The Camden 28: EWOK! Movie Screening on May 24th

May 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm (Events)

Join us for a potluck and screening of The Camden 28 on Sunday, May 24th.  All proceeds benefit recent anti-NAFTA superhighway arrestees in Indiana.

When: Sunday, May 24, 4:00 pm

Where: Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Cost: $5-15 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

About the movie: How far would you go to stop a war? The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J., draft board office by “Catholic Left” activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America. Arrested on site in a clearly planned sting, the protesters included four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 23 others. The Camden 28 reveals the story behind the arrests — a provocative tale of government intrigue and personal betrayal — and the ensuing legal battle, which Supreme Court Justice William Brennan called “one of the great trials of the 20th century.” Thirty-five years later, the participants take stock of the motives, fears, and costs of their activism — and its relevance to America today.

About the Indiana arrestees: Hugh and Tiga are long-time Bloomington, IN residents and activists who were recently arrested and now face an assortment of misdemeanor and felony charges for the community organizing work they’ve done in resistance to I-69. I-69 is part of the NAFTA superhighway, already constructed from Canada to Indianapolis and in parts of Mexico, Central and South America. This highway is meant to provide multi-national corporations a more cost-effective way to move goods and capital throughout each country, allowing them to cheaply exploit the people and natural resources of Latin America and lessening companies’ accountability in terms of human and environmental rights. Its construction in Indiana requires evicting hundreds of rural families, destroying hundreds of acres of land, and devastating the habitats of countless species of animals, many of them already endangered.

For more info on Hugh and Tiga, see: http://mostlyeverything.net

For more info on I-69 resistance, see: http://stopi69.wordpress.com

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