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People Power film screening

Call it a film to inspire people to oppose privatization of the province’s rivers.

In People Power: Building Social Movements to Protect Public Power in Canada, the six-chapter, 50-minute film explores private versus public power economics, environmental issues and meaningful First Nations engagement.

It will be a free showing in Nelson Nov. 2 (7-9 p.m.) at the Best Western Hotel in the Osprey Room, and will include a panel of speakers afterwards, including Rex Weyler, cofounder of GreenPeace International, Joe Foy of the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee and Raelynn Gibson of the West Kootenay EcoSociety.

Each chapter of the film offers a new facet of grassroots organizing strategies to enlighten, encourage, and empower citizens to stand their ground in the cause to save public power and B.C.’s wilderness.

A presentation of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and BC Citizens for Public Power, the chapters include:

• Chapter 1:  An introduction to the public versus private power issue featuring a national perspective;
Chapter 2: A review of traditional approaches to citizen campaigning;
• Chapter 3: An exploration of new media techniques and their application to public education and grassroots campaigning;
• Chapter 4: A reflection on the moral, ethical and legal obligation of respectful inclusion of First Nations;
• Chapter 5: Strategies to counter opposition messaging campaigns, including “astroturf” groups and disingenuous “eco-celebrities;”
• Chapter 6: A call to action for citizens to engage their communities with email lists, petitions, media exposure, social networking strategies, citizen journalism and much more.  

BC Citizens for Public Power (BCCPP) is a grassroots, advocacy organization established to demand the province's power generation system remain in public hands.

The website, www.citizensforpublicpower.ca, is an information resource and networking tool for citizens and organized groups who support public power and oppose current and future initiatives to privatize B.C.'s public utility.

The film will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 3 in Castlegar (7-9 p..m) at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.