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Occupy San Miguel

FILM OCCUPY

By Jim Carey

Over the past two years, hundreds of powerful people have been the subject of sexual harassment or assault allegations, including many of the cardinals of the media (Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, and Bill O’Reilly), in entertainment (Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey), in politics (Donald Trump, Al Franken, and George HW Bush), religion (Theodore McCarrick and Willow Creek Community Church), and sports (Larry Nassar).

More survivors come forward every day, many of them inspired by the #MeToo movement and emboldened by those who have gone before. In many of these situations, a very common response is surprise and an epidemic of denial and ignorance. For example, the Above the Law.com website reported that during the second day of his confirmation hearing, Brett Kavanaugh—responding to questioning from Senator Orrin Hatch about what he knew about allegations against the man he once clerked for, Alex Kozinski—insisted he knew nothing about the sexual harassment Kozinski has been accused of, despite the years-long connection between the two men.

On Monday, OccupySMA will go back 27 years to another Senate hearing where the entire country was glued to their TVs and radios as a poised African-American woman sat before a senate judiciary committee of 14 white men, and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment that she had endured while working with the Supreme Court nominee and now Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas. Watching the film, Anita Hill—Speaking Truth to Power, we see the committee chair, Senator Joe Biden, do little to stop the railroading, grilling, and harassment of Professor Hill during her eight hours of testimony. The same Orrin Hatch who now defends Kavanagh is seen 27 years ago, attacking the credibility of Anita Hill.

Today, Anita Hill is the Brandeis University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Hopefully, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib from Detroit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx, Boston`s Ayanna Pressley, and the wave of women running for office will all change the contaminated political culture which produced Trump. There is something wrong when women who comprise 51 percent of the US population hold 20 percent of the 535 membership. Just 23 women (23 percent) serve in the US Senate, and 84 (19.3 percent) in the US House of Representatives, according to Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.)

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film celebrates Anita Hill`s legacy and provides a rare glimpse into her private life and career. Stephanie Merry of the Washington Post calls it “a powerful time capsule, deftly edited. It’s a reminder of what we were and, thanks to Anita Hill, how far we`ve come.” Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, the film reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice.[MA1]

Join us Monday for this interesting film—followed by a discussion. Our events are free and open to all.

 

Meeting, Film, and Discussion

Occupy San Miguel presents

Anita Hill—Speaking Truth to Power

Mon, Sep 17, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15, TV room

Centro

Free

 

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