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Viggo at VOICES OF A PEOPLE’S HISTORY: COOPER UNION, NYC Tomorrow!


Source: peopleshistory.us


Our thanks to Colette Hera for the heads up.

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Seating first-come, first-served

The BAFTAS Nominees Party - VIP Arrivals
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September 17, 2018
New York City
07.30pm - 09.00pm


Voices of a People's History of the United States brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight hour work day, advancing women's rights and LGBTQ liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day.

Join us on September 17, Constitution Day, at this special free event in the Great Hall at Cooper Union featuring live readings and music in a celebration of resistance and radical struggle. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—VOICES seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.

Featuring:
Viggo Mortensen
Allison Moorer
Brian Jones
Aasif Mandvi
Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby
Susan Pourfar
Ty Jones
Staceyann Chin
Jessica Pimentel
Laura Gomez
And more special guests to be announced.

Registration required, but seating is first-come, first-served. This event is cosponsored by The Cooper Union

The Great Hall is located in The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues
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The Great Hall is wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices are also available upon request.

© peopleshistory.us. Images © Getty.

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Viggo Mortensen urges Americans to look to history to understand current political climate


Source: CBS News.
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Thanks to Lindi for the find from CBS.


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Viggo Mortensen believes in the importance of understanding our past. On the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington, the actor explains to CBS News why he believes the voices of people in American history can inspire us today.

Oscar Red Carpet 2017
Oscar Red Carpet 2017
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by Andrea Park


Mortensen is reading passages from Howard Zinn's "Voices of a People's History of the United States" at SummerStage in New York's Central Park, alongside other notable performers, including Uzo Aduba, Marisa Tomei, Rosanne Cash, Hong Chau, Staceyann Chin and more, as part of a free show called "Voices of a People's History." Mortensen says he has been participating in various "Voices of a People's History" shows since the early 2000s.

The actor says of Zinn's work, "It's maybe as important as ever right now, when there seems to be a lot of division socially and politically in the country and an ideological hardening in terms of binary choice — one extreme or another. … I think it's always important in any democracy, anywhere, that voices of dissent, voices of opposition or at least voices that question the status quo and authority be heard."

Mortensen points out that some of the selections in the book are by people who fought successfully for freedom from slavery and the right to vote.

"They were up against a lot of harder things than we are now," he says. "It seems to me like it's a pretty divisive time and we need good reminders that even when things seemed to be stalled and there doesn't seem to be much farther communication, what these people communicated can maybe help us open that logjam we seem to find ourselves in now."

Mortensen, who frequently posts readings and quotes on his publishing website, plans to read a selection by Zinn and also one by friar Bartolome de las Casas, who documented Spanish mistreatment of indigenous people in the New World in the 16th century.

Mortensen says that people should look back to the March on Washington to appreciate the gains the country made during that time, and be careful not to lose them.

"I don't think we ever had a president who fomented as much division and ideological rigidity and conflict, who fanned the flames," he says. "There's a lot happening now that threatens the gains made by people represented in the book. That's why it's always good to hear these voices to read them and keep them in mind today. One, not to give up hope if you're disappointed about, two, if you're not informed about the history of the U.S. and what really has happened over the centuries leading up to now and why things are the way they are right now — why we have certain rights and certain laws in place — it has a lot to do with these people. They were hard-fought gains and things that are much more easily lost than gained. … Everything that's been gained through legislation, through people's rights, animal rights, environmental rights, is under siege at the moment."

He continues, "Life is not just about having stuff. Making money on Wall Street — that does not excuse the multitude of injustices happening. We can go backwards; we can take a lot of steps backwards if we're not careful and don't keep history in mind."

The actor says he is hopeful for a big turnout during the November midterm elections, but he also wants to see more grassroots activism.

Mortensen says the performers at SummerStage Tuesday night won't be going off script to slam President Donald Trump; the point is not to attack, but for audience members or readers to judge for themselves.

"What's great about these voices is they speak for themselves," he explains. "Whether they're about activists against the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 or whether they're from las Casas talking about the horrible treatment of the indigenous population when Europeans first came to colonize on these shores, no extra commentary is needed. You can connect those dots for yourself, and connect them to the president as you like."

