The Square (2013)

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years.

The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.


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Bitcoin: Film Screening, Followed by a General Discusion

Bitcoin! You’ve heard it mentioned, but what actually is it? And why is everybody talking about it?

Bitcoin as an idea is a radical concept that could completely shift humanity’s relationships to money and social government. It was born 5 years ago, released into a dark corner of the internet, and promptly abandoned. Nobody knows who made it, or why. Bitcoin as a protocol is a large, de-centralized, open-sourced global distributed financial ecosystem that replaces the need for banks, stock exchanges, notaries, escrow agencies, the federal reserve, and more.

This is an open discussion group, and people of all backgrounds, political views, ages, and familiarity levels with bitcoin are welcome! I ask that if you are very familiar with or super excited about bitcoin that you help us hold space for people who may be trying to understand what exactly is happening here. Our primary goal is to provide a fertile environment for discussion and understanding.

The effects of crypto-currency as a technology may yet prove to be as disruptive as the human adoption of Agriculture. We just don’t know. Either way, it is a fascinating and often misunderstood topic. Come with us as we crack it open and have a look at what’s happening under the surface.

For questions or comments please email Hope to see you there!

Writing for Social Change

Do you think people should plant their lawns with food instead of grass? Do you wish there was free education for all? Are you bothered about the way things are done? Well, stop complaining to your friends about it …and complain to the whole dang world!

In this workshop, we will work to create articles that express our opinions in a compelling way. There won’t be time to write the whole article in the 1.5 hour workshop, but we’ll narrow down topics, outline our articles, discuss research strategies, and then discuss strategies for getting our articles read by the most people possible.

Everyone is welcomed to join, whether you just want to write one article about that thing you’ve been brooding about for a while, or whether writing is already part of your daily practice.

About the host: My name is Hayley Steele, I am an MFA student in creative writing. For the past two years, I have been writing under various names for indy media publications including AdBusters, Slingshot, and Indybay. Sometimes I think the articles I write don’t matter, but then I meet someone from a far away city who read something I wrote and got inspired.

I believe that every person is a writer, and learning to write well empowers us to make huge changes to the world, especially in this age of fluid information. Just one piece of writing can make a huge difference!

Texts to keep in mind

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Released 1962, this book launched the modern environmental movement
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Released in 1852. Eleven years later, slavery was outlawed.
  • Call to Occupy Wall Street From Adbusters Magazine in July 2011, this was the call to action for the Occupy Movement. The historians will be the ones to decide what this one accomplished… Read it at:



Pete Seeger – The Power of Song

In memoriam to reknowned activist Pete Seeger,  the Long Haul presents the full film Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007) ,  a documentary film about the life and music of the folk singer Pete Seeger.[1] The film, which won an Emmy Award, was executive produced by Seeger’s wife, filmmaker Toshi Seeger, when she was 85 years old.[2][3]

The documentary was directed by Jim Brown, who also directed The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time! (1982). The film includes interviews with Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Natalie Maines, and numerous Seeger family members. One of its associate producers was Kitama Jackson, a grandson of Seeger.pete seeger

Kanehsateke: 270 Years of Resistance

This film documents the 1990 crisis when Native Americans of the Mohawk Nation blocked access to reserve land which was being appropriated against their will by the White community of Oka, Quebec, Canada. What this film shows is the initial incident and the resulting siege from the Mohawks point of view as an illustration how this is simply a result of resistance to 270 years of European racism pushing them around and leading up to this confrontation.


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Movie: From Soweto to Berkeley

Documentary (1987), 50 min, dir. Scott Wiseman

“Soweto to Berkeley” explores the student protests and debates at UC Berkeley in the 1980s which led to the Board of Regents decision to withdraw $3.1 billion in funds from companies doing business in South Africa. With the students’ tactics including occupations and direct actions, their organizing efforts, and their successes and failures, still resonate today.

Discussion to follow. Folks who were involved in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s are invited to attend and speak about their experiences.