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First Friday Film Festival

 

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light KidsWe are thrilled to present the next First Friday Film at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship this Friday!

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (2004)

Don’t miss this inspiring jewel of a film that concretely gives hope and shows us life through the photography and vivacity of children, and shows what a huge difference one person can make.

This film won an Oscar as well as Best Film awards at film festivals around the world. It is certainly worth seeing. The film is rated R for some sequences of strong language.

Anyone who has ever thought that documentaries lack the emotional impact, drama or sheer moviegoing pleasure of fiction films will likely change their mind after seeing “Born Into Brothels”. A look at children growing up around prostitution in Calcutta, India, this is a work of art so deep and resonant that it puts most narrative films to shame. – Hollywood Reporter

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Photos of Tehran, Iran

 

Targeting Iran and Syria?I received this via e-mail and felt that we should all take a long hard look at these pictures. See the land, the scenery, and the people. When you come right down to it, it looks a lot like America, doesn’t it?

View at least a few of the shots and see if you still have the same mental picture of Tehran that you might have had before you watched. They certainly blew me away. Kind of like people in other countries thinking we’re all cowboys, eh? – Sarah Good

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Some other people we should listen to on escalation in Iraq

 

VotevetsWe heard the President and his administration’s position during the state of the union.

We can hear the corporate media’s opinion any time we turn on the various news channels. After all, the media in this country is a wholly owned subsidiary of the military industrial corporate complex and they know who butters their bread.

So lets take a moment to hear from those who are and have been directly affected by this immoral and illegal war of aggression in Iraq.

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VoteVets is joining organizations such as MoveOn, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and the Center for America Progress as founding members of Americans Against Escalation in Iraq.

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Tennessee Equality Project Foundation

 

Tennessee Equality ProjectThe Tennessee Equality Project Foundation presents the following Lobbying 101 event to prepare you to advocate for equality. We need you at these events: Lobbying 101 in Clarksville & Advancing Equality Day on the Hill!

Lobbying 101 in Clarksville

Thursday, February 1, 7-9 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clarksville
3053 U.S. 41-A

Advancing Equality Day on the Hill

Tuesday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m., the Tennessee Equality Project presents the 3rd annual Advancing Equality Day On The Hill, a day in Nashville meeting with your legislators to express your views on proposed legislation affecting the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community.

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Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army (Ret.) on withdrawing our troops from Iraq

 

Targeting Iran and Syria?It’s not just the liberals or Democrats folks! All “sane” people are calling for the same thing. Get our troops out from harms way now! Don’t wait do it now! It is simply not possible for us to win in Iraq. Our presence will make the coming civil war there much worse than it would be if we left now.

It would be beyond foolish for us to even consider going into Iran as the President and his administration are currently setting us up for. Their play book is same one they used to trick the public into supporting a war in Iraq, but we can put a stop to this one before it even gets started. Say no more to the lies, half truths, and distortions! Oppose further conflicts which are intended to enrich the military industrial corporate complex at the cost of American soldier’s lives. The drum beat to war is sounding again and we havn’t been able to win any of the other wars President Bush has foolishly gotten our nation into yet.

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Senator Kennedy on Republican efforts to block minimum wage increase for the poor, by tying it to more tax breaks for the rich

 

Senator Edward M. KennedySenator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) goes off on Senate Republicans as they again try to block the first minimum wage increase in 10 years. These people have no shame, no compassion, or empathy for their fellow man.

One of the best suggestions I have recently seen is to require Senators to live on the minimum wage while in office. But barring that we should at least tie Congressional pay raises to increases in the minimum wage. To paraphrase the Soup nazi from the popular Seinfeld TV show episode… No minimum wage increase, NEXT! no raise for you.

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Clarksville City Council Approved Severance Agreements with Police Chief Mark Smith and Deputy Chief Bob Davis.

 

Terry McMooreIn a special called session of the Clarksville City Council, members voted 11 – 1 to approve severance agreements for Police Chief Mark Smith and Deputy Chief Bob Davis. Ward 2 Councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin cased the lone vote against the agreements, citing input from her constituents.

Before the vote Clarksville Mayor Johnnie Piper stated that he believed a leadership change among the two top police officers in the department would go a long way in healing the problems in the Clarksville police department. Deputy Chief Bob Davis who was scheduled to retire in June agreed to retire on February 1, 2007 along with Chief Mark Smith, but the city will continue to pay for any legal fees already associated with several discrimination law suits filed by members of the police department.Under the agreements, Smith will be paid a one-time payment of $75,000, and Davis will receive $15,642.

Several police officers present who have filed law suits when asked about the councils vote stated that they do not agree to pay a person to leave because if it was one of them who was being fired they would not be offered any type of severance pay. However all agreed that it is time for the community and for the police department to move forward in this matter.

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The resurrection of Habeas Corpus

 

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown on the Death of Habeas Corpus in the United StatesWe posted several articles in the past about the Republican Congress and the Bush Administration taking away the right of Habeas Corpus from American citizens in clear violation of the constitutional prohibitions against suspending it.

Nothing could be less American than a government that can indefinitely hold people in secret torture cells, take away their protections against horrific and cruel abuse, put them on trial based on evidence that they cannot see, sentence them to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses, and then slam shut the courthouse door for any habeas petition, but that’s exactly what Congress just approved. – Christopher Anders, an ACLU Legislative Counsel

Here’s a video clip showing what a difference having a Democrat controlled House and Senate will do for you!

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No more and never again!

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George Carlin – The owners of this country

 

Comedian George CarlinGeorge Carlin can be profane but he has a real clarity of vision that’s sadly lacking in our national corporate owned news media. The following video is a commentary/rant about the owners of this country and what they really want. The owners of this country are not who you think. We’ve heard from the politicians tonight, now lets hear the truth!

Incase you missed my hint above it the following video contains satire, humor and profanity, if you are easily offended do not watch it. If you are a minor, please do not watch it. If you lack a sense of humor do not watch it. You have been warned….

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Check out his most recent CD, or visit his web site!

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Frame Your Message

 

You are invited to a meeting on Framing Your Message on Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 10 am to 3 pm, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 419 Woodland Street (corner of 5th Street & Woodland in East Nashville.) This is being sponsored by the Common Message Project. A description of the Project is below.

Patrick Bresette of Demos, a New York-based network for action and ideas, will lead us in a comprehensive workshop on framing messages for maximum impact. We will be looking at framing in the context of the common progressive message that we are developing to test market across the state of Tennessee but the information Patrick will share is also useful if you are trying to get a message out about your issue or your campaign. «Read the rest of this article»

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