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“In the Eye of the Hurricane: By Jerry Lopez.

A few years ago I co-produced the below documentary. Due to many local requests we will be showing it again for the first time in 4 years.  Please join us for this great opportunity to better understand mass convergences, local impacts, and how low income and communities of color are effected by these large protests. The showing is FREE. If you know anyone who might be interested, please forward them this email and the attachment to them.  Thank you. Jerry Lopez

RNC Week – Video Showing and Critical Dialogue

Wednesday September 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm

“In the Eye of the Hurricane:

People of Color Resisting Corporate Globalization”

(A critical analysis of the 2003 FTAA protests in Miami)

A group of community organizers from the Twin Cities traveled to      Miami in November of 2003 to document the protests taking place against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas ministerial.

While most of the international media were focusing on the police state that authorities created by using tear gas, rubber bullets and tasers on protesters, the Sin Fronteras Video Collective focused on the organizing efforts of the Root Cause Coalition.

Root Cause was a low income people of color led coalition.  Focusing on housing issues and environmental racism and farm worker justice in south Florida. The Root Cause Coalition was joined by activists from the Global South to bring to world’s attention the impacts of globalization and neoliberal policies on low income communities of color.

Critical questions raised by Root Cause

Relevant to the RNC protests

Taking place in our hometown of St. Paul:

· Who are most directly impacted by the policies of the Republicans and Neo-Conservatives around the globe and here at home?
· Where are those voices in our movements of resistance?

· Who gets to decide our tactics and strategies of resistance?

· How do issues of racism and white paternalism impact our abilities to build a broad base movement for social change?

RNC Week – Video Showing and Critical Dialogue

“In the Eye of the Hurricane:

People of Color resisting Corporate Globalization”
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
7:30 pm

Multicultural Indigenous Academy
133 East 7th Street, 4th Floor
Saint Paul, MN 55101