Big changes for 2015
We're moving to a new room at the Sierra 2 Center for our Point of View lectures (2791 24th St., now we'll be in the Garden Room, where the Marxist School started out years ago) ... mostly still on the Third Thursday, but in April there will be two events (and three speakers!), and we don't know yet about March and May.
In 2015, there will be another change in our classes and discussions: the SMUD conference rooms will not be available next year. So we are shifting the Tuesday operations to the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820. Please watch for details on our classes page. We can't reserve rooms too far in advance but so far we have the second and third Tuesdays (not second and fourth) for January, February and March.
Thursday, January 15, 2015, Film showing (1 hour) and Q&A with director Sam Mayfield.
Sierra 2 Center 2791 24th Street, Sacramento — Garden Room
Wisconsin Rising: A Documentary Film Directed and Produced by Sam Mayfield, Green Valley Media, and E.W. Stetson
Wisconsin Rising documents the largest sustained workers’ resistance movement in American history. Wisconsin was a testing ground for the nation in 2011 as big money attempted to undo basic workers’ rights when newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker suddenly stripped collective bargaining power from the state’s public employees.
Wisconsin Rising catapults the viewer into the days, weeks, and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority, and injustice. Happening months before the Occupy movement, Wisconsinites spontaneously occupied their state Capitol for weeks as never before seen in American History.
As the story unfolds, democracy itself is at stake. The government in Wisconsin looks like a circus, as Republicans invent new laws daily, restricting citizens’—and even elected officials’—access to the State House. Our cameras are rolling on March 9th, 2011, when Republican Senators attempt to vote on the bill with no public notice as over 10,000 people pour into the Capitol, occupying its halls overnight. Dramatic footage shows Republican Senators fleeing the state capitol on a secret shuttle as thousands of Wisconsinites fill the State House and Capitol grounds in protest.
Collecting more than one million signatures, the people attempt to oust Scott Walker in a recall election. He is only the third governor in American history to face a recall election and is the first to survive.
What will the people of Wisconsin do in the face of these perceived injustices? How will the citizens rebuild and reorganize, and what can the rest of America learn from their actions?
DVD extras include interviews with Dennis Kucinich and Tom Morello.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Sam Mayfield (Director, Producer, Camera) is a videographer, editor, and video journalist who has been documenting stories that remain untold by the commercial media since 2004. In 2011, Mayfield traveled to Wisconsin to cover the popular uprising against legislation gutting basic workers rights. She went for four days and ultimately stayed seven months, documenting this piece of American history as it unfolded in front of her.
Green Valley Media (Executive Producer) has been documenting the culture of human rights since 1974.
E.W. Stetson (Executive Producer) has produced documentaries and features on topics ranging from environmental issues to affordable housing and many overlooked facets of U.S. political history.
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