Due to a snafu in video availability, the CMC is substituting a special night of rare and quirky animated short films which have a socially relevant subject matter.
Some of these films go back to the 1930's, and deal with issues of war & peace, economics & fairness, and with the passing of time contain insights about the times in which they were made. They also are amazing examples of the evolution in animation techniques, some from major studios and others quite independent.
Please come out and take advantage of this opportunity to see these entertaining and historic gems. The event will be presented and co-hosted by Justine Mara Andersen and Joe Courter..
Join us for a fun evening of music in the Courtyard by Fiona Bas aka The Improper Contraband , wood-fired pizza by Humble Pie, Swamphead brew and an awarding-winning exciting, beautiful, upbeat movie "Rising From Ashes" about an Olympic level biking team created in Rwanda by the American inventor of the mountain bike.
*$15 donation at the door & courtyard
* Humble Pie pizza & beer for purchase
* Big thanks to our sponsors Swift Cycle and Bike Works.
Come be inspired to make that which seems impossible possible and see how beautiful Rwanda, land of a thousand hills, really is!
Rwanda Sustainable Families is a NGO micro- credit loan program in Rwanda that is hosted in Gainesville, Florida. RSF's mission is to help Rwandan families in starting small, sustainable businesses and support education for their children as a means of ending the cycle of poverty.
The Civic Media Center and MindFreedom Florida presents:
How are large drug companies benefiting from the latest trend of selling powerful psychoactive drugs to America's children? Do these drugs really help our children cure symptoms of supposed mental illness, or do they tend to increase depression, violence, and suicide? Are we really treating the root causes of mental illness, or are we just eliminating annoying symptoms? This feature-length documentary examines the alarming growth in the prescription of powerful psychotropic drugs for adolescents and children. This is a compelling, beautifully edited documentary from award-winning filmmaker Gary Null. It that has both a dramatic and important educational impact.
Monday, September 15th 11am-2pm
Tuesday, September 16th 11am-2pm
Radical Rush (RR) is an organizational fair for progressive, alternative and radical activist groups of Gainesville to recruit new members and publicize their work to students. The Rush is presented in the form of a collaborative tabling effort. Anyone i...nterested in learning about progressive social change and/or becoming more active in the community has the opportunity to talk with group members about their organization.
Campus and community-based groups participate, with the added bonus of helping to bridge the “town/gown” divide and allow activists working on a wide variety of issues to meet each other, network, and learn about each other’s organizations. RR also helps break through the generation gap, fostering inter-generational collaboration as students and younger activists are introduced to older, seasoned organizers for a wide variety of causes.
Labor Rights? In My Fantasy Lit?"
"It's More Likely Than You'd Think!"
Wednesday, 9/17, 7:30 PM at the CMC: local author and Wild Iris groupie Shira Glassman introduces her latest book, Climbing the Date Palm....
Inspired by the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force and her own spouse's union organizing, Date Palm is a fairy tale about worker's rights and wage theft, with plenty of queer characters (and a dragon.)
She will be accompanied by speakers from the Wage Theft Task Force itself, to talk about the movement that inspired the story.
About Climbing the Date Palm
The highly anticpated second novel from local author Shira Glassman is now available for pre-order. Copies will be released late July. We also have The Second Mango available if you're new to the series.
Prince Kaveh, the youngest son of the king of the City of Red Clay, is bisexual, and is completely besotted with Farzin, the engineer his father hired to oversee the improvements to the city's roads and bridges. However, the king doesn't share his positive feelings. After Farzin ends up at the head of the protest that ensues when the workers are only paid a third of their promised wages, he's thrown in prison and is scheduled to be executed.
Queen Shulamit, who rules over the neighboring nation of Perach, is eager to assist the desperate prince. She, too, loves justice and has a same-sex partner. She's also hoping Kaveh, with his royal blood, is willing to give her and her sweetheart a legitimate heir in exchange. But can she find a peaceful solution that will pacify the king next door, get his workers fairly paid, and free Farzin, or will she and her dragon-riding bodyguard Rivka have to go to war?