Thursday 9-29-16 MADE IN BANGLADESH-- film showing and discussion

7pm, Thurs, Spet. 29
Film showing and discussion:

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,100 people, injuring thousands more, most of them women who were working in the garment industry, producing clothing for export. The collapse of the building brought international attention, revealing the horrific reality behind the bright clothes marketed and sold everywhere across the U.S. and Europe. Many asked “How could such a tragedy happen?” The incident became emblematic of a world of inequalities. But what will it take to put an end to these global networks of exploitation?

To dig into this we will show the Canadian investigative news program documentary “Made in Bangladesh,” which won an international Emmy Award in 2014. The filmmakers traveled to Bangladesh with a former designer for Walmart, who is appalled to find out the conditions of the people who actually make the clothes he designed. They spoke with women who survived the Rana collapse who tell of the choices that they confronted in going to work in the Rana Plaza factory, and what it was like to be there.  They investigated the causes of the massive building collapse, as well as the conditions in the garment industry in Bangladesh overall which generates 80% of the country’s total export revenue.

What screams out is that the clothes we wear are soaked with the blood of the women, and children, who produce them.  And this is only one piece of a whole world of oppression under capitalism.

We will also screen an excerpt from “BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less”, a film of a speech by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party.  We will show the portion subtitled: “The Oppression of Women: Bound Up With This System...A Driving Force for Revolution” where Avakian starts with the fact that in this world a big part of the necessities of life are produced under conditions like those faced by the women in Bangladesh, and then lays bare how deeply intertwined the oppression of women is with all of the oppressive relations of capitalism, and how only the most radical revolution in human history can put an end to it.

Tuesday 9-13-16 Film showing to commemorate the Attica Rebellion

7pm Tuesday September 13 film showing - In commemoration of the heroic Attica Uprising we will show the segment A Nation of Law? from Eyes on the Prize, an award-winning documentary series. 
This September marks the 45th anniversary the most powerful and significant prison uprising in U.S. history — the Attica Rebellion. Over half of Attica’s 2,200 inmates, mainly Black but also white and Puerto Rican prisoners, seized control of large parts of the prison, taking 38 guards hostage in protest of horrendous living conditions, and the way people are treated by this system.
On September 13th, 1971  NY Governor Rockefeller, backed by the Nixon administration, sent hundreds of police and National Guard into the prison, machine guns blazing - they murdered 39 unarmed people. Attica was an important part of the Black Liberation struggle and revolutionary upheaval of the 1960s.  It speaks powerfully to us today – revealing a government that will murder dozens in cold blood to restore its illegitimate order, and even more, showing the capacity of those cast out and reviled by this society to rise up for liberation and emancipation. 

 “We are men. We are not beasts, and we do not intend to be beaten and driven as such... What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed...” L.D. Barkley, one of the leaders of the rebellion and one of those murdered 9-13-71. Click HERE for article from revcom series American Crime.

Thursday 9-8-16 film screening and discussion WHICH WAY HOME

Thursday September 8th 7-10pm film screening and discussion 
Director Rebecca Cammisa follows the struggles of these would-be “illegal aliens”— a group of young, unaccompanied Central American children fleeing violence and poverty, struggling to make their way through Mexico, riding on top of a train that crosses Mexico known as “La Bestia” (The Beast) to reach and cross the border into the United States. In this time of fascist assault on immigrants, of Trump's obscene "wall", of anti-immigrant viciousness around the globe and particularly in Europe and America, there can be no real liberation for anyone without a decisive rejection of all that and a warm embrace of those driven here by this predatory system. [click below to see trailer]

Thursday 9-1-16 Film screening WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE hosted by Joey Johnson

Thursday September 1st - 7-10pm Film screening & discussion hosted by notorious flag burner Joey Johnson 
Filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late, great radical civil rights lawyer. Kunstler defended the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, and was called on by prisoners to negotiate for them during the Attica uprising of 1971. In 1989 William Kunstler successfully argued the case of Texas v. Johnson before the US Supreme Court and in a landmark decision won the right to burn a flag in protest. Joey Johnson, a revolutionary, who was represented by Kunstler after burning the American flag at the 1984 RNC, and who is now, along with 16 others in the Revolution Club, facing trumped up charges for exercising this right (of burning the flag) at the 2016 Republican National Convention will host the screening and discussion after the film.

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