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Announcement :: Human Rights
Dark Days // 9-21
19 Sep 2005
Free Screening of ‘Dark Days’
Wed, September 21st, 7pm

at the Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave (in the South End)

Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice.

Original Music by DJ Shadow

This screening will be followed by the short making-of documentary.

2000, 84 minutes

Radical Film Night at the Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday night at 7pm
Always Free

Upcoming Films:

Boston Premier
Sept 28 - Immokalee: a story of slavery and freedom
Brutal exploitation of farmworkers, including slavery and indentured servitude, continues to plague thousands in the fields and groves of south Florida. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers struggles to build solidarity and fight back against the abuses. Immokalee, a new documentary by Jeff Imig, shows this struggle and examines how the Coalition has been so successful through its three-pronged effort of organizing in the fields, education and broad community solidarity.

Boston Premier
Oct 5 – Made in Secret: The Story of the East Van Porn Collective
Made in Secret is an engaging, inspiring and deliciously perplexing labour of love, made over the course of three years by a group of friends who wanted to make a documentary about their local anarcho-feminist porn collective. The only problem was, that collective didn't exist. And so, in order to make the film, they actually became the anarcho-feminist porn collective that they so passionately wanted to document. So is the resulting film a documentary? A fictional drama? Even the collective doesn't know anymore. And ultimately, it doesn't matter, because the movie isn't about what happened or what didn't happen -- it's about what's possible. And the possibilities are huge, transcending the quest for egalitarian porn and touching at the very heart of how we engage with others and with the world around us.

Followed by a discussion by member of the East Van Porn Collective

Oct 19 – Thirst (2004, 60 min)
Thirst is a moving 60-minute documentary by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman on global resistance to water privatization, a trend sweeping the United States. Dramatic stories from Bolivia, India and California are bracketed by escalating conflict over privatization at a global water conference in Japan.

Thirst takes a piercing look at the conflict between public and private stewardship, and the claim that water is a human right versus a commodity. From riots in Bolivia to women’s water mobilizations in India to extraordinary community organizing in the United States, THIRST shows that water is the catalyst for old conflicts and new coalitions. Scheduled for a national broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V., THIRST is a warning: multinational water companies are coming to your town as certainly as Wal-Mart.

Questions-Comments about the film series, contact dubious_battle(-at-)


+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at)

+++ What are we?

The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run radical bookstore features an extensive selection of radical books and magazines, internet access, space for talks and meetings, and free movies Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue in the South End the store is just down from Mass Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store hours Mon-Fri 12-9pm Weekends 12-6.

+++ Volunteer

Volunteering at LPC isn't just about donating your labor. All of the Lucy Parsons Center volunteers contribute to all aspects of running the store and can take part in all decisions in how it's run. If you know anything about grant writing, web design, or any other skills you think would be useful, or if you just want to be part of this great radical project, please email Pete at petestid (at)

+++ Use our space for radical stuff

One of the most important aspects of the Lucy Parsons Center is providing a community meeting place for radical activities. If you want to host an event, please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccabatchelder (at) Make sure to give enough notice so that we can approve the event at our bimonthly meetings.

If you have a group that needs a space to have regular meetings, just come to the bookstore and fill out a space request form. Again, make sure to allow time for approval by the collective.

+++ Donate MONEY!

We need support to help ensure the Lucy Parsons Center continues to grow and be an important resource for the community. Donations can be made in the form of cash, check or credit cards. Please call the store for more info. If you don't have a lot, don't worry, even donating the change of your purchase can make a difference.

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Re: Dark Days // 9-21
20 Sep 2005
What I learned from this movie:

Anarchy --> People live in squalor, smoke crack, and steal from each other.

The state --> Rescues people, puts them in real buildings, and tries to set them up with jobs.

The movie may have been "cool" but I'm confused as to why it's in a radical film series. I guess it'll piss off your parents if you live in a tunnel, but beyond that.... not much.
Truth IS Hard To Accept.
21 Sep 2005
If the CIA would quit smuggling in Coke and Heroin...The druggies would wake up. Maybe even vote. You know they wouldn't vote for right-wing extreamists.
Apparently, Vince doesn't have a clue.