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Immigrant Rights Leaders Say This Is the Time to Act

Elena Shore, New America Media

A day after the 5th Circuit announced its ruling against the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration, immigrant rights leaders said now is the time to act.

“We are not going to sit around and wait for a court ruling. We will not let right-wing judges or right-wing states determine what happens to the fate of our communities,” Annette Wong, program manager with Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) told reporters at an ethnic media news briefing organized by New America Media. The roundtable was part of an effort by the statewide coalition Ready California to encourage residents to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

One year ago, President Obama announced two new programs through executive action – an expansion of the DACA program and a new program for parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA. Those programs remain on hold following Monday’s court ruling, the latest decision following a lawsuit brought by 26 Republican-led states against the Obama administration.

The Obama administration is expected to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few weeks. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it will likely announce a decision in June.

But while those two programs remain on hold, immigrant rights advocates said there are steps that families can take now to secure their future.

“It doesn’t matter what status someone has; there are actions they can take,” said Juan Ortiz, staff attorney with the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA).

U.S. citizens can register to vote; eligible green card holders can apply for citizenship. Undocumented California residents can apply for a driver’s license under AB 60, noted Ortiz.

Next May, undocumented children in California will be able to access full-scope Medi-Cal. California parents can start enrolling their kids now in Restricted Medi-Cal (sometimes called Emergency Medi-Cal), regardless of their immigration status.

Parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents can start preparing their documents so they will be ready when DAPA goes into effect.

And, most importantly, people can still apply for the original DACA program that was announced in 2012.

It’s important to understand that Monday’s ruling does not affect DACA, noted Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of Immigrant Legal Resource Center. That program remains in effect and continues to help undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children get work permits, social security numbers and a temporary reprieve from deportation.

Ortiz advised families to go to a trusted community based organization for an immigration check-up to see what they might qualify for. In fact, he said, almost 15 percent of people who apply for DACA end up qualifying for something else, like a U-Visa (granted to victims of crimes) or a T-Visa (granted to trafficking victims).

Meanwhile, several DACA recipients speaking at the briefing encouraged their community members to apply for the program so they could access all of its benefits – not only a social security number, a work permit and a reprieve from deportation, but also the stability and security to stand up and advocate for the rights of others in their communities.

For Mexican American DACA recipient Luis Avalos, getting DACA was “ a shining light in a dark tunnel of uncertainty,” allowing him to work legally and stop being afraid of deportation.

Avalos, 22, is now the chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission and advises the mayor and board of supervisors on issues of concern to young people. In order to be appointed to the commission, Avalos needed a social security number.

“I wouldn’t be able to be part of the San Francisco Youth Commission without DACA,” he said.

For Hong Mei Pang, a community organizer with ASPIRE, getting DACA was “a pivotal moment” in her life.

Pang, who came to the United States from Singapore 12 years ago, said before DACA was announced in 2012, she was “working three jobs under the table in abusive, exploitative conditions.” DACA allowed her to get work authorization and step out of the shadows.

Today she advocates against deportations that continue to separate families. “Being able to participate in community organizing,” she said, “means we are able to hold each other up.”

Meanwhile, for Brian Cheong, DACA might have saved his life.

Cheong, who moved here from South Korea 12 years ago, was the leader of his high school’s marching unit, graduated at the top of the class, and was awarded the Outstanding Student Award, given to one graduating senior each year.

When he went to college, he said, “that’s when my life turned a little downward.”

As an undocumented immigrant, he was forced to pay out-of-state tuition. In order to pay out-of-state tuition, he had to get a job. But because he was undocumented, he didn’t have a permit to work legally.

“On top of that,” he said, “the fear of deportation followed me everywhere I went. You never know if when you’re sleeping or working if people are going to come and capture you.”

“I started to question my life,” he said, “and whether it was worth it to continue.”

When DACA was launched in 2012, Cheong said there was never any question that he would apply for it. Getting DACA allowed him to work legally and have a secure source of income for tuition, removed the fear of deportation, helped him regain confidence in life, and allowed him to feel stable and secure for the first time in a long time.

