[act-ma] Thursday 2/18: "Malcolm X, Make it Plain" - Free UPandOUT film screening
pfsoto at mynas.com
Tue Feb 16 15:17:34 PST 2016
"/The survival of the myth of spontaneous popular revolution is
depressing in view of the ample literature on the coup d’état, and
on the main factors and tactics by which to bring one about. /.../it
was wrong to say that pre-conditions were necessary for a revolution
to occur. For/ [Curzio] /Malaparte, regime change could be promoted
in any country... providing that there was a sufficiently determined
body of men determined to achieve it. //This brings us onto a second
body of literature, concerning the manipulation of the media.
...Control of this reality is itself an instrument of power, which
is why in classic coups in a banana republic the first thing that
the revolutionaries seize is the radio station. People experience a
strong psychological reluctance to accept that *political events
today are deliberately manipulated*. This reluctance is itself a
product of the ideology of the information age, which flatters
people’s vanity and encourages them to believe that they have access
to huge amounts of information. In fact, the apparent multifarious
nature of modern media information hides an extreme paucity of
original sources, rather as a street of restaurants on a Greek
waterfront can hide the reality of a single kitchen at the back.
...~ /John Laughland, excerpted from */The Technique of a Coup
X: Make it Plain
[short clip: Malcolm, a week before he was assassinated
Showing Thursday, February 18, in Cambridge
[please download & distribute flyer
Malcolm X rose from the streets to become one of the most influential
leaders of the civil rights movement. His adventure-filled path to
public service is detailed in the documentary/*Malcolm X: Make It Plain*/.
This film chronicles Malcolm X's remarkable journey from his birth on
May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to his assassination at the Audubon
Ballroom in NYC on February 21, 1965. His compelling story is told
through the memories of people who had close personal and working
relationships with him: prominent figures such as Maya Angelou, Ossie
Davis and Alex Haley; Nation of Islam associates, including Wallace D.
Muhammad, the son of Elijah Muhammad; and family members, including his
wife, Betty Shabazz, and his oldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz.
Included is extensive archival footage of Malcolm X, speaking in his own
words at meetings and rallies, and in media interviews.
"/Vintage clips of the man throughout his public life. Anyone who is not
moved by this-- especially during the last section, where Malcolm knows
that his days are numbered--had better check back into the human race."/
~Bacchus, at IMBD
/"Look at yourselves. Some of you teenagers, students. How do you think
I feel and I belong to a generation ahead of you - how do you think I
feel to have to tell you, 'We, my generation, sat around like a knot on
a wall while the whole world was fighting for its human rights - and
you've got to be born into a society where you still have that same
fight.' What did we do, who preceded you? I'll tell you what we did.
Nothing. And don't you make the same mistake we made...."/
"/Who ever heard of angry revolutionists all harmonizing 'We shall
overcome ... Suum Day...' while tripping and swaying along arm-in-arm
with the very people they were supposed to be angrily revolting against?
Who ever heard of angry revolutionists swinging their bare feet together
with their oppressor in lily-pad park pools, with gospels and guitars
and 'I have a dream' speeches? And the black masses in America were--and
still are--having a nightmare/."
/"A ballot is like a bullet. You don't throw your ballots until you see
a target, and if that target is not in reach, keep your ballot in your
Both parties (Democrat and Republican) are controlled by the same people
who have abused our rights, and who have deceived us with false promises
every time an election rolls around./*"
*"/Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry
over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change."
/"/If you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them
and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program,
and when the people create a program, you get action./"
/"I think that an objective analysis of events that are taking place on
this earth today points towards some type of ultimate showdown. You can
call it political showdown, or even a showdown between the economic
systems that exist on this earth ...I believe that there will ultimately
be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I
believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom,
justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the
systems of exploitation."/
"/He (MLK) got the peace prize, we got the problem.... If I'm following
a general and he's leading me into a battle, and the enemy tends to
give him rewards, or awards, I get suspicious of him. //Especially if he
gets a peace award before the war is over/."
"/If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is
wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black
babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make
us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to
draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is
right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own
people right here in this country/.”
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor
Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
*free film & free door prizes
****[donations are encouraged]
*feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed
"/You can't legislate good will - that comes through education/." ~
*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...
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