Democracy’s High Stakes Is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.
PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury – through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the popular board game Monopoly on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make.
The Hasbro game and its cartoon mascot, the mustachioed Uncle Pennybags, features as a leitmotif throughout the film. In his view, the spirit of Monopoly — the player with the most money wins — is emblematic of what’s wrong with government today. “How do we get past the pay-to-play system? Because I’m ready to be a board flipper.” Ennis asks.
“Pay 2 Play lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood and Money as free speech… Researched, sourced and interviewed exhaustively.” – L.A. Times
Light refreshments are served. Discussion: Following the showing there will be a brief panel presentation featuring Sharon Sanders of the Coalition to Restore Democracy, Clare
Tobin of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project and Tom Broderick of Near West Suburban Chicago Move To Amend, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), MoveOn.
1 hr. 2014. For info see http://www.pay2play.tv/
Co-sponsoring organizations: The Coalition to Restore Democracy, NWSC, Move To Amend (Near West Suburban Chicago Move To Amend), Illinois Ballot Integrity Project
(IBIP), and the Chicago Green Party.
Why are we suckered into wars and economic policies that are against our own interests time and time again? The documentary film PSYWAR looks for answers to this urgent question. The film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the elitist theory of democracy and the relationship between war, propaganda and class.
PSYWAR includes interviews with a number of scholars, including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Pter Phillips (Project Censored), John Stauber (PR Watch), Christopher Simpson (The Science of Coercion) and others.
A deep, richly illustrated study of the nature and history of propaganda, featuring some of the world’s most insightful critics, PSYWAR exposes the propaganda system, providing crucial background and insight into the control of information and thought.
Light refreshments are served.
Discussion: Right after the showing there will be a short presentation by attorney and media and social justice activist Jeanette Foreman. Q & A and open discussion will follow the presentation.
Screening is co-sponsored by Chicago Media Action.
1:38 minutes, 2010. More information at: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/psywar/
The fight for a Living Wage Ordinance in Oak Park takes place in a broader context explored in Wage Crisis. For ten years, supporters of a Living Wage Ordinance have urged the Village Board to mandate that a living wage be paid to employees 1) of the Village of Oak Park, 2) of contractors and sub-contractors hired by the Village, and 3) of businesses or organizations receiving a significant financial grant from the Village.
In a brief 26 minutes, Wage Crisis explores the struggles of ordinary people to make ends meet on inadequate wages: a former TV anchor and a former hedge fund trader who are now bartenders, residents of Camden, NJ, whose factories have all left, a WalMart employee from LA, a single mother with dreams of being a nurse who instead works as a public housing security guard. Pulitzer Prize winning economist Joseph Stieglitz explains the dynamics of this crisis, while New Jersey governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie, who vetoed an increase in the NJ minimum wage, exhorts people to seize opportunity.
The Oak Park proposal for a living wage is one piece of the larger fight against economic inequality that defines the politics of our time. Join us for the film and join us in this larger fight.
Light refreshments are served.
Following the film:
Q & A with Bill Barclay, Tom Broderick, and Bamshad Mobasher will cover the difference between a minimum wage and a living wage, the need for the Living Wage Ordinance, and the status of the Village Board's response to the proposed ordinance--all in the context of increasing economic inequality.
This film showing is a co-presentation with Greater Oak Park Democratic Socialists of America (https://www.facebook.com/GOPDSA), a branch of Chicago DSA (http://www.chicagodsa.org/).
2013. 26 min. http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/wage-crisis/
Directed by Robert Greenwald of Brave New Foundation. His other films include “WALMART” and “OUTFOXED.”
This film investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 remarkable interviews, including a former American drone operator, Pakistani families mourning loved ones, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.
Drone strikes could go on indefinitely. UNMANNED reveals that these covert military actions are often imprecise and result in creating more enemies for the American people, who have little knowledge of how drone targets are set and the killings carried out.
UNMANNED features never-before-seen footage from the tribal regions in Pakistan which have been impacted by our drone policy, exposing the brutal reality of drone attacks ordered during the Obama Administration.
63 min. 2013. For info, see: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/unmanned-americas-drone-wars/
Light refreshments will be served.
Q & A discussion:A short presentation by Brian Terrell of Voices for Creative Non-Violence. Terrell has traveled widely in the region and has been invited to speak in many European venues.
This film investigates, exposes, and connects the dots about what happens when billionaires try to buy updemocracy. Filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who gave us "Rethink Afghanistan" and "Wal-Mart: The High Costof Low Price," has created a gripping film that shines a light on wrong-doing, political lobbying, and moneyfueledinfluence in America. The film uncovers tactics used by the Koch brothers to sway political power in theirfavor. With appearances by Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, Bill McKibben, Jim Hightower, Katrina vanden Heuvel,John Nichols and others, the film exposes the dangers of unchecked influence concentrated in the hands of thefew. This includes their efforts to suppress voter rights, re-segregate public schools, weaken EPA regulations,privatize Social Security, capture politicians, mold the news, and even influence what is taught and by whomin our universities. This film is a wake-up call for people across the political spectrum to take action to halt theselling off of our democracy.
"Every person in this country who cares about democracyshould care about this work." – Ed Schultz
A panel presentation and a Q & A with Tom Shepherd of the Southeast Environmental Task Force, Mitchell Szczepanczyk of Chicago Media Action, and Beverley Walter of CAPOW! (Citizens Act to Protect Our Water) will follow the film showing.
Co-sponsor: The showing is being co-sponsored by Chicago Media Action (CMA).
61 min. 2012.
Info about the film: www.kochbrothersexposed.com
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