Challenges to Democracy
By Cliff DuRand
John Pilger’s documentary, The War on Democracy, demonstrates the brutal reality of the United States’ notion of “spreading democracy.” In fact, he shows how our government is actually conducting a war on democracy. True popular democracy is now more likely to be found among the poorest of Latin America whose grassroots movements are often ignored in the West.
Center for Global Justice presents:
The War on Democracy (John Pilger)
Tue, Aug 2, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
Untold History of the US, Part 5: The 1950s: “Eisenhower, the Bomb, and the Third World” (Oliver Stone)
Tue, Aug 2, 4pm
Teatro Santa Ana
“Where Do We Progressives Go From Here?”
Wed, Aug 3, 11am
Pilger conducts an exclusive interview with the late Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela. He also goes to the US, and in some remarkable interviews, speaks exclusively to US government officials who ran the CIA’s war in Latin America in the 1980s. This reveals more about US policy than all the statements and postures of recent times, showing how the rest of the world is being “ordered” by the US. The War on Democracy, however, is a hopeful film, for it sees the world not through the eyes of the powerful, but through the hopes and dreams and extraordinary actions of ordinary people.
The Center for Global Justice continues screening the Oliver Stone series, Untold History of the United States. This Tuesday we discuss episode 5: “The 1950s: Eisenhower, the Bomb, and the Third World.” Stone sheds new light on the era that militarized the country under a wave of anti-communism and expanded the Cold War, promoting regime change in Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, and Cuba.
On Wednesday we turn our attention to the present. The marathon infomercials from our two major political parties have finally ended. And progressives are now left with the question, “Where do we progressives go from here?” Do we simply support the non-Trump lesser of two evils? Do we build a third party like the Green? Do we focus on electing a new Congress? Do we work outside the electoral box to build institutions that will empower people in their daily lives? All of the above?
These are among the questions progressives are asking of the movement energized by Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The Center for Global Justice will hold a post-convention forum to explore options for the way forward. The discussion will be kicked off with brief presentations by San Miguel residents Gregory Diamant and Peter Weisberg as well as visiting New York City activist Nellie Bailey. But most of the time will be yours to explore your own considered ideas. How can we best promote progressive social change in the US?