Occupy SMA

OCCUPY

By Steven Gloss

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Princeton University professor, author, and activist, as well as a columnist for the news and commentary website Truthdig. He also hosts a weekly interview show called On Contact, which airs “dissident voices” currently missing from the mainstream media. An early critic of the Iraq war, Hedges delivered a commencement address at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, in May 2003, saying: “We are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige and power and security.” His speech was received with boos, and his microphone was shut off three minutes after he began speaking.

Hedges examines the current state of revolt within the United States, speaking about the country’s continuing history of domestic terrorism and examining the ways in which communities can come together to resist before it is too late. Although the nascent Presidency of Donald Trump has focused our attention, for many years now human rights have been under attack, and our communities of color are often the first targets. Corporations have further infiltrated government to divert federal dollars into the pockets of a few. Paramilitary forces like ICE, radical right pundits, and hate groups have reinforced systems of division and control. The US has a long history of white supremacy and disparity—and recently, more people have been uprooted from our imaginary past of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

The military and defense budgets are on the verge of achieving historical highs, and we languish in endless wars in the Middle East.

Chris Hedges is a former war correspondent for the New York Times, where he covered wars in Nicaragua and Salvador, the Balkans, and Iraq. He is the author of 11 books, including Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012); and Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015). He is a provocative speaker known for “telling it like it is” and without “pulling any punches.” He is regarded as one of the top US public intellectuals today. The litany of conditions presented by Hedges, and which now represent the United States of America, may make many of us consider the country in a different light.

In a recent TruthDig column entitled “The End of Empire,” Hedges started with the following assessment: “The American empire is coming to an end. The US economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements.”

“Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation, and impunity from prosecution for massive acts of financial fraud, all the while looting trillions from the US treasury in the form of bailouts.” Join Occupy SMA next Monday to see and hear what some have called Hedges’ best speech of 2017.

 

Film and Discussion

Occupy SMA presents:

Stopping Fascism and Resistance

By Chris Hedges

Mon, Oct 23, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

TV room

Loreto 15, Centro

Free

 

 

 

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