Thursday, December 3, 2009

San Francisco Tonight: 'The Battle for Whiteclay'

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism
TONIGHT: Thurs. Dec. 3, 7:30pm
ATA Theater, 992 Valencia St. at 21st St., SF
$6 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Film Showing & Discussion
“The Battle for Whiteclay”

SAN FRANCISCO -- With an introduction by Mark Anquoe, a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and an activist with the American Indian Movement in San Francisco.
The State of Nebraska’s refusal to halt alcohol sales to the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from its border town of Whiteclay gets an in-depth look in this documentary about a century-old problem. Four off-sale beer stores in this 14-person hamlet sell over 11,000 cans of beer a day to an Indian clientele with virtually no legal place to drink it. Struggling with crippling poverty and epidemic alcohol abuse that afflicts 4 out of 5 families, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has for decades banned the sale and possession of alcohol on their reservation.
The Battle for Whiteclay follows Indian activists through the streets of Whiteclay to the halls of Nebraska’s State Capitol in their efforts to end alcohol sales in the place many have dubbed “skid row on the prairie.” Here is an inside look at an important contemporary conflict pitting American Indian rights against state and local governments in the United States. 2008, 113min.
Call the ANSWER Coalition at 415-821-6545 for more info.
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
2489 Mission St. Rm. 24
San Francisco: 415-821-6545
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