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7:00 pm

Current Barriers to Voting – Right to Vote Past, Present, Future

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Right to Vote: Past, Present, Future is a series of four events, each starting with a presentation by a panel of speakers, followed by group discussion.
The third event will focus on current barriers to voting, such as incarceration, citizenship status, accessibility, ID requirements, transportation, voting on reservations, and gerrymandering.
Four speakers will present historical context and guide discussion. The presenters are:
Lois Ahrens, founder of the Real Cost of Prisons Project
David Daley, author of Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy
Pioneer Valley Workers Center - speaker TBA
Dr. Kathleen Banks Nutter, historian, independent scholar (Moderator)
This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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7:30 pm

Moving Money from the Military to Meet Human Needs

September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Demanding Candidates Confront the $741 Billion U.S. Military Budget

Dr. Vijay Prashad
Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of thirty books, including Washington Bullets; Red Star Over the Third World; The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter and a
Columnist for Frontline (India). He is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi). He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017).

Dr. Gerald Horne
Holds the Moore's Professorship of History and
African American Studies, University of Houston. Horne is the author of more than thirty books, including The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy and Capitalism in Seventeenth Century North America
and the Caribbean; (2018); Paul Robeson: The
Artist as Revolutionary, (2016); W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography, (2010).

Dr. Miriam Pemberton
A Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, she directs its Peace Economy Transitions Project, which focuses on helping to build the foundations of a postwar economy at the federal, state and local levels.
She co-chairs the Budget Priorities Working Group, the principal information-sharing collaboration of U.S. NGOs working on reducing Pentagon spending. Recent articles: “From swords to ploughshares: lessons
learned from conversion movements” and “Let’s Turn Our Military Resources to Building a Post-COVID Industrial Base for All Americans."

Contact: Steve Krevisky 860-759-3699, SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu

Sponsor: Connecticut Peace & Solidarity Coalition
Co-sponsors: Hope Out Loud, Greater New Haven Peace Council

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8:00 pm

We Are Many: Virtual Premiere

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

‘We Are Many’ reveals the story behind the largest global protest in human history.

On February 15th 2003, 30 million people protested against the USA and UK’s plans to invade Iraq. Demonstrations spread across 789 cities, in 72 countries, covering every continent.

This fearless, thought-provoking documentary details the remarkable story behind the first ever global demonstration.

Whilst the protests did not stop the Iraq War, the movement inspired a new generation of activists. The legacy of the demonstrations continued to influence campaigners across the world; including activists in Egypt during the Arab Spring as well as Black Lives Matter campaigners in the United States.

‘We Are Many’ features testimony from organizers, activists, celebrities and politicians who provide a unique insight in to the protest itself and the global context which led to the marches.

The star-studded list of contributors includes: Danny Glover, actor Mark Rylance, film director Ken Loach, Prof. Noam Chomsky, musicians Brian Eno and Damon Albarn, writer and Vietnam Veteran Ron Kovic (Author, Born on the 4th of July), Rev. Jesse Jackson and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell’s former Chief of Staff).

The film also features accounts from members of the public – many of whom were inspired to protest for the first time.

Director Amir Amirani produced ‘We Are Many’ over 11 years, filming across seven countries including: Italy, Spain, Egypt, Sweden, Australia, the UK and the USA.

Buy ticket through Massachusetts Peace Action. General admission $12; students $7. You will be able to watch the film over a 48 hour period if you are not available at 8pm. A portion of the proceeds benefits our peace advocacy work.

Virtual Screening Event on International Day of Peace

100 Cities. One Night for Peace.

Monday, September 21

8 PM EDT (New York); 5 PM PDT (Los Angeles)

(For worldwide territories – purchase of a ticket includes a 48 Hour rebroadcast window starting on September 22 so you won’t miss out on the event)

This special live-stream event will feature exclusive music performances. The movie will be followed by Q&A panel discussion including the movie’s director, Amir Amirani, cast members and leaders from key activist organizations.

Directed and Produced by: Amir Amirani

Featuring interviews with:

Noam Chomsky (Philosopher and Activist)

Ron Kovic (Veteran and Author of Born on the Fourth of July)

Medea Benjamin (Code Pink Co-founder)

Bill Fletcher Jr. (Activist and Author of They’re Bankrupting Us!)

Mark Rylance (Oscar-Winning Actor Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk)

John le Carré (World-Renowned Author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Dr. Hans Blix (former UN Weapons Inspector)

Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition Founding Member)

Jesse Jackson (Founder of Rainbow/PUSH)

Danny Glover (Actor Lethal Weapon, The Color Purple, To Sleep with Anger)

Ken Loach (Director I, Daniel Blake, Sorry We Missed You)

Executive Produced by: Pippa Harris (Former Chair of BAFTA, BAFTA Winner and Oscar Nominee), Callum McDougall, Signe Byrge Sorenson (BAFTA Winner and Oscar Nominee), Omid Djalili and Taghi Amirani (Director of Coup 53)

Consulting Editor: Walter Murch (Academy Award-Winner and Editor of Coup 53)

On February 15th, 2003, up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before, came out in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. WE ARE MANY is the never-before-told story of the largest demonstration in human history, and how the movement created by a small band of activists changed the world. This fearless, thought-provoking documentary is the remarkable inside story behind the first ever global demonstration, and its surprising and unreported legacy.

RT: 110 minutes

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