Screening and Activist Networking with Legal Q&A free

July 7th (Thurs) – 6:30 pm – PhillyCam, 699 Ranstead Street, Philly

“Connecting Movements and Media Makers, + legal Q&A”

In preparation of the upcoming protests during the Democratic National Convention PhillyCam hosts an evening to network, and learn via a look back at the protests in Philly during the Republican National Convention in 2000. Plus Q&A featuring RNC video producers Elizabeth Fiend and Valerie Keller, economic-rights activist Cheri Honkala, and Jody Dodd activist-legal-advisor.

Backstory of the Protests at the Republican National Convention, Philly, 2000:

“We were riding an exciting wave of mass direct actions against global capitalism following the previous November’s actions which shut down the meetings of the World Trade Organization in Seattle and large scale street actions against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in DC. 

While activists from Philadelphia and afar were organizing to shut down the city in August 2000 and simultaneously helping with vast logistical needs for the multitude of other protests and actions that week in Philly, the Philadelphia Police Department (in tandem with the District Attorney’s office and judges) were planning repression on a scale we hadn’t anticipated.” For more on the backstory click here.

Program: Networking, Q&A 
with video Producers, Activists and Legal Advisers 

Screening of Unconventional Coverage,’s award winning commentary on the protests during the Republican National Convention

and Skylight Pictures Battle for Broad, from the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC)

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About our video:

“Unconventional Coverage:

The Message and the Means”

Says “The Chicago Tribune:” [speaking of video host Elizabeth Fiend]  “Her documentary on the demonstrations protesting the Republican Convention in Philadelphia was pretty much the only coverage I can remember that actually told you what the protesters were protesting.”

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This hour long commentary, was filmed during the protests that erupted when the Republicans first nominated George Bush for president at their national convention in Philadelphia in 2000.

The  award winning video is a blueprint for the modern protest movement. It outlines how and why protests happen. Plus it offers detailed information on the sorry state of health care in America, our problems with gun violence, our eroding rights to dissent and the many varied reasons people feel compelled to protest. Tips on how to organize a protest, jail solidarity and the importance of independent media are included alongside insightful and witty commentary. 
Winner Best Documentary, Festival of Independents, Philadelphia Film Festival

From the “Alternative Press Review” by Allan Antliff :

For some years Elizabeth Fiend and Valerie Keller with help from Gretjen Clausing and Allen Fiend have been producing a wildly popular cable TV show dedicated to bringing “anarchist home economics” to Philly’s cheese-steak enthusiasts. In the summer of 2000 George W. Bush’s Republicans came to town to crown their king, and BTP rallied its forces to produce a feature on the event . . . from the protesters’ perspective.

Fiend “hosts” the show, providing snappy commentary that is squarely aimed at the establishment’s misrepresentations and double-speak.

She searches out and interviews protesters who discuss a wide range of concerns, bringing to the fore the diversity of voices fuelling the anti-Republican forces.

We also get a taste of the opposite side’s mind-set from people such as Log Cabin Republican Donald Carter who defends gay conservatism and a “Sisters for the Second Amendment” spokesperson who calls (loudly) for a piece in every purse.
The video is tightly edited and spiced up with anti-capitalist rap poetry, screamingly funny studio cuts of Fiend wringing the neck of a “rubber chicken” politician, and other vignettes. These augment on-the-street analysis of universal health care, how to end gun violence, the rightness of dissent, and other issues.
This video is designed for public viewing, with two 30 minutes segments framed by intros and closing music. Imagine crowds during a showing taking a 10 minute break for popcorn, petition signing, etc. and you get the idea. The first segment, “The Message”, communicates the issues radicals sought to air in Philadelphia through sit-downs, parades, street theatre, banners, music, songs, and speeches. The second segment, “The Means,” is an invaluable primer covering the 4 Big Things that made the Philadelphia demonstrations effective: Direct Action; How to Stage a Protest; Do It Yourself Media; and Dealing With Police Repression. Talk about your Anarchist Home-Ec!
Funny, ironic, and creative, “Unconventional Coverage” makes a rebellious sensibility accessible to the masses. I can imagine people who are new to radicalism not only enjoying it, but also identifying with it, and that’s no small feat in my estimation.

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