Tuesday, August 09, 2011

[PDI] Fwd: Just Views: Films & Discussion: Friday Nights 8/12 Billionaires' Tea Party & 9/9 Cost of War


The DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition invites you to...
*JUST VIEWS: a Free & Open Film & Discussion Program*

*Mark your calendars for the 2^nd Friday of Each Month!

**_F_*_riday, *August 12*, 2011 at 7:20 pm: Media, Big Business, and
Reform Movements _


_ 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.

*_F_*_riday, *September 9*, 2011 at 7:20 pm: Exorbitant Costs of Iraq
and Afghanistan Wars


As the 10^th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 approaches, we
shall reflect by watching the award-winning PBS FRONTLINE documentary
"The Wounded Platoon" -- following a group of Army soldiers deployed to
Iraq.They experience combat, display heroism, and back in the US, suffer
from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), an anxiety disorder which
may result in flashbacks, nightmares, guilt, depression, anger,
drug/alcohol abuse, violence, and/or suicide.While the soldiers and
their families suffer most, all of us suffer from the moral and economic
costs of war.The US government already has spent at least $1.2 trillion
and possibly twice as much on the Iraq-Afghan wars.Many advocate deep
cuts in military spending, an end to the Bush era tax cuts for the
richest Americans (vs. cutting US safety net programs) and investment in
job creation programs.For more Cost of War and Federal Budget-related
resources and ways to take action, see http://www.faithpeace.org/

and http://afsc.org/.

For our discussion, we are inviting veterans and organizations assisting
veterans.And we will reflect broadly on what has transpired since
9/11/01 with representatives of groups demanding policy change in
Washington. We welcome active audience participation and all points of view.

*Save this Part for Year-Round Reference: 2^nd Friday Nights are for
Just Views!*

*Just Views programs start at 7:20 pm*, are sponsored by the DuPage
Peace through Justice Coalition and are held *in Naperville IL at the
Unitarian Church at 1828 Old Naperville Road (formerly 4 S 535 Old
Naperville Road – new address, same location).*

*_Directions_:* If coming from east or west on route I-88, exit at
Naperville Road onto Freedom Drive.Turn left (East) onto Diehl Road and
continue across Naperville Road/Naper Blvd, and then turn left/north at
the first street (Old Naperville Road). The UnitarianChurchis down one
block on your right.Note:For other route options and a map, see church
website: www.dupageuuchurch.com. The church phone is 630/505-9408.

Our timely issues programs are /nonpartisan, open to the public,
and free/ -- no reservations required. /Parking is free/, too. Just
Views shows /great films about matters vital to social and economic
justice/ on the second Friday of each month throughout the year. View
and then share views from different vantages with citizens attending and
invited resource persons. Each night is a stimulating, informal,
stand-alone program. Join the multilogue!

Upcoming and past films are described at
www.DuPagePeaceThroughJustice.org -- just click on Just Views. There
take simple steps to receive email notices of future programs. Please
mark your calendars ahead for the second Friday of every month, share
these notices, and bring friends! Just Views Director is sociologist
Stephanie Hughes 630/ 420-4233. Just Views Associate Director is Carol
Tritschler 630/ 961-0106 No Expiration Date -- Labor Donated

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