Category Archives: Education

Now Is the Time – Healthcare for Everyone

First Friday Films finishes out our first half of the 2017 season with the 2016 documentary, Now Is The Time. The film explores a single-payer system, the no-brainer answer to health care which defies the insurance industry’s idea that health is a commodity.

With the Affordable Care Act in the sights of the new administration, we’ll convene a panel that explore what that means for people in our region. Miners, in particular are already losing out on healthcare, as you can read in our petition here.  We’re also looking for someone to answer for Trumpcare, and we’ll feature a path towards an alternative goal, Health Care For All.

Please join us!

What’s Next 2017 – Thursday 11/17


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.



Out In the Night Panel Features Haven Director, Malinda Levis

The Center for Community Growth is excited to complete our 2015 Film Series the last Friday in October, with Out in the Night. 

Through the lives of four young women, Out in the Night reveals how their race, gender identity and sexuality became criminalized in the mainstream news media and criminal legal system. Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a ‘Gang of Killer Lesbians’.

We are excited to welcome Malinda Levis to facilitate a panel discussion highlighting the intersectionality of social justice presented by this film. Malinda comes to the Center after having just retired from 27 years of service at IUP, much of this as director of the Haven Center. Students look to her as a strong and experienced voice of reason when designing sustainable and lasting positive change. We can count on her to engage a thoughtful and provocative conversation.

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Got Debt? 2015 Film Series Launches Friday – Ivory Tower

The Center for Community Growth, Indiana PA is proud to launch the 2015 Film Series, Action! with “Ivory Tower.” As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion, Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?

We’ll also feature Dr. Tina Evans, author of “Occupy Education,” as well as a panel of guests.

As usual there will be an opportunity for you to take direct action to get involved in the issue at the Downtown Indiana Theater.

6:00 – Doors open
6:30 – Dr. Tina Evans
7:00 – Film
7:30 – Panel discussion

The rest of our film series looks like this:

2/27 Ivory Tower

3/27 The Power of One Voice

Rachel Carson is one of the most influential people of the 20th century. In 1962 her best-selling book, Silent Spring, awoke the environmental consciousness of America. The power of Carson’s voice will inspire others to add their voices to this essential conversation.

4/24 Fed Up

Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. FED UP will change the way you eat forever


8/28 Rich Hill

Rich Hill intimately examines and chronicles the challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town. 


9/25 The Overnighters

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.


10/30 Out in the Night

In New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a ‘Gang of Killer Lesbians’.

“Wrenched” comes to Indiana!


The Center for Community Growth is hosting a screening of the film, “Wrenched,” which examines the work of Indiana County native Edward Abbey and his influence on the modern environmental movement this Thursday, 9/4 @7pm at the Indiana Theater.

The screening kicks off this year’s Northern Appalachian Folk Fest, and we’re proud to be partnering with the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, and the IUP English Department to bring this 2013 film to Indiana.

Born and raised in Home, PA, Edward Abbey attended Indiana High School, and then went on to graduate from IUP. He shortly moved West to become a writer, and is known for his edgy, non-compromising opinions on environmental preservation. His novel, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” tells the tale of a group of environmentalists who take drastic measures to stop encroachment on what they consider sacred space. From chopping down billboards, to pouring sugar in the gas tanks of construction vehicles, this fictional gang inspired a generation of radical environmentalism epitomized by the group EarthFirst!.

In addition to the screening, join us at 4pm in front of the Indiana Theater for an Edward Abbey walking tour, presented by Abbey expert and retired IUP English professor, Dr. Jim Cahalan.

More about Abbey can be found on Dr. Calalan’s webiste,

Check out our Facebook page to RSVP! See you there!298174_275267305839648_819636671_n