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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Event: Public Screening of Michael Moore's Latest Movie: Where to Invade Next, Saturday, August 20


Join us this Saturday for a FREE screening of Michael Moore's Latest Creation, Saturday, August 20th at 3:30PM

Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT:  a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.  
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Just in time for election season, America's favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT.  Honored by festivals and critics' groups alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places.  The creator of FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before—an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

"One of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made... Optimistic and affirmative, it rests on one challenging but invaluable idea: we can do better."
Godfrey Cheshire,  

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What are they saying?  

ONE OF MOORE’S BEST FILMS. A surprisingly endearing set of suggestions for a better tomorrow.  Eric Kohn, Indiewire


Undeniably SHARP AND BUOYANT… an impishly entertaining cinematic statement of ideological principles.  Justin Chang,  Variety

PROVOCATIVE, HILARIOUSLY FUNNY...MOORE’S LATEST FILM IS HIS MOST BOLD AND MOST SOPHISTICATED. Instead of pointing out our flaws, he imagines our possibilities. And instead of wallowing in fear and panic, he offers practical ideas for productive change.  Sophia A. McClennen, Salon

IMPASSIONED. WHERE TO INVADE NEXT offers hope and is MR. MOORE’S MOST FAR-REACHING FILM.  Stephen Holden, New York Times  

HEARTFELT. MOORE’S FILM IS FUNNY, but it’s also as SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK. There’s nothing mock about his outrage; IT’S SINCERE AND ULTIMATELY HOPEFUL.  Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

Join us this Saturday for a FREE screening of Michael Moore's 

Where to Invade Next  

A powerful, eye-opening film on how to actually make America great! 

Political Democracy can and will be fortuitous
when Economic Democracy is established.  

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to Unite Human Society

by Prabhat Sarkar, Founder of PROUT  

While trying to bring about the development and prosperity of individuals and society, we should encourage the common points only among different communities – not the points of difference.  It is natural that there are differences in society concerning dress, customs, cultural expressions, food habits, language, etc.  Though, if these points of difference are given undue importance, social problems will only be aggravated, and as a result the unity and very existence of society will be jeopardized.  If nothing is done immediately to check the deterioration of contemporary society, then as a result of different factors, in due course society will automatically evolve some common principles.  So the points of difference should never be encouraged in any way.  

Social and political leaders should refrain from harping on the points of difference in society.  Rather, they should continually emphasize that it is not the appropriate time to bring up complicated divisive issues.  For example, take the case of Indian languages.  There are many people in India who unnecessarily fight over the issue of language, but is now the proper time to raise this issue when there are so many people suffering from hunger, famine, disease, educational backwardness, economic distress, etc.?  Can the people of India afford to waste their valuable time over the comparatively unimportant issue of language?  On the contrary, they should immediately launch a campaign against exploitation, as this will keep the divisive forces under control.  If this is not done, the fissiparous forces will create impediments and dissension in society, and the important burning issues confronting the people will remain unsolved.  

Points of Unity  

The progress of a country depends on unity, so emphasis should be placed only on unifying factors.  To eliminate fissiparous forces, we will have to fight a relentless war against disunity in the following three spheres.  

Socio-Economic Sphere  

While some people are enormously rich, a large percentage of the population is languishing in poverty.  Naturally, to build up a strong society, socio-economic disparity must be completely eradicated.  

With the eradication of socio-economic disparity, the collective wealth of society will have to be increased progressively.  Only then can the growing demands of the population be successfully met.  Let us take the example of Orissa.  Agricultural production, particularly in the rainy season, depends almost entirely on the monsoons.  But if the irrigation system was properly developed, the total agricultural production in the state would increase 300 percent, and an additional 40 million people could be fed.  Today only 15 million people are being fed with the present levels of production.  Orissa is also rich in mineral resources.  Abundant coal, bauxite, manganese and other minerals are readily available in the state, but many of these minerals are being exported to other countries.  If these raw materials were properly utilized to manufacture finished goods in the state, Orissa could establish at least four large-scale steel plants.  This would substantially increased the purchasing power of the people.  Unfortunately, the incompetent political leaders of the country do not think in a rational way.  On the contrary, they formulate plans that neither remove socio-economic disparity nor increase collective wealth.  These leaders have committed a major blunder by placing the cart before the horse.  

