What is the 2013 Film Series?

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This year, the Indiana County Center for Community Growth is proud to announce The 2013 Film Series: A New Economy, the last Friday of every month from February 22nd through July.  The series will include a diverse array of perspectives, worldviews, and experiences, feature a variety of documentaries that cover a range of current and historical issues of national and global scale significance.  All of our selected films are centered on a singular theme: The new economy.  Each film explores certain environmental and social justice issues in relation to our current economic problems in order to encourage discussion around similar issues affecting Indiana County today, and how those issues might be addressed on a local level.

The film series is part of The Center’s larger goal to support discussion and action among community members and organizations towards strengthening the well being of Indiana and its residents. It is our hope that this series will serve as an important first step towards bettering the quality of life of Indiana residents by encouraging discussion, engagement, and collaboration between individuals and groups to find solutions to common problems facing our community today.

We open with The Economics of Happiness (Norberg-Hodge, 2011). A project of The International Society for Ecology and Culture, this documentary discusses the impact of globalization in our modern world, and explains how current economics focus heavily on growth and increased production at the expense of the well-being of individuals and the environment.  The film promotes the localization of economics as a solution to begin improving the well being of humanity as a whole by making economics locally based, self-sufficient, and self-sustaining.

The Center believes that the objective of establishing a sustainable economy is relevant to the Indiana community, and that the film will provide a solid starting point from which to begin discussing ways of improving our local economy.

The 2013 Film Series is open to the public.  Admittance to each film is a suggested $5 donation. At each film a discussion will be held to generate ideas about how to begin addressing different issues in Indiana County.  Representatives from organizations will also be present to speak with interested audience members about their work in the community, and how others can get involved.  See the lineup of our films here!

If you would like to become involved in planning the series, or if you would like to support to this event financially, click here, or e-mail us at theindianacenter@gmail.com. You may also contact event organizers for more details:

(Written by Lindsey Quakenbush, edited by Susan Comfort, Gerald Smith, Colleen Donovan, and Eric Barker)


Center for Community Growth – 2013 Film Series: A New Economy – 12/12/12

Organizing — with Ron Fairman, Susan Comfort, Greg Fleming, Ruth Shirey, Harvey Holtz, Vera Bonnet, Malcolm Gallaner and George Hood at What’s Next? The Center for Community Growth.

NEXT MEETING – Center for Community Growth
Wednesday, 12/12/12, 7pm 103 S. 5th Street

Thanks to all of you who joined the The Center for Community Growth to discuss WHAT’S NEXT in the follow-up to the election last week. This meeting was part of a conversation among community leaders on how to bring a progressive perspective to western Pennsylvania. The conversation most often came back to issues of the economy and building a new economy.

The Center will continue this conversation through a monthly film series featuring documentaries and presentations that analyze social injustice issues through the lens of building a new economy.

The Center’s film series is looking to start with a film that provides this broad analysis of our economy, and provides ideas on alternatives. Nominees for this first movie are:

Take a look a the previews above, or if you have time, watch these movies. Let me know what you think would be the best first film. Reply here, or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119602014729033/?fref=ts


Wednesday, 12/12/12, 7pm 103 S. 5th Street
All are welcome, please RSVP so we have enough chairs


It’s after the election — where do we go from here? Our newly-elected officials need to hear from us. We need to cause positive progressive change in our community. Join a new movement for Indiana County: The Center for Community Growth.

Wednesday, 11/14, 7-9pm
IUP’s Keith Hall, Room 130.

We’ll watch the video “The Story of Change” and brainstorm our next steps for our community. The Center has identified six focus areas:

~ Environmental Justice ~ Poverty Race and Elections ~ Healthcare ~ LGBT Equality ~ Prison Justice ~ Education Reform ~

Our first big project will be a progressive film festival and associated social justice projects on these initiatives.

Which effort will you help to move forward?

IUP’s Keith Hall, Room 130

Voter Registration and Education Drive Launched!

The Center For Community Growth has launched it’s summer Voter Registration and Education drive in collaboration with the Indiana County Community Assistance Program (ICCAP). Throughout July and into August, volunteers with the Center are tabling with registration information at ICCAP foodbanks across the county.
So far, the response has been good with new registrations at two of three locations this week.
SIGN-UP HERE to volunteer for a 2-3 hour shift. Most of them are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteering is easy, and we have helpful hints to help you along. Attached are directions, which you can also find online here.  Call Gerald Smith,  724-801-8360, or Rev. Joan Sabatino, 724-357-8309 for questions, or reply to this email.
This drive is the follow-up from our Building Change in Indiana event this past Spring.

Community Empowerment Through Education and Collaboration

Brief report on Building Change in Indiana

April 28, 2012

On April 23, 2012, the Center for Community Growth partnered with the Three Rivers Community Foundation, and the Center for Northern Appalacian Studies to hold the first annual Building Change in Indiana conference in IUP’s Kieth hall. The event brought together 22 service agencies and advocacy organizations from Indiana County and across the region for a series of town hall discussions featuring community leaders, and fundraising experts.

The discussion ranged from financial constraints felt by everyone working in the room, to identifying ways to empower folks across the county, particularly those served by the organizations in the room, for example, low-income families, people of color, GLBT community, victims of domestic violence, and the general public.

Featured speakers were: Dr. Carolyn Princes, President, NAACP; Karen Bieger, President of PFLAG; Ayanda Masilela from Northwest Human Services; Sandy Harbor, Director, ICCAP; Scott Tyson, President Health Care 4 All PA, Jo Ellen Bowman, Executive Director, HAVEN; Brian Cope, Coalition for a Healthy County. In addition, The Three Rivers Foundation, Western Grantmakers of Pennsylvania, and local fundraising consultant Heidi Malin provided information and advice for cash strapped organizations.

As a follow-up to the conference, the Center is working with ICCAP and the NAACP to set up voter education tables at 19 food banks across Indiana County. Click Here to find out more.

We’re also looking forward our first annual the Building Indiana Film Festival to be launched in January, 2013 in downtown Indiana.