Capitalism: A Love StoryMichael Moore documentary centering on the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and the recovery stimulus, while putting forward an indictment of the current economic order in the United States and capitalism in general.
Chicago 10 At the 1968 Democratic Convention, protestors, denied permits for demonstrations, repeatedly clashed with the Chicago Police Department, who waged a week-long terror campaign that resulted in riots witnessed live by a television audience of over 50 million.
Commanding Heights - The Battle for the World Economy – Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3PBS The purpose of this site is to promote better understanding of globalization, world trade and economic development, including the forces, values, events, and ideas
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the RoomA documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.
FuelDirector Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America’s addiction to oil.
Food Inc The veil on our nation’s food industry is lifted, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.
The Future of FoodThe Future Of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
HomeIt shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet
Human Resources It’s a documentary about Social Control.
Occupation 101Award-winning documentary film on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
If A Tree Falls Part 1, Part2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. (Incomplete)
Century of the Self (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) The Century of the Self is an award winning British television documentary film. It focuses on how Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have thought about, dealt with, and controlled people.
Workers Republic In December of 2008, laid-off Chicago factory workers occupied their vanishing workplace, Republic Windows & Doors, declaring they would not leave until the owners and creditors agreed to pay them the severance that they were owed. They held the factory for six days.
The TakeIn suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats, and refuse to leave.
Frontline: The WarningLong before the meltdown, one woman tried to warn about a threat to the financial system
A Place Called Chiapas(Online Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10) documentary film of first-hand accounts of the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) the (Zapatista Army of National Liberation or Zapatistas) and the lives of its soldiers and the people for whom they fight
Taxi To The Dark Side-BBC Full Length Documentary Controversial death in custody of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar who was beaten to death by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention at the Bagram Air Base. Taxi to the Dark Side also goes on to examine America’s policy on torture and interrogation in general, specifically the CIA’s use of torture and their research into sensory deprivation.
Weather Underground The rise and fall of the American radical organization The Weathermen, a radical group committed to overthrow the government
The Trials of Henry Kissinger ( Online Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8) This riveting documentary depicts former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a warmonger responsible for military cover-ups in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as the assassination of a Chilean leader in 1970.
ZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARDA feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical “life ground” attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a “Resource-Based Economy”
Zeitgeist AddendumThe second documentary film, Zeitgeist: Addendum, attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution.
Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Pricesa feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families and American values.
This is What Democracy Looks LikeThis film, shot by 100 amateur camera operators, tells the story of the enormous street protests in Seattle, Washington in November 1999, against the World Trade Organization summit being held there.
The Shock DoctrineNaomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically.
The American Dream(30 minute animated short on the financial institutions and the Fed)
I Am Not Moving Occupy Wall Street
Right Here All Over (Occupy Wall St.)(Amazing behind the scenes look at OWS community)
Inside Job (2010)(Documents 2008 Financial crisis)
Bahrain: Shouting in the Darka television documentary produced by Qatar -based news channel Al Jazeera English about the 2011 Bahraini uprising.
BBC Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot, 1605 Part 1, Part 2
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An open presentation for students to pose questions to university administratorsabout concerns regarding the current budget challenges was announced last Tuesday in an email to San Diego State students.
This email was in part sent as a response to a letter from student-activist organization Reclaim SDSU to arrange an open forum solely devoted to questions and concerns of students, faculty, staff and parents. The intent of Reclaim SDSU’s letter was to create an event for the campus community, instead of a lecture to select individuals by the administration, according to the organization.
“We just want to make sure the issues we are most concerned about are focused on,” Reclaim SDSU member Matt Blythe said. “We don’t want our questions to be pre-screened and not represent the actual concerns of the community.”
Before the open presentation for Associated Students was announced, the administration had sent Reclaim SDSU an email stating it would send a formal response with the time and location for the open forum. Yet, the formal response had the open presentation specifics enclosed, rather than those of the open forum.
While the subjects of the open presentation will pertain to the university’s budgeting process and fiscal outlook, student questions can be incorporated into the presentation if submitted no later than Friday. Some students felt this was a positive move on the part of the administration.
“I think it’s a good, different idea that AS is reaching out to the students not only to inform them as to the reasons behind the budget reduction, but also to see what our questions are as a student population,” theatre arts junior Liliana Silva said. “I hope the student body takes advantage of the opportunity to educate themselves since no one likes the idea of budget cuts. If we motivate ourselves to understand more about the fiscal state of the university and involve ourselves, we can come up with a stronger solution as students.”
According to a few members of Reclaim SDSU, an hour and a half is not much time to address students’ concerns, and devoting only a portion of that time to students’ questions is insufficient.
“We are disappointed that the new president of SDSU has chosen to give a lip service to our calls for a transparent dialogue, instead of honest and horizontal engagement of the SDSU community,” Blythe said.