“I’m the type of person that likes to plan ahead, and I couldn’t do that before DACA,” Cheong explained.

Today, Cheong is in a military program called MAVNI, a special program that could allow DACA recipients with certain skills to gain something that they otherwise would not be able to access – a path to citizenship. Cheong plans to eventually petition for his parents and family, who are currently left out of immigration reform.

To other young people who are living without legal status, Cheong had a simple message: “You are not alone.”

“Get up, speak up, advocate and educate,” he said, “not just for DAPA [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans] but for CIR [comprehensive immigration reform] as well.”

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Fourth GOP Presidential Debate Unveils Candidates’ Strengths and Weaknesses

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE — The fourth Republican presidential debate on Tuesday unveiled strengths and weaknesses of the top eight candidates vying to win their party’s nomination to be the next president of the United States.

With no clear winner evident, the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal GOP live debates produced a few zingers and many memorable one-liners from most candidates.

Going into the debate with a one-point lead was political newcomer Ben Carson, who defended himself after a barrage of questions about his resume and his biography, including a claim Carson made that he stabbed someone as a youth. Carson shrugged off questions from Trump, saying: “People who love me know that I am an honest person.”

Some pundits predicted Carson will eventually decline in the polls with his lukewarm performance in a forum designed to let others know more about him and his platform.

Donald Trump, the boisterous candidate known for his candid views on immigration and gender equality, tried to be statesmanlike instead of being like a court jester. But that strategy was halted when he criticized the only woman in the field of GOP candidates, Carly Fiorina, who made an indirect critique at his TV persona.

A moderator asked Trump about his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal under consideration by Congress. He said the deal would harm U.S. workers and stressed the danger in allowing China to continue to manipulate its currency and enter the US market through the backdoor. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) corrected Trump by highlighting his ignorance on the deal. Paul spoke through the moderator to Trump: “Gerard, you might want to point out China is not part of this deal.”

Most of the candidates gave practically the same answers for creating jobs, cutting taxes and curtailing government policies on businesses.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), the young mentee sidestep additional criticism of his former mentor Jeb Bush and delivered a few substantive answers on foreign policy,  tax issues and job creation. He called for more vocational training and criticized liberal arts majors:

“You’re going to make people more expensive than a machine,” Rubio said. “We need more welders and less philosophers.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is competing with Rubio to be a formidable candidate in the general election, was more lively but cautious with his answers, aiming for accuracy rather than comedic moments with memorable lines.

The other candidates aimed to move from the margins in the poll and insert themselves into the middle of the media spotlight.  This approach made Paul or Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) seen as a possible breakout candidate.

The debate centered on mostly economic issues, which at times lead to a dry  discussion about economic issues that resonated with middle-class voters.


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Movie: Steve Jobs

Now playing in theaters near you is the bio-pic of the founder of Apple, Inc.: Steve Jobs.

The movie unfolds by showing what it was like backstage minutes before three iconic product launches spanning Jobs' career—beginning with the Macintosh in 1984, and ending with the unveiling of the iMac in 1998, the movie, Steve Jobs, takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. It's also the story of race, gender and immigration as never depicted before on screen.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

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Connecticut Veterans Parade Urges Veterans to March

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Veterans Parade is calling all state veterans and active military personnel to register to march in the Nov. 8 parade.


The 16th annual procession will begin at the State Capitol Building at 12: 30 p.m. at 214 Capitol Ave.


Connecticut residents are invited to attend. Those who are active, retired or who are honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including commissioned officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, national Guard or Reserves should participate, state officials said.

The state’s parade is said to be the largest parade in New England and one of the biggest salutes to veterans in the nation.

Organizers said the parade will be hosted for three days before the nation observes Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Parade organizers also seek veterans groups, patriotic commission local municipalities. To register for the march, visit, or call the Parade or call 860–986-7254.

