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Film looks at economic power

1/3/2014, 6 a.m.

“The Next American Revolution” will be screened on Jan. 11 at the Baha’i Unity Center of South DeKalb on Wesley Chapel Road.

The film by historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz explores programs from co-ops and community land trusts to municipal, state, and federal initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and sustainability in thousands of communities across the United States.

The 11 a.m.-to-3 p.m. screening in the center’s Fellowship Hall is free to attend.

It includes a discussion and planning session designed to inspire participants to begin implementing programs to take control of their personal, economic, social and professional lives.

Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, draws on years of research to show how bottom-up strategies can work to check monopolistic corporate power and democratize wealth and offers a look at the current economy and a common-sense road map for building a system more in sync with American values.

He is co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and of King’s College at Cambridge University, where he received his Ph.D. in political economy. He has served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and as a special assistant in the State Department.

To R.S.V.P., contact Wayne Early at wgearly1@yahoo.com or 404-939-8521.

The Baha’i Unity Center of South DeKalb is at 2370 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur.