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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tricounty DFA Update: You're Invited! DFA's Fifth Birthday Party, More
Hello Everyone!

In This Update For March 19th, 2009:

1. You're Invited to DFA's Fifth Birthday Party Wednesday
2. In Memoriam: DFHMR Pres. Hy Dubowsky
3. Upstate Turning Bluer
4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival

1. You're Invited to DFA's Fifth Birthday Party Wednesday

With hundreds of DFA groups across the country, we'll be holding a Fifth Birthday Party next Wednesday, March 25th at 7:30 at the basement meeting room at the Women's Health Institute, at the Ridge Common offices on Ridge Street in downtown Glens Falls.

We'll have cake and refreshments and a special nationwide live conference call at 9pm with Governor Howard Dean, DFA's founder. Governor Dean will talk about DFA's past achievements and it's future, and we're told he's going to have a special announcement!

This invitation goes out to everyone who has been part of DFA here in the Northcountry in the last five years, and also people who were members of Dean For America or the other campaigns in 2004! Come on in and reconnect with old friends on this special night of celebration.

If you would like to contribute some deserts, food or refreshments, too, please bring them along!

Special thanks go out to Doug Auer for the space and Pat Dudley for the Birthday cake!

Now, some special instructions on how to find the party! The building is located at 101 Ridge Street, across the street from the Rite Aid store, three blocks north of the roundabout on Ridge Street. HOWEVER YOU CANNOT ENTER FROM THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING. Turn into Lawrence Street (which faces the RIte Aide) and take the first right into the parking lot behind the building.

Park in the first lot and follow a sidewalk next to the building on the North to a set of stairs that go up. Go up the stairs and turn to the right and then go down the main staircase to the meeting area. Watch for orange tape and signs pointing the way! It's not hard.

2. In Memoriam: DFHMR Pres. Hy Dubowsky

We have to note with considerable sadness the untimely passing of Hy Dubowsky, the President of our Albany sister group, Democracy For The Hudson Mohawk Region, and offer our condolences to his family and all who knew him. I was privileged to meet Hy at a number of DFA events, and his smiling presence will be deeply missed and is a great loss for DFA in the Albany area. You can read a wonderful obituary about Hy's richly filled life at :

3. Upstate Turning Bluer

Drew sends along this fascinating post from dKos today about how Upstate New York is slowly turning bluer. The graphics are terrific and very interesting:

4. Friday Night Progressive Film Festival

The Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe's Friday Night Progressive Film Festival continues with:

A/K/A TOMMY CHONG (2007) Josh Gilbert 80 min RT Rating = 70 % A dynamic portrait of comedy legend Tommy Chong, set against the unfolding political horror story of post 911 America. Filmmaker Josh Gilbert follows the tragic and absurd tale of Chong as he travels down the rabbit hole of America's war on drugs and the federal prison system after becoming the primary target in a government sting, code named "Operation Pipe Dreams." In February of 2003, at a time of unparalleled assaults to our freedoms by international terrorists, John Ashcroft and U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan spent 12 million dollars to take down Tommy Chong for selling art glass water pipes (a/k/a bongs) over the internet. In the words of the great Magritte, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." What emerges is an intimate portrait of a cosmic character, caught in the crosshairs of a surreal Cheech and Chong fantasy come to life.

EXCELLENT CADAVERS (2005) Marco Turco 92 min RT Rating = 77 % Based on the book by Alexander Stille and featuring the photos of Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, the film chronicles the recent history of the Mafia and its integral, seemingly ineradicable, relationship to postwar Italian politics. Whereas in the past the Cosa Nostra used to kill only their own, beginning in the Seventies the Mafia began assassinating prosecutors, judges and others who were fighting them, and thus began producing the "excellent cadavers," as Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia called them. This documentary focuses on the efforts of two courageous prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, whose efforts in the mid-Eighties led to the Maxi-Trials in Palermo, where, in a heavily-protected underground bunker the size of a football field, hundreds of Mafia defendants were tried and convicted. The film shows us that successive Italian governments -- including the current Berlusconi regime -- either ignore the Mafia or essentially do nothing about it.

Thanks everyone! See you all Wednesday!


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