Please join the Green Party of Brooklyn at the Brooklyn premiere screening of “American Winter,” Wednesday, September 11 at 7pm at the Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave. The screening is free and open to the public. $7 suggested donation. RSVP on Facebook.
Contact: Karen Young, Green Party: firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-517-6433
For countless people who have experienced job loss or an unexpected financial setback, the American Dream has become an American nightmare. Working families have discovered how quickly they can slip from the middle class into poverty. Emmy®-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (HBO’s “Taxicab Confessions,” “The Defenders”) feature eight struggling families who called into “211info” in Portland, Oregon, a referral hotline that connects callers with community resources and social services, in “American Winter.”
The film aired on HBO in March 2013.
Right now, almost 50 million Americans are officially living in poverty, the largest number in our history. This includes 16.1 million children. About one in six people receive food stamps.
Yet Democrats and Republicans in Congress, including New York Democrats, agree that food stamps should be cut. Recently, the House of Representatives wrestled over a farm bill because members fought over just how many billions to slash from the food stamp program. In the end, they got the farm bill through by stripping food stamps out of it completely. The current authorization of the farm bill expires at the end of September.
The House legislation called for $21 billion in cuts to the food stamp program over the coming decade. A series of proposals targeted the program even more, including a work requirement to qualify for food stamps and language permitting states to drug-test food stamp applicants. What happens next is unclear.
The Green Party and a representative from Hunger Action Network will discuss these issues and how people can get involved in a Q&A following the film.
For more information about the film, including photos, see http://www.americanwinterfilm.com/.