[act-ma] CME film: Skydancer and upcoming events

Sandra Rosen sar8 at verizon.net
Tue Feb 5 11:12:04 PST 2013


The following events will take place at:

THE CENTER FOR MARXIST EDUCATION (CME) LOCATED AT 550 MASSACHUSETTS  
AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR, IN CAMBRIDGE NEAR THE CENTAL SQUARE MBTA STATION  
ON THE RED LINE

PROGRESSIVE MOVIE NIGHT

Sunday, February 10 @ 6 p.m.


SKYDANCER

The Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the World Trade  
Center: for more than 120 years, Mohawk ironworkers have raised  
America’s modern cityscapes. They are called 'sky walkers' because  
they walk fearlessly atop steel beams just a foot wide, high above  
the city. Who are these Mohawk sky walkers? What is their secret for  
overcoming fear? Has 'sky walking' replaced an ancient rite of  
passage? Or is it the pure need to adapt in order to  
survive?                                                                 
         English narration, 2011, 75 minutes

  Upcoming events:

Thursday, Feb.14, 6:30-8pm -- An open discussion on China

Have questions or concerns about China? Come raise them at this  
special meeting of the China Study Group. Duncan McFarland, who  
convenes the Study Group, Richard Pendleton of the US-China People's  
Friendship Association, and Wadi'h Halabi will be present. Halabi  
will open briefly, addressing a question posed to him in China in  
December, namely, How can China best approach opening businesses in  
the rest of the world, for example, a mine in Africa?

Saturday, Feb.23, 3-5pm -- Special event on Robert F. Williams and  
the Deacons for Self-Defense with James Smethurst, African-American  
Studies, UMass-Amherst
Massive racist violence challenged the Civil Rights Movement in the  
1950s and 1960s. Robert F. Williams, leader of the NAACP in Monroe,  
NC, and a WWII and Korean War veteran, organized and advocated armed  
defense of the Movement against this racist violence, which emanated  
not only from the Klan but from police and sheriff departments (often  
closely connected to the Klan). Williams placed a special emphasis on  
recruiting veterans. The NAACP removed him from his position, and the  
federal government persecuted him, forcing him into exile, first in  
Cuba then in China. From Cuba and China, he edited the radical black  
newspaper, The Crusader, and broadcast the radio show, Radio Free  
Dixie. He had a profound influence on the Black Liberation movement.

Jim Smethurst teaches African-American Studies at the University of  
Massachusetts-Amherst and has authored many articles and books on the  
African American struggle and culture. Excerpts from a recent  
documentary on Robert F. Williams will also be shown. Don't miss this  
one!
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