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Sunday's D3 Daily Action - Are you using film effectively as an organizer or community activist?


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Stories change the world and how we see it. 

Are you using the power of film as well as you could as a change-maker in your community? 

Film showings and online sharing can be a great way to build power in your community: 

1. Film showings are less intimidating than other types of events and bring new people out and inspire them to action

2. Film showings can be fun social events to retain members and deepen relationships

3. Film showings give members and attendees a common experience to share and discuss

4. Films can educate your members and community about specific topics.

First - How can I legally show films in public?

If you've ever tried to show a copyright film in public, you know it can be a hassle -- the Federal Copyright Act requires you to purchase a "public performance license" (aka umbrella license) to show such works. Buying a film only gives you the right to watch it in a private home or with a few friends, not to play it at the park or a public library. Even if you're a non-profit. 

Libraries, K-12 schools, and universities/colleges get really good deals on film performance licenses and are very likely already subscribed to license programs and know what to do. They're also great places to attract new audiences from youth to working people and retirees. Alternatively, check with local theaters and bars that have shown films recently.

If you want to go it alone, you can often get a license for $200-600, depending on the film and your event. You can contact the distribution company for the particular film for a price quote.

Where Can I Find the Good Stuff?

Rotten Tomatoes keeps a best 100 documentaries of all time list, and is a great resource to search reviews on new documentaries

Here's another strong top 100 documentaries list

For at-home viewing, Netflix offers more than you might think. Here's one list of its top documentary options.

With so many new films coming out all the time, it's worth a Google search every now and then. Here's one list of 2017's best documentaries so far and where to find them. 

Today's Action: Check in with your local group and chat how you could be using regular film showings to build power and reach your goals!

 

Stay Strong America!

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Photo:   The Hill

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Sunday Reading Project:  Peter Hessler's How Trump Is Transforming Rural America:  In Colorado, the President’s tone has started rubbing off on residents. - The New Yorker

Peter Hessler joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2000. From 2000 until 2007, he was the magazine’s correspondent in China. His Letter from China articles included features on the basketball player Yao Ming, a Shenzhen factory worker, and a rural family in the grip of a medical crisis. His first book, “River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze,” won the Kiriyama Prize and was short-listed for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. His second book, “Oracle Bones,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won an American Society of Magazine Editors award for his piece “China’s Instant Cities,” about the entrepreneurial frenzy behind China’s dramatic economic growth, published in National Geographic. He completed his trilogy of China books with “Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip.” In 2011, Hessler was named a MacArthur Fellow. After leaving China, Hessler moved to southwestern Colorado, where his stories included a feature about the local uranium industry and a profile of a small-town druggist. His collection of essays, “Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West,” was published by Harper in 2013. In the fall of 2011, Hessler moved to Cairo, Egypt, where he has covered the ongoing revolution

 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

Please join D3 Indivisible Colorado to walk in Ouray's famous 4th of July Parade! Meet other folks at the Wood Residence (431 4th Street) to coordinate at 9 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. This is a patriotic event in celebration of our beloved America so please convey positive messages only. And wear RED, WHITE and BLUE!

And wherever you are, please CELEBRATE 4th of July with loved ones honoring this great country and your place in it!

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose the ban against Muslims, despite SCOTUS ruling (hat tip).

Write: Your 3 MoCs at a local office

Script: I’m a constituent from [ZIP], concerned about discrimination against Muslims immigrating to the US and the SCOTUS ruling. I am asking you for two things: 1. To extend the definition of family to include grandparents, fiancé/es, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces. 2. To pass stronger anti-discrimination and sanctuary resolutions so that liberty and welcome may prevail. Name, address

Bonus: Read this infographic.

 

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D3 Monthly Meeting TONIGHT:  Please Attend or Live-Stream

We are pleased to host Christi Strickland at this month's D3 meeting for a fun, interactive workshop on "Bridging the Gap." Join us!

Christi Strickland, MA has been bridging divides and developing collaborative partnerships as a group facilitation skills instructor for the past 15 years at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  She has also been involved in various activist groups, particularly around anti-oppression work as well as addressing climate change.  She sees the efforts of Indivisible as an opportunity to bridge these worlds - to fight for justice and sustainability, while bringing people together rather than deepening divisions.

Where:  Weehawken Creative Arts
1075 Sherman Street
Ridgway, CO  81432

When:  6:30 - 8:00pm

We will livestream this meeting to the Indivisible District 3 Facebook page.  Please tune in if you cannot attend in person!

(Please note that June's meeting will return to the Sherbino Theatre in Ridgway, CO)

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Great Sunday Reading from the NYT: Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss

By ANNA DUBENKO MARCH 23, 2017

The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's the weekend, so you can't call your MoC's Office but you can put your feet up and watch this video to learn how to have better political conversations.