MountainFilm this Saturday!!

Greetings all!

There's lots to talk about this week.  In addition to our two upcoming events,  the focus now is on tax reform/budget, and elections - both the 2018 midterms and some very important special elections.  While Marching Forward has not endorsed specific candidates, in future blog posts, we will provide information about some key races that are worth following.  Perhaps a candidate will grab your attention, and you'll find a way to support them - 

But first, the fabulous MountainFilm Festival is almost here! Buy your tickets here.
There's a wonderful children's program from 10:30 - 11:30 - kids 12 and under are admitted free.  The films are geared to 5 - 12 year olds, but the organizers tell me that adults will love them too!  
Between the afternoon (3:30 - 5:00) and evening (7:00 - 9:00) programs, the Whaling Museum is kindly providing appetizers, a cash bar, and free admission to the museum.  
Join Us!  This promises to be a really special event!

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Highlights of Mountainfilm New Bedford, October 28, 2017

I am not a Mouse, Animation,  2 mins
Ascend  A young Vermont man who lost a leg finds inspiration riding a mountain bike.  6 mins
The Perfect Flight  an interest in damaged falcons connects a young man to the world  6 mins
Lost in Light   Views of the sky at night show how light pollution changes what you see. 3 min.
A Small Escape  Animation  3 mins
Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy. A young boy, refugee from Pakistan, adapts to a new life in America. 13 min.
Winter the Grommet: Clean water becomes a goal for an Australian surfer kid.  5 mins
The Pits  Animation.  Finding your soulmate. 6 mins.
Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out. Delightful bike tricks from the Scottish bike phenom. 7 min.

Being Hear.  A man records nature to experience silence . 10 mins
Ascend.  A young Vermont man who lost a leg finds inspiration riding a mountain bike   6 mins
Denalis Raven  Spectacular scenery informs the life choices of an Alaskan mother, guide,and pilot. 9 mins  
Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out  Delightful bike tricks from the Scottish bike phenom. 7 min.  
Leche y Miel  The essential water of the Colorado River is over-dammed, overallocated and diverted, What is the future for immigrant farm worker Jose Gonzalez and his family in Yuma, Arizona, where 90% of our winter vegetables are grown?  14 mins
One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts.   A long-time cattle farmer transforms his farm and himself away from chemically-raised beef.  15 mins
Mammoth. In the Russian Arctic, an aging permafrost scientist and his son have a plan to repopulate the land with bison,muskox and lab-created mammoths to mitigate the effects of climate change. 26 min.

EVENING PROGRAM,       7-9 pm
Johanna Under the Ice  Finnish free-diver is the world record holder of diving under ice 4 mins
The Perfect Flight.  An interest in damaged falcons connects a young man to the world.  6 mins
Science in America.  Neil deGrasse Tyson gives a heartfelt and compelling defense of Science in the context of the history of America. 5 mins
Adaptation :Bangladesh  A Cultural Anthropologist documents the resilience and innovation she finds in people dealing with extreme sea level rise. 10 min.  
The Meander . A former Colorado mining town restores a river to its original course 7 min.
The Seed Vault. The Svalbard Norway Global Seed Vault hopes to preserve crop diversity forever and secure our food future. 17 mins.  
American Psychosis  A Journalist shares his view of a confluence of extreme consumerism, commercialism, and blind indifference that are devastating today’s America. 15 mins.  
Through the Wall  Undocumented imigrants Abril and her son Julian live on the American side of the border wall in San Diego, while her husband lives in Tijuana Mexico. They and other separated families meet on Sundays on either side of the wall—their only contact. 6 mins.
Zain’s Summer. From Refugee to American Boy A young boy, refugee from Pakistan, adapts to a new life in America. 13 mins.  

Health Care Speaker and General Meeting - all are welcome!

Wednesday November 8, 6:15 - 8:00PM
Southworth Library, 732 Dartmouth St, South Dartmouth

Guest Speaker: Dr Michael Rocha
"Everyone's Health Matters: What Health care could be, 
from a doctor's perspective."

Dr Rocha, a local cardiologist, is familiar to many as a speaker on a wide variety of health and illness issues.  Healthcare and health insurance are huge and complicated topics.  While there's growing discussion about a single payer format, there is much to be learned. Dr Rocha will help us all to better understand this complex subject. In the meantime, the New York Times recently published this article that takes a stab at presenting some of the best health care programs the world over. 

Budget and Tax Policy

Follow the Money. 
Tax "reform" is at the top of the agenda in Washington these days. Our Budget and Tax Policy Huddle met recently, to discuss what's being proposed. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more detailed information from them.  In the meantime, have a look at Indivisible's take on budget and tax policy, make some calls and send some emails to make your voice heard!

Political Action

The Virginia governor's race is close and very important.  If you want to help Get Out the Vote, go to Indivisible's action page and make calls from home. 
Not on the Ballot, but dominating the Virginia Governor's race: Trump, New York Times October 15

What's the strategy to ballot box wins for Democrats? 
Democrats Are Playing Checkers While Trump is Playing Chess, New York Times, October 12

Democracy at risk?
Democracy Can Plant the Seeds of It's Own Destruction, New York Times, October 19