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Occupy San Miguel Shows Free Documentary on Anita Hill


By Jim Carey

On May 13, Occupy San Miguel will take you back to a Senate hearing 28 years ago, when 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. With a clear, unwavering voice, Anita Hill 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.

What happened on that fateful day that allowed Thomas to join SCOTUS? Come and watch the film and make your own judgment. Then view Senator Joe Biden, the chair, as he does little to stop the railroading, the grilling, and harassment of Professor Hill during her eight hours of testimony. We know now that Biden refused to allow other women to come forth and support Anita Hill’s testimony.

In a recent telephone interview with the New York Times, Hill declined to characterize Biden’s recent words to her as an apology. She said she was not convinced that he has taken full responsibility for his conduct at the hearings, or for the harm he caused other victims of sexual harassment and gender violence. In her opinion, she told the paper, Biden “set the stage” for last year’s confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Hill also expressed trepidation about recent accounts by women who said Biden touched them in uncomfortable ways.

“I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose,” she said in the New York Times interview.

Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, the film—Anita: Speaking Truth to Power—reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice. 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” and “a reminder of what we were and, thanks to Anita Hill, how far we`ve come.”

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

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

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Mon, May 13, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15, TV room




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