RNC reception for the film Won't Back Down 

August 29, 2012
The 2012 20th Century Fox motion picture stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis and depicts a parent-teacher takeover of a failing school. StudentsFirst presented the film to RNC delegates, educators and the press in the Straz Center's Morsani Hall. A reception celebrated the film with school-themed decor, Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment by Caroline Kole and Blues Traveler. Scheduled for the panel immediately following the screening were Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State; Gov. Jeb Bush, Chairman of Foundation for Excellence in Education; Michelle Rhee, Former DC Chancellor and Founder of StudentsFirst; Daniel Barnz, director of the film, and moderator Campbell Brown, ex-CNN news show host. Rice canceled her appearance. Protesters from Code Pink showed up during the reception with signs that read "Arrest Condi for War Crimes." The protest group, according to a recent report by Arielle Stevenson, is "women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities."
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