The NAACP and Wilmington's Working Films are bringing a series of documentaries to Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh and Wilmington dealing with issues that have come to the forefront since the Pope TeaBagger takeover of the state's government.
The films include American Teacher; contrasting the testimonies of the actual experiences of classroom teachers with education reform advocates; American Winter, looking at the struggles of families after the economic crisis; Freedom Summer on the 1964 wave of student Civil Rights activism; and Inequality for All, Robert Reich's examination of wealth inequality.
The local groups co-sponsoring the event include the NC NAACP, The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the Tar Heel Alliance of Classroom Teachers (tACT), the NC AFL-CIO, Democracy NC, the NC Justice Center, The Durham People's Alliance, The Mountain People's Assembly, Beloved Community Center, Action NC, Pitt County NAACP, New Hanover County NAACP, and the Black Arts Alliance. The organizers hope to replicate and further the success of Moral Monday protests in awareness raising and "to offer a forum for community members to share their perspectives, identify common ground, and discuss potential solutions to the problems at hand."
The schedule of Wilmington showings is here. Working Films has a page with screenings scheduled for other cities.
I'm going to the Greenville one
Democracy Greenville our local chapter of Democracy North Carolina is hosting that one at our monthly meeting in June. I used to work in eastern NC as a field organizer, and even though I'm not in that role any more I'm very much looking forward to getting out there again and being there for that.
We've partnered with Working Films before. They helped get the Citizen Koch film screened around NC. I've got to give a big shout out to our Training Director Omisade who has joined the Working Films' board for all the effort she has put in to help make these happen and get the word out there.
I'm really excited for this film to be getting out there in this 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer as we gear up for a Freedom Summer of our own in 2014. I've been trying to get my fellow Game of Thrones fans in the mood with this little image I made and started sharing right after HKonJ: