PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes
Thursday 12/4 - Film 7:00 PM - FREE
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Presented by New York For Democracy
PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis' quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes is the layman's guidebook to taking back our democracy.
The film will be followed by a panel discusion
New York For Democracy
Is an ever growing group of New Yorkers who are committed to rescuing our democracy from the devastating influences of money in politics.
They strongly oppose the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Electoral Commission, which unleashed a wave of unlimited, unregulated, anonymous money in our political system. We strongly believe that money is not equal to free speech and that corporations, unions, and associations (Super PACS) are not people.
There goal is to unite and organize to demand a constitutional amendment that will overturn Citizens United and lessen the corrupting effects that big money and special interests now exert on our divided political system.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT - A SMALL ACT
Thursday 12/18 - Film 7:00 PM - $8.00
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.
This Months Film: A SMall Act
When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts a scholarship program of his own and names it for his former benefactor.
The top students in Mukubu primary school are in the exact same situation as Chris once was. They are bright, but can't afford to pay school fees. With the creation of Chris' fund, these students have new hope. But the program is small; how many will qualify for a scholarship?
Using a strong narrative, the film interweaves seemingly separate lives into a cohesive whole. With clarity and grace, A SMALL ACT, bears witness to the ripple effect a single action can create.
This evenings musical performer
Jack Empie began playing guitar spontaneously on a Christmas Day when he discovered a guitar (intended for his younger brother) under the tree. Jack went on to study music at Berkley College and Towson University. His diverse range makes it difficult to place his music in a particular genre but his personal voice is discernible to even an unsophisticated listener. Jack has worked as a professional musician in bands and as a solo performer since he was a teenager. His passion for music is infectious because of his joy in sharing and relating it others. He is presently working to release a new CD and continues to perform at various local venues.