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9/11 Conspiracy Theorists: Patriotic Citizens or Just Plain Crazy?

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Repeats every week until Wed Feb 10 2010 .
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 18:00 - 20:00

Citizens who question the Official Story of 9/11/01 are labeled Conspiracy Theorists and this is often the end of the discussion.  That is an easy way to avoid a conversation that is uncomfortable to many.  In this class, citizens are offered to take a non-political, non-emotional look at why millions of citizens of the nation and world have questioned the official story.  This setting offers open discourse on the investigations that took place. 

What do the conspiracy theorist know that we don't?  Why do they continue to question the official explanation?   Can we simply explain their opinions by calling them crazy and ignoring what they have to say?  What is the 9/11 Truth Movement?

Most citizens are unaware of a third WTC building (#7) that completely collapsed even though it was not hit by a plane.  This might be that it was never mentioned in a 428 page report by the 9/11 Commission even though it happened on the same day, in the same complex and in the same manner as the other two WTC buildings.  Not even a paragraph about it.   It also was reported collapsed by BBC and CNN prior to the collapse at 5:20 pm.  Where did they get their information?

From Wikipeida, the two co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, believe that the government established the Commission in a way that ensured that it would fail. In their book "Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission" describing their experience serving, Hamilton listed a number of reasons for reaching this conclusion, including: the late establishment of the Commission and the very short deadline imposed on its work; the insufficient funds (3 million dollars), initially allocated for conducting such an extensive investigation (later the Commission requested additional funds but received only a fraction of the funds requested and the chairs still felt hamstrung); the many politicians who opposed the establishment of the Commission; the continuing resistance and opposition to the work of the Commission by many politicians, particularly those who did not wish to be blamed for any of what happened; the deception of the Commission by various key government agencies, including the Department of Defense, NORAD and the FAA; and, the denial of access by various agencies to documents and witnesses. "So there were all kinds of reasons we thought we were set up to fail."[16]    More money was spent on the Challenger disaster than the investigation into 9/11 attacks. 

 

Millions of other citizens in our nation and world also have taken another look at these events and concluded that the investigation resulted in the least probable cause of the collapse of the WTC buildings.  This includes 1,000 architects and engineers (ae911truth.org), firefighters (firefightersfor911truth.org), pilots (pilotsfor911truth.org), Scholars (stj911.org), medical professionals (mp911truth.org), journalists (mediafor911truth.org) and many patriots of our country (thepatriots.us). 

In an exercise of the core values of a democracy, this course will allow interested parties to see scientific and physical evidence which was not included in the official investigations.  The forum will be non-political, non-denominational, simply a discussion of a topic that the media and investigations has failed to provide to the citizens of this country.  

In this class we will watch documentaries, videos, listen to interviews and look at the official explanation documents.  

This class is free and open to all citizens. 

Facilitator full name(s): 
Bruce Stahlberg
Facilitator username(s): 
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
More than three years ago I attended a film where I learned of a third WTC building (#7) that completely collapsed even though it was not hit by a plane. In the time that has passed, I have realized that the vast majority of the population is unaware of this third building. It was never mentioned in a 428 page report by the 9/11 Commission even though it happened on the same day, in the same complex and in the same manner as the other two WTC buildings. In an act and exercise of a democracy, this course will allow interested parties to see scientific and physical evidence which was not included in the official investigations. The forum will be non-political, non-denominational, simply a discussion of a topic that appears to be forbidden in the mainstream media. I have read the two official investigations (9/11 Commission and NIST report), watched many dozens of documentaries, read related books on both sides of the argument, listened to interviews, and researched anything I can get my hands on. I am the chair of Minnesotans for 9/11 Truth. www.mn911truth.org We encourage other citizens to take an open minded second look at the events of this day. In my professional work I am a building scientist working with energy issues.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-558-5959
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Video Activism 101 Workshop with Twin Cities Indymedia

How do you videotape a protest rally? What are the best ways to document police actions? How do you digitize and share video online? Join Twin Cities Indymedia in a skill sharing workshop. With info from iWitness Video and Glassbead Collective, we build on experiences at the 2008 Republican National Convention, the G20 Conference in Pittsburgh, and more. Plus: bring your own videos to share.

Tuesday March 16  @ University of Minnesota. [time TBD]

 

Covers: Basic equipment info, editing skills, reporting from demos/events, interviewing, conceiving video story ideas from start-to-finish.

Example videos:

RNC:Terrorizing Dissent, Police Raid and Detainment of I-Witness Journalists 083008,

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Staff Reporter/Web Editor, Politics in Minnesota (2005-2009) TC-IMC Volunteer Co-director / etc on parts of Terrorizing Dissent & other videos
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-338-7661
Class minimum size: 
8
Class maximum size: 
30
Time/Location
Class times: 
Tue, 03/16/2010 - 18:00 - 20:30
Additional class time information: 
Time is TBD but a room is reserved that day
Address: 
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 58' 47.874" N, 93° 15' 49.8096" W
Video Activism 101 Workshop with Twin Cities Indymedia
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Twin Cities Indymedia Presents: Movement Mediamaking For the Masses

Do you want to grow radical social movements?  Do you want skills for chronicling and fighting injustice in the Twin Cities?  Do you want to add mediamaking tools to your toolbox?  Then you can be more than a citizen journalist - you can be a radical movement mediamaker.  If this could be you, then, this March: [dramatic movie voiceover voice; cut to montage] Join activists across the Twin Cities metro area in connecting movements and leveraging our power.  Three participatory class sessions will culminate in an optional fun community event at which participants can present their collective work, which will also be featured on www.tc.indymedia.org.

Because this is NOT simply a "citizen journalism" course, participants should have an interest/investment in social justice activism and a general agreement with the Indymedia mission statement and principles of unity (found below and at http://twincities.indymedia.org/page/info).

Also note that this course will go beyond completion of the final session.  We want people like you to be better equipped to continue having fun making radical media for the benefit of Twin Cities Social movements.  We want you to stay involved with telling the stories that reflect our communities.  Radical media does not bring justice by itself, but is a role all freedom fighters can and should take a turn at filling. Join us and help make it happen!

We intend for this class to be an intergenerational space committed to anti-oppression practice, including but not limited to the challenging of white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, classism, and transphobia.

About Twin Cities Indymedia:

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected] (brian)
[email protected] (becca)
[email protected] (jane)

Location

Franklin Community Library, Community Room (in the basement)
1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
The facilitators are members of the Twin Cities IMC collective and friends of EXCO!
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-385-0132 (jane)
612-655-1080 (brian)
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sat, 03/06/2010 - 12:00 - 14:00
Sat, 03/13/2010 - 12:00 - 14:00
Address: 
Franklin Community Library, Community Room (in the basement)
1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
44° 57' 45.8172" N, 93° 15' 21.2904" W
Additional class location information: 
On bus routes 2, 9 and 14; near route 5 and the Hiawatha light rail
A participatory course on radical mediamaking for social justice with your local Indymedia collective.
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