First we'll screen the one-hour film, "California State of Mind", seeing how one person, in this case our Governor at the time, pushed against the tide, facing insurmountable obstacles in the cataclysmic 60s to shape a visionary future he believed in. (Remind you of any other group now fighting the tide?) This film has the power to ignite optimism and provide a template for what we can and should expect from leaders today, followed by a panel discussion of what we can and should expect from ourselves. IMDb gives this documentary 9.6 stars out of 10. Sponsored by California Watch (a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting), wanting to re-energize bi-partisan can-do optimism, and re-energize a critical dialogue.
Early reception 5:30 - 6:30. Film screening and panel discussion begin at 7:00.
Wear your "Ask an Atheist" t-shirt to this event, to provide visibility of atheism that challenges the common misperception of atheists as unpatriotic, unconcerned and untrustworthy. We are fellow citizens who also care about our future and the future for our fellow man. The more we become visible the more the public will come to really know us and trust us. To buy your $10 bright blue shirt, contact Judy at judysnt (at) gmail (dot) com, or find me at the event. Or, just come sit with us if you see us.
You can register for the event (not necessary) at http://californiastateofmind-zvents.eventbrite.com/
Film is described here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326743/plotsummary