[act-ma] March 2021 Movie Series - Rebellion and Cooperatives

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Tue Mar 2 19:39:01 PST 2021

Movie Nights on CommunityBridge.com presents -

An engaging series of films to spur conversations on our future as a
cooperative society, working together to build an inclusive economy for
Sunday nights in March, at 7pm ET, we will share 2 short films and our
thoughts on solutions and actions we can take as individuals and
organizations working towards positive change - cooperatively.

March is Rebellion and Cooperatives month on CommunityBridge and we are
hosting a series of documentaries and films that focus on the United
States history of uprisings that are left out of our school curriculum.
These events are hidden from citizens and rarely mentioned or studied in
our educational materials. We will be pairing some of these documentary
films with some cooperative films that relate in how workers and
citizens have been moving forward to justice and equality. Typically,
the films range in lengths of 15 minutes to 1hour max. If you cannot
attend, the movie links will be posted on CommunityBridge after the event.

In US culture, these topics are usually framed to raise guilt and
further repression, preventing positive dialog and actions to change the
future. We present these films as an opportunity for discussion, not
blame, but for building a movement towards an enlightened future and
finding our part in the process as loving caring people.

PRIMER: A link to a 4 minute video description of worker-owned
cooperatives: https://youtu.be/ipSVEHYnSoA

March 7th - Double Feature:

1. Freedom or Death - 15mins
The Louisiana Slave Revolt of 1811, also known as: The German Coast
Uprising:  In January 1811, five hundred slaves of south Louisiana rose
in active rebellion against their masters in the largest slave revolt in
American history. This film is a bit sanitized and the presentation will
be a part of our discussion.

2. Own The Change - 30mins
Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time
A short, practical guide for those considering worker owned
cooperatives, made by GRITtv & TESA, the Toolbox for Education and
Social Action. Featuring conversations with worker-owners from Union
Cab; Ginger Moon; Arizmendi Bakery, Anti-Oppression Resource and
Training Alliance

Movie trailer: https://youtu.be/h5p6PBgiL3o

March 14th

The Haitian Revolution - Documentary - 1hr
A successful anti-slavery and anti-colonial insurrection that took place
in the former French colony of Saint-Domingue that lasted from 1791
until 1804. It affected the institution of slavery throughout the
Americas. Self-liberated slaves destroyed slavery at home, fought to
preserve their freedom, and with the collaboration of mulattoes, founded
the sovereign state of Haiti. It led to the greatest slave uprising
since Spartacus's unsuccessful revolt against the Roman Republic nearly
1,900 years prior.
The Haitian Revolution was the only slave uprising that led to the
founding of a state free from slavery and ruled by non-whites and former

March 21st

Fred Hampton Documentary - 30mins
COINTELPRO Black Panthers William O'Neal
Fredrick Allen Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was a black
activist and revolutionary socialist. He came to prominence in Chicago
as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP),
and deputy chairman of the national BPP. In this capacity, he founded
the Rainbow Coalition, a prominent multicultural political organization
that initially included the Black Panthers, Young Patriots, and the
Young Lords, and an alliance among major Chicago street gangs to help
them end infighting and work for social change.

Context on Fred Hampton: 3mins

March 28th

Mississippi's War: Slavery and Secession - 1hr
State’s Rights vs Slavery?   What was the motivating factor that lead to
the conflict? Examine the reasons behind Mississippi’s decision to
secede from the United States, and the ramifications that action had on
its citizens.


Each film will be followed by a discussion on solutions and actions
towards a better future.

If you have suggestions for topics of discussion for any of these films,
please respond by replying to this email and it will go to everyone on
the list, or just bring your ideas to the event.

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We will send a reminder out a few days before each Movie Night.  Looking
forward to our discussions!

In Solidarity,
Micky Metts
Agaric ~ FreeScholar
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