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Hartford Elects New Mayor Luke Bronin


HARTFORD — Hartford voters Tuesday, in an election that was largely a formality, selected Luke A. Bronin as their next mayor.

Bronin, a lawyer who grew up downstate, raised considerable campaign cash and unseated incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra in a Democratic primary, becoming the party’s candidate in a city whose residents overwhelmingly vote blue.

Bronin used his victory speech at Real Art Ways in Hartford to thank his supporters and lay out the problems he plans to tackle during his four-year term.

“It’s time to get Hartford working again,” said Bronin. “When a city faces the challenges that we face, there are no easy answers…The challenges are big but so is Hartford’s promise.”

The task of putting the state’s capital city on the path to economic prosperity is huge, given what Bronin described during his victory speech as a “budget crisis” facing the city.

Hartford — a city of 125,000 residents — has by far the state’s highest mill rate and a taxable grand list nearly identical to that of towns, such as Farmington and Guilford, that are a fraction of its size.

The city also has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

Luke Bronin celebrates his victory with his supporters

Bronin, 36, who moved to the city nine years ago, also campaigned on improving neighborhood schools, boosting state and federal funding to the city, and increasing community policing as homicide rates spiked over the summer.

The neighborhood schools in Hartford are among the worst performing and segregated in the state, and Bronin has said a child shouldn’t have to win the school choice lottery to get a desk in a good school. The Bronin family’s decision to send their children to a private school in West Hartford became an issue in the campaign. They made it after Bronin’s daughter failed to win a seat at the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet while his son, who is younger, did.

During his victory speech he characterized the neighborhood schools as “under-enrolled and overburdened.”

In a city where 84 percent of the residents are minorities, Bronin becomes the city’s first white mayor in 15 years. Bronin moved to Hartford in 2006, but he was absent from the city while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy and then working during President Obama’s first term as a lawyer assigned to tracking terrorist financing. Bronin has never held elected office, and this was his first election bid.

Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez smiles for a photo at the Bronin victory party election night.

About 10,000 Hartford residents voted, and a Bronin campaign official said shortly before 9 p.m. tha, with 54 percent of the vote tallied, Bronin was winning about 75 percent of the votes.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who held off endorsing a candidate in the Democratic primary, joined the victory party Tuesady night. Bronin was the governor’s general counsel for two years before entering the race in January.

“We knew Luke was going to win after he won the primary. I think he is going to be a great mayor. I am looking forward to working with him,” the Democratic governor said shortly after the polls closed Tuesday.

Addressing a roomful of supporters, Malloy said he has given Bronin some advice.

“I’ve given him the advice that I’ve always tried to take, but it’s a lot easier for me to do than it will be for him. My rule is to always hire people who are brighter than you. That’s how I ended up with Luke Bronin working for me,” Malloy told a cheering crowd. “Hartford, you could not have a better mayor.”

Other guests at Bronin’s victory party included former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, Attorney General George Jepsen, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and several members of the Hartford General Assembly delegation.

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Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans Will Only Hurt America

By  George Koo, New America Media
It simply boggles the mind that with an African American in the White House and an African American as the Attorney General, persecution of Chinese American scientists based on racial profiling not only has not abated but actually intensified.

Professor Xiaoxing Xi, former head of the physics department at Temple University, was the latest of a bumper crop of Chinese Americans that became victims of racial profiling.

Joyce Xi reminded us of this development recently when she gave a series of presentations at Stanford, UC Berkeley and Hastings Law School describing how her father and family were brutalized by the FBI.

Early dawn in May, the agents broke into their home with guns drawn, manhandled Professor Xi, handcuffed him behind his back and took him away without any explanation on reasons for his arrest. The agents insisted on keeping Mrs. Xi in another room and interrogated her for hours. Joyce happened to be home from college and could see that her 12-year old sister was traumatized.

Dr. Weng Ho Lee

According to Peter Zeidenberg, legal counsel for Xi and the family, the government accused Xi of wire fraud based on his having borrowed a piece of test equipment, a so-called pocket heater, in 2006. Zeidenberg went to the inventor of the heater who confirmed that none of the “evidence” Xi was accused of sending to China was related to the design of his invention.

