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Category Archives: Big Money Corrupts

Working to support a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee. At its base, its a determination about who is a Person. According to this decision, Corporations are “persons” and are entitled to the same rights of free speech (AKA unlimited financial intervention into the election/political system.)

May Free Movie: Taking Root

May Free Movie: Taking Root

The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

What: Free movie and discussion: Taking Root
When: Monday, May 21st, 7-9p.m.
Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s), 39 E. Central Street, Natick, MA
What Else: Free parking. Light Refreshments. Wheelchair accessible.

cover of Taking Root DVD

Director’s Statement

Lisa Merton:

We first met Wangari Maathai in the spring of 2002 at Yale University where she was a guest professor. We had been asked to do an interview with her for a possible short film; the idea of a short film was immediately abandoned. Wangari’s was a big life, an exemplary life that the world needed to hear about.

I have never been so moved, captivated and inspired by anyone’s story as I was by Wangari Maathai’s. It was not only what she had done but the way she had done it; it was also her presence and her skill as a storyteller. She was of it, completely part of the story she was telling – a filmmaker’s dream! She was spellbinding, funny, delighted, expressive and full of life. I had never met a person of such courage, one who had risked her life for the truth. Her story was organic; her rural roots connected her deeply to the earth, and despite her education and years in academia, she had never lost that connectedness.[Source]



February Free Movie: Prescription Thugs

February Free Movie: Prescription Thugs

Please join us for a screening of the documentary film, Prescription Thugs, a personal/cultural look at the opiate crisis in America: the major players and the devastation, as 59,000 Americans die annually from painkiller overdose.   What: Free Screening of Prescription Thugs When: Monday, February 19th, 7-9pm Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s), side rear entrance… Continue Reading

September Free Movie: Merchants of Doubt

September Free Movie: Merchants of Doubt

Spin Meisters Shape Policy through Lies, Disinformation,  Propaganda & the Power of Doubt What: Screening of Award-Winning Documentary, Merchants of Doubt (Watch trailer below) When: Monday, September 21st from 7-9pm Where: Common Street Spiritual Center,  13 Common St., Natick, MA (PLEASE NOTE: change of venue and see map below) Who: Sponsored by Occupy Natick What… Continue Reading

Free Movie Night: Monday, May 18th: Cowspiracy: A Conspiracy of Silence

Free Movie Night: Monday, May 18th: Cowspiracy: A Conspiracy of Silence

Greenhouse gases from livestock commoditization are a major unsung and covered up cause of Global Warming. It stems from the insatiable human appetites for meat, profit and dominion over Nature. And almost no one is talking about it.
Silence about the Meat-Industrial Complex is fueling our ignorance and denial. Besides the almost unfathomable pain and suffering that is inflicted upon these “animal-commodities” there is the disastrous impact on our environment. Continue Reading

January Free Movie Night: Four Horsemen

January Free Movie Night: Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen Are Coming What are the Four Horsemen? The modern Four Horsemen this film represents are: Our crooked and rapacious financial system Escalating organized violence Abject poverty for billions of humanity Exhaustion of earth’s resources leading to ecological catastophe When: Monday, January 19th, 2015 from 7-9pm What: Free screening of the documentary film,… Continue Reading

Machiavelli and Oligarchic Democracy

By Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout | Op-Ed Machiavelli wrote that when we are trying to understand politics and the history of human societies, much can be explained in terms of the eternal conflict between two fundamental desires. One is the desire of the grandi – that is, the super-rich and the super-powerful… Continue Reading

Rolling Jubilee/Strike Debt Strikes Again. This Time on Student Debt

by Liz Pleasant, Christa Hillstrom, James Trimarco posted Sep 17, 2014 Nathan Hornes was sitting on the couch watching Maury when he saw the ad for Everest College. Owned by the for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Everest commercials are known to target low-income people, promising a flexible education and, through it, jobs that earn… Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Occupy Wall Street. 3 years old.

There is an excellent article by filmmaker and activist, John Wellington Ennis, in the Huffington Post commemorating the birth of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Here are some snippets. You can read the whole article here. This week marks the third anniversary of protesters descending on Wall Street to protest the havoc wrought by the… Continue Reading

Money Out of Politics: Support the PassMass Amendment for Constitutional Change

Return Our Democracy to the People Occupy Natick supports a ballot initiative for Massachusets to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to declare that ‘Corporations are not People, Money is not Speech’”..  We encourage you to get on board to help push this through.  There is lots of work to do to overcome the forces of the… Continue Reading