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quick takes 10-21-04

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Denis Hayes

RIGHT'S RIGHTS ATTACK

The Bush administration has provided a treasure trove for veteran film and TV producer Robert Greenwald. He's successfully mined recent controversies for material to produce several anxiety-inducing documentaries.

Greenwald's Unprecedented (2002) probed allegations of election fraud that helped put George W. Bush in the White House. This year's Outfoxed spotlighted the pro-Bush tilt of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News network; Uncovered examined the reasons Bush decided to attack Iraq.

Now Springfieldians get to see the premiere of Unconstitutional, Greenwald's latest effort. The film, which explores how the "war on terror" has been used to limit civil liberties and constitutional rights, will be shown at noon Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Lincoln Library, at Seventh Street and Capitol Avenue. The screening is free and open to the public.

After the film, Mary Dixon, legislative director of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union, will moderate a question-and-answer session. The ACLU and Illinois Times are sponsoring the premiere. For more information, call 546-0983.

EARTH FATHER FEATURED

Denis Hayes, national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970, will be the featured speaker at a major environmental conference in Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Hosted by the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, the conference, titled "Our Living World," examines local, regional, and global environmental issues.

Topics to be covered at the conference include wetlands restoration in Illinois and sustainable-agriculture practices. One session, led by six University of Illinois-Springfield students, will focus on global environmental topics.

For more information, call 787-5217. Cost of the conference, which will be held at the UIS Public Affairs Center, is $10; dinner is $25 (for non-Council members).

MAKE WISHES COME TRUE

The local Make-A-Wish foundation holds a fundraiser starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Disabled American Veterans Hall, Hagler Chapter, on Lake Springfield.

The Fall Festival and Hog Roast features a bluegrass band, the River Ramblers, with preshow music provided by DJ Dr. Swing. Tickets, which cost $10, are available at the door.

The foundation pays for special activities for children with life-threatening illnesses. One recent beneficiary, Brandin Minder, is a 9-year-old New Berlin resident afflicted with dermatomyositis, a sometimes fatal autoimmune disorder that affects blood flow to muscle tissue. The foundation sent Brandin and his family by limousine to Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where he met his heroes, including Albert Pujols, Steve Kline, and Scott Rolen.

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