Waking the Sleeping Giant

Renowned spiritual author and activist Marianne Williamson has penned six New York Times bestsellers, four of which hit #1; and founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program for homebound AIDS patients, and The Peace Alliance, a grassroots effort working to establish a U.S. Department of Peace. She has now set her sights on some of the most intractable problems now plaguing American society:  childhood poverty, the exploding prison population, and corporate money in politics post-Citizens United. Williamson is tackling those issues by engaging women specifically in a two-day event called ‘Sister Giant‘ in Los Angeles from November 10-11, 2012, with the goal of getting more like-minded women into elected office to effect substantive change.

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Full disclosure: I am working on this campaign, though in an unpaid capacity. My involvement stems from my current passion project, overturning Citizens United. This Supreme Court case ruled that corporations are people; money is speech; and accordingly, corporations should be able to spend unlimited sums in campaigns as an expression of the First Amendment. I am also involved with Move to Amend, and recently competed in a citizen journalism contest for United Republic to cover the Republican and Democratic conventions.

Now to get back to business… Saturday, Nov. 10 will focus on personal and political issues–the personal being emotional and psychological factors affecting women’s involvement in the public sphere, and the political being the aforementioned key topics. That evening a panel of Democratic, Green, Justice, Libertarian, and Republican representatives will essentially pitch the audience on running for office for their respective parties. Leaders of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University will host a special training on Sunday to inform political aspirants of the realities of a life in politics and to create action plans.

All of this is not free, but lest you think that Sister Giant is an attempt to profiteer off of the current activism trend, let me dispel that notion… Williamson is charging for tickets to the event, but on a good-faith donation basis according to each participant’s ability to pay. She has herself paid considerable sums to promote and host Sister Giant, and simply looks to recoup her expenses. The suggested donation is $50 for regular admission and $25 for students.

According to Rutgers, women held 16.8% of the 535 seats in the 112th U.S. Congress– 17 seats in the Senate and 73 in the House of Representatives. This statistic reflects not only the severity of the gender gap, but the inherent imbalance in psychological energy within our dysfunctional government. Women must participate in the political process in far greater numbers in order to correct the faltering course of our democracy. Join us in Los Angeles from Nov. 10-11 to waken the sleeping giant… Sister Giant.

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Citizens United vs. Occupy Press Release

I have been trying over the past several months to organize a debate between Occupy and the Tea Party, and came very close to succeeding with a joint project between Cenk Uygur’s The Young Turks and Christine O’Donnell’s Troublemaker Media for the RNC convention in Tampa. Unfortunately, negotiations fell through and the event did not occur. I immediately thought of partnering with Citizens United Productions instead, as it was hosting a film festival screening of Occupy Unmasked on the very same date and time of the original debate.

One of the panelists for the Occupy side and the filmmaker behind American Autumn, Dennis Trainor, Jr., accompanied me to the screening, and together we broached the proposal directly to the president of Citizens United, Dave Bossie. Please watch the video and read the press release below for further details…

 

Opposing Occupy Documentaries To Appear On Double Bill; Moderated Debate To Follow

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2012

American Autumn: an Occudoc, will screen on a double with Andrew Breitbart Presents: Occupy Unmasked with a moderated debate to follow. David Bossie, president of Citizens United and producer of Occupy Unmasked came to a general agreement in principle with Dennis Trainor, Jr., director of American Autumn, when the two met recently at the Republican National Convention.

The general terms of the agreement call for each film to select one moderator and 3-4 panelists to represent each “side” in a public debate following the double bill.

Exact date and location for the double bill to be announced shortly.

ABOUT OCCUPY UNMASKED
While the Liberal establishment and mainstream media portray the Occupy Wall Street movement as organic and nonviolent, Occupy Unmasked reveals the sinister, organized, and highly orchestrated nature of its leaders and their number one goal: Not just to change government, but to destroy it.

Led by hugely influential conservative visionary, the late Andrew Breitbart, Occupy Unmasked delves deep beneath the surface of the Occupy movement to show its dark anarchist roots. Behind the largely naïve students and legitimately concerned citizens looking for answers stand those who advocate the use of violence, black bloc operations, and intimidation as protest tactics – the same tactics they used during the anti-war protests of the 1960’s, anti-nuclear weapons protests of the 80’s, WTO protests of the 90’s, and the IMF protests of recent years.

Former leftists turned patriotic citizen journalists Brandon Darby, David Horowitz, Pam Keys, Anita MonCrief, Mandy Nagy, Lee Stranahan, and others take viewers into the Occupy camps around the country to see first-hand the truth of what is happening and who is at the heart of the movement. Exclusive footage and eyewitness accounts tell the story of the criminal activity and raw brutality in the camps – much of which has not been reported by the mainstream media.

Directed by Stephen K. Bannon (The Undefeated, Generation Zero) and produced by David N. Bossie (Generation Zero, Perfect Valor), Occupy Unmasked is an eye-opening look at a startling movement that could have a dangerous impact on the future of America. 

ABOUT AMERICAN AUTUMN

American Autumn: an Occudoc (released in June 2012) is among first feature-length documentaries on the Occupy movement. This fast-paced, fact-filled production was filmed in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C., beginning in the earliest days of the movement.  The film recounts recent history in a manner quite different from what many viewers may recall of it.

American Autumn features footage of numerous actions and comments from many of those involved, including interviews and insight from key organizers and thinkers such as Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Kevin Zeese, and others.

Kit O’Connel, writing at Fire Dog Lake, raves, “Dennis Trainor, Jr., is no outsider, but a gonzo journalist at these events. . . . He’s intimately involved.” And David Swanson, reviewing the film on MichaelMoore.com, writes: “We now have a film of our own. This is not amateur hour.  This is a movie as well made, in technical terms, as any Hollywood blockbuster.”

Written, produced and directed by Dennis Trainor, Jr., American Autumn: an occudoc not only offers answers for those who continue to ask: “what does the occupy movement stand for? What are our demands?” – it offers a challenge and an invitation to engage with the movement.

Official trailer for Occupy Unmasked: http://youtu.be/iHcr_8Qgdos
Official Trailer for American Autumn: http://youtu.be/IeMbERJggt4