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MARCH 21, 2007
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LIVE YOUR DREAM SO OTHERS MAY LIVE THEIRS
SPECIAL MPJC EVENT
Saturday, April 21st, 7:30 PM 
Norman Solomon’s film War Made Easy
An MPJC Special Independent Media Event 
Come to the sneak preview of Norman Solomon’s film War Made Easy (45 min.), narrated by Sean Penn. Author and media critic, Solomon will speak on Iraq and Beyond: Endless War or Informed Democracy? How do presidents and pundits use spin to win public support for war?
This event will take place at Olney Hall, College of Marin, in Kentfield. Tickets only $8 at the door. For info/directions go to www.mpjc.org/imc. Wheelchair accessible.
TERRORIST ICE RAIDS - A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM
REPRESENTING A HUMONGOUS US FOREIGN POLICY FAILURE 
NOT AN IMMIGRATION PROBLEM REPORTED BY MASS MEDIA
Although our media seem to consider it a state secret, it is an exhaustively documented fact that the conditions in immigrants’ home countries are the direct result of US economic or military policies: economic policies that unfairly extract labor, resources and profits; political policies that use mass killing and cruelty to undermine any attempts at popular government.  (Mexico,
Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua.) The facts are there! The forum is coming. (6)
THE POLITICAL SCENE 
THE COMING WEEKS IN MARIN 
AND BEYOND

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
"¡Salud!," Healthcare film, Screening in Marin
¡Salud! ? a new feature documentary by Academy Award nominee Connie Field ? explores the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls 'one of the world's best health systems.' And for 40 years, Cuba's taken it to the road, their doctors in demand by other struggling nations. Cuba's volunteer corps now posts 28,000 health professionals in 68 countries. Cuban medical schools enroll 30,000 students from other developing areas, an unprecedented undertaking for any country. The film probes the motivations of international students at Havana's Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) where a bold paradigm shift is producing doctors committed to public service. Through these stories and testimony from experts around the world, ¡Salud! traces the opinions and competing agendas that mark the battle for better global health.
Dr. Kay Taylor, a Bay Area gynecologist, will introduce the program. Dr. Taylor retired from Kaiser in 2005 to organize a volunteer medical service called Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC), which provides mobile one-visit care to women in need. Dr. Taylor has worked in Central America with graduates of the Cuban Medical School; and PINCC’s team visited Cuba at ELAM’s invitation in November 2006, toured their medical facilities and discussed future opportunities to work with their graduate doctors. 
The film will be shown at The Redwoods Presbyterian Church, 110 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, This event is sponsored by Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas and is a fundraiser to support PINCC's ongoing work. A $5-15 donation is requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Friday, March 23 - 7:00-9:30 PM
Impacts of War—Paths to Healing: A Community Meeting
Brian Turner, soldier-poet and Iraq War veteran, 
author of “Here, Bullet;” 
Col Ana Smythe, veterans health expert and Dep. Director of Government Affairs for the Military Officers Association of America; Keith Armstrong, Director of Social Work, Family Therapy and member, PTSD team, at the San Francisco VA
Cynthia Levefer, mother of an injured Iraq veteran and advocate for soldiers suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. 
There will be community discussion focused on how members of the general public can support soldiers and their families.
$10 donation for public, free for vets and their families
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Sat. March 24, 
9am – 5pm
Cuban Medical School 
Scholarship Conference Laney College, Oakland, 
Study at the Latin America School of Medicine
Havana, Cuba
Come learn how you can become one of 500 American students studying to become a doctor through Cuba’s full scholarship program. Keynote Speaker - Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr.
More than 100 US students are currently studying to become doctors in Cuba at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. The students come from the humblest areas of the US where medical care is scarce and expensive.
They pursue the dream of a lifetime, thanks to Cuba’s generous offer of 500 full scholarships which includes: tuition, books and room and board.
Upon graduation, they will honor their commitment to practice medicine in underserved areas in the US.
The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to set up a pipeline that will return well trained, community-oriented Black, Latino, Native American and Asian doctors to serve medically underserved communities in the US.
Laney College
Student Center
Room 401, A & B
900 Fallon St. Oakland, CA

Saturday, March 24 - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Daylong Workshop for Iraq & Afghanistan Vets and Families (free)
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Veterans and experienced trauma experts will facilitate each workshop, easing feelings of isolation, loss and anger by helping veterans and family members learn new coping skills, talk about their experiences, and develop a sense of community. Participants will share stories and experiences in large and small group settings, learn to use meditation and yoga as tools to achieve an inner calm and focus, and make use of creative outlets such as drawing and writing to express painful experiences and feelings.
The Coming Home Project is developing an alliance of licensed psychotherapists to offer pro bono preventive, psycho-educational, group support and psychotherapy services to veteran families. 
* Travel and lodging scholarships are available for vets & their families. 
For additional information, please contact The Coming Home Project at: 415-387-0800 or http://www.cominghomeproject.net.

