RESISTANCE CINEMA and ACTION FOR JUSTICE Present “HEIST: Who Stole The American Dream?” Connecting the Dots Productions, Producer/Directors DONALD GOLDMACHER & FRANCES CAUSEY, Narrated by THOM HARTMANN, (2011, 75 minutes)
WHEN: Sunday January 13, 2013 1PM
WHERE: Community Church NY, Assembly Hall 40 East 35th St. btwn Park & Madison Aves.
ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated
Welcome back everyone, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season. To kick off 2013 RESISTANCE CINEMA is going to present a joint program with ACTION FOR JUSTICE for a special AFJ Forum by screening the film HEIST: Who Stole The American Dream”. Please keep in mind that the screening will take place in the Community Church Assembly Hall at 40 East 35th St. and will start at 1pm instead of the usual 1:15pm.
HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream? reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy. The collapse of the U.S. economy is the result of conscious choices made over thirty five years by a small group: leaders of corporations and their elected allies, and the biggest lobbying interest in Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. To these individuals, the collapse is not a catastrophe, but rather the planned outcome of their long, patient work. For the rest of the country, it is merely the biggest heist in American history.
It traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled Attack on American Free Enterprise System. Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.
But Powell’s real “end game” was business control of law and politics. HEIST’s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powell’s memo by BOTH U.S. political parties culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation. All of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued dismantling of the American middle class.
Today, politics is the playground of the rich and powerful, with no thought given to the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans. No other film goes as deeply as HEIST in explaining the greatest wealth transfer of our time. Moving beyond the white noise of today’s polarizing media, HEIST provides viewers with a clear, concise and fact- based explanation of how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore our representative democracy.