Furthermore, the invention was patented but never commercialized so that even if Xi had sent the drawings to China, the government would not have a case that economic damage was done.

The government investigators could have just as easily verified the findings as Ziedenberg did, but the Obama Administration has been so obsessed by the idea that China is out to steal everything, hysteria and paranoia have replaced rational thinking.

In lieu of a professional investigation, the government leaps to prosecution. If the suspect is a Chinese American, he is ipso facto guilty.

Xi’s case harkens back to the celebrated case of Dr. Wen Ho Lee, then a scientist working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lee was accused of leaking the design of multi-head missile to China and incarcerated in solitary confinement for 10 months.

Eventually, the presiding judge apologized to Lee for gross government misconduct before releasing him, but even then Lee had to plead guilty to one charge in exchange for time already served.

Preserving the reputation of the American judiciary system that the government is never wrong is far more important than any damage done to the civil rights of its citizens.

If the government couldn’t get Lee to accept one guilt plea, the government would have no justification for having kept him in jail and that meant the government made a mistake.

No different from the governments under Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Union, our government does not make mistakes—none that they could admit. For the U.S. government to apologize is out of the question.

Professor Ling-chi Wang, then head of Asian American studies at UC Berkeley, was outraged by the injustice Lee suffered in the hands of the government. He organized a national boycott of the national laboratories and urge Asian American scientists to stop applying for jobs at the laboratories.

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President Obama to Send Special Forces into Syria and Iraq

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

WASHINGTON —  More troops will be in Syria to help the local officials fight against the so-called anti-government group in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria , according to a White House aide.

On Friday President Obama authorized dozens of Special Operations Forces to Syria. This would be the first time US troops work on the ground, officials said.


This move by President Barack Obama is a part of the overall effort to deter terrorist activities in the region.

Several other steps were also announced Friday, including a new potential deployment to Iraq.

According to reports, White House officials are working with the Iraqi government to set up a “Special Operations Force task force to further enhance our ability to target ISIL leaders and networks.” That includes sending special aircrafts, including F-15 fighters and A-10s to the Incirlik air base in Turkey.

Additionally, Coalition aircraft also hit Islamic State fighting positions, weapons and other targets near five Iraqi cities, including Sinjar and Tal Afar, a military statement released on Friday said.

Reuters first reported that the administration was sending forces to Syria to serve as advisers.

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Malloy Postpones Raises for 1,600 State Agency Managers







































































WASHINGTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy postponed raises Thursday for about 1,600 non-union managers, saving more than $5 million this year – an opening, cost-cutting salvo on the eve of bipartisan negotiations to stabilize state finances.

The governor, who will begin talks Monday with legislative leaders to close an estimated $118 million deficit in this year’s budget – and to begin mitigating a larger shortfall after the next state election – also directed agency heads to intensify efforts to identify services that are not core government functions and therefore could be cut.

Malloy’s office didn’t release any statement about the directives.

But according to a memorandum from his budget chief, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, cost-of-living and merit raises due next month for non-union managers are deferred “until at least January 1, 2016.” The directive does not affect $1.4 million in raises awarded in December 2014 to 200 appointees of Malloy and other constitutional officers.

The governor and the legislature had included about $5.1 million in this fiscal year’s budget to provide raises starting in mid-November for about 1,600 departmental and agency managers.

This included a 3 percent cost-of-living raise and merit pay hikes averaging about 1.5 percent, for a total average increase of about 4.5 percent.

“Because of the scale of the problem we face, we need to make every effort to ensure that we are able to realize savings,” Barnes wrote to commissioners.

The governor’s budget director also asked agency heads to continue several efforts that have been in effect throughout the fiscal year – and for much of the past five years, including:

  • Deferring all spending possible “without impacting health and public safety.”
  • Restricting overtime, hiring and other staffing costs whenever possible.

