The Friends of Peace meet monthly, the third Tuesday of the month, 6 pm, at Poppo Rollo's Pizza
Westbank Meeting Room, 703 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco, 76710. Free presentation and pizza/salad buffet.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Progressive Film Series: June 12, 2014

Stonewall Uprising

Thursday, June 12th
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
West-Bank Meeting Room
703 N. Valley Mills Dr.
Waco
6 PM Pizza & Business
6:30 PM Film & Discussion
Runtime:  80 Minutes
STONEWALL UPRISING is the Friends of Peace documentary for the month. Veteran filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner explore the dramatic event that launched a world-wide gay rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists, and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness.

Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the US began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich village, the Stonewall Inn.

When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived. 

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