The Moral Revolution
Thursday, August 4 at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00)
LOCATION: First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave. at Madison (on the Park Blocks north of PSU)
TICKETS: $10-$25 sliding scale donation requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Purchase advance tickets with preferred seating at Emma’s Revolution (look for “Portland, OR” on the Concerts page)
Films and other events after the jump. Also go to: http://www.vfpnationalconvention.org/publicevents.htm
- Music by EMMA’S REVOLUTION – Smart, funny, informative-like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars, Emma’s Revolution is the DC-based, award-winning, activist folk-rock duo, Pat Humphries & Sandy O. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, Emma’s Revolution creates new standards in the art of social justice. Their song “If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
- Keynote Speaker BLASE BONPANE – Director of the Office of the Americas in Los Angeles, activist/educator/radio host Bonpane has a long and distinguished history as an advocate of nonviolent struggle for peace and justice, including working as a Maryknoll Missioner in Guatemala during the revolutionary conflict of the 1960s, and working with Cesar Chavez as editor of United Farm Workers publications. He hosts the weekly radio program World Focus on Pacifica Radio and has authored many books. Bonpane will speak on The Moral Revolution: “An international Moral Revolution is in process. It is being conducted by people who have only their bodies and their voices. It is in direct conflict with the ancient and outdated weapons of war. In contemporary times it developed in Latin America and has swept those countries with people-oriented views of the economy and the common good….The theme in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and elsewhere has been the same, ‘FEAR HAS BEEN DEFEATED, THERE IS NO TURNING BACK.’
- WILL HOPKINS is a lifelong New Hampshire resident who served for six years in the New Hampshire National Guard. He was decorated for valor during a year-long tour in Iraq as an Infantryman, including the fall 2004 Fallujah offensive. Hopkins also served in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Hopkins took over as director of New Hampshire Peace Action and New Hampshire Peace Action Education Fund in September of 2009, and was elected last year to the Veterans For Peace national board.
- FilmsAll films are FREE admission unless otherwise noted. Donations appreciated.Living Along the FencelineThursday, Aug. 4 at 1:45pm
LOCATION: Lincoln Hall Room LH115, Portland State University
PRESENTER: Co-director/Co-producer Gwyn Kirk
SYNOPSIS: A groundbreaking documentary by award-winning filmmaker Lina Hoshino, LIVING ALONG THE FENCELINE (2011) tells the stories of seven women whose lives have been affected by the US military presence in their backyards. The film connects stores of women from Texas, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, Guam, the Philippines, Korea, and Okinawa (Japan) and their efforts to create genuine security in their home communities. Their individual journeys of strength and courage represent the unheard stories of myriad communities across the globe that live alongside US bases and bear tragic hidden costs to their land, culture, and spirit. [80 mins.]
Go to: http://www.vfpnationalconvention.org/publicevents.htm for a full listing of films.