Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother named Christine Collins returns home from work to find that her son, nine-year-old Walter, is missing.
A few months later, the police inform her that Walter has been found alive in Illinois, and they gather the media to witness the joyous reunion. In fact the reunion is a publicity stunt, meant to counteract the perception of corruption within the police force. Collins is prepared to play her role as the relieved and grateful mother, but there’s one problem: This child is not Walter.
So determined is the LAPD to preserve their image as honest and helpful that they do all they can to persuade Collins to just accept the child as her own and shut up about it. When she refuses to do that, they attempt to discredit her, ultimately having her declared insane and committing her to an asylum.
Folks, this is a true story.
Meticulously researched by J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote the screenplay. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie in one of her most heartbreaking performances.
Join us on Thursday evenings for our Mothers in the Movies series, and choose a Mother’s Day movie from our recommended list.
An entrepreneur, a Vietnam vet, an immigrant and individual seeking legislative justice all walk into the Library…
No, this is not the setup for a joke. Yesterday at Portland Public Library we celebrated Law Week. These folks (and many more!) came to the Library seeking legal advice. If individuals lack access to legal assistance, it profoundly affects their lives, the lives of their children, and the stability of their communities. Yesterday, we saw a variety of library patrons with a variety of issues come to the Library to ask questions of the generous local attorneys who donated their time. Those who attended were able to meet with a lawyer based in their community and receive feedback pertaining to their legal issues, information about free resources, low-cost legal assistance and legal referrals.
The following skilled lawyers were on hand to help library patrons navigate legal issues.
Stanley Tupper from Frederick, Quinlan & Tupper
Tamlyn Frederick from Frederick, Quinlan & Tupper
David Packard also of Frederick, Quinlan & Tupper
Adam Nyhan from Opticliff Law
Andrew Edwards of Northland Legal Solutions
Leslie Silverstein, Attorney at Law
Stephen Schwartz of Schwartz & Schwartz
Carrie Yardley, Yardley Esquire PLL
Thank you to all of you. Portland is lucky to have you!
For those who were not able to make it yesterday, stay tuned – we hope to have future events here at the Library! Also, if you have questions, always know you can contact a Librarian – while we can’t give legal advice, we can certainly help you with some research and connect you with local resources.