Just Views Free Film/Discussion Group: Harrington & Today’s Other America

Michael Harrington and Today’s Other America: Corporate Power and Inequality: Come for free showing of documentary http://filmakers.com/index.php?a=filmDetail&filmID=1006 about Harrington, a driving force behind the war on poverty. Stay for discussion of labor movement and economic reform with Dr. Bill Barclay and Peg Strobel. Program co-sponsored by Greater Oak Park Democratic Socialists of America.

We’ll screen Bill Donovan’s film. Michael Harrington’s book The Other America made poverty visible. Read by President John F. Kennedy, it was probably the driving force behind the "war on poverty." The Boston Globe editorialized that Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and expanded social security benefits were traceable to Harrington’s ideas. The official poverty rate of 17% in 1965 dropped to 11% in 1978. Today, the official rate is 15%, and the Brookings Institution estimates that one-third of Americans live in poverty or near-poverty. We face expanding poverty--the result of decades of corporate greed, declining rates of unionization and wages that haven't kept up with inflation.

Program is co-sponsored by Greater Oak Park Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Join us for the screening and discussion with Dr. Bill Barclay, financial services expert and activist with DSA and Chicago Political Economy Group (CPEG), and Peg Strobel, activist with DSA and the Oak Park Coalition For Truth and Justice. See Bill’s January 2013 presentation at http://www.dupagepeacethroughjustice.org/. We welcome audience participation and all points of view.

Save this Part for Year-Round Reference: 2nd Friday Nights are for Just Views!
Just Views programs start at 7:20 pm, are sponsored by the DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition and are held in Naperville IL at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church at 1828 Old Naperville Road (formerly 4 S 535 Old Naperville Road – new address, same location).

Directions: If coming from east or west on route I-88, exit at Naperville Road onto Freedom Drive. Turn left (East) onto Diehl Road and continue across Naperville Road/Naper Blvd , and then turn left/north at the first street ( Old Naperville Road ). The Unitarian Church is down one block on your right. Note: For other route options and a map, see church website: www.dupageuuchurch.org. The church phone is 630/505-9408.

Our timely issues programs are nonpartisan, open to the public, and free -- no reservations required. Parking is free, too. Just Views shows great films about matters vital to social and economic justice on the second Friday of each month throughout the year. View and then share views from different vantages with citizens attending and invited resource persons. Each night is a stimulating, informal, stand-alone program. Join the multilogue!

To receive Just Views meeting notices via e-mail, join our new DuPage Peace Through Justice Group on www.meetup.com and find Dupage Peace Through Justice Coalition on Facebook. You can also find meeting notices on our website at http://www.dupagepeacethroughjustice.org/. Please mark your calendars ahead for the second Friday of every month, share these notices, and bring friends! Just Views Director is sociologist Stephanie Hughes 630/[masked]; Associate Director is Carol Tritschler 630/961-0106.

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