ACLC Presents "Inequality for All"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:46pm

The Alachua County Labor Coalition will screen "Inequality for All".

In the wake of the 2007–08 financial crisis and the rise of the Occupy movement, the issue of income inequality has gained public awareness. Over the last thirty years, before the latest recession, the U.S. economy doubled. But, according to this documentary, these gains went to a very few: the top 1% of earners now take in more than 20% of all income—three times what they did in 1970. Inequality is even more extreme at the very top. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. While this level of inequality poses a serious risk to all Americans, regardless of income level, much of the rhetoric on this subject has been fueled by anger and resentment from a frustrated middle class who feel their birthright—the American Dream—has been taken away from them.

Robert Reich, author, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, official in three administrations, including United States Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, narrates the film. Reich is a thinker on the topic of inequality, having spoken on the subject for nearly three decades.

Structurally, the film is organized around a central "spine", in which Reich speaks directly to the audience about key economic topics. As Reich elaborates on each sub-topic, the film cuts to newly shot footage of real people and real lives, as well as archival footage and experts that address the points of his lecture. Throughout the film are graphics that expound upon statistical data.

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

"Malcolm X: Make It Plain"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:31pm

"An engaging and subtly detailed portrait."
-- Newsweek

"A first-rate piece of journalism."
-- Entertainment Weekly

Political philosopher and visionary, husband and father, dynamic orator and militant minister. In his lifetime, Malcolm X was many men. Born Malcolm Little, he later became "Detroit Red" and "New York Red" -- a hustler, drug pusher, pimp, con man and the head of a Boston robbery ring. After spending time in prison, he emerged as Minister Malcolm -- Malcolm X, the fiery, eloquent spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Finally, he became El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, an internationally recognized leader and advocate for oppressed peoples. He was both loved and despised, revered and feared-- until an assassin's bullet cut him down at age 39.

American Experience marks the 40th anniversary of his death with "Malcolm X --- Make It Plain." This in-depth film portrait goes straight to the heart, mind and message of one of the modern era's most complex figures. Actress Alfre Woodard narrates the special.

This film chronicles Malcolm X's remarkable journey from his birth on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. His compelling story is told through the memories of people who had close personal and working relationships with him: prominent figures such as Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis and Alex Haley; Nation of Islam associates, including Wallace D. Muhammad, the son of Elijah Muhammad; and family members, including his wife, Betty Shabazz, and his oldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz. Included is extensive archival footage of Malcolm X, speaking in his own words at meetings and rallies, and in media interviews.

At a time when black civil rights leaders preached harmony and integration, Malcolm preached a militant gospel of self-defense and nationalism that terrified many whites and disturbed, yet also inspired, black Americans. After his travels to Africa and Mecca, he returned with a deeper understanding of Islam and a new willingness to accept white allies. "The white man and the black man have to be able to sit down at the same table," he said in his last year. "Then they can bring the issues that are under the rug out on top of the table and take an intelligent approach to getting the problem solved."

In 1965, under attack from the Nation of Islam and under surveillance by the FBI, Malcolm X was assassinated while delivering a speech. Who killed him and why remains a mystery to this day, 40 years after his assassination.

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

"Gaze of the Beholder" Film Screening and Conversation with the Director

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:23pm

A special, one night, hometown screening on of the award-winning documentary, Gaze of Beholder written, directed and produced by Gainesville native and digital entertainment industry maven, Wadooah Wali.

 About the Film (Total Runtime: 75 mins)

Gaze of the Beholder, an award-winning documentary by first time filmmaker, Wali, spotlights conversations with men and women from all walks of life about the inherent human struggle with beauty and body image. Featuring commentary from radio and television personality, Carson Daly; Olympic athlete, Karina LeBlanc; actress-performer, Vanessa Villegas; as well as everyday women who’ve struggled with self-acceptance, the film unearths that getting to the “beautiful yoU” starts with the “be U.” Wali is also a digital media professional and corporate storyteller by day. In her ‘spare time’, she’s an inspiring content creator. She’s taken companies from start up to public, working to bridging digital tech with the entertainment industry and continues to uplift the people around her through all personal and professional hats she wears. Gaze of the Beholder is one of the many projects she’s proud of and hopes to continue spreading its positive messages to all who will listen.

