The Team Colors Collective is on tour promoting their new book, Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States. Collective member Stevie Peace will be on hand to present readings from the book, talk about the issues, groups, and movements the book chronicles, and facilitate discussion on the issues of grassroots organizing and movement-building that his group writes about and promotes.

From the Uses of a Whirlwind promotional onesheet: "Team Colors Collective invites voices from today’s myriad currents, and in so doing generates common understandings of radical community organizing, movement building, and the impetus and inspiration toward making a revolution possible. The essays collected here come from very different places: farms, forests, bookstores, streets and street corners, homes, corporate chains. Their authors organize in very different ways: art and media, mapping and research, theory and discussion, popular education, and road blockades. Yet they are all moved by the same desire: to create new worlds and new ways of being, and demanding nothing less. We are in the middle of a whirlwind of struggle and opportunities for fundamental change abound; it’s just a question of how we use them."

When:
Tue, 07/20/2010 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated

Join us for an eclectic night of local music, including folk, acoustic alternative and indie rock.

When:
Tue, 07/06/2010 - 9:00pm
Cost: 
$5 donation @ door

Demand

Published Katie - Thu, 05/13/2010 - 3:18pm

This documentary investigates the role that the commercial sex industry plays in the business of trafficking women and children to become sexual slaves. Human trafficking is viewed from a business perspective — markets need buyers to survive, otherwise they collapse. In the human trafficking market, women and children are considered a product and it is the buyer that creates the demand and thus causes the sexual exploitation of millions of people every year.

This film screening is sponsored by FIGHT - Fight Injustice and Global Human Trafficking

When:
Mon, 06/07/2010 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
Free and open to the public; $3-5 suggested donation

Col. Ann Wright Speaking at Springboard 2010

Published cmcadmin - Tue, 04/27/2010 - 6:54pm

Veterans For Peace organizer Scott Camil introduces Col. Ann Wright at the CMC's Springboard 2010 on April 9th at the Matheson Museum.

Col. Wright's talk was entitled "Marginalization and the Media: Suppressing Dissent"

 

Download the mp3 recording

Romero

Published Katie - Sat, 04/24/2010 - 4:58pm

This 1989 feature film starring Raul Julia covers the career and life of Oscar Romero from his appointment as a bishop until his untimely death.

On March 24, 1980, El Salvadoran Bishop Oscar Romero was killed while giving mass. Although he had been speaking out against the government's atrocities throughout the guerrilla war, he made the following powerful statement the day before he was assassinated:

"I'd like to make an appeal in a special way to the men in the army. Brothers, each one of you is one of us. We are the same People. The farmers and peasants that you kill are your own brothers and sisters. When you hear the words of a man telling you to kill, think instead in the words of God, "Thou shalt not kill!" No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the Law of God. In His name and in the name of our tormented people who have suffered so much, and whose laments cry out to heaven: I implore you! I beg you! I *order* you! Stop the repressions!

The film delves into Bishop Romero's struggle with his faith and his politics as he moved from a position of support for the Salvadoran elite and the Catholic hierarchy to a position of solidarity with the poor and support for their struggles for workers' rights, human rights and land reform, a position which put him in political, social, and spiritual conflict with the ruling class and his superiors in the church.

(1989) running time 102 minutes

When:
Mon, 05/24/2010 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 donation requested

The Botany of Desire

Published Katie - Sat, 04/24/2010 - 4:29pm

Flowers. Trees. Plants. We've always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Using this provocative question as a jumping off point, The Botany of Desire, a two-hour PBS documentary based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan, takes us on an eye-opening exploration of our relationship with the plant world – seen from the plants' point of view.

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: to make their honey, the bees collect nectar, and in the process spread pollen, which contains the flowers' genes. The Botany of Desire proposes that people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. "We don't give nearly enough credit to plants," says Pollan. "They've been working on us – they've been using us – for their own purposes."

The Botany of Desire examines this unique relationship through the stories of four familiar species, telling how each of them evolved to satisfy one of our most basic yearnings. Linking our fundamental desires for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that gratify them – the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato – The Botany of Desire shows that we humans are intricately woven into the web of nature, not standing outside it. (from pbs.org/thebotanyofdesire/about.php)

When:
Mon, 05/10/2010 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 donation suggested
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