Panel discussion on Rebels With a Cause

Panel discussion on Rebels With a Cause


Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, founders of the SDS/Weathermen of the ’60s anti-war movement, will introduce the film Rebels With a Cause at a special 7 p.m. showing Friday, July 6, at the Storefront Cinema, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Dohrn and Ayers are prominent ’60s anti-war protesters who helped plan the 1968 Chicago demonstrations at the Democratic Party Convention. They were national officers of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a civil rights and anti-war organization, leaders of the Weather Underground Organization, and were on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

Both went underground, resurfaced in the ’80s, and served time in prison. Ms. Dohrn is now the director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern Illinois University. Ayers is a school reform activist and professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Both will discuss their activities during the ’60s, comment on the film, and take questions from the audience.

Rebels With a Cause is a documentary about the hopes, rebellions and repression of the 1960s, as told by members of the SDS, the leading radical and pacifist organization in 1960’s America. Rebels With a Cause shows just what can happen when people take a stand for what they believe in, and is a must-see film for anyone interested in our country’s history.

The film is written and directed by Helen Garvey and is rated R. Run time is 110 minutes. The film features Bill Ayers, Carl Davidson, Bernardine Dohrn, Tom Hayden, Carl Oglesby, Cathy Wilkerson and more.

Admission for the special presentation is $10 general public, $7 for RFP members, and will include popcorn, soda, lecture/film, hors d’oeuvres and a reception for the speakers as well as the introduction of the film itself.

For more information, call Stanley Campbell at (815) 964-7111 or Storefront Cinema at 962-3456.

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