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Free film screening: "1971"

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: UPandOUT • 243 Broadway • corner of Broadway & Windsor; entrance on Windsor • Cambridge


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Showing Thursday, April 21, in Cambridge
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On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. Thus uncovering the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.

Despite searching for the people behind the heist in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the identities of the members of the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI remained a secret.

Until now.

For the first time, the members of the Citizens' Commission have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971 is their story.

Told through a combination of exclusive interviews, rare primary documents from the break-in and investigation, national news coverage of the burglary and dramatic re-creations, the story of the Citizens' Commission unfolds with haunting echoes to today's questions of privacy in the era of government surveillance.

The film ends with our characters and their families explaining why, after 40 years, they have decided to break their silence.

"History isn't dead, it isn't even over." ~William Faulkner

"We didn't know anything about the people who had done it. We had these Americans who in secret we owe a debt to that we will never be able to repay." ~Edward Snowden

"The question we try to put before you is simply this: Who went too far, and what does 'too far' mean...when the killing has started, when you want to stop it? ...

"What do you do when a child's on fire? We saw children on fire.
What, what do you do when a child's on fire in a war that was a mistake?
What do you do? Like, write a letter? ~ Father Michael Doyle, of the Camden 28

"Civil disobedience is, in fact, at the center of American democratic philosophy. ...

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem. ...

"I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants - without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers." ~Howard Zinn


doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film & free door prizes
[donations are encouraged]
feel free to bring your own snacks and soft drinks - no alcohol allowed

"You can't legislate good will - that comes through education." ~ Malcolm X

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Why should YOU care? It's YOUR money that pays for US/Israeli wars - on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Libya. Syria, Iran, So America, etc etc - for billionaire bailouts, for ever more ubiquitous US prisons, for the loss of liberty and civil rights...

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