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Oppression & Resistance, The Lead Catastrophe in Utica & A Lesson on Slavery – Freedom School Class – Thursday, January 8

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We will continue our discussion from our previous class on the lead catastrophe in Utica and what we can do about it. During our last class, MVCC student and Freedom School educator Lana Nitti taught a class which gave a deeper look into the lead catastrophe in our community, who it impacts, and why. We will continue to examine this important issue through a social, economic, and scientific lens to ensure that we have the necessary knowledge to make positive changes in our community. We will also discuss what actions and organizing can happen in order to address this catastrophe.

Since systems of oppression evolve over time and have remained integral to the smooth operation of this nation, we will also have a discussion on slavery led by high school student Diamond Hunt. We will look at the connections between forms of oppression, such as slavery throughout history, and the modern plight of poor and working class people as they are affected by lead poisoning. As always, we will ask what ordinary people can do, and what people have done, to end catastrophes.

Class will begin at 7:00 and dinner will be served at 6:30.

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Screening of Pan’s Labyrinth and Lecture on the Spanish Revolution – Dec 10

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006. In Spanish with subtitles.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Mohawk Valley Community College – AB 233

Film screening of the film Pan’s Labyrinth and lecture by MVCC adjunct faculty Brendan M. Dunn on the Spanish Civil War, Spanish revolution, and how this film is an allegory of the tragedy of Spain in the 1930s.
“Pan’s Labyrinth is one of the greatest of all fantasy films, even though it is anchored so firmly in the reality of war. On first viewing, it is challenging to comprehend a movie that on the one hand provides fauns and fairies, and on the other hand creates an inhuman sadist in the uniform of Franco’s fascists. The fauns and fantasies are seen only by the 11-year-old heroine, but that does not mean she’s “only dreaming;” they are as real as the fascist captain who murders on the flimsiest excuse. The coexistence of these two worlds is one of the scariest elements of the film.” – Roger Ebert