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Voting Rights Film Series

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The Vote, Part 1, 1hr 52mins

August 27, 7PM

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

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The Vote, Part 2, 1hr 52mins

September 3, 7PM

Part Two examines the mounting dispute over strategy and tactics, and reveals how the pervasive racism of the time, particularly in the South, impacted women’s fight for the vote.

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September 10, 7PM

The Chinese Exclusion Act, 1hr 53mins

Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens.

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September 17, 7PM

Willie Velesquez: Your Vote is Your Voice, 53 mins

Political empowerment for Latinos in the United States has always been difficult. A Mexican-American butcher’s son from Texas, Willie Velasquez questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city’s government, propelling him into a lifelong battle to gain political equality for Latinos. This documentary examines obstacles Latinos had to overcome to obtain representation, and addresses issues facing Latinos today.Can’t join us for the screening? You can watch here.

September 24, 7PM

Freedom Summer, 1hr 53 min

In 1964, less than 7% of Mississippi’s African Americans were registered to vote, compared to between 50 and 70% in other southern states. In many rural counties, African Americans made up the majority of the population and the segregationist white establishment was prepared to use any means necessary to keep them away from the polls and out of elected office.

For years, local civil rights workers had tried unsuccessfully to increase voter registration amongst African Americans. Those who wished to vote had to face the local registrar, an all-powerful white functionary who would often publish their names in the paper and pass the word on to their employers and bankers. And if loss of jobs and the threat of violence wasn’t enough to dissuade them, the complex and arcane testing policies were certain to keep them off the rolls.

In 1964, a new plan was hatched by Bob Moses, a local secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. For ten weeks, white students from the North would join activists on the ground for a massive effort that would do what had been impossible so far: force the media and the country to take notice of the shocking violence and massive injustice taking place in Mississippi.
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October 1, 7PM

Double Feature: The Right to Vote, 15 mins

Produced by Andrew Fredericks and Marley Cogan, THE RIGHT TO VOTE looks at attempts to suppress the right to vote of indigenous Americans in North Dakota and naturalized citizens in Texas. Activists, attorneys and voters themselves banded together in each state to defend their access to the ballot box. This film and the stories in it are currently being used in campaigns to raise awareness about voting rights, particularly in places where the right to vote is threatened. The video is available free of charge as a catalyst for civic dialogue.

Double Feature: MIGUEL TRUJILLO DAY Indigenous Votes Matter!, 36 Mins

In the 2020, New Mexico Legislature, NADCNM assisted in drafting and passing House Memorial 45 to honor Miguel Trujillo on August 3rd, 2020. In 1948, Miguel Trujillo, a member of the Pueblo of Isleta and a United States marine veteran, challenged the infringement on his ability to vote. Because of his inability to lawfully cast his vote, Trujillo brought a lawsuit in federal court against the Valencia County registrar named Trujillo v. Garley. On August 3, 1948, the three-judge federal district court in Trujillo v. Garley found that New Mexico had discriminated against Native Americans by restricting their vote. They ruled that since Native Americans paid state and federal taxes except private property taxes on the reservations, we should be able to vote. As a result of this ruling, Miguel Trujillo was allowed to register and to cast his vote. This set a precedent for the future of Native American voting rights in New Mexico. We are proud to recognize that August 3rd, 2018 marked the seventieth anniversary of Miguel Trujillo’s great contributions. That is why it is imperative for us to honor the memory and the legacy of Miguel Trujillo. We remember him not only as a heroic veteran but also a heroic champion for Native American voters.

October 8, 7PM

Suppressed: The #FightToVote

a short, powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election. Deeply personal accounts from voters of color across the state of Georgia reveal deliberate, widespread voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. Polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues were in full effect again during the 2020 primaries and are on-going across the country right now, all disproportionately affecting Black Americans and minorities from casting their ballots. Now, amidst a global health crisis, the cruel weaponization of vote-by-mail restrictions has turned the constitutional right to vote into a choice between life and death. Suppressed 2020 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America.

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October 15, 7PM

Capturing the Flag, 1hr 15min

As the 2016 National Election unfolds around them, a diverse team of charismatic voter protection volunteers travel from New York City to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where they learn their skills at the polls – years in the making – are no match for the insidious game of modern-day voter suppression. How will they continue in the fight for democracy’s most sacred promise to its citizens: the right to vote?

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October 22, 7PM

Rigged, 1hr 12mins

Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks – including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas.

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October 29, 7PM

Youth Rise Texas; Mississippi Votes

Not enough people (young or old) recognize the power of young people. We want the youth to understand that they and those around them are a resource. For a thriving democracy, it is essential that the youth voice is heard. Many young people feel deeply apathetic, discouraged, unheard and even entirely disengaged from the things that affect their daily lives. We need our youth to understand that they have power as individuals and even more so with their classmates, friends, and community.

Bonus Feature: Speeches by John Lewis and Shirley Chisolm

November 5, 7PM

By One Vote, 57 mins.

In August 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee legislators cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving women in the United States the right to vote. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, NPT’s original documentary BY ONE VOTE: WOMAN SUFFRAGE IN THE SOUTH chronicles events leading up to that turbulent, nail-biting showdown.

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November 12, 7PM

Answering the Call, 1hr 15mins

Fifty one years ago, the nation watched in horror as bloody images of police attacks on civil rights protestors in Selma, Alabama aired on television. John Witeck was a sophomore at the University of Virginia when he saw the graphic coverage of Bloody Sunday, and when Dr. King called for supporters to travel to Selma to march for justice he packed his bags and journeyed south. Fifty one years later, John and his nephew Brian Jenkins (Director) traveled back to Alabama to document John’s story of Selma, the fight for voting rights, and the evolution of the Voting Rights Act; the law that prevented voting discrimination and protected every American’s right to vote. In 2013, this monumental protection for all Americans earned by the blood of heroized civil rights advocates was struck down by the Supreme Court. Alabama and many other states have since passed new types of restrictive voting laws that those who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King fought so hard to overcome.

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November 19, 7PM

What 80 Million Women Want, 56 mins, silent film

The women’s suffrage movement inspired this 1913 silent film classic, which features appearances by equal rights crusaders Emmeline Pankhurst and Harriot Stanton Blatch. As politicos work to deny women the right to vote, a young lawyer tells his activist girlfriend of government corruption that actively seeks to ensure that her voice is never heard.

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Timeline of Voting Rights