Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater announced today that it will hold a special benefit film night for Occupy Oakland on December 13. This is the first time that a local business has hosted a major fundraiser for the Occupy Oakland movement.
The movie “V for Vendetta” will be shown at 7:35 p.m. and 10:00 p.m on Tuesday, December 13. The film is a 2006 sci-fi thriller depicting freedom fighters battling a totalitarian state. There will be free popcorn and the organ will be played before this special benefit event. All ticket proceeds will be given to Occupy Oakland.
Allen Michaan, the owner of the Grand Lake Theater, said: “As an American who cares about his country I have to ask: why isn’t everyone supporting Occupy? This movement, still in its infancy, has already changed the national dialogue about scandalous practices in the banking industry, big corporations, and the government. This fresh movement of the people, by the people, and for the people embodies the highest principles of patriotism. Our liberal, multicultural city has now become a symbol of government overreaction to peaceful expression of freedom of speech. Our elected ‘leaders’ can evict citizens but they cannot evict an idea whose time has come.”
“We’re delighted at the support from this wonderful community institution, the Grand Lake Theater,” responded Na of the Occupy Oakland Local Business Liaison Committee. “We encourage the community at large to support the mom & pop businesses and help them stay alive. The Grand Lake, with this fundraiser, is helping to continue the movement of the 99% against the criminal banksters and mega corporations. Everyone please come out to the Grand Lake on December 13.”
The Grand Lake Theater is located at 3200 Grand Avenue in Oakland.