This award-winning documentary by Lisa Gilman, is about the veteran-run anti-war coffee house, Coffee Strong outside of Fort Lewis.

The movie tells the story about a group of US veterans who opened Coffee Strong, a coffee shop located just outside the gates of Fort Lewis. Inspired by the Vietnam-era G.I. coffee house movement, Coffee Strong provides a safe space where service members, military families, and veterans can drink coffee and discuss issues, such as their experiences of war, deployment concerns, the hardships of life in the military, and veteran benefits.

The founders of Coffee Strong were deployed one or more times to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of them are young – under the age of 30. They help provide G.I. rights counseling, direct people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual assault, discrimination, recruiter abuse, and medical and legal problems to the appropriate resources.

They also provide counseling for those seeking options for leaving the military early, including entry-level, dependency, hardship, medical, psychological, and conscientious objection. Visitors to Coffee Strong read books from the free library, use the free computers with Internet access, explore literature on war and imperialism, and enjoy special events, like live bands and movie nights.

You are invited to see a FREE screening of “Grounds For Resistance” on Friday, November 4 at 7:00pm as part of the Meaningful Movies series:
Keystone Congregational Church
5019 Keystone Place North
Seattle, 98103

To read more about the movie, check out their website at


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