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Friday March 21: Screening of "Brad, One More Night at the Barricades" (updated announcement)

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Please join the Philadelphia Mexico Solidarity Group and the Philadelphia Independent Media Center this Friday, March 21, at the LAVA space (4134 Lancaster Avenue) at 7:30pm for a screening of the new film, "Brad, One More Night at the Barricades" (50 min). Brazilian filmmaker and media activist Miguel will be on hand to discuss his documentary tribute to a fallen friend.

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WHO: Please join the Philadelphia Mexico Solidarity Group and the Philadelphia Independent Media Center this Friday, March 21, at the LAVA space (4134 Lancaster Avenue) at 7:30pm for a screening of the new film, "Brad, One More Night at the Barricades" (50 min). Brazilian filmmaker and media activist Miguel will be on hand to discuss his documentary tribute to a fallen friend. <P>

WHAT: When Mexican paramilitary forces shot independent journalist Brad Will in the chest, killing him, while he was providing coverage of recent events in Oaxaca, Mexico, his camera fell from his hands. But it didn't stop recording. It continued moving from hand to hand, telling Brad's story, as well as the story of the movement of movements that he was a part of. From the squats of New York to the forests of Oregon, from the anti-globalization protests in Seattle, Prague, Quebec to the popular uprising in Oaxaca, Brad's camera paints us a picture of what his life was about, and what so many of his friends continue to struggle for. The event will feature a report back from members of Philadelphia’s Mexico Solidarity Group, recently returning from Oaxaca, information about the worldwide repression of independent journalists and accounts of local and international community media organizing from the Media Mobilizing Project (http://www.mediamobilizing.org). Donations will go to help Miguel continue his tour. DVDs will also be on sale. <P>

WHEN: Friday, March 21 at 7:30pm WHERE: LAVA Space, 4134 Lancaster Ave. About Brad Will: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Will<BR> http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2008/01/18/brad-will-in-rolling-stone/ <BR>About the Oaxaca Uprising: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Oaxaca_protests <P>

About Plan Mexico: Buried in the $46 billion supplemental war spending proposal that President Bush submitted to Congress on Oct. 22 is a $1.4 billion aid package to Mexico to be distributed over the next three years, purportedly to fight drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico. The aid package, called Plan Mexico for its resemblance to the $5 billion Plan Colombia, would consist largely in advanced military training and equipment such as helicopters and surveillance aircraft, according to the Mexican foreign minister. A massive military build up in Mexico does nothing to help and will inevitably lead to increased repression. As has been the case with Plan Colombia, there is great concern that Mexico could use their new equipment in counter-insurgency raids against both social movements and suspected guerrilla forces, mainly in Mexico's indigenous and highly marginalized south. http://www.friendsofbradwill.org/category/plan-mexico/ <P>

The screening will be co-sponsored by the Philly-Mexico Solidarity Group and the Philadelphia Independent Media Center (http://www.phillyimc.org). For more information, contact Jay at 215-913-2679 or “jay@fundamentalchange.net”.

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