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Film & Discussion: The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets


Thursday September 14, 2017: 6:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

For Whom

Grade 9 - Adult


This compelling 2016 documentary brings to life the stories of ordinary people who tried to stop and end the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and features leading activists and scholars including Tom Hayden, Leslie Cagan, Medea Benjamin, and Michael Heaney.

At best, activists had limited influence over the conduct of military policy after 9/11. Yet, their experiences in the antiwar movement helped them to learn about speaking out in the face of injustice. They inspired others to do the same during the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements. Indeed, democracy requires more than just one vote every four years. It requires continued pressure by citizens on their government. This is what democracy looks like!

Following the film, Michael Heaney, the film’s producer and U-M Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Political Science, will lead an audience discussion.

This 66-minute film is not rated. This event is a partnership with the [|U-M Community Scholars Program].