Leaders Commit to Sustainability at First Friday Films

Friday, Feb. 3, The Center For Community Growth teamed with the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club and the Evergreen Conservancy to present a petition and request to Indiana County Commissioner Sherene Hess to commit to convening a county level task force develop an action plan for a sustainable economic. Here’s that petition.

Commissioner Hess said yes! Here’s what else she had to say about opportunity for economic development in our region.

Commissioner Hess is a great friend to the Center, and is a long time social justice supporter. We’ll have a chance to get our task for off the ground at a TBA Sustainability Summit for local elected and municipal officials. We’re planning for around Earthday – stay tuned for details!

You can hear more about the Center’s Sustainability Campaign, and all the work we’ve been doing on Center Radio, hosted by Dr. Cybil Moore. Cybil also interviews one of the producers of After Coal. Center Radio is available for replay here.

Stay tuned for more!

First Friday Films continues soon. March 3 we partner with the NAACP of Indiana County to bring you the documentary, 13th, and will include a panel of local folks talking about institutional racism right here.

 

 

The Megaphone Launches Now!

Saturday, January 28, 11:00am, The Center for Community Growth launches The Megaphone, a 6 month radio program and community film and discussion series.

Keep up to date on progressive organizing the last Saturday of each month at 11:00am, on Center Radio, hosted by Indiana, PA native, Dr. Cybill Peoples Moore on wiupfm.com.

First Friday Films starts February 3rd, with the 2016 documentary,  After Coal. The film is incredible, and we’re proud to welcome one of the producers to our stage.

Also, we’ll ask our country commissioners what they’re doing to ensure a climate resilient economy. 

Here’s who we’re expecting;

Sherene Hess – Indiana County Commissioner

Dr. Peter Broad – Indiana Borough Council President

Angela Wily –  Producer, After Coal

Dr. Susan Comfort –  Sustainability Studies Chair

Cindy Rogers – Evergreen Conservancy

Don’t miss this, or the rest of the series! This is local organizing.

What’s Next 2017 – Thursday 11/17

YOU ARE INVITED!

This year’s elections have highlighted the ever growing need for progressive minded individuals and organizations to come together and fight for social justice.

That’s what we do.

Join us Thursday, 11/17 6pm at the Artist’s Hand for What’s Next 2017.

Friends and members are invited to consider the last year, the policy implications of the 2016 election results, and to look forward in how to promote social justice in 2017. We’ll also have board elections, and figure out how to focus the work we do. And of course, we’ll have plenty of opportunities for you to renew and join the Center!

Let us come together to ensure our communities are supported, protected, and actively engaged in promoting better policy.

#thestrugglecontinues

 

Final 2016 Film Features Hellbenders!

This week the Center rounds out the 2016 Film Series: Getting Local, and we get SUPER local! If you’ve been following us, you’ll recognize the East Run HellBenders Society, a group of community activists in Grant Township, Indiana County so powerful they legalized civil disobedience.

These brave folks are featured in the lastest from IUP alum Melissa Troutman, and her production company Public Herald Films. This team of investigative journalists last brought us Triple Divide – which documented fracking across the Pennsylyvania

Their new film picks up locally, called Invisible Hand.  https://vimeo.com/152896957

“Free market forces have recently manifested as ‘fracking’ in Pennsylvania – a high risk method to extract natural gas – that state and federal governments support. But communities hell bent on protecting their rights are fighting back against state and corporate take over – some with success.

So what does it take to defeat a billion-dollar corporation with more rights than you? INVISIBLE HAND tells the story of people figuring out how. One method is by bringing about the Rights of Nature.”

The film documents the stories of Grant Township, and others who pushed back against the weight of big monied gas companies to protect their community. Indiana County is among the epicenters of a movement to reclaim our local authority from the unholy alliance between big gas and our state government. Join us to see how you can help!

Thanks to the IUP Sustainability Studies Program for co-sponsoring.

 

See you there!

invisible-hand-flier-v2-docxDoors open- 6:00
Director Comments – 6:30
Film – 7:00

Final Schedule Announced!

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We’re so jazzed about our final line-up to finish the 2016 Film Series: Getting Local. Doors always open at 6:00pm, Speaker/Panel at 6:30pm. It’s not too late to get involved and become a co-sponsor. See you there!

Friday, Sept. 2

“How to Let Go of the World, And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change”

Philadelphia Street Playhouse

725 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701

This visually striking account of local environmental problems and solutions across the world is the latest from the director of the 2014 film Gasland. Directed by Josh Fox, Gasland I and II traced the effects of fracking, and was considered a major influence in the debate environmental protection in Pennsylvania and New York. We’re also going to be treated to a sneak preview of an upcoming film that tracks grassroots organizing in Indiana County, from Tea Parties to Hellbenders!

Co-sponsors: Evergreen Conservancy, IUP E.C.O. Club

Friday, Sept. 30

“The Mask You Live In”

Philadelphia Street Playhouse

725 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701

From the Representation Project, and the folk that brought Miss. Representation, this 1015 release explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

Co-sponsor: The CARE Center

 

Fri 10/28 

“Invisible Hand” 

IUP Humanities and Social Sciences Building

921 Grant Street, Indiana, PA

Through the lens of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in one of the largest fossil fuel extraction zones in the United States, we uncover a series of stories that challenge our conventional views of economy, human rights, and democracy. This is the latest project from IUP Alum Melissa Troutman’s production company, Public Herald

Co-sponsor: IUP Sustainability Studies Program

 

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