Los Trabajadores / The Workers

Published Katie - Thu, 08/19/2010 - 4:31pm

“Los Trabajadores” follows the lives of two day-laborers and exposes what the filmmaker describes as the American paradox of immigrant labor – dependence and discrimination.

"We build the buildings, we do the hardest jobs, and still they don't want us.” These are the words of Juan Ignacio Gutierrez, a Nicaraguan profiled in the film.

Los Trabajadores tells the story of immigrant day laborers, placing their struggles and contributions in the context of the economic development of Austin, Texas. Through the stories of Juan from Nicaragua and Ramon from Mexico, and through the controversy surrounding the relocation of a day labor site from downtown to a residential neighborhood, the film examines the misconceptions and contradictions inherent in America's dependence on and discrimination against immigrant workers. As Juan says, “they say Austin is growing, but thanks to whom?” (information from film jacket)

After the film there will be an open discussion on immigration, the recent battle over SB1070 in Arizona, and the status of the immigrants' rights movement locally and nationally.

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 8:00pm
$3-5 donation requested

Scott Weinstein, a member of the Executive Committee of Independent Jewish Voices and member of Jewish Voices for Peace, will speak at the Civic Media Center Tuesday evening August 17th at 8pm. Scott was in Israel and Palestine in June 2010, one of a number of trips he has made to the region. While there he was able to meet with the International Solidarity Movement, and see first hand joint Jewish and Palestinian activities against the occupation.

Scott currently resides in Montreal, but spent many years organizing for peace and justice during the 80's and 90's when he lived in Gainesville. His recent years have included health care worker union organizing, and a year spent in New Orleans helping found and running a health clinic immediately after Katrina.

Tue, 08/17/2010 - 8:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Hip Hop and Rock w/ O.N.E., Chief Blesn Amen, and Opiate Eyes

Published Jimmy - Wed, 08/04/2010 - 9:03pm

Come check out an eclectic night of conscious hip hop and alternative rock by local, independent artists.

Saint Tellah and Robzilla as O.N.E.: Powerful emcee / DJ jazz hop duo out of Gainesville and Ocala.  Website: http://www.stayuponone.com

Chief Blesn Amen has come back from the future to illuminate a dystopian future of cyborgs and thought-reading mutants. His use of bustling, eclectic beats compliments his smooth and restrained lyrical delivery. http://www.myspace.com/chiefblesnamen

Opiate Eyes: Progressive Psychedelic Punk. http://www.myspace.com/opiateeyesmusic

Fri, 08/13/2010 - 9:00pm
$5 donation @ door

Dance Party Benefit with DJ Ernie HotSauce

Published Katie - Tue, 07/20/2010 - 5:53pm

DJ Ernie HotSauce will be spinning dance music from all genres and decades on Saturday, August 7th from 9:00pm on as a dance party benefit for the Civic Media Center.

Ernie HotSauce has been deejaying around Gainesville for several years now, with a regular gig at the Atlantic Friday Night House Parties. He spins all types of dance music including post-punk, disco, and rap.

Sat, 08/07/2010 - 9:00pm
$5 donation

Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video

Published Katie - Mon, 07/19/2010 - 3:52pm

The CMC will host a screening of “Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video”
on Wednesday, August 4 at 8:00pm.

Dreamworlds 3 investigates the social constructs of music videos and how they draw from,
reinforce, and shape cultural ideals about masculinity, femininity, and race. Director Sut Jhally
exposes how music videos, across all musical genres, normalize misogyny and violence towards

Dreamworlds 3 provides a thorough look at the system of music videos and shows how they
propagate a dangerous fiction of sexualized gender roles by filtering the identities of men and
women through a lens of ideals manufactured by the corporate media. The film thereby
inspires viewers to reflect critically on images and social constructions they might otherwise
take for natural phenomena.

Following the film there will be a discussion on how media shapes individual & cultural
attitudes toward femininity, masculinity, sexuality and race.

Wed, 08/04/2010 - 8:00pm
$3-5 donation requested

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."

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

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

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


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

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 8:00pm
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


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

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