[act-ma] Thursday 11/29: "We're Not Broke" - Free UPandOUT screening [IPS expert on hand for Q&A; DVDs for sale - a PERFECT XMAS gift!] (locals have cameo appearances :-)

pf soto pfsoto at mynas.com
Mon Nov 26 15:05:21 PST 2012

*Locals make cameo appearances :-)  See animated graphic below*

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    *NOTE: A guest speaker ("an expert from the film, senior scholar at
    Institute for Policy Studies") will be on hand for Q&A*.
    A trailer for the movie is available at

  Not Broke

    An exposé into the secret world of corporate tax dodging

Thursday, November 29 in Cambridge [please download distribute & flyer 
*NOTE:  A special, extra screening **for the xmas holidays;
An expert in the film - from the Institute for Policy Studies [IPS] - 
will be on hand for Q&A and will have DVDs available for sale. The 

*WE'RE NOT BROKE* is an exposé into the secret world of corporate tax 
dodging. By booking profits offshore that should really be accounted for 
in America, multinational corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of 
America are cheating our country out of an estimated $100 billion a 
year. All the while, America is in the grip of a tremendous recession, 
the likes of which have not been seen since the Great Depression.  
Lawmakers' common cry of "We're Broke!" echoes in Washington, D.C. and 
across the mainstream media as our elected officials slash budgets, lay 
off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters---crumbling the country's 
social fabric and leaving many people scrambling to survive.

While corporate tax avoidance has been accelerating for the past decade, 
and astronomical amounts of money have been lost to the U.S. Treasury, 
it has gone mostly unnoticed by the media and the general public. That 
changed in early 2011, when a small group of Americans, inspired by 
protests in the United Kingdom, formed a fledgling grassroots movement 
called US Uncut. Their goal seemed simple: Call out corporate tax 
dodgers and make them pay their fair share.

*WE'RE NOT BROKE* interweaves the stories of seven US Uncut activists 
from across the nation: Carl Gibson, a 24-year-old college graduate from 
Jackson, Mississippi who can't find gainful employment; Joanne Gifford, 
a California mom and unemployed high school teacher; Jim Coleman, the 
owner of a Chicago heating and air conditioning company who is watching 
his profession vanish with the sinking economy; Musician Chris Priest, 
24, who laments the days when his postman grandfather could 
singlehandedly support a family of eight; Kira Elliot, 29, a personal 
trainer and Mary Kay rep. who sees her middle class clients disappear as 
they tighten their belts; Bobbie Arrington, a 35-year-old social worker 
and graduate student who's dealing with cuts to the hospital where she 
sees clients; and Ryan Clayton, a charismatic 30-year-old media analyst 
from Washington, D.C. who, once he learned that he paid more taxes than 
multibillion-dollar corporations, began planning what he was sure was a 
coming revolution.

*WE'RE NOT BROKE* follows the US Uncut activists to the streets as they 
use creative activism to protest Bank of America, Apple and FedEx. All 
the while, U.S. corporations continue making record profits, and then 
pocket billions of dollars that should rightfully go back to the 
American public. The tactics, their CEOs argue, are legal. But the laws 
are passed using shady practices that move in concert with big campaign 
contributions and millions in lobbying expenses. President Obama, while 
having campaigned on the promise of closing offshore tax loopholes, has 
done nothing of the kind. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle continue 
to coddle corporations while slashing public services that affect 
everyone else.

Over the summer of 2011, Microsoft and Apple led a massive lobbying 
effort they called /The Win America Campaign/ to get congress to give 
them a "tax holiday" on over a trillion dollars in profits they claimed 
to have earned overseas. At the same time, sparks from the US Uncut 
movement that began in the winter of 2011 helped flame growing feelings 
of injustice among America's middle class. And in late September 2011, 
many US Uncut members joined Occupy Wall Street, a new movement that 
echoed their calls for an economically just America, and a government 
un-tethered from corporate greed.

doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor
rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos>

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.
[donations are accepted]

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X

*UPandOUT film series* - see rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos>

Why should YOU care? It's YOUR money that pays for US/Israeli wars - on 
Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Libya. Syria, Iran, So America, etc 
etc - for billionaire bailouts, for ever more ubiquitous US prisons, for 
the loss of liberty and civil rights...

*Locals make cameo appearances :-)**
**Chuck Collins from IPS will be on site for Q&A*
	/"The truly infuriating doc about how US corporations cycle their 
profits out of the country, hiding them routinely in offshore accounts 
or in their Irish subsidiaries, so as to avoid paying any US taxes 
whatsoever -- and doing so in collusion with their hired hands in 
Congress...The news is bittersweet////and the lessons are timely./" --- 
Namoi Wolf, The Guardian

"/If you suspected corporations were getting away with tax-murder, you 
were right---but what's great about 'We're Not Broke' is how thoroughly 
it enumerates the crimes, like a prosecution setting out its case. Some 
of the facts assembled are truly mind-bending/." --- Charles Lyons, 

/"Kicking assets and taking names, 'We're Not Broke' gets in the face of 
deficit hawks and budget////cutters with a well-researched, brightly 
presented and provocative argument that the U.S. isn't////overtaxed and 
profligate, but rather a paradise for corporate tax cheats/." --- John 
Anderson, Variety

