Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series to host free screening focusing on efforts to prevent Americans from voting. At the Ossining Public Library, 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, July 18th.
OSSINING, NY — July 14, 2019 — This month’s offering from The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series (ODDS) marks the birthday of American democracy by screening a documentary about attacks on the democratic principle of one person one vote.
When Donald Trump said, “This election is rigged,” he should know – His buddies rigged it.
Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast does what it takes to get the story – and meets up with Willie Nelson, Ed Asner, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Richard Belzer, Ice-T, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit detectives along the way.
The search takes Palast from Kansas to the Arctic, the Congo, and to a swanky Hamptons dinner party held by billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson, Trump donor and economic advisor.
Greg Palast confronts Kris Kobach about his fraudulent Crosscheck voter-purging lists at a Republican Party picnic in Wichita, Kansas. Kobach is in negotiations to become the “Immigration Czar” and eventually Secretary of Homeland Security for the Trump Administration.
This real-life detective story is told in a film noir style with cartoon animations, secret documents, hidden cameras, exposing the darkest plans of the uber-rich to steal America’s democracy.
A exceptional group of panelists will participate in post-screening discussion and Q&A. Hezi Aris, Publisher and Editor-at-Large of the Yonkers Tribune, whistleblower, and host of WHYT Radio’s “Westchester On the Level;” Kat Brezler, public school teacher in New York City, and recent candidate for White Plains Common Council; and Colin D. Smith Lawyer, Peekskill Common Councilperson, currently running for Westchester County Legislator (District 1).
The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series is organized by a committee of volunteers committed to bringing their “community together one film at a time.” This will be the group’s 65th screening since its founding in 2013 by Victoria Gearity, Mayor of the Village of Ossining, and Suzie Ross, Chair of Green Ossining. The public is invited to visit OssiningDocumentaries.org to learn about more upcoming films on a wide variety of topics. Screenings are always free and all are welcome.
The Series is supported by an Arts Alive grant from ArtsWestchester and by its Grand Sponsors, Ossining’s SBS Printing and Shipping, Matthew and Cinthia Gullotta, and Down to Earth Markets, which manages many regional Farmers’ Markets, including Ossining’s. Friends of the Series and Screening Sponsors are acknowledged at the screenings and on the ODDS website. Partners and affiliates include Green Ossining, the Ossining Public Library, the Ossining Arts Council, Our Better Future, Energize NY and Yonkers Tribune
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Additional Panelist biographical information can be found at the end of this document
ODDS Website: OssiningDocumentaries.org
Official Film Site: TheBestDemocracyMoneyCanBuy.com
IMDB Entry: IMDB.com/title/tt5347158
Organization: Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series
Org Website: OssiningDocumentaries.org
Film Title: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Director: Greg Palast, David Ambrose
Date & Time: Thursday, 7/18/2019. Seating begins 6:15 PM
Location: Budarz Theatre, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562
Panelists: Hezi Aris, Kat Brezler, Colin D Smith
Admission: Free, all are welcome
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Prepared by: ProBono PR, a project of Our Better Future
Preparer website: PaulStark.name/Projects
Paul Stark, founder of Our Better Future, a multi-threaded non-profit dedicated to educating and increasing citizen engagement in Northern Westchester, says, “I believe in the Documentary Series. Supporting endeavors dedicated to increasing the strength of our communities is part of OBF’s mission.”
Hezi Aris is Publisher and Editor of the Yonkers Tribune, and host of WHYT Radio’s “Westchester On the Level.” The Yonkers Tribune describes him this way, “a bearded gnome who delivers journalism in a baroque prose style that flows with an infusion of well-mannered outrage, like someone pounding on an off-key harpsichord.” His recent investigative work has led to three lawsuits, one from the President of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association, one from a Deputy Chief of the Yonkers Police Department, and the third from a retired Yonkers Police Detective currently working for NYS Attorney General.
Katherine (Kat) Brezler is a second-grade public school teacher whose progressive advocacy began in the educational arena and expanded to include other areas. She has worked to make sure under-funded schools receive fiscal equity in the State budget, and against standardized testing and military recruiting at public schools. She participates in anti-war activism and fights for Medicare for All. She has “worked tirelessly for years to advocate for the 99%.”
She took the plunge into electoral politics at the end of 2017, campaigning for the State Senate seat vacated by George Latimer. In early 2018 she stepped aside in favor of Shelley Mayer who was elected a few months later. In 2019 she ran and lost a hard-fought, grassroots-intensive primary campaign for White Plains Common Council, which involved legal challenges to her appearing on the ballot brought by fellow Democrats, and a Democratic Party that funded and campaigned for her opponents.
Colin D. Smith is serving his first term on the Peekskill Common Council, and is running as the Democratic nominee for Westchester County Legislator from District 1, which includes portions of the City of Peekskill and the Towns of Cortlandt and Yorktown. His candidacy was recently endorsed by Westchester County Corrections Officer Benevolent Association.
Before becoming a Councilperson, he was a Trustee at the Peekskill City School District. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx. When not serving in public capacities, he runs a thriving law practice based in Peekskill. He studied Law at Pace and volunteers for the Peekskill Youth Bureau, Hudson River Healthcare, the Rotary Club, and the Peekskill NAACP. He is a lifelong Westchester County resident and native of Peekskill.