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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!

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

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.

Vigil for Orlando

Please join us this Sunday, June 19, 8pm at the Indiana County Courthouse for a vigil for the victims of the recent tragedy in Orlando. This is an event to grieve the loss of  life;  support their loved ones and families; support the local LGBT community who feels wounded and is grieving; and to offer hope to our local community. All are welcome.

RSVP on Facebook, or we’ll see you there 🙂

Sunday, June 19, 8pm,

Indiana County Courthouse,

825 Philadelphia Street,

Indiana, PA 15701


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’.