Occupy Bagdad, a benefit for Occupy Portland, takes place Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne).
The evening begins with a silent auction at 6pm. At 8pm enjoy stand up comedy by Arlo Stone, Auggie Smith, Dwight Slade, Nato Green, and other special guests.
A screening of The People Speak, an award winning documentary based on A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, starts at 10pm.
This film weaves archival footage and interviews with performances by actors and artists such as Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Kerry Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Bruce Springsteen, and John Legend.
The performers’ commitment to Howard Zinn’s message makes this a labor of love. “Change doesn’t come from the top, but rather from the bottom,” Damon observes. “Without everyday citizens pushing to make a difference, there would be no America.” It is Damon who reads the Declaration of Independence, surely one of the great protest documents in history.
Advance $10 tickets are available online. Proceeds benefit Occupy Portland.