Mon., March 26, 7:00 p.m.
“CLEAN MONEY” GROUP TO MEET
The Marin Group of the California Clean Money Campaign will resume its regular meetings on at the Carpenters’ Hall at 647 Lindaro St. in San Rafael. There will be a showing of a Bill Moyers’ video on the subject for newcomers at 6:45.
The California Clean Money Campaign works to establish public funding for elections, and a bill to establish such a system for legislators and statewide office holders has been reintroduced this year, again as AB 583, and again by Assemblywoman Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley). CCMC believes that the need for private money donations to candidates keeps too many well-qualified candidates from running or winning because they can’t raise sufficient private funds, and that private donations too often come with strings attached, officially or unofficially, from special interest donors. 
“Publicly financed elections were established nearly a decade ago in Maine and Arizona and are working well (and other states are in various stages of adopting them as well), with more candidates running and winning ‘clean,’ more women and people of color winning seats, greater voter turnout and confidence in the integrity of lawmakers, and resulting legislation that would otherwise have been blocked by special interests,” said Greg Brockbank, coordinator of the California Clean Money Campaign’s Marin Working Group

Friday, March 30, 7:30 PM 
Mexico: Intensified Repression Spurs Solidarity
REPORT BACK
Three Bay Area activists, Carolina Dutton, Mary Ann Tenuto, and Colombe Chappey, give an update on recent events Oaxaca and Chiapas. Incleuded, the increased number of kidnappings, disappearances, and beatings of APPO (Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca) members, the New Year's encuentro (meeting) between the Zapatistas and the people of the world in Chiapas, and an analysis of the impact of the social movements on the economic and political situation in Mexico.
Included, recent video footage documenting the four-day Zapatista encuentro. In attendance were over 2000 supporters representing 48 countries from Europe and Oceania as well as from the Americas. Discussion will also focus on testimonies of individuals who were recently tortured by Mexican "security" forces in Oaxaca, where people were illegally detained, beaten, and sometimes killed while peacefully protesting their loss of land, forced displacement, low wages and extreme poverty.
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 
1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita), Berkeley. 
This event is sponsored by the Chiapas Support Committee, Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas, and the BFUU Social Justice Committee. A $5-10 donation is requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Wheelchair accessible. For more information call 510/654-9587, 415/924-3227, or go to www.chiapas-support.org or www.mitfamericas.org.

Sun., April 1, 2:30PM - 4:30 PM 
Health Care for All-Marin
ONLY FOOLS WOULD PUT UP WITH OUR HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM
CELEBRATE APRIL FOOLS DAY IN SAN RAFAEL
A health care “fair” will be held on at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 Fifth Avenue at E Street.
Doctors and nurses will be on hand with health-care advice and to take blood pressures, but the main focus of the fair is on educating attendees on why, in this year when competing health insurance reforms are dominating the agenda in Sacramento, a single-payer system is still by far the best option.
The DVD, The Health Care Solution, will be played continuously, and people will be invited to play Health Care Jeopardy and a new board game in which your health luck determines whether you win or lose. "La Cockamanie," a skit which debuted to great acclaim in Novato, will be performed.
Our assemblyman, Jared Huffman, will speak, as will Assemblyman Mark Leno of San Francisco. Barry Massie, MD, Chief of Cardiology, at the SF Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will explain how a single payer system could turn our health care mess into a system that delivers better health care, more efficiently and at lower cost.
At 4 PM, along with accordion and drum, we will march singing our
signature song, "This Plan is Your Plan, This Plan is My Plan," to San Rafael Plaza at Fourth Street and A.

Tues., April 3, 7:00 p.m. 
WASTE LANDFILL POLLUTES MARIN
The Redwood Landfill, north of Novato, is a dump built on old marshland immediately adjacent to the largest tidal marsh in California. Waste Management, Inc. (WMI), wants to expand its operations significantly to enable it to build a garbage mountain 166 feet high to become a regional landfill that accepts up to 70% of its waste from outside Marin. Christopher Gilkerson and Bruce Baum of the Green Coalition will show the video “A Tale of Two Dumps” and answer questions at the monthly meeting of Democracy for America-Marin on in the Town Center Community Room in Corte Madera. The public is urged to attend. 
For information, contact Carole Mills: (415) 246-5837 or csmills@sbcglobal.net

Thur., April 12, 8:00-9:30 AM. 
MARIN LINK WORKSHOP
Discovering Funding Resources
Most of the money given to non-profits comes from individuals. The non-profits that realize how to cultivate this vast resource fulfill their program goals, diversify their income sources, and predict more accurately income from year to year. We will present information which will systematize this fund raising method, and teach you how to develop your own network of funders.
MarinLink
2620 The Mall at Northgate
San Rafael CA 94901 (between Rite Aid and Sears)