“We asked for faculty, staff, parents and students to be involved and invited,” Reclaim SDSU member Elena Horvitz said. “We want everyone that is affected to be involved, so an open forum with only students would be unacceptable.”
Nevertheless, when 25 students were asked whether or not they had received the email, only eight confirmed to have received it.
“We want the format of the presentation to be more democratic and not some sort of dictatorship,” political science graduate student Amir Shoja said.
Parents are also welcome to attend the open presentation.
The announcement was sent to registered emails in enrollment services. According to Shoja, “Communication efforts have not been very quick or successful,” which is why he said the deadline for questions will be extended to next Friday.
Faculty members were not officially invited to the student budget open presentation because three sessions were held for budget faculty presentations last week.
According to the university administration, the reason the open forum was replaced by an open presentation was that the administration believes it would be more productive and more organized.
“If we receive the questions in advance, we can be more productive during the presentation,” chief of staff Andrea Rollins said. “If we get organized more information can be shared and there can be a better flow and logic to the information.”
“I would like to be involved in an open forum,” SDSU parent Jeff Horvitz said. “I would think most students are working as a team with parents to complete their college education, so parents should be involved.”
The presentation will be moderated by A.S. president and vice president, Cody Barbo and Krista Parker, and will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 in Arts and Letters 201.
By George Lakey
While many of us are working to ensure that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of democracy and economic justice. Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the basis for something different.
Both countries had a history of horrendous poverty. When the 1 percent was in charge, hundreds of thousands of people emigrated to avoid starvation. Under the leadership of the working class, however, both countries built robust and successful economies that nearly eliminated poverty, expanded free university education, abolished slums, provided excellent health care available to all as a matter of right and created a system of full employment. Unlike the Norwegians, the Swedes didn’t find oil, but that didn’t stop them from building what the latest CIA World Factbook calls “an enviable standard of living.”
Neither country is a utopia, as readers of the crime novels by Stieg Larsson, Kurt Wallender and Jo Nesbro will know. Critical left-wing authors such as these try to push Sweden and Norway to continue on the path toward more fully just societies. However, as an American activist who first encountered Norway as a student in 1959 and learned some of its language and culture, the achievements I found amazed me. I remember, for example, bicycling for hours through a small industrial city, looking in vain for substandard housing. Sometimes resisting the evidence of my eyes, I made up stories that “accounted for” the differences I saw: “small country,” “homogeneous,” “a value consensus.” I finally gave up imposing my frameworks on these countries and learned the real reason: their own histories.
Then I began to learn that the Swedes and Norwegians paid a price for their standards of living through nonviolent struggle. There was a time when Scandinavian workers didn’t expect that the electoral arena could deliver the change they believed in. They realized that, with the 1 percent in charge, electoral “democracy” was stacked against them, so nonviolent direct action was needed to exert the power for change.
In both countries, the troops were called out to defend the 1 percent; people died. Award-winning Swedish filmmaker Bo Widerberg told the Swedish story vividly in Ådalen 31, which depicts the strikers killed in 1931 and the sparking of a nationwide general strike. (You can read more about this case in an entry by Max Rennebohm in the Global Nonviolent Action Database.)
The Norwegians had a harder time organizing a cohesive people’s movement because Norway’s small population—about three million—was spread out over a territory the size of Britain. People were divided by mountains and fjords, and they spoke regional dialects in isolated valleys. In the nineteenth century, Norway was ruled by Denmark and then by Sweden; in the context of Europe Norwegians were the “country rubes,” of little consequence. Not until 1905 did Norway finally become independent.
When workers formed unions in the early 1900s, they generally turned to Marxism, organizing for revolution as well as immediate gains. They were overjoyed by the overthrow of the czar in Russia, and the Norwegian Labor Party joined the Communist International organized by Lenin. Labor didn’t stay long, however. One way in which most Norwegians parted ways with Leninist strategy was on the role of violence: Norwegians wanted to win their revolution through collective nonviolent struggle, along with establishing co-ops and using the electoral arena.
In the 1920s strikes increased in intensity. The town of Hammerfest formed a commune in 1921, led by workers councils; the army intervened to crush it. The workers’ response verged toward a national general strike. The employers, backed by the state, beat back that strike, but workers erupted again in the ironworkers’ strike of 1923–24.
The Norwegian 1 percent decided not to rely simply on the army; in 1926 they formed a social movement called the Patriotic League, recruiting mainly from the middle class. By the 1930s, the League included as many as 100,000 people for armed protection of strike breakers—this in a country of only 3 million!
The Labor Party, in the meantime, opened its membership to anyone, whether or not in a unionized workplace. Middle-class Marxists and some reformers joined the party. Many rural farm workers joined the Labor Party, as well as some small landholders. Labor leadership understood that in a protracted struggle, constant outreach and organizing was needed to a nonviolent campaign. In the midst of the growing polarization, Norway’s workers launched another wave of strikes and boycotts in 1928.
