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The End of the Age of Oil
Challenge or Opportunity?
Two Events at the Woodstock Community Center
March 18, 5 PM
A Screening of

"The End of Suburbia"

This powerful and informative film has spurred
many communities to begin preparing for the
end of the age of oil.
Come at 5 PM for refreshments.
Film screening from 5:30 to 6:45.
Group discussion from 6:45 to 7:45.

March 25, 5 PM

A Screening of
"The Power of Community"
Come at 5 PM for refreshments.
Film screening from 5:30 to 6:45.
Group discussion from 6:45 to 7:45.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba
experienced a sudden energy and food crisis. In this
film, Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly
mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using
organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.
Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis, is an
example of options and hope for the rest of the world as
we grapple with a global energy and environmental
For more information, see our Facebook group: "Designing For Transition" or our blog:, or email us at If you cannot
join us at 5, but still would like to participate in the discussion at 6:45, you can view the films in
advance, on the internet. Please visit our facebook page or our blog for the url of each film.
Events are Free !
Refreshments Included !

Town Hall & Colony Cafe

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, Woodstock Town Hall

9:00-9:30 Registration, Refreshments
9:30-11:00 The Culture of War, Visions of Peace
Joel Kovel - activist, author, The Enemy of Nature; Against the State of Nuclear Terror
Sylvia Federicci - Professor Emerita, Hofstra University; author Caliban and the Witch
George Caffentzis - Professor, University of Southern Maine; author, Midnight Oil: Work, Energy, War, 1973-1992

11:00-12:30 The Living Wage and the Death Industry: Plowshares vs Cluster Bombs
Robert Pollin - economist UMass; author, The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy
Mary Beth Sullivan - peace activist, Global Network against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Peter Woodruff - wind turbine advocate; maintenance mechanic, Bath Iron works
Andy Heaslet - Peace Economy Project, Saint Louis, MO

12:30-1:30 Lunch and Performances

1:30-2:45 Beyond Rock and Roll: Music and Art in the Age of Drones and YouTube
Ras T Asheber - Reggae musician
Janine Vega - poet and teacher; author, Tracking the Serpent: Journeys to Four Continents
Jeff Cohen - founder FAIR; director of the Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca, NY
Ariel Shanberg - director Center for Photography at Woodstock

2:45-3:00 Refreshments with music

3:00-4:30 Keynote by Diane Wilson, environmentalist, anti-war activist; author, An Unreasonable Woman

4:30-6:00 What is the Role of Non-Violence in Converting to a Peaceful Economy?
Can a Peaceful Non-Violent Society co-exist with the production of weapons of war?
Simon Harak, Jesuit priest, director, Marquette University Center for Peace Making

6:00-6:30 PM Reception for The Woodstock Generation by Dennis Stock at Center for Photography at Woodstock

6:30-7:00 Excerpts from three decades of anti-war video: from the March for Disarmament to Iraq: Shocking & Awful
DeeDee Halleck, media activist; professor emerita, UCSD; author, Hand Held Visions; Gringo in Mañanaland
Tobe Carey, videographer, Deep Water, Stanley's House

7:00 Evening Keynote: Mikhail Horowitz, poet, parodist, mensch
Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist, twice winner Polk award; author, Blackwater

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, Colony Cafe, Rock City Road, Woodstock

9:30-12:00 PM Forging Plowshares: Strategies Working for Peace
Workshop on community organizing

Noon Book signing with Jeremy Scahill, Richard Grossman, Diane Wilson, Joel Kovel, Silvia Federicci

12:30 Music by The Princes of Serendip

1:30-3:00 Weapons Manufacturing and the Environment



Peter Watkins was born in Surrey, England in 1935. After education at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he became an amateur documentary filmmaker, gaining some notoriety for shorts like The Diary of an Unknown Soldier (1959) and The Forgotten Faces (1961). In these films, Watkins initiated a challenge towards conventional cinematic norms that he has yet to relinquish.

He was eventually hired by the BBC and with Culloden (1964) he established an innovative style combining drama played out by non-actors with newsreel techniques. Through bold montage, revealing close-ups, and hand-held camera movements, Watkins deconstructed both the historical myth surrounding the battle of Culloden and the cinematic conventions of traditional costume drama.

