“The bottom line is: domestic drones are potentially extremely powerful surveillance tools, and that power — like all government power — needs to be subject to checks and balances. We hope that Congress will carefully consider the privacy implications that this technology can lead to.” -Jay Stanley via ACLU Blog of Rights. 2/6/2012
“Here’s a look at the windows of the Chicago Board of Trade, in which a daring band of the nation’s money people have fought back against the Occupy Chicago protest onslaught by declaring, “We are the 1%,” with some signs in the windows.” 10/5/2011
“This young man won a contest to design a new sticker for the city of Chicago. Then someone in the department noticed that there may be gang signs hidden in the design. The award was taken away.” 2/13/2012
How the art of negotiation defuses confrontation on the streets of Chicago.
Internationally acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) joins Amanda Palmer and the FPS audience for a Q&A on his searing new documentary The Interrupters, about preventing gang violence on the streets of Chicago.
Embedding himself in a violence prevention movement called Ceasefire, Steve takes his camera to the volatile neighbourhoods where a wrong word or a provocation can get you killed. The self-described Interrupters, armed only with their street smarts and negotiating skills, try to defuse confrontations before the bullets start to fly.
The Interrupters have all had first-hand experience of Chicago street culture. Eddie is a former member of a notorious gang, Cobe has served prison time for drug trafficking, and Muslim convert Ameena is the daughter of one of the city’s most famous gangsters.
The crux of the film is that violence can be seen as an infectious disease that engulfs communities if left unchecked. With an epidemic of gang violence affecting not only Chicago, but cities all around the world, The Interruptersprovides a timely exploration of the causes of violence, and the ways it can be tackled.
An excerpt from the recently released DVD of some of Marvin’s greatest live performances on TV and film, “Real Thing: In Performance 1964-1981,” This live performance comes from the long out-of-circulation 1973 film, “Save The Children” with James Jamerson on bass.