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fredericton 21/01/2015 - 12:29PM

Highlights of the Past Years

Unforgettable moments at Cinema Politica Fredericton over the past 8 years include the day we found out we lost John McKendy (1949-2008) and decided to go ahead with the screening of a film about Haitian sugar plantation workers because that's what John would have wanted. Bread & Roses and the Internationale were sung at his funeral.

Another impactful moment was when Fredericton surrounded Angelica Choc, a Maya Q'eqchi grandmother, with love as she wept at the screening of DEFENSORA about the murder of her husband, Adolfo, a community organizer against a Canadian-owned mine in Guatemala.

I think many will also not forget last Friday's screening (Nov. 16, 2015) with the Fredericton Youth Feminists. The screening of a film about a feminist queer punk rock band Fifth Column coincided with the announcement of the opening of the new Clinic 554 in Fredericton. Clinic 554 (located at 554 Brunswick St.) is a clinic "committed to sex-positive, gender-celebratory care, anti-racist and feminist practices, and full-scope reproductive care, including abortions." Val, the clinic manager, was present to announce the opening of the clinic and was applauded as were the Fredericton Youth Feminists. The youth feminists talked about how their feminism is not a feminism that is classist or racist. They're awesome.

Thank you Fredericton Youth Feminists, Sorcha Beirne, Sophie Lavoie, Svetla Turnin, Ezra Winton and the other volunteers and guests who have helped out over the years.