Waking the Sleeping Giant

350Vermont, along with Fossil Free VSC and the Rutland Area Climate Coalition, will be hosting a Summer Pop-up in Rutland from July 12-July 15th. What’s a pop-up you might ask? Well, it’s part traveling exhibit, a listening tour, a set of powerful workshops and trainings, and gatherings to build a stronger community of activists and organizers for climate justice.

We hope you’ll join them for their kick-off event, a special screening of the new film Waking the Sleeping Giant at the historic (and air-conditioned!) Paramount Theater in downtown Rutland at 7:00 on July 12.


Waking the Sleeping Giant: the Making of a Political Revolution is a feature documentary at the crossroads of the 2016 election and the fight for civil rights, economic fairness & democracy for all.

From the campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local political race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia. From a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles. Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this moment in American politics, exploring widespread discontent during the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those building a re-energized progressive movement.

This special screening is scheduled for 7:00 pm and the feature film will be preceded by a screening of the short film, Joanna Macy and The Great Turning. Tickets will be available at the door — but the last three Vermont shows were completely booked, so reserving your free tickets via EventBrite is highly recommended! Director and University of Vermont Professor Jon Erickson will be available for Q&A afterwards.

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