[Marxism] August in the Empire State

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 28 11:34:38 MDT 2006


"August in the Empire State" is a deceptively understated documentary about 
the protests that took place in New York City at the Republican Party 
convention in 2004.

It is focused on two characters who symbolize the class divide in Bush's 
America. One is Cheri Honkala, the National Spokesperson for the Poor 
People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. Looking and sounding like a 
younger version of Lily Tomlin, she leads a delegation that is determined 
to force the realities of homelessness and hunger to the well-fed minions 
of George W. Bush attending the convention. They are even willing to risk 
arrest by marching without a permit.

One of these delegates, her opposite number in the film, is Paul Rodriguez, 
a young Puerto Rican running for Congress on the GOP ticket in New York 
City. As the son of a single mother and a member of an oppressed 
nationality, he is not the typical Republican, however. It is to the 
film-maker's credit that they chose somebody like Rodriguez since. His 
affiliation with a party that has a racist record against Latinos makes one 
wonder what makes him tick. Documentaries that have this effect always tend 
to be more interesting than those that deal in pat explanations and 
stereotypes.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2006/07/28/august-in-the-empire-state/

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