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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

6/23-24: Sierra Club and League of Women Voters Present "Beyond the Motor City" - Free Movie Screenings

From the Sierra Club, Northern New Mexico Group:
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico and the Sierra Club are hosting a free screening of the new PBS film Beyond the Motor City on June 23 and June 24 -- a documentary about the past and future of transportation. The June 24th screening will be followed by a panel discussion about transporation issues. See below the break for the details on both screenings.

In a journey that takes us into the neighborhoods of Detroit and then beyond to Spain, California and our nation's capital, Beyond the Motor City urges us to ask how a symbol of America's urban decay might transform itself into a model of urban revitalization.

The movie aims to provoke public attention and energize debate on:

  1. New hopes for accessible, clean, and modern mass transit in America
  2. The role of cities, and consumers, in shaping the next generation of transportation systems
  3. A roadmap for revitalizing the way we move through our cities and neighborhoods

Can we finally push America's transit system into the 21st century?

"Improving transit opportunities in and between our cities is critically important to achieve our goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico," said Lora Lucero, a land use attorney and Natural Resources Director of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico.

"Our addiction to oil threatens not just our coasts and climate, but our economic and national security as well", said Shrayas Jatkar with the Sierra Club in NM. "We have the solutions and technical know-how to create a 21st-century transportation system. What we desperately need now is strong political leadership to develop a plan to move America off oil in less than 20 years."

What: "Beyond the Motor City" - Free Movie Screening
When: Wednesday June 23 - 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Where: Mid-Region Council of Governments Offices, 809 Copper Ave., NW, Albuquerque

What: "Beyond the Motor City" - Free Movie Screening and Panel Discussion
When: Thursday June 24 - 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: UNM School of Architecture & Planning Auditorium, 2401 Central Ave NE (Building east of the UNM Bookstore)

Panel Discussion to follow the 6/24 screening with confirmed panelists:

  • Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton
  • Chris Blewett - Staff Director, Rio Metro Transit District
  • Sandy Gaiser - Regional Planner at Mid-Region Council of Governments
  • Ken Hughes - Transportation Chair, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter

For more information, contact David Van Winkle, Chair, Northern New Mexico Group, Sierra Club at david@vw77.com or 505-820-1006.

June 15, 2010 at 09:37 AM in Climate, Energy, Environment, Events, Film, Transportation | Permalink