[act-ma] Monthly Peace Film Series: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin -- Thu., Feb. 2 at 6:45 PM @ Central Sq. Library

Corr, Brian bcorr at cambridgema.gov
Mon Jan 30 12:56:47 PST 2012

The Monthly Peace & Justice Film Series is presenting
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The Life of Bayard Rustin

Thursday, February 2, 6:45 to 9:00 PM
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge

[cid:image005.png at 01CCCA13.07109B60]In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bayard Rustin and as part of Black History Month, the film series will present Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin<http://www.pbs.org/pov/brotheroutsider/>, a film about this too-little-known American.

Brother Outsider<http://rustin.org/> has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin - a visionary strategist and activist who has been called "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement. A Quaker, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Long before Martin Luther King, Jr. became a national figure, Bayard Rustin routinely put his body - and his life - on the line as a crusader for racial justice. Rustin's commitment to pacifism and his visionary advocacy of Gandhian nonviolence made him a pioneer in the 1940s, and captured King's imagination in the 1950s. In 1963, with more than 20 years of organizing experience behind him, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the historic March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever witnessed.

But Rustin was also seen as a political liability. He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create. The compelling film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin <http://www.pbs.org/pov/brotheroutsider/> chronicles Rustin's complex life story, a tale of race, prejudice, and idealism at the heart of 20th century America. Though he had to overcome the stereotypes associated with being an illegitimate son, an African American, a gay man and a one-time member of the Communist Party, Rustin - the ultimate outsider - eventually became a public figure and respected political insider. He not only shaped civil rights movement strategy as a longtime advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., but was known and respected by numerous U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders.

"Brother Outsider illuminates as never before Rustin's fascinating public career and his equally intriguing private life. It is a film worthy of his valuable legacy." - Clayborne Carson, Stanford University, Director, Martin Luther King Papers Project

A discussion with Peace Commission director Brian Corr will follow the film
Refreshments will be served
Sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Cambridge Peace Commission
For more information call 617.244.8054<tel:617.244.8054>

A Call Against Arms: Can the Island of Peace be saved through nonviolent resistance?<http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/activate/2011/09/201192013183025770.html>
Thursday, March 1, 6:45-9:00 PM
Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge

[cid:image004.jpg at 01CCDF67.C46AC960]The tiny South Korean island of Jeju<http://www.savejejuisland.org/Save_Jeju_Island/Welcome.html> has been called the 'Island of Peace', but could a new naval base endanger that? Cambridge Peace Commission member Matthew Hoey has been working with the people of Jeju Island and has arranged for a live discussion with them via Skype, after this short film.

The South Korean Government is constructing a naval base on Jeju Island. Officially named the "Island of World Peace" by the late President Roh Moo Hyun, Jeju was the site of a 1948 massacre in which more than 30,000 civilians were estimated to have been slaughtered during a democratic uprising. Located strategically in the Korea Strait, the island's potential to become a military target in the event of an armed conflict in this tense region would increase exponentially with the addition of a naval base. The threat this poses to the men, women and children of Jeju Island is unconscionable, and it can be avoided through halting the base construction. The home [cid:image006.png at 01CCDF65.F6CC3210] for this proposed military facility is the tiny village of Gangjeong, which is surrounded by three UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites and nine UNESCO Geo-Parks on an island that is designated a Global Biosphere Reserve.

Many observers of the region believe that the Jeju Island naval base will serve as a port of call for the U.S. military's sea-based component of its ballistic missile defense system. This is not only an issue of protecting the environment or preventing military expansion. Human rights and free speech are also at stake. Villagers have been arrested during nonviolent protests. Police and construction workers have assaulted elderly members of the community, who represent a large portion of the activists.

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