Category Archives: Social Justice

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.



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.

“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!


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


Friday Films are Back!! – NEW DATE!

banner2016Greetings Friends!

The Center for Community Growth is proud to launch the second season of the 2016 Film Series, Getting Local with the newest documentary from Pennsylvania native and Oscar nominated director, Josh Fox, How to Let Go of the World (And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change).

Friday, September 2
Philadelphia Street Playhouse
725 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA

Doors Open: 6:00pm
Special MYSTERY Guest: 6:30pm
Film: 7:00 pm

This visually striking account of local environmental problems, and local solutions across the world is the latest from the director of the 2014 film, Gasland. Gasland I and II traced the effects of fracking, and was considered a major influence in the debate on environmental protection in Pennsylvania, and New York.

Fox’s latest Sundance Official Selection 2016, takes a tough and motivational look at the effects of global warming across the globe.

Doors Open: 6:00pm
Special MYSTERY Guest: 6:30pm
Film: 7:00 pm

How to let go