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On-Mission Event

February 9, 2009

At JP Catholic we have an event called On Mission.   A guest speaker from the community is brought in to speak on how they live their Catholic faith in their workplace and followed by confession and Eucharistic Adoration.

Recently at JP Catholic, Jim Holman, founder and editor of The San Diego Reader and a pro-life supporter, recently spoke to the students about the recent election cycle and Proposition 4 in California. Proposition 4 is a law that would require minors to get parental consent for an abortion. Currently in California, a teen can get an abortion without their parents or family members ever knowing. Jim Holman was the single largest proponent of this bill and it barely lost this past November. He spoke frankly on why he is involved and cares so deeply about stopping abortion. He made an interesting comparison that rocked my world. He was comparing the Holocaust in Germany to current Culture of Death in America. Now, I have heard of this analogy before, but it never sank in. He was saying how most people know about the persecution of Jews, but didn’t do anything about it. I remember watching World War II movies and how they would show American soldiers discovering concentration camps. They would go into town and ask the people about it and they would plead ignorance. I would say if I lived in Nazi Germany, I would stand up and do something. But, how can I make such a claim when I do not do enough to stand up for innocent life in America? I am no different than most people living in Nazi Germany if I do not stand up vocally for the life of the unborn.

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JP Catholic sweeps video competition! (October 2008)

February 4, 2009

Sarah’s Law, a pro-life legislative campaign in California, put up cash prizes for a youtube video competition. The results were announced today.

Drumroll please…………

Honorable mention $250:
Patrick Lyon – Holly’s Story
AND
Mollie O’Hare – Bubble Spoof

Second prize $500:
Matt Salisbury – Control Freaks

He put a lot of time into making that one, I’m glad it won. Stop motion is so labor-intensive…

First prize $1,000:
Child Predator by Professor Dunn, featuring the one and only Matt Connors!

This video has now been turned into a banner ad, showing Matt’s face and some of the lines of dialogue. It is also being edited down to 1 minute right now, so that it can start showing on cable TV. They’re buying time slots in the NorCal market first, and if it does well there, it’s “to the moon!”
There was also a third prize awarded and two more honorable mentions, but we don’t know much about them. 4 out of 7 prizes went straight to JP Catholic, though. Not a bad showing for the school, eh? Hehe, and that’s $1,000 more floating around in the student’s pockets. Just for making films. Talk about your economic stimulus. 🙂

Status Check: We’re making an impact! (October 2008)

February 4, 2009

As I was waiting for one of the TV stations to finish copying our tape (see last post), I picked up a copy of the Union Tribune. The front page article was about how much money had gone into the ballot issues this year:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081007/news_1n7donors.html

Both of our ‘customers’ were specifically mentioned! Sarah’s Law has raised $7.6 M (the total money spent on both sides), and Prop 8 has become the most expensive social issue in the country, with a total of $48 M. It was really cool to see the news coverage on it, and know that we’re a part of making something happen in such a high-profile arena.

Right under it was a ‘human interest’ article about how a huge number of ‘regular joes’ were donating $20, $50, or $100 to Prop 8:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081007/news_1n7prop8.html

These are people who had never been involved in anything political before, but felt strongly enough about the issue that they wanted to do something. That’s what we’re doing too! And the coolest thing is, it’s working. Our “4 Men in Black” video has been viewed by 20,000 people. Our Sarah’s Law videos have been seen on broadcast TV 13 times, and they’re looking at putting us in the LA market at the end of next week! To top it all off, if you look at the polls, we’re ahead!

Sarah’s Law has 49% in favor, 41% opposed (it’s narrow, but we’re ahead):
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/455394.aspx

Prop 8 just jumped in support (we’re now 47% to 42%), due to a new ad they put out:
http://cbs5.com/local/proposition.8.poll.2.834082.html

Our video is on the same youtube channel as that ad!

What a Day! Our video on TV! (October 2008

February 4, 2009

As most everyone knows, the presidential debates ran on Tuesday night. Sarah’s Law purchased some ad time right before the debates on a little independent station in San Diego. They really liked the Predator ad that we submitted to their video contest, and asked Professor Dunn to make a BetaCam tape to send in to the station. Since they were just in our backyard, my job was to borrow a car and run the tape over to the station first thing in the morning. I was on cloud nine! 2 years ago, I was a boy scout running around in the woods of Missouri; now, I’m delivering one of our projects to a TV station!

When I got back to my desk, I had 3 messages marked VERY URGENT. Apparently, just that morning, they had made a last minute purchase of 3 one-minute segments on the ABC, CBS and Fox channels in San Diego. Each spot cost several thousand dollars, and each station needed a copy of the tape in the next 4 hours. That definitely got the adrenaline flowing. The only beta tape we had at the school was the one I just dropped off, and they don’t exactly sell them at Albertsons. Also, the only digital copy of the video was on Professor Dunn’s portable hard drive that he takes home with him each day. Professor was completely out of the picture because a family member had died, and he was at the funeral up in Orange County. The car that I had borrowed was gone, and the clock was ticking.

This would be the perfect cliffhanger to lead into a commercial break, but since this is a verbal medium, I’ll just tell you the end of the story. What ended up happening was: Dr. Connolly himself drove me around from station to station. We started at the little indie studio, and managed to get our copy of the tape back (they had already loaded it into their system). From there, we took it to the next studio, ran it in, had their editors make a copy of it, and give us the tape back… and then on to the next. That morning, I had been thrilled to see the inside of a tiny independent TV channel. By the end of the day, I had been to the broadcasting citadels of three major conglomerates, and had been on the phone in negotiations with all three of them for a good portion of the day.