"/A masterfully compelling film---crisp, urgent, and thoughtful...Hayes 
and Bruce have provided a////great public service by firing out a 
devastating opening salvo. It's a clarion call for change./" --- Michael 
Dunaway, Paste Magazine

"/...essential viewing for those who want to understand just how we 
ended up in this mess in the first////place./" --- Noah Nelson, 
Huffington Post

'/W*e're Not Broke,* a smart muckraker by Karin Hayes and Victoria 
Bruce, investigates the offshore////tax havens that allow publicly 
bailed-out corporations to score record-setting profits/." --- Greg 
Evans, Bloomberg News

"/Hayes and Bruce do a great job of tackling a big issue in a way that 
should make logical sense to////most viewers, and help to contextualize 
the same concerns that the Occupy movement have been////addressing. 
What's more, as a call to action, the doc should infuriate its viewers, 
which could lead to////needed real world reform./" --- Basil Tsiokos, 
what (not) to doc

"/In the new documentary We're Not Broke directors/producers Karin Hayes 
and Victoria Bruce////examine the income side of the equation with 
surgical precision, laying bare the system of off-shore////tax havens, 
massive corporate lobbying, and accounting trickery that transforms the 
United States'////35% corporate tax into an effective 0%./" --- Noah 
Nelson, Huffington Post

"/*We're Not Broke'* names and shames a number of major US corporations 
which it says don't pay////their fair share of US taxes, including some 
based on the Island./" --- Marina Mello, Royal Gazette Newspaper, Bermuda

"/Watch this movie and it will indicate why I support the spirit of OWS. 
If not every action/."
Twitter @alecbaldwin

"/Breaking down accounting maneuvers such as 'transfer pricing' 
transactions into simpleparts can be laborious even for business 
professors. Yet through montage and spare but effective use of talking 
heads, the filmmakers explain it all in short order that's as thrilling 
as it is infuriating/." --- Ben Fulton, Salt Lake Tribune

"/Filmmakers Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce marshall the facts well, 
lucidly explaining the complex tax laws that allow multinational 
corporations to funnel profits out of the//
//United States and into tax-haven nations (such as the Cayman Islands, 
Bermuda and Ireland) to avoid income taxes./" --- Sean P. Means, Salt 
Lake Tribune

"/The power of people to assemble is equally central to another 
documentary at this year's Festival, Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce's 
'We're Not Broke,' which confronts issues of inequality in America's 
economy./" --- Bridgette Bates, Sundance Online

"/The filmmakers deftly touch on the idea that taxes are seen only as a 
burden, an oppression, rather than the price individuals and companies 
pay for the right to live, work, be educated, and do business in this 
country (rights which serve some populations more effectively than 
others)"/ --- Gretchen Sisson, Bitch Magazine

"/*We're Not Broke*//" visually and expertly explains how 'offshore' 
banking enables the richest 1 percent and several thousand transnational 
corporations to avoid regulation, taxes, and accountability. . . .Unlike 
other documentaries about corporate abuses, 'We're Not Broke' inspires 
viewers to see themselves as agents of change/." --- Chuck Collins, IPS

"/In '*We're Not Broke*,' Hayes and Bruce, reveal shocking information 
about the number of U.S. companies such as Google, Chevron, Citigroup, 
Bank of America and GE who have made profits in the billions and managed 
to not pay a dime in U.S. taxes. . . For taking on such an intricate 
topic, they've done a fine job with 'We're Not Broke' and have created a 
space where Americans can consider the effects that big business tax 
evasion has on life in this country/." --- Jeanette D. Moses, SLUG Magazine

"/US multinationals make billions of dollars in profit but can pay no 
federal tax due to 'legal but immoral' tax arrangements, according to a 
scathing film at the Sundance film festival./"
--- Agence France-Presse

*"/WE'RE NOT BROKE /*/ranks no. 1 of top 5 documentary films getting 
buzz at Sundance.//"/
--- Christian Science Monitor
//"Following a proto-Occupy movement called US Uncut and talking to 
various economic experts, filmmakers Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce lay 
out the problem and what demands we can make to our legislators to help 
close these loopholes./" --- Bryce J. Renniger, Indiewire

"/This remarkable work is a chilling exposé that reveals the lack of 
income tax paid by multi-billion dollar U.S. based corporations and the 
growing discontent from citizens who are paying their fair share./" --- 
Tammy McLeod, Agrigirl's Blog

"/*We're Not Broke* is different from other films because it not only 
presents the problem; it presents what normal citizens can do to about 
that problem/." --- Rachel Westrate, The Park City High School Prospector

"/. . . We might believe the oft-cited cry of politicians and pundits 
that these cuts and policies are necessary because 'we're broke.' This 
inspiring and revealing new investigatory documentary asks us to 
reconsider this seemingly unquestionable claim/." --- Jason Dean, 

"/. . . documentary that should cut straight to the heart of Wisconsin 
politics, showing the growing inequality gap and assault on public 
employees. . ./" --- Rob Thomas, 77 Square

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