Anne De mare's documentary, "Capturing the flag"
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Sala Ferri at Palazzo Strozzi - Firenze, the Florence Chapter held the first screening in Italy of Anne De Mare's documentary, Capturing the Flag , an unbiased and unexpected story about American democracy. It follows "a group of close friends who travel to North Carolina to do voter protection work at the polls in 2016. The film is an intimate glimpse into their journeys as citizens of conscience. Through their eyes and their efforts — and the hundreds of voters they work to assist — we watch stories unfold about the strength and fragility of American democracy that are rarely heard inside the current media storm. There are enormous challenges to our democracy right now, with fierce battles over election laws being waged in legislatures and courts all around the country. The film is about those challenges, but it’s also a more personal and emotional story about the power of citizen action and the fact that we don’t need to feel hopeless in the face of those challenges." - ADM
Steven Miller, one of the volunteers depicted in the film, was kind enough to be our guest speaker that evening, introducing the film and sharing his experience with us. We greatly thank him for his time and insights into this aspect of American democracy and for the special Q&A after the film.
Prior to the screening we also held a voter registration and ballot request drive. If you haven't already requested your ballot for 2018, it's not too late. Visit www.votefromabroad.org NOW!
The Florence and Central Italy Chapter has had a busy 2018 Spring Resistance Season.
On March 24th we participated in the sister march in Florence for the MARCH FOR OUR LIVES with over 800 rallies worldwide demanding that Congress protect the youth of America and all its citizens by calling on our lawmakers to pass effective gun safety legislation to end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools and communities today. #NeverAgain
In April we stood in solidarity with science advocates everywhere at the MARCH FOR SCIENCE rally in Florence on April 14th to raise awareness on the importance of science and its research in our every day lives including environmental issues and climate change! We were joined by the Indian astrophysicist and activist, Prajval Shastri.
We then held a seminar along with the Florence Resistance Groups, Indivisible TUScany and Women's March Florence, where Professor Angelo Baracca, a leading Italian physicist from the University of Florence, spoke about the nuclear threat and the US government’s plans to develop ‘usable’ tactical nuclear weapons and the over 100 U.S. military bases in Italy.
[Science photos by Christina Nikolakopoulos of Women's March Florence].
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