Kauai Alliance for Peace and Social Justice hosts film maker John Witeck
“Answering the Call” , a film about his experiences with Civil Rights suppression in Selma AL in and a Q & A about his current work in Hawaii
On January 15, 2017 , 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. At Lihue Neighborhood Center, 3353 Eono St, Lihue.
As relevant today as it was in the ’60’s, suppression of people’s voting and other civil rights continues to be a source of dishonor to our “Democratic Society”. This film and the Q & A afterward, offers an opportunity to better understand our role in taking back our power.
John Witeck was called to Selma, in 1963 by Dr. Martin Luther King to promote voter registration of suppressed African Americans. He will speak at Lihue Neighborhood Center on Sunday Jan. 15 at 3PM. The documentary film “Answering the Call” portraying Mr. Witeck’s sometimes chilling experiences in Selma will be shown and the event will open with civil rights era social justice songs by Blu Dux and Friends. The event is free.
Mr. Witeck was inspired to become involved in the greater movement for social change. In 1967 he enrolled in the East-West Center graduate program on O`ahu, and heeding Dr. King’s words became a draft resister and anti-war activist. He joined in local causes, among them the Hawaiians’ struggle against evictions in Kalama Valley and elsewhere.
He is a founder of University of Hawai`i Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Labor Community Alliance and Hawai`i Peoples Fund. Mr. Witeck served as Business Agent for United Public Workers for 25 years, and he is a retiree of HEA Bargaining Unit Thirteen.Today he instructs at Honolulu Community College and is vice president of Hoa` O Makaha (Makaha Farm).
Hosted by Kauai Alliance for Peace and Social Justice, find out more by clicking here.