Surveillance camera opponents to watch '1984'

Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 5:36 p.m. CDT; updated 7:04 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 1, 2010

COLUMBIA  — The public is invited to a screening of "1984," a film adaptation of George Orwell's novel depicting a totalitarian society marked by heavy surveillance of citizens. Friday's screening is sponsored by Keep Columbia Free, a political action committee that opposes a Tuesday ballot issue that would authorize surveillance cameras downtown.

Several candidates for City Council and mayor have said they will attend, according to a news release from Keep Columbia Free. They include mayoral candidates Sid Sullivan, Jerry Wade, Paul Love and Sean O'Day. Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala, who is running for re-election against Gary Kespohl, plans to attend. So does Fourth Ward candidate Tracy Greever-Rice. Incumbent Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser will speak, according to the news release.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at The Blue Note. Speakers will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Keep Columbia Free also will use the event to raise money for its campaign against the camera initiative, which appears on the ballot as Proposition 1.


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