Popcorn/Potluck & Politics Series
Popcorn & Politics – First Friday Film
Friday, July 6th, 7 pm
A Popcorn & Politics Film projected on the big screen
at the LEPOCO Peace Center, 313 W. 4th St., (south) Bethlehem.
The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you “Whose Streets?” – a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with MILITARY GRADE WEAPONRY, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new wave of resistance.
For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live.
Directed by Sabaah Folayan. 101 minutes. 2017.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack or beverage to share.
Potluck & Politics
Sunday, June 17th, 6:30 pm
Olga Negron & Susie Ravitz
“Puerto Rico, Since the Hurricane”
A LEPOCO Potluck & Politics event at the Lehigh Valley Friends Meetinghouse
4116 Bath Pike (Route 512), Bethlehem (18020), ½ mile north of Rt. 22.
Olga Negron is member of the Bethlehem City Council. She has been a community leader in the Lehigh Valley since the 1990s. She grew up in Puerto Rico, left when she was 21 years old, but has maintained many close ties with her family members that still live on the Island. Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Olga has been involved in organizing aid to go to the Island and in opening doors for the people who needed to find safe haven here in the Lehigh Valley. Later in June she will make her first visit to the Island since the hurricane.
Susie Ravitz, a founding member of LEPOCO, has been visiting Vieques, Puerto Rico, regularly since the 1990s. She was involved in the successful protests against the U.S. Navy bombing of the beautiful island. She visited Vieques in late March for two weeks.
Both Olga and Susie will share what they know about the ongoing need for assistance in Puerto Rico (and here) and how people can help with that assistance.
Attendees are encouraged to bring food to share for the Potluck Dinner at 6:30 pm.
Discussion will start around 7 pm.