 6th. 

To quote from the PASpotlight articleScreenshots of Senator Mastriano and his wife breaching a police barricade and walking on the North West Lawn of the Capitol grounds emerged over the weekend. PA Spotlight has previously uncovered that Senator Mastriano witnessed the first breaches of the Capitol in a little-known right-wing interview just days after January 6th. This sparked further interest by the #SeditionHunters to pinpoint his exact location. Parler footage from Propublica’s database that is time-stamped at 1:59 PM shows Senator Mastriano and his wife walking towards the main set of stairs that insurrectionists breached at 2:06 PM.

While I've been back in Georgia again covering the continued voter suppression happening there with SB202 - Pennsylvania is quickly becoming the state to watch for the quote unquote voter integrity happenings. Let's get into it.

How exactly is the ‘Officer Involved’ - Interview with Kit O’Connell

How exactly is the ‘Officer Involved’ - Interview with Kit O’Connell

April 16, 2021

This week on the Visu.News podcast Aaron Cynic and I speak with journalist Kit O'Connell about the media's use of language around police violence and shootings. The favored phrases of 'unbiased' news outlets around these incidents are often in a passive tone - not wanting to lay blame on anyone in law enforcement - the same doesn't go for the victims of police violence of course - as they are often described as suspects.  

Kit wrote an excellent and concise piece on the media's use of the term "Officer-Involved shooting" that asks the question - how was the officer involved? 
Other recommended reading: 
Let's get into it. 
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‘The Day The Klan Came To Town’, Author Speaks with Visu.News

‘The Day The Klan Came To Town’, Author Speaks with Visu.News

March 13, 2021

I'm here this week with publisher and author Bill Campbell who has a new graphic novel that's doing some crowd fundraising called The Day the Klan Came to Town. The book is a collaboration with artist Bizhan Khodabandeh and will be published later this year at PM Press (pre-order from PM Press at this link).

In the book - Bill tells the story of the time that the KKK came to Carnegie, Pennsylvania it's as their Kickstarter describes it a "fictionalized, graphic retelling of a KKK riot that occurred in Carnegie, PA in 1923 and the resistance to it."

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy and it truly is an excellent book that any comic book reader or fan of history books will enjoy. Bill Campbell takes an incredible amount of research and information on the KKK and his home town at the time and builds a narrative arc that will keep everyone reading. While the book is a fictionalized retelling of Karnegie Day (yes, the Klan spelled it with a K) it sticks with the facts on the Klan and immigrants of the Pittsburg region. The Klan wasn't just there for African Americans but Catholics, Italians, Armenians and any immigrants that weren't seen as 'white' by them.

But let's jump right into my conversation with Bill Campbell the author of The Day the Klan Came to Town (PM Press 2021)

Find more on Bill Campbell's work at Rosarium Press - 

SPECIAL: VisuNews Podcast: Jackson’s Water Crisis with Laurie Betram Roberts

SPECIAL: VisuNews Podcast: Jackson’s Water Crisis with Laurie Betram Roberts

March 7, 2021

Laurie explains the water crisis after the February winter storm in Jackson, MS and discusses her activism in the state.

Ep 2: COVID Disaster Response

Ep 2: COVID Disaster Response

February 11, 2021

Chicago and NY are dealing with COVID-19 vaccine rollout in varying degrees of terrible. Aaron and Zach discuss. 

Feb 2nd, 2021 - Back and somehow still surviving

Feb 2nd, 2021 - Back and somehow still surviving

February 11, 2021

Aaron Cynic and Zach D Roberts are back for a new year of the Visu.News podcast. We talk about the past couple of weeks news and so much more. 

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