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Announcement :: Labor
Buffalo Soldiers: LPC Radical Film 10/12
11 Oct 2005
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Buffalo Soldiers: 10/12
Free Screening: Buffalo Soldiers
Wednesday, October 12th, 7pm

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

Directed by Allan Shinohara, Peter Scheehle, Aoife Nugent and Nozomi Ito

Catch it at the LPC (for free) after its premier last week at the Coolidge Corner as part of the New England Film and Video Fest .

Tobacco farming relies heavily on manual labor. It remains relatively unchanged since pre-industrial times. For decades migrant workers from Jamaica have been coming to North America to work in U.S. fields and are an integral part of our community. However, most people are unaware of the fact that, only a few miles away, Jamaican migrant workers are toiling in the summer heat to maintain the U.S. Tobacco Industry in New England. Media coverage of migrant work tends to focus on the sensational - inhumane working conditions, poor housing, or other forms of exploitation.

The story we discovered is far more subtle. Told in their own words, it is a story of sacrifice and love of family; a story of back-breaking labor and dedication, coupled with bitter isolation and loneliness. In documenting the lives of these migrant workers, we hope to demystify their existence and to give the community at large a glimpse of their extraordinary lives.

Upcoming Films:

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.

Oct 26 – Beyond the Screams (Mas Alla De Los Gritos) (1999, 30 min)

Nov 2 – An Injury To One (2005, 53 min)
Directed by Travis Wilkerson

Nov 9 – American Dream (1990, 90 min)
Directed by Barbara Kopple

Nov 16 – The Murder Of Fred Hampton (1971, 88 min)
Directed by Mike Gray

Nov 23 – No Film Screening. Acoustic music show by Robert Blake. 7pm.

Nov 30 – Woomera (Australia, 2005, 35 min) and Seeing is believing: Handicams, Human Rights & The News (Canada, 58 min)

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

Questions-Comments about the film series, contact films(-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: Buffalo Soldiers: LPC Radical Film 10/12
13 Oct 2005
it was good. the producers were there too
Re: Buffalo Soldiers: LPC Radical Film 10/12
15 Oct 2005
I really wish more people had shown up. I guess if it was called, "The Buffalo Soldiers Porn Collective" the place would have been packed.

Either way, it was a good film, and my only critique was that I wish they had been a little more liberal with the subtitles.