Press release from Tennesseans for Fair Taxation; October 11, 2014:
October 14th – 20th Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, the TN NAACP, the Tennessee Education Association, Common Cause, and The Coalition for the Organizational Protection of People and Equal Rights, in partnership with Working Films and United for a Fair Economy are launching Together Tennessee, a screening series that will bring award-winning documentaries to six cities across Tennessee. The series is intended to advance social and economic justice in the state, as well as address major issues prevalent in each city.
The program utilizes one film for each city. Screenings will be free and open to the public and will be shown in: Nashville (Citizen Koch); Memphis (The Hand That Feeds); Knoxville (American Teacher); Chattanooga (Inequality for All); Jackson (Freedom Summer); and Johnson City (Blood on the Mountain). The goal of this participatory film tour is to educate communities on the impacts of money in politics, an unfair tax system that burdens the poor, and cuts to the state budget that are eliminating social safety nets and defunding public education. These issues will be spotlighted in the films and discussed in interactive post-screening programs designed to offer a forum for community members to share their perspectives, identify common ground and discuss potential solutions to the problems at hand. The film screenings will also serve as a educational opportunity for the Vote No on 3 campaign.
From Dick Williams, Chair for the Vote NO on 3 Campaign “By taking other options off the table, Amendment 3 will lead to a higher, double-digit sales tax on food and other necessities, and even higher property taxes. Increasing both these taxes will be harmful to Tennessee working families and senior citizens on fixed-incomes by driving up the costs of food, clothing, and housing.”
Working Films, a national nonprofit nonpartisan organization based in Wilmington, NC, is coordinating the statewide Together Tennessee film tour, along with United for A Fair Economy. Working Films builds partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, responsible businesses, educators and advocates to advance community-based and policy solutions that address social, economic and environmental challenges. United for A Fair Economy raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart.
Below is a list of all Together Tennessee Screenings across the state, organized by city.
Blood on the Mountain: Tuesday October 14th 2014, 7pm.
Filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans will attend the screening and participate in the after screening Q&A.
Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 136 Bob Jobe Rd, Johnson City, TN 37615
Blood on the Mountain focuses on the environmental and economic injustice and corporate control in West Virginia and its rippling effect on all American workers. This film tells the story of a hard-working people who have historically had limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich natural resources of their land.
The Hand That Feeds: Wednesday October 15th 2014, 6pm.
The University of Memphis (main campus), University Center Theater (UC 145), 470 University Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152
*Walker Ave. between Patterson and Zach Curlin.
**Street Parking available on Walker Ave.; Garage Parking available on Zach Curlin
Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma and his undocumented immigrant coworkers set out to end abusive conditions at a New York restaurant chain. This epic power struggle turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.
Citizen Koch: Thursday October 16th 2014, 7pm.
United Auto Workers Headquarters, 6207 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
Set against the rise of the Tea Party in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, a citizen uprising to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker collides with the Tea Party-aligned “Americans for Prosperity,” a group founded and lavishly financed by two of the world’s richest men —David and Charles Koch. As Republican working class voters find themselves in the crosshairs of their own party and its billionaire backers, they are forced to choose sides.
Freedom Summer: Thursday October 16th 2014, 6pm.
Tennessee NAACP: 118 N Church St, Jackson, TN 38301
A look back at the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm, registering voters, creating freedom schools and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Inequality for All: Friday October 17th 2014, 7pm.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center Auditorium, 642 E 5th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
Inequality for All is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal has been “protecting those who are unable to protect themselves.” Reich suggests that the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself.
American Teacher: Monday October 20th 2014, 5:30pm.
Burlington Library, 4614 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37914
Weaving interviews of policy experts and startling facts with the lives and careers of four teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system — the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across our country.