If you still remember a piece of paper called the US Constitution, you might wonder under what section of that document the government is permitted to alter the human species. A current Pentagon plan to create a biological platform inside the human body, using it to deliver new genetic information, and thus changing what the human body is and does… well, that is about as outrageous as you can get, when it comes to the violation of permitted federal powers.
Today attorneys for 21 UC Davis students and recent alumni announced the details of their settlement of the federal class-action lawsuit against UC Davis over the shocking incident in which campus police repeatedly doused seated, non-violent student demonstrators with military grade pepper spray at close range.
On November 18, 2011, students gathered in the quad on the UC Davis campus to demonstrate against ongoing tuition hikes, as well as against brutal treatment of demonstrators at UC Berkeley. UC Davis campus police arrived in riot gear and officers threatened students, who were seated on the quad in a circle, and ordered them to disperse. When students remained seated to continue their demonstration, a UC Davis police officer repeatedly sprayed the line of protesters with pepper spray at point-blank range, while scores of other officers looked on. Another officer sprayed the demonstrators from behind. The seated students posed no physical threat to the officers.
“Have you wondered where these terms ‘sustainability,’ ‘smart growth,’ and ‘high density urban mixed use development’ came from? Doesn’t it seem like, about 10 years ago, you’d never heard of them and now everything seems to include these concepts? Is that just a coincidence, that every town and county and state and nation in the world would be changing their land use/planning codes and government policies to align themselves with…what?” Read more.
“Who are we? We are engaged in educating ourselves, our peers, and our country about UN Agenda 21, ICLEI, Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Form-Based Zoning, Green Energy Mandates, Carbon Offsets, Cap and Trade, Redevelopment and other programs that restrict our land rights…”
Gray State was conceived in November of 2010 by David Crowley and Danny Mason. The scale and nature of the material indicated that not only did they have an obligation to craft a human story out of the morass, but they had an obligation to tell it properly, far from the typical financial hangups that have become the convention for independent film. They began the process by first developing the narrative through months of slow revisions, and then in the summer of 2011, forged ahead with shooting a concept trailer.