End:Civ Screening and Panel Discussion (Saturday Oct 6, 11 am – 1 pm)
This year, the Alchemical Nursery is again presenting a FREE screening of topical interest to our community for the 4th annual Progressive Film series starting at 11 am at the Westcott Bulb Project, Westcott Community Center on Saturday October 6.
END:CIV, by Franklin Lopez, is 75 minutes in length and “examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. The causes underlying the collapse of civilizations are usually traced to overuse of resources. But acts of courage, compassion and altruism abound, even in the most damaged places. By documenting the resilience of the people hit hardest by war and repression, and the heroism of those coming forward to confront the crisis head-on, END:CIV illuminates a way out of this all- consuming madness and into a saner future.” – from the website.
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A panel discussion afterwards entitled “Reflections on Resisting the Destruction of the Earth” will include local activists to be announced, including those involved in organizing against the hydro- fracking industry’s attempts to degrade our ecosystems in pursuit of fossil fuels, and the anti-nuclear movement.
First, we’re proud to have joining us Kat Stevens: From Cortland, NY, a radical environmental activist working with grass roots
organizations to confront industry with tactically diverse forms of direct action. Currently working to defend New York State from hydrofracking, Kat has been organizing direct actions in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions as well as working on community based outreach campaigns in Cortland County.
Our second panelist on October 6th will be Sue Matthews from Oswego, NY. Sue has been an anti-nuke activist since the 70s and has worked as a nuclear plant inspector. Currently a member of Occupy Oswego and working on action groups opposing fracking, monitoring local government and forming a community garden.
Our third panelist on October 6th is Ryan Clover (Rye ‘n Clover) – a folk-punk banjo musician and organizer with Shaleshock Action Alliance from Ithaca, NY. Ryan’s been involved as an educator and facilitator for the past four years, nurturing a diverse horizontal approach to movement organizing.
Our fourth panelist on October 6th is Jessica Maxwell. Jessica has been an activist on social justice and environmental issues for the past 15 years in Syracuse. She currently lives at the Bread and Roses Collective House, where she coordinates their urban vegetable gardens. She has been a longtime advocate for a sustainable energy policy and is active with the Alliance for a Green Economy, a new state-wide network of organizations working for a Carbon Free, Nuclear Free NY State.