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Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm
“Lonely people have never been happy people. And globalization is creating a very lonely planet,” activist and author Vandana Shiva in The Economics of Happiness. The Economics of Happiness, is an incisive, award-winning documentary that links today’s global crises (climate change, terrorism, the financial crash) with personal malaise (rising levels of depression and the pervasive emptiness of consumer society). The cure? Localization. A return to community, where people can forge connections with neighbors instead of advertising models, and buy food from a nearby farmer instead of the industrial agricultural machine. It is the economic and social bond among fellow citizens, and their very interdependence - insists economic analyst Helena Norbert-Hodge - that allows them to be truly happy. Guest Speaker: Don Comstock, Board Member of Beacon Food Forest; taught "Discontents of Globalism" at Antioch U. graduate dept. Co-Sponsors: Beacon Food Forest, South Seattle Climate Action Network, Mt Baker Community Club Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/421355324932607/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D Doors open at 6 pm. Come early for free snacks and conversation. Donations always gratefully accepted. Metro Bus #14 from downtown or Light Rail to Mt. Baker Station, the walk ~ 6 blocks east on So. McClellan St. to Mio Posto Cafe and follow street curve to right. There you are! Release Year: 2012 Running Time: 1 hr 8 min Director: Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, John Page
Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:30-9pm
The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the 7,500 persons in Rikers on a given day, almost 80% have not been declared guilty or innocent. Many spend years there. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival. RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, a riveting new documentary, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told directly to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience. (A Bill Moyers project.) DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM for snacks and conversation. STAY after for audience discussion and guest speaker. FREE snacks and movie. Donations gratefully accepted. RAFFLE DRAWING to benefit Meaningful Movies Project. GREAT PRIZES: $155 Carry-on Suitcase; Restaurant Gift Certificates; Gorgeous Nat. Geo. Illustrated Book; Designer Jewelry; and much more! TIX: $5 ea.; 5 for $20; 15 for $50.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:30-9pm
Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award (R) winning film THE COVE, is back for "6". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:30-8pm
(Movie) Disruption: Climate. Change. Release Year: 2014 Running Time: 52 Minutes Director: Kelly Nyks | Jared P. Scott PRESENTED BY: Mt Baker Meaningful Movies Seating at 6:00 PM, Movie at 6:30 PM, Thursday, January 28, 2016 In this film about climate change, clear and compelling facts are interspersed with inspiring footage of the organizing of the September 21, 2014, People’s Climate March in New York City. This movie proves that showing up and speaking up makes a difference. If you are concerned about climate change, and want to take action, this film provides guidance and demonstrates that coming together in community to fight injustice, makes us strong. Yes, climate change is an enormous problem but remaining silent is not an option. We need to take action because we care about people and we care about the planet. Please join us for the discussion following the film. Special guest TBD. This event is Free and Open to the Public! Donations kindly accepted to cover expenses. “The stakes are too high for us not to make the absolute most of this moment.” – Naomi Klein Sponsors: Mount Baker Meaningful Movies are presented at the Mt. Baker Community Club in Seattle and organized by the South Seattle Climate Action Network.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 5-7:30pm
Inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller, the film This Changes Everything, presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein's narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. This is part of a coordinated effort at multiple Meaningful Movies venues across the Puget Sound area, in support of a positive outcome for COP21, and bringing awareness to what each of us can do, right here & right now.