The Culver City Democratic Club is hosting a free screening of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler's Occupy-themed documentary, Four Days In Chicago at the Veterans Memorial Building at 7PM on Oct. 9. The film documents the Occupy Movement's demonstrations in Chicago against the 2012 NATO Summit. Following the screening will be a Q&A with the film's editor, Nicholas Golding. Four Days in Chicago is lifelong activist Haskell Wexler's personal look at Chicago over four days in May 2012 -- four days filled with politics, protest and police. The Occupy movement, the National Nurses Union, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink and others converged on Chicago to tell President Barack Obama and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stop the insane spending on wars around the world, and bring the money home for housing, schools and healthcare. The film criticizes Emanuel's decision to bring police in from other states, and spend $27 million in security arrangements to secure the city against citizens speaking out. The protest was a huge event in Chicago, but received no national press coverage, save for sensationalized images of a menacing Black Bloc. Four Days in Chicago raises a key question: is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- or is it of, by, and for the 1%? Nick Golding is a Los Angeles native and a second-generation film editor. After studying film at San Francisco State University, Nick moved back home to Los Angeles and was hired as an editor on Forty Deuce, a reality series being made by Golden Globe nominee Zalman King. Over the course of the project, the two developed a strong working relationship. Nick went on to edit all of King’s subsequent projects, most notably the feature films Dance with the Devil and Pleasure or Pain, and the Showtime series Body Language. Nick also edited Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Shane Stanley’s feature film My Trip Back to the Dark Side, a gritty crime thriller which premiered at the 2013 Marché du Films at Cannes. Most recently, Nick has had the honor of working with Oscar winning filmmaker Haskell Wexler. Under Wexler’s direction and guidance, Nick’s work has broadened to encompass themes of advocacy and social justice. The two collaborated on the documentaries Four Days in Chicago and Medium Cool Revisited. Nick’s credits include work for Showtime, VH1, The Speed Channel, E! Entertainment, Bravo, Time.com, and Spike. He has edited films that have screened at SXSW, Chicago International, Cannes, and Woodstock. The event will be held at the Veterans' Memorial Building, Rotunda Room, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Refreshments will be served.
At the Culver City Democratic Club's general meeting on Sept. 11, a candidates' forum and endorsement vote was held for the Culver City School Board's Nov. 5 election. Candidates Karlo Silbiger and Claudia Vizcarra each gained 60% of the vote of eligible members present to win the club's endorsement. We need all Democrats to support Karlo and Claudia and remember to vote for them on Nov. 5! (If you don't know your precinct, contact the L.A. County Registrar of Voters at www.lavote.net.) Karlo Silbiger for Culver City School Board P.O. Box 4794, Culver City CA 90231 310-202-7255 firstname.lastname@example.org http://karlo4schoolboard.com Claudia Vizcarra for Culver City School Board 4079 Coolidge Ave., Los Angeles CA 90066 email@example.com
On Sept. 17, Holly J. Mitchell swept to victory in the special election to fill the state Senate seat in the 26th District, formerly held by Curren Price. After Holly is sworn in, Gov. Jerry Brown will announce the date for another special election to fill the remainder of her term in the Assembly for the 54th District. In the state Senate, Holly vows to continue focusing on issues important to all Californians: women's issues, health care, the environment, community safety, education, economic development and improving the lives of our children. Congratulations, Senator-elect Mitchell!
Now that we've had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Martin Luther King, Jr. beyond his "I Have a Dream" speech. The question is always asked: What happens after the marches are over? Demonstrators left Washington, D.C. in 1963 determined to change the American landscape. Consequently, we had passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Those laws were passed, not because of a speech in the nation's capital, but because of the hard work and dedication of people at the local, state, and national levels to bring about change. While the "I Have a Dream" speech might have been King's most popular, it was not his most substantive one. In 1963, King etched a picture of what America should look like in the future. However, a far more important effort was his "Mountaintop" speech, delivered in Memphis the night before he was assassinated. In that speech, King outlined a plan for economic empowerment and told us how to strengthen our institutions to accomplish that goal. Instead of placing so much emphasis on what King said in 1963, we should look at what he was doing at the time of his death. He wasn't trying to create a special commission or hold conferences on how to strengthen the middle class. He was organizing a Poor Peoples Campaign, a trek to Washington, D.C. to dramatize the urgent need to help the least among us. SCLC continued the Poor Peoples's March after King's death, erecting a tent city on the Mall. After six weeks, demonstrators were evicted. Today, the poor are still suffering. Poverty is defined as a family of four being able to live off of $23,021 a year. Today, a record 46.2 million people, 15 percent of the U.S. population, are living in poverty. One of the goals of the 1963 March on Washington was a minimum wage that could lift a family of four out of poverty. They demanded the minimum wage of $1.15 an hour be increased to $2 an hour. As a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) entitled, "The Unfinished March: An Overview," noted, "The inflation-adjusted value of the minimum wage today is about $2 less than it was at its peak value in 1968." Worse than living on below-poverty wages is to have no job at all. When he was assassinated, King was helping organize garbage workers in Memphis. He was not dreaming because he was not asleep. We honor him by continuing his work, not by merely continuing to recite his "I Have a Dream" speech.