The Depression hit bottom in 1931. More people were jobless there than in any other Nordic country. Unlike in the U.S., the Norwegian union movement kept the people thrown out of work as members, even though they couldn’t pay dues. This decision paid off in mass mobilizations. When the employers’ federation locked employees out of the factories to try to force a reduction of wages, the workers fought back with massive demonstrations.
Many people then found that their mortgages were in jeopardy. (Sound familiar?) The Depression continued, and farmers were unable to keep up payment on their debts. As turbulence hit the rural sector, crowds gathered nonviolently to prevent the eviction of families from their farms. The Agrarian Party, which included larger farmers and had previously been allied with the Conservative Party, began to distance itself from the 1 percent; some could see that the ability of the few to rule the many was in doubt.
By 1935, Norway was on the brink. The Conservative-led government was losing legitimacy daily; the 1 percent became increasingly desperate as militancy grew among workers and farmers. A complete overthrow might be just a couple years away, radical workers thought. However, the misery of the poor became more urgent daily, and the Labor Party felt increasing pressure from its members to alleviate their suffering, which it could do only if it took charge of the government in a compromise agreement with the other side.
This it did. In a compromise that allowed owners to retain the right to own and manage their firms, Labor in 1935 took the reins of government in coalition with the Agrarian Party. They expanded the economy and started public works projects to head toward a policy of full employment that became the keystone of Norwegian economic policy. Labor’s success and the continued militancy of workers enabled steady inroads against the privileges of the 1 percent, to the point that majority ownership of all large firms was taken by the public interest. (There is an entry on this case as well at the Global Nonviolent Action Database.)
The 1 percent thereby lost its historic power to dominate the economy and society. Not until three decades later could the Conservatives return to a governing coalition, having by then accepted the new rules of the game, including a high degree of public ownership of the means of production, extremely progressive taxation, strong business regulation for the public good and the virtual abolition of poverty. When Conservatives eventually tried a fling with neoliberal policies, the economy generated a bubble and headed for disaster. (Sound familiar?)
Labor stepped in, seized the three largest banks, fired the top management, left the stockholders without a dime and refused to bail out any of the smaller banks. The well-purged Norwegian financial sector was not one of those countries that lurched into crisis in 2008; carefully regulated and much of it publicly owned, the sector was solid.
Although Norwegians may not tell you about this the first time you meet them, the fact remains that their society’s high level of freedom and broadly-shared prosperity began when workers and farmers, along with middle class allies, waged a nonviolent struggle that empowered the people to govern for the common good.
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/how-swedes-and-norwegians-broke-power-1-percent-1327762223. All rights are reserved.
From the World Beat Center “Greetings Global Family, March 23rd we received a certified letter stating that WorldBeat Center’s Children’s Garden was an unauthorized encroachment on Park Property and that it could be removed within 30 days if WBC did not comply with the Park Codes. WBC has followed these codes for years and has had insurance to cover this area for over 4 years now. This area now the Children’s Garden was once a dirt area known to be a haven for drug and alcohol abusers. With this Children’s Garden, WBC cleaned up the area and made it a positive and refreshing place for San Diegans and visitors. This Garden was in the Master Plan for Balboa Park and WBC has maintained it for 15 years without any support from this City or Park. WBC Staff and the kids planted it in 1998. WBC has been given the approval from the former Park & Rec director but the current administration has been uncooperative. The Park Administration has promised a Right of Entry for years now but has left this promise unfulfilled. Having contacted our City Council for advice and support, WBC has been informed that the Garden in not in danger of removal, however this has yet to be addressed in a formalized letter. We ask for the public to continue to call and to write to our city council and mayors office to ask for the 25 year lease including the Children’s Garden. Your support has helped to slow down the removal of the Children’s Garden. Thank you family! Don’t give up the fight…” Learn about the World Beat Center at http://www.worldbeatcenter.org/ Upcoming Programs to support the Garden. >WEEKLY DRUM CIRCLES >POETRY CIRCLE >MORENGA PLANT SALES >GARDENING CLASSES >SOLAR WORKSHOPS >INTRODUCTION TO SOLAR COOKING >CHILDRENS SUMMER CAMP >CHILDREN STORY TELLING #wbc#world beat center#san diego#culture#balboa park
Monday at 9:00am Hall of Justice 330 W Broadway San Diego, Ca 92101 “We just heard that the hearing is schedule for this coming Monday at 9am, same location as today the Hall of Justice building, 330 w. Broadway, dept. 66, we hope you can join us. Also, I want to clarify that what was agreed upon today was to have the demolition stopped till Monday. What this means is that construction crew is NOT allowed to tear down any more wall till the case is heard. But the crew is allowed to do other work if needed, they are also allowed on site.” URGENT RALLY! Walmart has completely disrespected the Sherman/Logan community! Walmart promised that they would keep Farmer’s Market building intact from the outside…THEY LIED! The demolition has started! We will not stand for that!