Steve Early, Refinery Town, Big Oil, Big Money And The Remaking of An American Town.  This Sunday at 1st U, 7 PM.
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Refinery TownSunday, March 19

Refinery Town, Big Oil, Big Money, and The Remaking of an American City
a book by Steve Early

Meet and talk with author Steve Early

The People vs. Big Oil—how a working-class company town harnessed the power of local politics to reclaim their community

Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, California, was once a typical company town, dominated by Chevron. This largely nonwhite, working-class city of one hundred thousand suffered from poverty, pollution, and poorly funded public services. It had one of the highest homicide rates per capita in the country and a jobless rate twice the national average.

But in 2012, when veteran labor reporter Steve Early moved from New England to Richmond, he discovered a city struggling to remake itself. In Refinery Town, Early chronicles the fifteen years of successful community organizing that raised the local minimum wage, defeated a casino development project, challenged home foreclosures and evictions, and sought fair taxation of Big Oil. Here we meet a dynamic cast of characters—from ninety-four-year-old Betty Reid Soskin, the country’s oldest full-time national park ranger and witness to Richmond’s complex history; to Gayle McLaughlin, the Green mayor who challenged Chevron and won; to police chief Chris Magnus, who brought community policing to Richmond and is now one of America’s leading public safety reformers. Part urban history, part call to action, Refinery Town shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation

Date/Time:  Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Doors open at 6:30; event starts at 7 PM.
Location:  Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon
Admission:  Donation requested: $5-20; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Sponsored by
Economic Justice Action Committee - First Unitarian Church
Alliance for Democracy, Oregon Progressive Party

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Schedule of documentary screenings

(Subject to change) Schedule for 2017 though June.  Click to Print This Schedule
Generally we will have one or two "experts" for a Q&A session after the screening.  All screening begin at 7 PM; door open at 6:30 PM. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Food Chains – The Revolution in America's Fields. Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of Floridian tomato pickers who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed.

Friday, May 12, 2017

We the People 2 The filmmakers have dubbed the community rights movement “The Second American Revolution” - a battle not against a foreign power, but against corporate power. Thomas Linzie of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is featured

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fix IT: Healthcare at the Tipping Point This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation's health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.

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