Movie Monday: "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret"

Published nailah.summers - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:52pm

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

"Go, Granny D!" Returns!

Published nailah.summers - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:46pm

     On New Year's Day in 1999 there was a one-woman campaign for finance reform. Doris 'Granny D' Haddock, at the age of 88, decided to trek 3,200 miles from Pasadena, California to Washington D.C. in attempts to educate whomever she encountered about campaign finance spending. She met with public officials, reporters, and press, and many who simply wanted a picture with her. In 2004, Granny D ran for public office without accepting private campaign contributions and garnered 34 percent of the vote. Granny D died in 2010 at the age of 100.

     Today, Rhana Bazzini, an 81 year old Florida resident, is calling for a similar campaign. Her initial goal was to re-trace the footsteps of Doris Haddock, but decided to maybe try out something more realistic to begin with. She is attempting to recruit women over the age of 80 to walk to their capitols and make known their condemnation for the current corporate-rule in politics, and to demand a constitutional amendment banning private, unlimited corporate donations to campaigns. Rhana left Sarasota on October 13th and is making the trek to Tallahassee, Florida, with a projected goal to be there by December 3rd. Along the way she will be making stops at certain venues to talk with people about her goals and why this issue is so vital to our democracy.

     Rhana will be at the Civic Media Center to help tell the story of Granny D and to talk about her emulation of this story, and it's context in 2014.

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Mia Mingus on Disability and Transormative Justice

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:26pm

Co-sponsored by LGBT Affairs at UF, we're proud to hear from Mia Mingus.

Mia Mingus is a writer, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. She identifies as a queer physically disabled Korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee, born in Korea, raised in the Caribbean, nurtured in the U.S. South, and now living on the west coast.  She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love.  As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence.

Mia is a core-member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse that do not rely on the state (i.e. police, prisons, the criminal legal system).  She believes in prison abolition and urges all activists to critically and creatively think beyond the non-profit industrial complex.

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 6:30pm
Free, donations appreciated

International Human Rights Day Poster Exhibition - "Work Right"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 7:50pm

Posters for Tomorrow brings their exhibition of 100 posters displayed in the CMC for the third year in a row! This year's theme is "Work Right", focusing on worker's rights.

The right to work isn’t the right to employment. Nobody has the right to a job. But everybody has the right to work in a secure, safe, fair working environment.  

We all have the right to work without discrimination or exploitation of our gender, age, nationality or physical condition. 

We all have the right to work for a wage that is fair reward for our labour and that will enable us to support ourselves and our families.

The right to work protects us from child labour, gender and age discrimination and exploitation in all its forms. It entitles us all to the same opportunities, benefits and protection from exploitation or malpractice.

We want to make everybody aware of their rights as a worker, whether it’s a a small boy working in a sweatshop, a woman being paid less than her male colleagues or a physically challenged man denied an office job because of his wheelchair. 

This has to stop. That’s why we say: employment, not exploitation.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 5:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Live Music: HAWN, Blue Herons, No Death

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 7:13pm

Night of live music with sparse, spooky, off-kilter pop touring act from New Orleans, HAWN, local shoegaze, dream pop band Blue Herons and No Death, another Gainesville local.

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation
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