Fri., April 13, 7 p.m. 
Robert Reich 
“Democracy, Education for the New Economy.” 
Join us in a conversation with Professor of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich as he describes his vision for the role of democracy and education for shaping the future.
Center for Regenerative Design
2007 COMmunity Profile Series - 
Andres Edwards, Sim Van der Ryn
All programs at College of Marin, Olney Hall Auditorium, 7-9 pm , Kentfield, CA

Saturday, April 21st, 7:30 PM 
Norman Solomon’s film War Made Easy
An MPJC Special Independent Media Event 
Come to the sneak preview of Norman Solomon’s film War Made Easy (45 min.), narrated by Sean Penn. Author and media critic, Solomon will speak on Iraq and Beyond: Endless War or Informed Democracy? How do presidents and pundits use spin to win public support for war?
This event will take place at Olney Hall, College of Marin, in Kentfield. Tickets only $8 at the door. For info/directions go to www.mpjc.org/imc. Wheelchair accessible.

Friday May 25, 7 p.m. 
Peter Calthorpe 
“New Cities for the 21st Century.” 
Join us in a conversation with Peter Calthorpe as he describes how community design with a focus on environmental sustainability and human scale can be adapted throughout the globe.
Center for Regenerative Design
2007 COMmunity Profile Series - 
Andres Edwards, Sim Van der Ryn
All programs at College of Marin, Olney Hall Auditorium, 7-9 pm , Kentfield, CA

THIS WEEK ON CHANNEL 26 
MARIN COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING
Following is the schedule of films that are seldom if ever seen on PBS that are now showing on southern Marin’s Comcast Cable Channel #26

Thursday, MARCH 22
9:00 am DEMOCRACY NOW! (repeats on CH. 22 at 12:00 am)
6:30-7:00 PM AFIF SAFIEH

7:30 - 9:30 PM MPJC Presents: 
"OUR BRAND IS CRISIS" (1 hour, 28 minutes)
An astounding look at the political campaign to prevent the election of Bolivia's current president, Evo Morales. With unprecedented access to think-sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, we see how a high-powered political consulting firm headed by James Carville develops its marketing strategies and shapes the relationship between a leader and his people. And we see how the all-American art of branding can affect who gets elected and who doesn't. Although he wins the election, Goni, the US-chosen candidate, is ultimately thrown out of power the following year after a series of street revolts. He's now in exile in Washington; and his rival Evo Morales has become the first indigenous president of Bolivia. 
A short film follows at 9:00.

9:30-10:20 PM THE KILLING ZONE

Monday, MARCH 26
9:00 am DEMOCRACY NOW! (repeats on CH. 22 at 12:00 am)
7:30-8:30 PM THE LOSS OF LIBERTY
9:00-10:00 PM PALESTINE IS STILL THE ISSUE

Thursday, March 29
9:00 am DEMOCRACY NOW (repeats on Channel 22 at 12:00 a.m.)

7:30-9:30 pm MPJC Presents
INTERVIEW WITH DAHR JAMAIL (30 minutes) In late 2003, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq as an independent unembedded journalist. He has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country and has also reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, Flashpoints and is on the staff of The Nation magazine. Dahr has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Read his dispatches at www.dahrjamailiraq.com.
"THE TOMATO EFFECT" (90 minutes) begins with Faun Kine's personal quest to investigate the causes of the death of her father in a mysterious climbing accident in 1992. Her father, Zane R. Kine, had been doctor who practiced Environmental Medicine, especially the diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) or Gulf War Syndrome. Official recognition of this syndrome would translate to billions of dollars in liability to the chemical industry. As toxic tort liabilities have increased across the country, an alliance has emerged between the chemical industry and physicians who denounce MCS. Large sums of money were paid to these physicians to testify that victims claiming to have MCS were psychotic and that physicians who diagnosed it were quacks.

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MPJC PRESENTS 
Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

3/22/07 INTRO. 1. 
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS 1:25
GUERRA STELLARI :25

3/29/07 INTRO. BLIP 3:03
DAHR JAMAL 30:02
TOMATO EFFECT 1:28:28

4/5/07 INTRO III EMILY 5:46
IRAQ FOR SALE 1:15:20
VOTER-GATE 35:42
INTRO BLIP 3:03

4/12/07 INTRO BLIP 3:03
ARLINGTON WEST 56:03
A LITTLE LIGHT WILL DO 55:36
***RUN TO THE ROCK 3:48

4/19/07 INTRO BLIP 3:03 
POET-"HERE BULLET" 29:00
IN DEBT WE TRUST 1:28:59

4/26/07 INTRO BLIP 3:03 
OIL FACTOR 1:32:20
BUSHING I 9:44
BUSHING II 15:01
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