Food & Water Watch along with director, Liz Miller will be launching a six-month tour of the The Water Front around the Great Lakes. The campaign begins in September and we will be visiting over 20 cities and 40 universities! Some of our stops include:
Duluth, Madison, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Akron, Erie, Buffalo, Minneapolis, D.C. Traverse City, Fort Wayne, Benton Harbor, Tiffin, Pittsburg, Lansing, Green Bay, Gary and more...
(Photos provided by Noni Films)
As Maui County grapples with issues of public vs. private control of water resources, this thought-provoking film brings home an important message - access to a safe, affordable water supply is a basic human right.
Join the discussion as water law expert, Isaac Moriwake of
Earthjustice, speaks on water issues in our community
Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30pm, Free to the public
Maui Community College’s Student Lounge
With support from MCC’s Student Peace Club and Hui o Na Wai ‘Eha
For more information: Maui Tomorrow at 808.244.7570.
Women's Economic Agenda and St. Mary's College of California bring "The Water Front" to Moraga, Ca, April 30th
We showed The Water Front last night. One of the best parts of the evening was our "Coffee and Conversation" time that was spent after the film, where folks got to stand around and connect with one another. I had invited a local community organizer named Travelle Harp, who is working with the City of East Cleveland, a community which faced (and is still facing) many of the same problems as Highland Park. I also invited Art Dorland, who helped organize the Iraq Water Project, a program funded by Veterans for Peace (of which we are both members) which seeks to provide water purification equipment to Iraqi hospitals and other communities which have been devasted by war. (Blog provided by Bob Bemer)
The house was full at the famed Washington, DC establishment, Busboys and Poets, home to the tour sponsors, Food and Water Watch. Audiences enjoyed the screening of the film and afterwards there was a panel discussion, moderated by Jon Keeseker of Food & Water Watch, with film associate producer Curtis Smith and Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. Audience members were passionate. Several attendees stated the film brought to light how the lack of access to affordable water adversely impacts Americans. Others commented they were astonished that water privatization was occurring in the United States. Wenonah Hauter informed the audience that the Highland Park, Michigan story is a part of a larger global issue concerning water privatization and access to affordable water. Domestically, the Highland Park story is an example on need for a change in federal policy to increase the amount of investment in water infrastructure.
When asked by the audience what they could do after seeing Water Front, Wenonah Hauter responded that individuals could join Food & Water Watch to advocate, educate, communicate and organize to address salient water issues. (Curt Smith, March 26, 2009). Thanks to Jon for organizing such a great nigh!
Water Front Brecht Forum Event in New York brings youth activists from all over the country, Feb. 19, 2009
The Brecht Forum was completely packed for the NY Water Front screening and Remix Competition Award Ceremony. Food and Water Watch New York organizer, and coordinator of the evening, Rachel Richardson, was thrilled with the results. She writes, "One of the most inspiring things about the evening for me was that four different people committed to organizing a follow up screening of the film in their various communities. They all took complete tool-kits, spoke with me personally, and two of them have already followed up!" Rachel provided audience members with timely information about NY water politics and legislative initiatives such as The Water Trust Fund. Co-sponsor and organizer Lauren Hauser of Youth Noise, had flown in from California and announced the winners of the Remix. She spoke about her groups successes in linking on-ground efforts to on-line organizing. Lauren used the New York visit to reunite with student organizers from the DROP conference who were also at the event. Co-sponsor Leah Sapin of Media that Matters provided invaluable insights and resources on organizing film screenings connected to social issues. And finally Liz Miller spoke of the Remix Competition as a strategy of connecting the commmons - information and resources! It was a great event and thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!
Marymount has an incredible program for filmmking and Giovanna Chesler's students are engaged in making short documentaries that will be finished by April. Her student were joined by students and faculty in sociology who made important connections between economic challenges facing both New York and Detroit. Thank you to Giovanna Chesler and Marymount for such a great visit.