Saturday, July 09, 2011

[PDI] Just Views event in August "Billionare's Tea Party

This should be a really good one!
Friday, August 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm:
Tonight's film, entitled "Billionaires' Tea Party: How Corporate America
is Faking a Grassroots Revolution", chronicles Australian filmmaker Taki
Oldham's US visit starting in late 2009 to explore "astroturfing"; rather
than artificial grass, this term refers to a form of advocacy in support of a
corporate agenda designed to give the appearance of an independent,
large-scale, public, grassroots movement. For example, billionaire Koch brothers
funded the Americans For Prosperity group, which guided Tea Party
opposition to climate legislation. Posing as a free-market activist, Taki attends "
Tea Party" events to learn more about supporters' views on reduced
government spending, taxation and regulation, and reduction of the national debt
and federal budget deficit. As Taki shows, anti-government rage may be less
representative of public sentiment and more of corporate strategy. For more
info and to purchase the DVD, go to

We are inviting resource people related to media and government reform to
join us for the viewing and discussion. We will discuss media and big
business roles in elections and proposals for tax and budget reform. We welcome
active audience participation and all points of view.

Our timely issues programs are free and open to the public, no reservations
required. Parking is free, too. Just Views shows great films about matters
vital to social and economic justice on second Fridays monthly--year '
round. View and then share views from different vantages with citizens
attending and invited resource persons. Each night is a stimulating, informal,
stand-alone program. Just Views Director is sociologist Stephanie Hughes 630/
420-4233. Upcoming and past films are described at _www.DuPagePeace.org_
( --just click on Just Views. Also
click on "New DPTJC Maillist" and take simple steps to receive email notices
of future programs. Mark your calendars ahead now for the second Friday of
every month, pass along these notices, and bring friends!

All of our free monthly second-Friday Just Views programs start at 7:20
pm, are sponsored by the DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition and are held
at the Unitarian Church (DUUC) in Naperville IL at 4 S 535 Old Naperville
Road (630/505-9408) . Directions: Go (south of Route 88) to the corner of
Naperville Road and Diehl. Proceed one block east along Diehl, then turn
left/north. Enter the Unitarian Church ahead on your right.

Don Kirchenberg
630-853-7650 Mobile
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