Refugee Crisis in Europe: What Is Happening?

Published kenziecooke - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 2:55pm

A Syposium led by activist scholar, Tina Steiger and an activist who has been squatting with and for the rights of migrants in Calais, France. discussing the events surrounding the refugee crisis and how it has developed in Europe in the past 6 months. Taking a chronological approach, the situation of millions of people seeking asylum in Europe is depicted. As several nations within fortress Europe begin closing their boarders, right wing governments are elected and xenophobic citizen movements emerge, Europe finds itself in a state of crisis. These questions and more will be discussed and portrayed from the viewpoint of an activist scholar based in Copenhagen.

 

Tina Steiger has a degree in politcal science and Urban Studies and writes about squatter movements and autonomous social centers in Germany and Denmark. Based in Copenhagen, she is part of the Squatting in Europe Kollektiv and occasionally lectures within the field of urban studies.

 

When:
Fri, 02/19/2016 - 6:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

An Evening with Death Row Prisoner Keith LaMar

Published kenziecooke - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:21pm

On Thursday February 4th, supporters across the country will host a conversation with Ohio death row prisoner Keith LaMar. On the 4th, Keith is looking forward to discussing Tamir Rice and the absence of police accountability in America. This will be an opportunity to ask him questions, and discuss how to take action on his own situation.
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About Keith LaMar:

Keith is a man fighting for his life, falsely accused of the murder of fellow inmates during the 1993 Lucasville (Ohio) prison uprising. He has spent the last 22 years locked in a cage, most of it in solitary confinement. Keith has never given up his struggle for truth and justice, and most recently, bravely fought and won a hunger strike to keep access to his books and music.

The Ohio prison system has systematically made Keith’s life unbearable. They have locked him away from contact with other prisoners, deprived him of the privileges afforded to other death row inmates, and kept him in constantly stressful living conditions. Keith lacks the proper representation and funds to combat this endless abuse and to prove his innocence.

The Campaign for Justice for Keith LaMar intends to fight side by side with Keith and asks others to join us. Keith will be calling in from the super­max penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. All are welcome to join the call, listen in, ask questions, and show their solidarity.

More info at:
Website: www.keithlamar.org
Facebook: Justice for Keith LaMar
Twitter: @FREEKeithLaMar
Documentary on Keith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4uEvMJR4Rc&feature=iv&src_vid=cRvVIJC5E3o&annotation_id=annotation_1111416057

When:
Thu, 02/04/2016 - 6:30pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated

Mellow Soul QPOC Night

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:43pm

Mellow Soul open mic night will host a special night highlight local queer artists/poets of color!

When:
Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

Monthly Mellow Soul Takeover of CMC!: Black History Edition

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:40pm

Join us for the first of our monthly Mellow Soul open mic takeovers at the CMC! 

When:
Wed, 02/17/2016 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

 

Fix it advocates a single-payer healthcare system such as the one proposed by Bernie Sanders.  However this documentary is not produced by a typical left-leaning progressive, but by a businessman. Richard Master, CEO of MCS industries, a Pennsylvania maker of picture frames and mirrors was shocked to discover how much of the $1,500,000 his company spends on healthcare access for its employees and dependents does not go to their healthcare. About a third of the total goes to administrative expenses like insurance companies’ costs for staff, sales, advertising and shareholders.  Doctors and hospitals also need to employ people to deal with the variety of insurance plans.

 

Richard Master produced this film, which took two years to make, to explain how a single payer system like Medicare would benefit businesses, employees and the rest of us.  Because it is simpler and less bureaucratic it would cost less.  Everyone would be fully covered with no co-pays or deductibles. It would be financed by an increase in taxation which would be more than compensated by the elimination of premiums.

The film contains easily understandable numbers and graphics and interviews with academics, doctors, nurses, business people, patients, Canadian conservatives, and Wendell Potter, the insurance executive turned whistleblower.

When:
Tue, 02/09/2016 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

Movie Monday: "Bessie"

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:36pm

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today. BESSIE also stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. Executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone, and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.

When:
Mon, 02/29/2016 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

Joss Whedon's "Firefly" Marathon

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:33pm

We will watch the first 5 episodes!

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things".[1]

The show explores the lives of a group of people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the fringe of society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In this future, the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures. According to Whedon's vision, "nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today".[2]

When:
Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

Monday Movie: "Rosewood"

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:29pm

Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, when a white mob killed blacks and destroyed their town, the film introduces fictional characters and changes from historic accounts. In a major change, it stars Ving Rhames as an outsider who comes into Rosewood and inspires residents to self-defense, wielding his pistols in a fight. The supporting cast includes Don Cheadle as Sylvester Carrier, a resident who was a witness, defender of his family and victim of the riot; and Jon Voight as a sympathetic white store owner who lives in a village near Rosewood. The three characters become entangled in an attempt to save people from racist whites attacking the blacks of Rosewood.

When:
Mon, 02/22/2016 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation

Monday Movie: #BlackLivesMatter: A New Generation of Civil Rights Activists

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:27pm

BlackLivesMatter: A new generation of civil rights activists emerging from racism and violence in the USA.

Following Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, many Americans predicted the end of racial inequality in the United States. But as black communities continue to be torn apart by violence, America remains a country divided. Taking cues from their forefathers in the 1950s, a new generation of civil rights activists has emerged from the bloodshed, determined to have their voices heard in the fight for racial equality.

​"Witnesses say he was beaten from this side of the street all the way to that side. He was screaming for help, but none of those animals stopped"​,​ explains Tawanda Jones tearfully. Her brother Tyrone was killed by police, in what she says was a ​​"brutal murder". Tawanda believes her brother fell victim to a police force that routinely discriminates against black lives: ​​"There's no justice, it's just us. We need to stick together and dismantle this corrupt system"​​

The movement however is not just about changing policing: it is pursuing real reform in gang-tormented neighbourhoods, as often the most dangerous violence comes from within these communities. For example in the South Side of Chicago, brutal gang violence is a part of daily life: it is easier for many young black men to get a gun than a job, and on average someone is shot every three hours. Campaigners are fighting to provide an alternative to the epidemic of gang warfare, determined to stop the violence from within. ​​"They want to close down schools, they don't want kids to read, don't want them to learn...but that's what's going to curb the violence"​,​ explains one woman.

​​"I think what we're seeing is the birth of a mass movement."​

When:
Mon, 02/15/2016 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 Sugessted Donation

History of Abortion and Birth Control

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:54pm

Celebrate Roe vs Wade Day!

Abortion and Birth Control are nothing new and have been present throughout history. Discover how women have been determining their own destinies since Ancient Greece and beyond. Methods, societal views, and more!

Our chapters executive board elections will also be held that evening. All members are encouraged to attend and vote.

With Whitney Mutch @ the CMC. Free to the public.111111

When:
Wed, 01/27/2016 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated
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