Richard Concepcion

Richard Concepcion

Richard Concepcion is an independent documentary filmmaker/video journalist. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University (1983), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Electronic Media from American University School of Communication (2010), Master of LIberal Arts (MLA) degree from Johns Hopkins University (2004) and MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville (1987). He and his wife Renee live in Maryland with their beagle (“Bodie”) and cat (“Jade”). He can be reached at rconcep11[at]gmail.com.

Contributions:

On April 6, 2013, investigative journalist and historian, Nick Turse, spoke about his new book, "Kill Anything That Moves," at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. The panelists who responded to Nick Turse's talk were Carolyn Eisenberg, a history professor at Hofstra University, and John Prados, the George Washington University National Security Archives Senior Fellow. This video was produced by Indyreader's regular contributor, Richard Concepcion.

Columbia University History Professor, Rashid Khalidi, delivered a lecture called, “The U.S. as a Dishonest Broker over Palestine," on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War, which was held at Towson University. Drawing from research presented in his latest book, "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East," Professor Khalidi argues that as a so-called peace broker to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the United States has essentially acted to advance "conflict perpetuation" rather than conflict resolution. This video was produced by Indyreader's regular contributor, Richard Concepcion.

On Friday, April 5, 2013, former U.S. Army Colonel and retired State Department diplomat, Ann Wright, delivered the first keynote address at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War. The title of her address is "Putting New War Paint on the Old Faces of War." Excerpts of her speech are featured in this video, which was produced by Richard Concepcion.

On Friday, April 5, 2013, J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alfred McCoy, delivered the keynote speech at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War, called "The New Faces of War." Professor McCoy's book, Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines and the Rise of the Surveillance State, won the 2011 George McT. Kahin Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. Excerpts of his keynote speech are featured in this video, which was produced by Richard Concepcion.

Last week, Indyreader published the first hour of the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee Hearing on the Hyatt labor peace resolution held last Thursday, March 14, 2013. Part II highlights testimonies during the second hour of the hearing. Among those who testified were Unite Here Local 7 organizer Tracy Lingo, Hyatt workers Mike Jones, Regina Davis and Baker Best, Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic priest Fr. Ty Hullinger, Baltimore NAACP President Tessa Aston-Hill, community activist Duane Davis, and LIUNA Local 33 member James Commander.

Photo by: Hyatt Hurts. Source: Indyreader.org

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee approved a resolution calling on the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to sign a labor peace agreement. According to lead sponsor, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, the Hyatt has repeatedly intervened in lawful union organizing activities and has been subcontracting temp-agency workers in violation of direct hiring requirements stipulated in their lease agreement with the City of Baltimore. This video presents excerpts from the first hour of the labor committee hearing.

Photo By: Hyatt Hurts

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Hyatt workers in Baltimore held a prayer service at the Inner Harbor followed by a rally in front of the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. This video features participants such as Baltimore councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, along with members of Baltimore's religious communities, Unite Here Local 7 organizers, and others.

Photo By: Hyatt Hurts

Hyatt Regency Baltimore workers and their allies called a press conference on November 13th, 2012, to announce the ongoing federal prosecution of Hyatt for violating the rights of its workers to organize. The press conference featured Unite Here Local 7 President Roxie Herbekian, former Hyatt Regency Baltimore worker Mike Jones, Hyatt Regency Baltimore on-call banquet server Regina Davis, Catholic labor priest Fr.

Chicago Teachers Strike. Photo By: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

This video is based on five participant-oriented interviews conducted during the September 11th, 2012, Baltimore solidarity action with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike. The rally took place at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

Global Boycott of Hyatt

On Thursday evening, 6 September 2012, Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse invited Hyatt Regency Baltimore workers to share why they launched a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels. Among those who told their stories were: Regina Davis, Charlotte Knox, A.C. Castro, Kris Castro and Jeremy Pollard. This video documents some of the discussion's highlights, such as: campaign goals, tactics, strategies, as well as the personal challenges involved in winning the fight against Hyatt's unfair labor practices.

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Video: Workers Launch Global Boycott of Hyatt
Documentary: Politics of U.S. Occupation
VIDEO: Global Boycott of Hyatt
Video: Baltimore Solidarity Action with The Chicago Teachers Union Strike
Holding Hyatt Accountable: The Community Gathers Against Human Rights Violations
Baltimore Hyatt Workers Pray and Rally
Baltimore City Council Hearing, Calls on Hyatt to Sign Labor Peace Agreement
Baltimore City Council Hearing, Calls on Hyatt to Sign Labor Peace Agreement, Part II
“Rocket’s Red Glare”: Space Warfare and the Future of U.S. Global Power
Putting New War Paint on the Old Faces of War
The U.S. as a Dishonest Broker over Palestine
"Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam"