[act-ma] 10/31 (Fri) Voting Rights Film Festival

Amy Hendrickson amyh at texnology.com
Mon Oct 27 06:33:41 PDT 2008

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Halloween, Friday,  October 31.   
Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul, Frederick Douglass, Medgar Evers, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks invite you to join them at a showing of three superb films about voting rights in the USA - past and present.  Host committee still in formation.
5:15 PM Iron Jawed Angels and the first wave of suffragists, the Silent Sentinels, protest in front of the White House. Watch Alice Paul be tortured in prison and a feeding tube forced down her throat.  We need to remember our foremothers and what they did to get the vote for American women. With Hillary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond and Angelica Huston. 
7:00 PM American Blackout and see the suppression of the vote of African Americans. This film goes from the 2000 Florida election to the 2004 Ohio election and includes historical footage from the confrontation between police and non-violent marchers on March 7, 1965 on the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.  With Cynthia McKinney, John Conyers, John Lewis and the late great Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.
8:30 PM Come watch the electronic voting machines hacked before your very eyes in Hacking Democracy. "..The timely, cautionary film exposes gaping holes in the security of America's electronic voting system.. and takes a non-partisan clear-eyed look at the secrecy, cronyism, and incompetence of elections in present-day America.." With Bev Harris and Kathleen Wynne.
The Festival is at Cambridge Friend's Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, off Brattle Street, right outside of Harvard Square. (Red line to Harvard Square)
The Film Festival is a benefit for the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots. www.handcountedpaperballots.org 
OPTIONAL: Come as your favorite suffragist or civil rights person.  Come and see all three films, two films, or only one.  Come before, during or after your other Halloween parties or welcoming trick or treaters at your home.
Please, come.  Our democracy is at stake in this coming election as many will be voting on hackable electronic voting machines (both touchscreens/DRE's and optical scans) and as the vote of people of color, low income people, students and elders continues to be suppressed.
SUGGESTED DONATION $20.00 More if you can, less if you can't. No one will be turned away.
Questions: sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org, 617-932-1424
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