Film Screening with Pat LaMarche

Join the Green Initiatives Education Fund in hosting homeless advocates, Pat LaMarche(Huffington Post journalist, Bangor Daily News blogger, 2004 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate) and Diane Nilan(Film director, blogger and HEAR US founder- ), for a public discussion on homelessness and screening of Diane's award-winning film, "My Own Four Walls," when they stop in Portland on their "Frost Bites" "babes" tour(see below)! The Event will take place at 525 Congress St at Think Tank in Portland. $5 suggested donation, no one will be turned away!

ALSO, Green Initiatives will be accepting Organic/GMO-free food donations for their First Annual Organic/GMO-free food drive!

So bring a friend and a can of food and enjoy this amazing event!

Pat LaMarche is a journalist and broadcaster. Her area of expertise is politics and poverty issues. Both issues are inextricably linked. Her experiences working with the nation's poor make her uniquely suited to answer tough questions about how welfare, social services, inadequate education and society’s other challenges affect the economy and the nation as well. As a journalist and award-winning broadcaster Pat spent more than two decades studying and reporting on poverty issues both in the U.S. and abroad. During her 2004 Green Party Campaign for U.S. Vice President, Pat took to the streets to uncover the lives of the homeless, the Left Out Tour, as she traveled the nation living in homeless shelters and on the streets. The book she wrote about those experiences is called, Left Out in America: the State of Homelessness in the United States. Her new book, Daddy What’s a Middle Class? is due out in January.

Diane Nilan, founder/president of HEAR US Inc., has over 25 years’ experience running shelters; advocating for improved state and federal policies; filming/producing documentaries; publishing a book on homelessness; addressing audiences from Columbia University to Congress; and inspiring a “compassion epidemic” to address homelessness. Her latest short film explores issues concerning homeless infants and toddlers, Littlest Nomads. Since 2005, she’s chronicled non-urban homelessness of invisible families and youth. Among her efforts, she’s filmed and produced award-winning documentaries, My Own Four Walls, REACH, on the edge: Family Homelessness in America (shown on PBS affiliates, Spring 2012); filmed and produced Many Faces of Homelessness (interviews with families/youth experiencing homelessness) series for the national “Help Homeless Kids Now” campaign; published her book, Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness; blogs on AlterNet, invisible homeless kids and Wanderings; utilizes social media to increase attention on issues affecting homeless families/youth; and presents at workshops and conferences nationwide.

Pat and Diane conspire and travel together on occasion under the banner Babes of Wrath to call attention to homelessness and poverty. They have circled the southern states, southwestern states, and now plan a “freezy” tour in the eastern states.


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