Mortensen, who is also a poet, says the political climate occasionally seeps into his own writing as well.

"I don't live in a vacuum," he says. "The weather — physical and political — at any time when I'm writing affects me like it does most writers, I think."
His next film project is alongside Mahershala Ali in "Green Book." In it, he plays the driver for a black pianist in 1962. The actor says he doesn't intentionally seek out subversive films — in his last film, "Captain Fantastic," he portrays an anarchist father raising his children in the wilderness — but he does say that he looks for great storytelling.

"I wasn't looking for something political, but often, really great stories can't help but be connected to what's happening in the world," he says. "'Green Book' takes place in 1962, the year before the March on Washington, but there are clear resonances to what's happening now, to racial tensions, to social tensions and also class differences."

Mortensen says he thinks of "Green Book" as timely, even though it is set more than 50 years ago, and hopes viewers will learn more about civil rights from the film.

"Voices of a People's History" takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Central Park. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Viggo in New York this Summer


Source: City Parks Foundation.
Found By: Chrissie


Thanks to Chrissie for the heads up.


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One for the calendar (particularly if you live in New York)

"The People Speak" Filming - Boston 1.8.08.
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August 28 at 8pm

Voices of A People's History featuring Staceyann Chin, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Laura Gómez, Celisse Henderson, Viggo Mortensen and more at Central Park.

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Voices of A People's History

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

featuring Staceyann Chin, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Laura Gomez, Celisse Henderson, Viggo Mortensen and more.


We are excited to collaborate with VOICES, a non-profit arts, education and social justice organization originally founded by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, who together edited the book Voices of a People's History of the United States, which brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery, protesting war, creating unions, advancing women's rights and LGBTQ liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. Five SummerStage VOICES programs will feature contemporary artists and authors who will use events, music and words from our nation's history as inspiration for new discussions. The series will culminate in Central Park on August 28 with live readings, dialogue, and celebration with very special guests. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—SummerStage and VOICES seek to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.

© City Parks Foundation. Images © AP.

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Thousands turn out in downtown L.A. to protest Trump's orders on Keystone, Dakota pipelines


Source: LA Times.
Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Politics Rallies


Thanks to Chrissie for bringing us this from the Los Angeles Times:

"Protesters marched from Olive and 5th streets to the Roybal Federal Building on Temple Street, where they held a noon rally."









© LA Times. Images © Dana Keithly & Henry Mortensen.

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Viggo Campaigns Today For Kucinich: UPDATED


Source: Kucinich For President
Categories: Rallies
MoveONPAC Rally - Columbus, OH 11.01.04
MoveONPAC Rally - Columbus, OH 11.01.04
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Acclaimed film actor Viggo Mortenson will be campaigning today in New Hampshire with U. S. Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Known around the world for his portrayal of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Mortenson will be holding a press conference at JW Hill Sports Bar & Grill, 795 Elm St, Manchester, NH to discuss the day's activities and why he has chosen to support a real Democrat for President--Dennis Kucinich.
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From The Americian Chronicle

Known around the world for his portrayal of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Mortensen will join Kucinich at an 11 a.m. news conference at JW Hill Sports Bar & Grill, 795 Elm St. His decision to come to New Hampshire was prompted in large part by ABC's decision to exclude Kucinich from last night's Democratic Presidential debate.

"When a television network has the power to decide which candidates are 'worthy' of addressing the American people, it robs the American people of their most precious right to the free flow of information and dissenting points of view," Mortensen said. "I am an actor, but I am also a citizen and a voter who resents the control that big money, big media, and entrenched political interests have in deciding what I should see, what I should hear, and what I should be allowed to think."

Mortensen will accompany Kucinich throughout the day. He will attend a rally of Kucinich supporters this afternoon in Manchester and will be the special guest at a Kucinich fundraiser at Piccola Italian Restaurant, 815 Elm St., at 5:30 p.m. today

© Kucinich For President & The American Chronicle. Images © Laura Rauch.


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