In all countries of the world, economically deprived people can be united through a common programme of socio-economic struggle and by fighting against cruel capitalist exploitation on the one hand, and by implementing developmental programmes to enhance the amount of collective wealth on the other.  By undertaking extensive irrigation, mining, agriculture and industrial development, the collective wealth of a country can be easily increased.  

Self-sufficient socio-economic zones should be established throughout the world to smoothly eliminate social disparity and increase collective wealth.  The formation of states on political grounds should be carefully avoided.  In one political unit there may be several socio-economic zones which can live unitedly together with their respective problems.  For example, the state of Bihar is a political unit but while the Chotanagpur Hills are confronted with the problem of irrigation, the plains of North Bihar are suffering from the problem of drainage.  In Royalseema, Srikulam and Telengana areas of Andhra Pradesh are situated in the political unit of Andhra Pradesh, but their socio-economic potentialities are quite different.  To derive the maximum benefit from these areas, distinct socio-economic zones should be formed, regardless of whether or not they remain in the same political unit.  It is a great mistake to form states on the basis of politics or language.  If a capitalist and a labourer speaks the same language, who will think that they are friends because of their linguistic affinity?  

Psycho-Sentimental Sphere  

In the psychic sphere, there are certain factors that serve to unite different linguistic groups of people.  For example, all North Indian languages and a few South Indian languages originated and developed from Sańskrta.  These languages have been greatly influenced by Saḿskrta.  In such circumstances, the study of Saḿskrta should not be opposed by anybody.  This may appear to be a trivial matter, but if it is encouraged it will be a great unifying factor in Indian society.  

In social traditions also, some common points may be developed.  Research and archaeological excavation on glorious past civilizations and great personalities will help arouse a strong national sentiment.  For example, the excavation of the Mahenzodaro and Harappa civilizations highlighted the accomplishments of ancient Indian culture.

The study of history should also be encouraged.  Itihása is not synonymous with the Saḿskrta word itikathá which means “history” and is the chronological record of past events.  The word itihása means that part of history which has great educative value.  The study of itihása or the cultural history of a country arouses a sense of unity amongst the members of society, and they become aware of their impact on cultural legacy.  For example, the study of the historical epic Mahábhárata creates a sense of pride and inspiration in the minds of the people, and this fosters the spirit of collective unity.  

The memory of illustrious saints and sages also binds people together with common bonds of affinity.  When people cherish their past leaders and saints, it creates a strong foundation for collective unity.  

Spirituo-Sentimental Sphere  

The sentiments of a common spiritual heritage and a common spiritual goal are the only sentiments which can bind people together permanently.  Socio-economic and psycho-sentimental issues are extremely useful for creating social unity and cohesion, but the sentiments arising out of these issues are temporary.  Cosmic sentiments are permanent.  By inculcating universal sentiments, socio-economic unity and fraternity will be based on a strong fundament.  People will think in terms of cosmic paternity and universal fraternity.  My firm conviction that we have all come from the same Entity and we will all merge in the same Entity will generate a unique unifying sentiment.  All people will feel united by the ties of universal love and friendship, which will ultimately pave the way for a universal society.  The poet Satyendra Dutta, the great universalist, has eloquently expressed this sentiment in the following poem:  

Ráge anuráge nidrita jáge ásal mánuś prakat́ hay
Varńe varńe náhika visheś nikhil bhuvan Brahmamay!
Nivir aekye yáy mishe’ yáy sakal bhágya sab hrday
Mánuśe mánuśe náiko prabhed nikhil mánava Brahmamay.  

[When love awakens in sleeping souls, then true human beings will emerge.
There is no difference between one person, one race, and another, for the entire universe is pervaded by one Infinite Consciousness!]  

Wherever there is a common point among people it should be encouraged, while the points of difference have to be discouraged and eliminated.  For fostering unity and enhancing the prosperity of the people, this must be the fundamental approach.  We should always remember:  

Jagat juŕiyá ek ját áche
Se játir nám mánuś játi
Eki prthiviir stanye pálita
Eki ravi shashi moder sáthii.  

[There is only one race in the entire world,
And the name of that race is the human race.
We are bound together with the same breast milk of mother Earth,
And the same sun and moon are our common companions.]  

Points of Difference  

There are conspicuous variations in four main areas of human society – food, dress, language and religion.