“Knock Down the House” screening at LaBelle Theatre

May 19, 2019

SOUTH CHARLESTON — At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, head over to the LaBelle Theater, at 313 D St., South Charleston, to see the first public screening in West Virginia of the Sundance Award winning documentary, “Knock Down the House.” The film follows four women as they mount grassroots campaigns — without Big Money corporate donations — against powerful incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections including New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the only one to win her campaign.

Two of the candidates featured in the film, West Virginia’s own Paula Jean Swearengin and Nevada’s Amy Vilela, will be present to take audience questions after the screening. Also on hand for that Q&A will be the director Rachel Lears.

The event is free, but seating is limited. You’ll need to register for your free ticket on Eventbrite in order to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Local grassroots groups will have informational tables. The film starts at 7 p.m.

Ticket link is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knock-down-the-house-comes-to-west-virginia-tickets-61326811143 Go online at OVEC.org for more information.

This special screening is hosted by OVEC — the Huntington-based Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. OVEC is sponsoring the screening since long-time OVEC member Paula Swearengin is one of four women featured in “Knock Down the House.” Swearingen has been involved in many of OVEC’s campaigns including the movement to end mountaintop removal, and work to defend our water along with curbing climate change.

“This film proves that people-powered campaigns have a positive impact, whether an election is won or lost,” said Vivian Stockman, executive director of OVEC, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. “No matter the issue we work on, we need fair courts and legislators accountable to we, the people. That’s why we are part of the West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections coalition, and we are especially excited about the coalition’s Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption platform. It’s a roadmap legislators can use to realign themselves with the people they are supposed to represent.”

“Although the West Virginia legislature recently passed a bill to allow more money into our elections, it’s exciting to see new leaders emerging who are saying no to big-money and rejecting politics as usual,” said Julie Archer, coordinator of West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections, which is based in Charleston.“The way forward isn’t with laws like SB 622. The solution is empowering small donors, ensuring equal access to the ballot box, and giving everyday people a greater voice in the political process.”

Go online at https://ohvec.org/ for more information about OVEC and this film.

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