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:30pm
Free, donations appreciated

Riot or Uprising? Looking at Media Coverage of Rebellion in the U.S.

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:23pm
In lieu of our regular Monday documentary screening, we will be examining American mainstream media's coverage of the current situation in Baltimore and comparing that to a long history of bias reporting on "riots".
Mon, 05/11/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

"How to Survive a Plague"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:05pm
Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making. - See more at:

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

"The Leech and the Earthworm"

Published kenziecooke - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:01pm

'Taking its title from a prescient folk tale of natural misinformation, this impressive and imaginatively assembled campaigning documentary explores the murky world of genetic sampling, engineering and ownership and its explicit links to a far from dormant colonialism. Focusing on the economic, ethical and legal issues around exploitation of blood taken from first-nation islanders, the film uses impressionistic image collages, effective scoring, archive footage and creative graphics to trace a centuries-old lineage of abuse and argues for an alternative, interdependent world view based on collaboration and long-held wisdoms. Ambitious, provocative and searching, it's a welcome and timely search for values and worth in the desert of the corporate sprawl'.
Produced by Debra Harry UK/USA 2003 68 minutes

London Time Out - Critic's Choice
The Leech and the Earthworm
A film by Max Pugh and Marc Silver


Mon, 04/27/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

Women of Color Healing Gathering

Published Gaby Gross - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:19pm

“[Healing justice is] a framework that identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.” -- Cara Page, Black queer artist, organizer, and healing arts practitioner in the South.

The Women of Color Healing Gathering was inspired by a collective gathering held every solstice and equinox in Brooklyn, NY hosted by Harriet’s Apothecary. The purpose of this gathering here in Gainesville, FL is to provide an opportunity for women healers and therapeutic arts specialists living locally and surrounding areas of Florida to assemble together to share our gifts and services. The purpose of inviting women of color is to create a safe space where we can discuss sacred and sensitive conditions that affect us as a community. As well as strategize on creating projects to support social justice activists and community workers with self-help.

These healing practices can range from massage therapy, reiki, sacred adornment, herbs, dance, yoga and chakra balancing. These are just a few of the many practices that we possess and others have not been exposed to yet to facilitate and sustain our continual journey of healing justice.

Women of Color healers and practitioners of various therapeutic and healing practices are invited to participate in this event. We are asking your support in making this happen. We would like you to consider sponsoring this project. You are open to share your services and products at this event and be included on our marketing collateral as a sponsor. Our intention is to make this event affordable to interested Women of Color and with your support we can make this a successful event.

This event is a safe and open space for LGBTQ Women of Color.

If you are interested in vending or giving a skills-share presentation please complete the google form here

Sliding scale entry fee: $3.00 to $10.00 dollars for attendees.

A portion of the funds raised will be donated to Clarissa Valadez-Rios on her journey to becoming a midwife!!

Please feel free to share this event with other women of color who would be interested in participating. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call Teonia Burton at 352-240-5670 or email her at

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:00pm
$3-10 Sliding Scale

Gainesville Socialists

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:25pm

Gainesville Socialists is a weekly discussion, reading, and organizing group. Meetings are open to anyone who considers themselves a socialist, is interested in socialism, or is otherwise curious.

To get faster updates from Gainesville Socialists, send an email to with the subject line "add" to be added to their list-serv and/or add their page on Facebook at

Next time:
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated

Food Not Bombs Dinner and a Movie: "Forks Over Knives"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 3:02pm

Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 7:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation

"Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?"

Published kenziecooke - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:28pm

From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated
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