You are invited to attend a special NY showing of
"Stop the ReRoute: Taking a Stand on Sacred Land"
a feature documentary that will be officially released in 2009 at the Not An Alternative Gallery, Sunday November 16th at 7:30 PM. A donation will be asked to help cover the use of the space and the travel costs of the Executive Producer JIm Gambone will bring Stop the ReRoute:Taking A Stand on Sacred Land and be available after the showing for a discussion

At the "Not An Alternative"
84 Havemeyer Street, Storefront
Brooklyn, NY 11211 in williamsburg

7:30 PM
Sunday November 16

Subway: _-L- to Bedford,-J- to Marcy, or -G- to Metropolitan.

Ten years in the making, Stop the ReRoute: Taking a Stand on Sacred Land reveals how an unlikely coalition of younger environmental activists committed to living lightly on the Earth; and mainstream neighborhood people just wanting to keep their homes and park from being destroyed by a highway; and the Native American descendants of Little Crow; were all willing to put their lives on the line to preserve historic sacred lands and a valuable water resource- historic Coldwater Spring.
The coalition faced off against the most powerful agency in Minnesota State Government-the Department of Transportation (MnDOT) over a major highway and light rail construction project. Between 1998-1999, the activists sustained the longest urban encampment-“Camp Coldwater”- in Minnesota and US history.
The film carefully documents how these activists lived in tipis, make-shift huts, tents and condemned houses over two, very cold Minnesota winters. They gathered petitions, pleaded with public offcials, shot “witness videos” every day, attended hundreds of public hearings, chained themselves to buildings, were sawed out of trees they were trying to save, and participated in numerous acts of civil disobedience. Coldwater Nation members were fed by community supporters, and warmed at night by open-air campfires.
There is also a more complex story here about a clash of cultures, and deeper questions about the limits of the human spirit. The documentary asks every viewer to consider how we all must make choices between a largely, petroleum based transportation system vs. living more lightly on the earth. It asks, “ How far are you willing to go for something you believe in- even if it is a tree or a fresh water spring?” And finally, what does Native American “sacred land, spiritual practices or water rights” ” practically mean in secular, and technologically driven society?
Finally, the video shows what happens when people try to “tell truth to power” and exercise their rights to protest and demand inclusion in making public policy.
n the end, the highway was built, the Savanna cut, hundreds arrested and injured, and the encampment destroyed in a surprise dawn raid by the largest police action in Minnesota history- over 600 police and 118 police vehicles.
Coldwater Nation dispersed, but it’s legacy continues. Veterans of the two-year encampment, and new volunteers inspired by the events at Camp Coldwater, have continued to work to protect the birthplace of Minnesota, and the last remaining pristine spring in Minneapolis from further highway encroachment. And now they are projecting a broader vision-creating an environmental “Green Zone Museum” that will stretch for miles along the Mississippi River. Their new creation, they say, will be a living model, and a legacy for future generations, of how we can truly respect the earth, honor sacred lands, and show the world how democratic participation should really work.
Stop the ReRoute: Taking a Stand On Sacred Land is the first feature, social issues documentary locally produced in Minnesota in many years.