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EPIC & The Media

EPIC – Empowering People in Communities is working towards a stronger, more engaged, and more resilient place for everyone to live. Through many small actions we are helping people to understand that poverty is not a personal flaw but the result of a system designed to uphold the interests of the rich and powerful, with little regard for the damage it’s doing to people on the bottom. We are helping people understand what that system looks like so they can feel more powerful in their lives and inspire others to do the same. The long term goal is, of course, a more inclusive, responsive, and democratic political system.

One of the focuses of EPIC is media. As media outlets continue to consolidate, we are left with fewer voices to inform our collective perspective. Large media tends to be profit driven, pumping out sensationalist stories to boost ratings and corporate profits. The Media Club, which meets once a month as a sub-committee of EPIC is creating space for alternative voices. Part of that is the monthly movie night.

Poor No More

The first film we showed was Poor No More which is hosted by film and television star Mary Walsh. She takes three low-income Canadians to Ireland to show them a system that grants all citizens a free university education. Then she takes them to Sweden where people pay higher taxes but have their needs (including free health care, child care, elder care, and education) met. There is also a lot of information about how the Canadian system is structured.

http://youtu.be/k_HWftZlnII

To Make A Farm – Thursday, August 8th at 7:30 pm

We are very excited to be screening this beautiful and award-winning documentary about five young Canadians who decide to become small-scale farmers. The film follows these young people through their first seasons on the land, as the joys and disappointments of bringing life from the earth become a quiet manifesto for social change. As agribusiness grows and higher yields come at the cost of the degradation of the earth and human health it’s time to step back and take a long, contemplative look at our food production. 

To Make a Farm is being presented in conjunction with Slow Food Perth County, whose main goals are to connect food producers with consumers and to support and advocate for food choices that are good, clean and fair. That is to say, food that tastes good, is not harmful to humans, animals or our environment and for which producers earn fair wage.

To Make A Farm – Official Trailer (Doc) from Steve Suderman on Vimeo.

Labour – September 12, 2013

For most people Labour Day signifies the end of summer, going back to school, and falling back into the routine of regular life. It’s potent history is rarely given a second thought. EPIC would like to recognize the history of the Labour movement and continue the discussion about the work in Canada. We have a few titles on the table and will be making our decision at the next meeting, August 12th at 6pm at the Local Community Food Centre. If you would like to be part of our discussion please send me an email.

How to Become Involved

Join EPIC! Our meetings are on the first Thursday of every month from 7-9 pm. If you would like to receive email reminders, let me know and I’ll add you to the list.

Follow EPIC and The Local Community Food Centre on Facebook or follow The Local on Twitter. Post interesting articles and movie suggestions on our wall and enjoy content about empowerment and social justice.

Volunteer at the Local Community Food Centre! We’re having a Volunteer Information Session on Thursday, August 15th at 5:30pm here at 612 Erie St. in Stratford. Come hear Jordan, Barry, and Steve talk about our programs! (Liz Mountain is away that day but she has awesome programs that you can volunteer in too!)

Check out more social justice movies at Films For Action.