Why We March: Moving for Change

The Rochester chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign and the VSW Film Series are pleased to present this streaming program, Why We March: Moving for Change. This program focuses on the act of organized marching as a form of political…

Why We March: Moving for Change

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The Rochester chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign and the VSW Film Series are pleased to present this streaming program, Why We March: Moving for Change. This program focuses on the act of organized marching as a form of political protest from the 1960’s to today. Featuring films from the VSW archive as well as a recent video by filmmaker/activists Peter Kinoy, Rashaad Parker and Martin Hawk, this screening aims to answer the question “Why do we march?” and motivate participation in organized acts of peaceful protest.

Martin Luther King, Jr: From Montgomery to Memphis (1970) Director: Dan McCarroll. Documentary film portraying Martin Luther King’s rise to leader of the Civil Rights Movement. 

26:42 Empire State Rumblings (2019) Director: Peter Kinoy. Chronicles the NYS Poor People’s Campaign through Spring 2018’s Forty Days of Action, when poor people gathered in Albany to confront the government and make their voices heard.

57:00 Rochester Anti-war Rally (excerpts) (1972) Producers: Sanford Rockowitz and Portable Channel. Street interviews with protestors and police during a Vietnam/Kent State demonstration.

01:06:34 Roc City Speaks (2020) Director: Rashaad Parker. Interviews with protestor participants in Rochester’s current police brutality protests. 

01:23:55 Pressure Gradient (A Litany for Survival) (2020) Director: Martin Hawk. Dramatic and spirited footage from Rochester’s recent protest marches. 

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