Barnes also tasked each department with reviewing all services it currently provides “with an eye toward identifying what activities are core government functions and what are not. We must acknowledge that our budget reality today demands that we consider reducing or eliminating some non-core services.”

Malloy announced on Monday that weaker-than-anticipated state income tax receipts have opened a $118 million hole in the budget. That represents a relatively modest two-thirds of 1 percent of the general fund, which covers the bulk of the state’s annual operating costs.

But there are other causes for concern.

This is the second deficit Malloy has reported since the fiscal year began on July 1.

In mid-September, the governor reported a $103 million shortfall – also attributed to weak income tax receipts – and closed that gap largely with emergency cuts to hospitals and social services. Legislators from both parties have since objected to those cuts and pledged to find alternative spending reductions.

Also, the legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis says state finances, unless adjusted, are on pace to run much deeper in the red – about $927 million – in 2017-18, the first fiscal year after the November 2016 state elections.

And if the income tax revenue erosion trends identified this fall project out into the next few years – as they traditionally do – the post-election shortfall swells to about $1.1 billion.










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Poll: Support for Hillary Clinton Drops Among California Democrats

By Allyson Escobar
Democrats in the Golden State are losing faith in Hillary Clinton.

According to a new Field Poll, the former first lady and secretary of state’s support has dramatically plummeted in the California. Clinton has dropped 19 points since May, and 26 points since February, reported the San Jose Mercury News. In contrast, Clinton’s closest rival Bernie Sanders has surged in support, the poll found.

“I think it’s primarily has to do with the fact that over the past few months almost all the news voters have heard about Hillary Clinton has been about this email scandal, and not her policy positions,” said Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo. “The campaign is pretty much in a defensive mode and that’s never a good thing.”

California Dems also think it would be a “good thing” for Vice President Joe Biden to enter next year’s presidential race, looking for something to get excited about.

“Certainly we’ve been hearing a lot from the Republican side, they’ve been having spirited debates,” DiCamillo added. “Maybe Democrats would like to see a little more attention paid to their side, and if Biden got in, that would add a little more balance and drama to the campaign.”

63 percent of likely voters said it would be a good thing if Biden, a strongly Catholic Democrat, runs for president. In contrast, only 15 percent said they would actually back him if he does.

“What that says to me is that Democratic voters really would like the opportunity to see their candidate against any and all comers, and Biden would certainly be welcomed into the race,” he said. “That might turn more attention to the Democratic primary.”

According to Reuters, an earlier Field Poll conducted in May found that 66 percent of likely primary voters supported Clinton as first lady during the administration of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and later a US senator from New York.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

With four months to go before the first Iowa caucuses, and eight months before California voters decide on candidates, “it’s way too early to say what will happen,” DiCamillo said. “Especially given the upcoming Democratic debates, early primary results in other states, and whatever conclusion a federal investigation reaches on whether Clinton’s email practices jeopardized classified information.”

With the email server controversy and ongoing questions about the Benghazi attack, DiCamillo noted, “If [Hillary] can effectively get people talking more about her issues than her emails, she has plenty of time to bounce back and widen her lead again.”

Only 47 percent of likely voters in next June’s Democratic primary now support Clinton. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders’ support has grown from 9 percent in May to 35 percent currently. The self-described “socialist” and Vermont senator has his strongest support in the actively liberal Bay Area, at 38 percent (to Clinton’s 45 percent).

California is almost certain to be carried by a Democrat in November, the Mercury News reported.

However, the Field Poll survey of 391 Democratic likely voters (from Sept. 17 to Oct. 4, with a five-percentage-point margin of error) seems to reflect the party’s inconsistency as candidates prepare for the first of six televised debates, hosted by CNN next Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Las Vegas.

Beyond the Golden State, Sanders has closed the gap so that Clinton now leads by only 16 percentage points, according to an average of recent national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. In Iowa, she leads Sanders by six points. In New Hampshire, Sanders leads Clinton by 11 points.

Despite wavering from some supporters, California remains a rich source of campaign cash for Clinton — she was in the Bay Area just last week to raise money in Saratoga, Belvedere, Orinda and San Francisco.

