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The End of Poverty? film

Friday, December 04, 2009
8:15 PM - 10:15 PM
Event Type:
David Giesen
Location Details:
4 Star Theater/Cinema 2200 Clement Street in San Francisco

The End of Poverty? film w/ Director Diaz

Friday, December 4 8:30 pm San Francisco

Come to the year's deepest documentary, asking the hardest questions about poverty and society. The End of Poverty? opens at 4 Star Cinema, 220 Clement St. on Friday, December 4. Director Philippe Diaz is on hand for Friday and Saturday screenings. Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange joins him on Saturday, December 5 for the post 8:25 screening.

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The film ( ) posits the following:

Ending poverty is a daunting challenge. However, since it was made by human rules and institutions, new ones can unmake it, right?

The intention of the film is to change the dialogue so that concerned citizens will blame the system that creates poverty, not the people caught up in it. That requires a shift in our thinking.

The solutions touched on in the film are based on justice and not charity, solutions that will change the system that grinds down the poor.

This section will soon present specific campaigns that work towards changing the system, but the following is our call to action:

First, forgive international debt unconditionally and stop other predatory tactics. End the use of economic power as a means by which the wealthy control the poor.
Second, change the tax system in every country of the world. If justice is to be done, most of the taxes should fall on property ownership and not on the wages of working people.
Third, the poor should demand land reform, restoring land (or its value) to the people who actually work on it, instead of a few landowners.
Fourth, end privatization of natural resources and share these in common. Land, air, water, and oil are the common inheritance of all of humanity, not the stockholders of companies that have managed to grab these resources.
Fifth, "degrowth" in the rich nations--a radical cut in consumption of resources and production of waste--is necessary for the poor nations to survive. As Gandhi said, "Live simply, so others can simply live."
Added to the calendar on Sun, Nov 29, 2009 5:41PM
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