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Monday, June 14, 2004

Fourth of July: Fahrenheit 9/11, AAACP & Lila!

From the Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace:
The AAACP will be the beneficiary of a special screening of Fahrenheit 9/11 on the Fourth of July!

And here's the really special part: Lila Lipscomb, from Flint, will address the audience after the movie.

Featured prominently in the film, Lila is the mother of a U.S. soldier who was killed in Iraq last year. Her story is the movie's emotional centerpiece. See below for more information about Lila and Fahrenheit 9/11.

The low-down:

Fahrenheit 9/11: Benefit showing for Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace
Movie followed by discussion with Lila Lipscomb: military mom who lost her son in the Iraq war, featured prominently in the film.

Sunday July 4
6 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty
Tickets: $10 at the door.
We're working on a plan for advance sales and will keep you posted.

Devote this Fourth of July to peace! March along with our peace float that morning in the downtown Ann Arbor parade. Gather between 9:30 and 10 am near William and Maynard -- details forthcoming. Then come back downtown for the film at 6 pm.

Links & info. on Lila and Fahrenheit 9/11

Flint woman spotlighted in Moore's latest movie
Detroit Free Press, 5/29/04

Lila Lipscomb used to hate antiwar protesters.

This summer, though, she is likely to be embraced by them, thanks to the key roles she and her late son -- who died serving in with the Army in Iraq -- play in Michael Moore's new movie.

Lipscomb, 49, is the latest ordinary person from Michigan plucked by Moore to star in one of his films. His documentary "Farenheit 9/11" is a scathing attack on President George W. Bush and the war against terrorism....

Lipscomb is onscreen for 20 minutes of the 110-minute film. She recounts the death of her 26-year-old son, Sgt. Michael Pedersen, a crew chief on a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in Iraq on April 2, 2003. She talks about her grief, her evolving views on war and her disdain for Bush.

In the movie, she stands in front of the White House, declaring, "I finally have a place to put all my pain and anger."

She also reads her son's last letter, in which he describes his own rage at Bush and his questions about U.S. policy.

"He got us out here for nothing whatsoever. I am so furious right now, Mama," the letter says.