Wednesday, June 22, 2011

GEM's Mollie Bruhn Part of Move.On Event Thursday -

I haven't told you much about Mollie Bruhn who has worked with GEM from its earliest days. Mollie was a key player in putting together "The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman" and her apartment is the home of Real Reform Studios. (Her partner Darren Marelli did the amzing editing of the film.) Mollie, a former charter school teacher who was fired for asking too many questions, authored the GEM pamphlet "The Truth About Charters." She teaches kindergarten in Bushwick and is one of the Teach for America alums still in the classroom after 6 years.

Mollie sent this:
This past Friday, I was interviewed by a group of people working with They are launching a new campaign, called "Rebuild the Dream," and will be live-streaming a program hosted by Van Jones this Thursday. ( Part of my interview will be included in this presentation. They interviewed a bunch of people who have had to deal with budget cuts/the economic downturn. I spoke mainly about class size increases and education funding cuts.  Van Jones' presentation is going to be focused on exposing the truth about what is happening with our economy (We're not really broke!).
I randomly fell into doing this interview (Leonie recommended me and urged me to do it. Thanks Leonie!) and don't exactly know what shape the presentation/live stream on Thursday will take, but wanted to share the info below with all of you if you are interested in tuning in.
And Leonie this:

On Thursday, MoveOn  is launching  a new national campaign called Rebuild the Dream, with an ad that includes Mollie Bruhn, NYC teacher, talking about the effect that budget cuts would have on her school.
It will start w/ a concert/presentation by Van Jones at Town Hall on Thursday night; be sure to tune into the link below.

Be part of the movement to Rebuild the Dream!
READ THE MoveOn announcement below

Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:50:21 -0700
Thursday night, the revolution will be live streamed. So get in on the launch of Rebuild the Dream on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. ET. It will be part tent revival and part concert, featuring the truth about our economy from inspirational leader Van Jones. Click here to RSVP and catch it online in HD. 
Dear MoveOn member,

This Thursday night at 8:15 ET, we're hosting a one-of-a-kind online event, and you're invited!
It's the launch of a new organization called Rebuild the Dream, which is dedicated to creating an economy that works for ALL of us and to stopping the attacks on the middle class and working Americans.

The launch event will be An Inconvenient Truth for our economy—on steroids. It's equal parts tent revival, dance party, and gripping story about what's happened to our economy and how we turn it around.

It will be led by green jobs visionary and former White House advisor Van Jones. And while he lays out the truth about our economy, hip-hop megastars The Roots and world-renowned visual artist and DJ Shepard Fairey will back him up with some amazing music. I've seen the rehearsals, and it's simply astounding.

We'd love to have you join us for the live stream, in HD. And because a mass movement requires mass bandwidth, please RSVP to let us know you'll be watching!

Rebuild the Dream is an organization dedicated to building the American Dream movement—the answer to the question: Will we fight alone and lose, or will we stand together and win?
Young graduates and returning veterans who can't find a job shouldn't stand alone. Families losing their homes to the banks that they bailed out shouldn't stand alone. Seniors having their Medicare slashed and the poor and disabled having their Medicaid gutted shouldn't stand alone.

This is not a coalition—it's a movement of people standing together. It's a banner under which we can all be proud to march. It's a movement dedicated to the enduring values and principles that we share, not the election of any individual.

Those values and principles will be enshrined in a Contract for the American Dream, which we'll build together from the ground up. That starts in July with house meetings in every congressional district across the country.

And this Thursday night it all starts with the truth—live streamed into your home.
Thanks for all you do,
–Justin, Peter, Marika, Stephen, and the rest of the team
P.S. Over the past several weeks we've been spreading the "we are being lied to" message with creative and confrontational on-the-ground action. It's taken off quickly and generated a lot of attention. Click here to see the video that's creating all the buzz.

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