Saturday, 12 October, 5 p.m.
Forced Trajectory Project (FTP) is an independent media organization reporting on policing issues nationwide established in 2009. Research has shown that mainstream media habitually functions as a beacon for police narratives in police brutality cases resulting in the marginalization of community voices. FTP strives to be the conduit between those impacted by police violence and the community so that victims and survivor stories can be seen and heard. Utilizing multimedia and long form investigative journalism, currently, FTP has a localized focus on the Las Vegas Valley in hopes to not only bring awareness of the rampant and unchecked police violence in Southern Nevada, but serve as a catalyst for social change by creating safe spaces for testimony and dialogue on this pressing human and civil rights issue. FTP serves as an internship for UNLV Journalism & Media Studies undergraduates. Our presentation will share our media and public relations strategies with our audience and emphasize the importance of independent and citizen journalism in these politically-charged times. We will review at length our process of identifying leads, working with subjects through a trauma-informed lens, and share our story.
In 2014, Nissa Tzun supported the inception of Families United 4 Justice, a growing nationwide collective of families affected by police violence. Over the last two years, Nissa and her team have raised over $50,000 to subsidize150+ family members affected by police violence to convene at FU4J’s first two national network gatherings in Detroit and Oakland. Currently she serves as a family advocate, organizer and auxiliary board member for FU4J. Nissa’s expertise on police homicide and family advocacy has invited her to be a presenter and guest speaker at multiple conferences and on several media outlets including Linc Up Community Spirit Awards, UNLV Center for Social Justice’s Radical Consciousness Conference, Allied Media Conference, Left Coast Forum, NPR, Paul DeRienzo’s Let Them Talk, The Guy Dawson Show, The ‘Ism Hour, and Speak Out with Tim Wise.