"Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power" Jan. 10, Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Forbes Library community room downstairs.
Discussion afterward with
Lindsay Sabadosa, Director of the Pioneer Valley Women's March (scheduled for Jan. 20th) will lead us in discussion of the film, its relevance today, and what we might think about doing locally on this issue.
"The entire country watched as Anita Hill, a young black African-American law professor, sat before a 1991 Senate committee of 14 white men and with an unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Hill was challenging Clarence Thomas' nomination to the US Supreme Court and exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world. The committee refused to hear Hill's colleagues who came to give corroborating testimony. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Freida Lee Mock creates a thoughtful, deeply felt account of Hill's remarkable journey and transformation from private citizen to internationally respected gender equality activist."
Carolyn Oppenheim, Film Series co-coordinator with Frances Crowe.
At least 125 drummers, dancers, and justice believers shared the spectacular January Drum & Dance last year, called "We Shall Overcome Ourselves," and this is expected to be something of a repeat (but in Greenfield)!
PART ONE - The 5th annual Martin Luther King Alternative Winter Holiday Celebration, 5:00-8:00pm
A creation of Jasper Lapienski, the Alternative Winter Holiday Celebration is a chance for people of varying beliefs, or none at all, to come together around two basic elements: Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and chips & salsa. All ages & races are encouraged to participate. Bring festive, delicious, and nourishing foods for the pot luck feast. At 6:45pm we will gather together and watch the speech in community, and then we will take the time to reflect on our experience. Please be aware that the reflection circle is a closed container. You must arrive by 7:00 in order to share, although those arriving later may witness. Workshops relating to community building, social justice, and land stewardship will be offered from 5:00-6:45pm. To offer a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday 1/10. (walk-in proposals may be accepted if space is still available).
PART TWO - Drumming & dancing with intention for a more just society, 8:00pm-midnight
Have you ever noticed how much energetic intensity and focus we create together at Drum & Dance? Well, I have. Let's put it to work! Fairness benefits men, women, and transgender people; blacks, whites, Jews, First Nations, etc.; every age group; and every spiritual background. Please come, please drum, please dance - bring your children, some food to share (no matter how late you arrive, someone will be hungry), and the most powerful and raucous love you can summon. No one can stop us now...