Watkins employed the same techniques in his second docudrama for the BBC, The War Game (1966). Here, the effects of a nuclear strike on Britain are investigated in what Watkins has often referred to as the “You Are There” style. Realistic depictions of nuclear havoc are mixed with interviews with actors impersonating “survivors” and establishment figures whose rationalization look increasingly uncomfortable as the horror unfolds. The BBC decided to ban the film from television screening (it was finally shown in 1985) because of its disturbing content (and its outspoken anti-war sentiment). The film was allowed a limited theatrical release, however, and won a special prize at the Venice Film Festival (1966), an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature (1967), and a BAFTA film award (1967).

Following the controversy regarding The War Game, Watkins' filmmaking career turned stormy. It became increasingly difficult for him to find work, and his films often met with underhanded attacks or widespread indifference. Despite this, he has managed to produce many remarkable and rigorous films, often with no assistance from national film or television agencies.

While Edvard Munch and The War Game remain his best known works to date, his recent films like LA COMMUNE (Paris, 1871) was hailed by J. Hoberman of The Village Voice as, “An intellectually challenging and tremendously moving experience, as history replayed among its contemporary ruins. LA COMMUNE is meant to evoke the unfamiliar sensation of revolutionary euphoria, or living (and dying) in a sacred time.”

He has continued his film-making career in Scandinavia, the U.S. and France. His sporadic cinematic output has been combined with fierce public attacks on the general media situation. Peter Watkins currently lives in Lithuania.


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"Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Prices."

-Anita Gates, NY Times

-Ebert & Roeper

-Andrew O'Hehir,


On Sunday 12/11/2005, at the Woodstock Comminity Center at 7:30 p.m. The Woodstock Progressives in assocation with the Woodstock Democratic Committee will present "Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Prices." by Producer/Director Robert Greenwald the director of "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed." It's a powerful exposé on the toll the Wal-Mart behemoth has taken on workers and communities across the country, and how we can help turn the tide.

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October 8th 2004
Woodstock Progressives

are honored to present as part of an
ongoing series on vital issues
a documentary by Producer/Director
Robert Kane Pappas

     "Orwell Rolls
        in His Grave"

Woodstock Community Center
Friday October, 8th at 7:30 Admission Free

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    The Woodstock Progressives

Invite you to view with us
An Expose of the Rupert Murdoch's controlled Fox News Channel.

by Director/Producer Robert Greenwald

Friday, August 27, 2004 at 7:30 PM
Woodstock Community Center
Admission Free
Door Prize - Coffee

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"Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.

The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

*Once again the Woodstock Community Center was packed. "Outfoxed", the fifth in a series of community forums sponsored by the Woodstock Progressives played to a standing room only crowd. Jeff Cohen media critic and a founder of FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) addressed some of the issues in the expose of Rupert Murdoch's media flagship, Fox Broadcasting. A lively discussion followed until the constrains of time finally had to terminate it.


May 19th:
The Proposed Highway Facility
Woodstock Community Center,

In a public informational event, a panel will discuss background material on the history, the need, the cost and an overview of the issues surrounding the siting of this facility.

All taxpayers are encouraged to attend so they can make an informed vote on the bond resolution June 1st.

April 23rd:
The Woodstock Reval:
The Woodstock Community Center,

A panel consisting of Gerry Ricci, Woodstock Councilwoman Liz Simonson, and Bill Kronenberg presented an overview of the current property assessment revaluation of Woodstock properties, including background and history of prior assessments, methods, and procedures for filing a grievance.

The panel answered concerned taxpayer questions long into the evening for both those in attendance and those who watched on TV and phoned in their questions. The event was televised live over Community Television Channel 23. This event resulted in another standing room only crowd.

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April 15th.
Scott Ritter:

Colony Cafe in Woodstock,

Former Major USMC and UN Weapons Inspector spoke and answered question for over two hours issues on WMD and the Iraq situation to a standing room only crowd.

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  The World STILL Says No to War!

   Global Day of Protest on the One-Year Anniversary of the Iraq War Visit to endorse, download leaflets, find a  list of local protests, and more.

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