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Positive Force DC, originating in 1985 is  an all-volunteer group that has helped to nurture several generations of activists.  Together with Robin Bell, Positive Force is compiling footage for a film documenting the important work Positive Force has been doing over the past 25 years.  Please read more about Positive Force below and consider donating to their kickstarter fund to make this film a reality.  There is only about a week left so act now and  please help us preserve DC and music history!


Positive Force: More Than A Witness 

This feature-length film by Robin Bell skillfully mixes rare archival footage (including electrifying live performances from Fugazi, Bikini Kill, One Last Wish, Nation of Ulysses, Crispus Attucks, Anti-Flag, and more) with new interviews with key PF activists and supporters.

Covering a span of 25 years, More Than A Witness documents the life and times of punk rock activist collective Positive Force DC.

About Positive Force

Punk activist collective Positive Force DC emerged in 1985, rising from the creative, politically-charged ferment of DC punk’s Revolution Summer. Born in a dynamic local scene sparked by Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites of Spring, a handful of young activists also drew inspiration from UK anarcho-punks Crass and the original “Positive Force” band Seven Seconds to become one of the most long-lasting and influential exponents of punk politics.

Through it all, Positive Force has persisted, remaining deeply rooted in their hometown, reaching out to those in need and building bridges between diverse communities, while regularly bringing punk protest to the front doors of the powers-that-be. Encompassing an ever-evolving cast of characters, the all-volunteer group has helped to nurture several generations of activists. In the best punk fashion, PF has applied creative DIY tactics and radical critiques to issues of homelessness, hunger, racism, corporate globalization, sexism, homophobia, war, gentrification, and animal/earth liberation, while struggling to constructively address conflicting dynamics and visions within the group itself.

More Than a Witness documents Positive Force’s Reagan-era origins, the creation of its communal house, FBI harassment, and the rise of a vibrant underground that burst into the mainstream amidst controversy over both the means and the ends of the movement.

The filmmakers’ portion of the proceeds from the sale of the DVD will benefit the We Are Family senior outreach network. Purchase a copy of the film @ PM Press.



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