'Poison DUst' director explains video
Published Apr 26, 2007 9:54 PM
Community members and political activists attended the Milwaukee premier film
screening of the Peoples Video Network (PVN) documentary “Poison
DUst” on April 21 at the Center Street Library, an important gathering
space for the Black community. The event was dedicated to long-time
International Action Center organizer Rachael Nasca, who died unexpectedly on
A slate of community activists spoke before Sue Harris, director of
“Poison DUst,” screened the documentary and engaged in a question
and answer session.
IAC-Milwaukee member Bryan G. Pfeifer opened the program by describing the
origins, history and mission of the IAC. He hailed recent youth actions in
Wisconsin—including a recent protest against an Army recruiting station
for which 21 youth were arrested, youth protesting restrictive racist policies
at Mayfair Mall, and the occupation of the multi-millionaire Sen. Herb
Kohl’s Madison office by dozens of members of the Campus Anti-War
Network. He ended by calling on all those present to support the May 1
“Day without Latinos” statewide civil rights march and boycott
sponsored by Milwaukee-based Voces de la Frontera.
Leaflets for the May 1 action were distributed, as were “Stop the War on
Iran” posters and announcements of upcoming events sponsored by the
Industrial Workers of the World, the Latin American Solidarity Committee at
UW-Milwaukee and Africans on the Move.
People’s poet De’Shawn Ewing (Pyramid) electrified the crowd with
two of his poems connecting the domestic war and the U.S. war on Iraq and other
countries. Ewing’s words interspersed these themes with themes of the
Black freedom struggle, including the murder of Emmett Till.
Ammar Nsoroma, a member of Africans on the Move and the Pan African
Revolutionary Socialist Party and a well-known people’s artist in
Milwaukee with many murals throughout the city to his credit, said that the war
on Iraq is an outgrowth of capitalism and imperialism and that to end all wars
for profit these economic systems must be abolished and replaced with
During the question and answer session Harris described how “Poison
DUst” has been screened numerous times publicly throughout the United
States and internationally, including in Cuba, Korea and Japan.
One woman described her outrage at not hearing about depleted uranium anywhere
in the corporate media until she received a leaflet for this event. She said
she would now be getting the word out and asked for more information, as did
During and after the event many took copies of “Poison DUst” for
personal viewing but also to screen for loved ones, veterans and at other
Longtime community activist and people’s poet Eric Jefferson closed with
his poem “Blessed Summer.”
The Peoples Video Network donated a copy of “Poison DUst” to the
Center Street Library and a copy to the Central Library that could potentially
be circulated throughout the 30 branches in the Milwaukee County Library
To obtain a copy of “Poison DUst” call PVN at 212-633-6646 or see
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