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Screening of “Flow” and presentation by Thelmy Perez

Friday, June 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
at the Skid Row History Museum & Archive
440 S. Broadway on the mezzanine level, Los Angeles, CA 90013

flow_posterDirector Irene Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Presentation by Thelma Perez
Thelmy Perez is a tenant organizer and the coordinator of the Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective, a city-wide housing rights coalition striving to build a tenants movement powerful enough to preserve and expand public and affordable rent stabilized housing and tenants’ rights for all Angelenos. Thelmy has been spokesperson for the Collective since 2012 and has worked to build tenants rights and challenge the gentrification of LA’s working class communities since 2006. Thelmy has been working on Environmental Justice issues in Jordan Downs since 2012 and is a core partner of the Better Watts Initiative, a collaborative for environmental justice in Watts.

She was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and migrated with her family to California in the early 1980’s. After earning her BA in sociology from UCLA, she returned to El Salvador to work with the Asociación Pro-Búsqueda de Niños y Niñas Desaparecidos, an internationally recognized human rights organization. It was here that she committed to pursue human rights as her life’s work. Upon returning to Los Angeles she immediately delved into housing rights, where she continues to focus her energy today. She is also a passionate advocate for language justice and freelances as a social justice interpreter, striving to improve access to political, legislative and social justice spaces for monolingual Spanish speakers and to foster increased dialogue between Black and Latino communities.