Global Justice Summer Symposium Opens

Michael Moore

By Cliff Durand

Tuesday’s panel looks at concrete ways we can and actually are Moving Beyond Capitalism. With the long decline in US manufacturing and the 2008 financial crisis, millions have been thrown out of work and many have lost their homes. On this, the 240th anniversary of independence from England, is it time to now declare independence from Wall Street banks and greedy corporations? With the revolt against the political establishment this campaign season suggests, many “USians” are looking for new ways forward.

Panel
Moving Beyond Capitalism: Declaring Independence from Wall Street
Tue, Jul 5, 11am
Sala Quetzal

La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Film
Where to Invade Next (Michael Moore)
Center for Global Justice
Tue, Jul 5, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana

La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Film
The Untold History of the United States: WW II (Oliver Stone)
Tue, Jul 5, 4pm
Teatro Santa Ana

La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Film Discussion
The Next American Revolution (Gar Alperovitz)
Wed, Jul 6, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

The Center for Global Justice opens a sizzling summer series of documentary films and talks on pressing social issues with Michael Moore’s latest film, Where to Invade Next. Always provocative, Moore takes us to numerous European countries to highlight more progressive social policies in areas of education, the prison system, drug policy, the workplace, health, and many other areas of daily life. Draped in the US flag, he proclaims these are ideas we can learn from. Rather than invading other countries to claim their resources or bring them the American way of life, Moore holds up a mirror in which we can see how we would like to be, showing us the more humane and more satisfying quality of life with the social democratic policies that prevail elsewhere.

On Tuesday, July 5, the Center for Global Justice begins a weekly screening of the 10 episodes of Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. In this HBO series, iconoclast filmmaker Stone takes us through the events that have shaped our world from World War II up to the Obama administration. More than a recounting of familiar events, Stone takes us into the behind-the-scenes dealings of powerful figures and policy disputes that, had they turned out differently, would have changed the world we now live in drastically … and for the better. This first episode takes a fresh look at World War II.

Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz points us to these alternatives. His documentary film The Next American Revolution describes alternatives already in the making in thousands of communities across the US, cooperatives, community land trusts, and other such grassroots institutions that can check monopolistic corporate power, democratize wealth, and empower communities. Alperovitz argues that these can take us beyond corporate capitalism without ending up in state socialism. He makes a convincing case that we are in the midst of a great transformation of our society that will better realize core American values.

All of our films are followed by stimulating discussion. Join us.

 

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