Clinton is still the most likely to win California’s primary and the nomination,” said Jack Citrin, director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. “If only because she stands a better chance against any Republican nominee. It’s improbable to me that someone with Bernie Sanders’ background would be nominated, especially once people start thinking about what’s likely to happen in the general election.”

“She communicates well with other countries…it isn’t just us, it’s the world, and we have to remember that,” Laurie Koester, 64, told the Field Poll. She also likes Clinton’s environmental views and how she handled Republican attacks on her trustworthiness, “with grace and aplomb.”

Yet on Biden’s experience, Koester said: “[Biden] can enrich the race’s dialogue. He can kind of show her the ropes.”

Overall, the Field Poll of California Democratic likely voters found:

– 47 percent support Hillary Clinton (down 19 points from May) while 35 percent support Bernie Sanders (up 26 points from May).

– Clinton’s support is weakest (45 percent) and Sanders’ support is strongest (38 percent) in the Bay Area.

– Clinton is doing much better (52 percent) than Sanders (22 percent) among Latino voters.

– 63 percent believe it would be a good thing for Vice President Joe Biden to enter the race, but only 15 percent said they would vote for him if he does.

– Fewer voters say they’d be enthusiastic about having Clinton as the party’s nominee: 37 percent now, compared to 46 percent in May. Another 42 percent say they would be satisfied if Clinton wins the nomination, while 26 percent would be dissatisfied.


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Travel: Cape Ann Delivers Another DoctoberFest

CAPE ANN  — DoctoberFest has become an annual tradition at the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage. Now in its seventh year, it will boast seven days of the latest documentary films and other activities for attendees.

From Oct. 16 through Oct. 22, the festival will also feature special guests, an Indian dinner, hosted discussions, and a commemorative “Back to the Future” art installation.

Among the list of films are:

*FINDERS KEEPERS  (Fri. Oct. 16 @ 7:30 p.m. & Sat. Oct. 17 7:30 p.m.) is the acclaimed, morbidly comic crowd pleaser about the battle for ownership of a missing human leg.

*MEET THE PATELS  (Sun. Oct. 18 @ 6:30 p.m.) is a fun flick about a young, unmarried Indian man who, under pressure from his family, agrees to let his traditional family choose his bride. The film will be accompanied by a light Indian meal provided by Anmol India <> in Beverly.

*THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE  (Mon. Oct. 19 @ 7:30 p.m.) is about the diverse Boston LGBTQ troupe True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, as they write a play about love. Associate producer Pam Chamberlain, who was the first out schoolteacher in Massachusetts in the 1970s, will host a Q&A after the film, which will also be attended by a couple of the young people from the film.

*THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (Tues. Oct. 20 @ 7:30 p.m.) is a premiere film event about climate change based on Naomi Klein’s best-selling book, and suggests that the impending crisis is the last best chance that mankind will ever have to self-empower and build a better world. Linda Haley from will be on hand with information about the film and her organization.
*BACK IN TIME (Wed. Oct. 21 @ 7:30 p.m.) is an all-access behind-the-scenes look at the phenomenon that is the “Back To The Future” trilogy, with new interviews with cast and crew as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first movie. On display at the Cinema through the end of November are 17 iconic minimalist “Back to the Future” prints by Geoff Bloom <>, part of his fantastic “Cinema Obscura” series.

(Thurs. Oct. 22 @ 7:30 p.m.) looks at the craziness that was National Lampoon (1970-1998), the Harvard Lampoon offshoot that changed the course of comedy in nearly every medium.
Advance tickets for all features are available at the box office or online at All tickets are $10.50 for adults, $9.00 for students and seniors (60+), and $7.50 for Cinema members, with tickets for “Meet The Patels” priced at $20.00, $18.00 for Cinema members.
*The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, now in its ninth year, is a living-room-style digital cinema in downtown Gloucester that shows the best independent and foreign films, as well as live theater, music, and comedy. More information at

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