We wanted to be certain you are aware of these upcoming events:
Sunday, May 19 at the LaBelle Theatre: Knock Down the House Comes to West Virginia #KDTHWestVirginia #WVProDemocracy
Join us as we host the first public screening of the film in West Virginia, at the LaBelle Theatre, 313 D St, South Charleston, WV 25303. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.
Includes post-screening Q & A with special guests: Director Rachel Lears, and two women in the film, Amy Vilela of Nevada, and long-time OVEC volunteerPaula Jean Swearengin.
Free but seating limited, so you must obtain tickets here.
Paula and the other women in the film are four of the record numbers of people who, for the 2018 midterm elections, ran for office by organizing grassroots campaigns, rejecting corporate and PAC money, challenging existing and entrenched political norms. They laid a groundwork for building towards a more inclusive and representative government.
Rotten Tomatoes says: “A galvanizing glimpse behind the scenes of a pivotal election, Knock Down the House should prove engrossing for viewers of all political persuasions.”
Filmmaker Rachel Lears told Vanity Fair, “We really hope that everyone who sees the film comes away with the sense that their voice matters in the democratic process, whatever their capacity is. Anywhere from voting to feeling called to run for office.”
We hope you will do just that. We have more details here.
May 22 in Huntington: Charleston-Huntington Solar Co-op Info Session
If you live in this area and want to go solar, now’s your chance! The Charleston-Huntington Solar Co-op, formed with the help of Solar United Neighbors, makes it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters.
Come to this free information session to learn about solar energy, as well as how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power.
Wednesday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m.
OVEC is excited to be one of the co-op partners. Other partners include: Appalachian Boarding Company, WV Citizens Action Group, WV Citizens’ Climate Lobby, WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, League of Women Voters of West Virginia, Our Children Our Future, Sierra Club, the Wild Ramp, and Watkins Designs Works.
May 24 in Huntington: Community Movie Night—Reinventing Power at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC, 701 5th Avenue, Huntington, 25701
Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities.
We hope to see you out and about!