Latest: Fall 2013; watch for updated schedule
Venue: Tuesdays 6 pm- 112 N. Broad St. 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Refreshments from 5:30- Brief discussion following the film
Synopsis: Documentary videos featuring struggles for justice and equality are presented in the second annual Americans in Struggle Film Series beginning Tuesday, September 25 at 112 N. Broad St, the home of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project. The series features a mix of documentaries from the civil rights, labor, gay rights and black liberation movements. The series is put on by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project in conjunction with the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and other labor and community organizations. “We feel that we have a very diverse selection of films for our second year,” said John Dodds, PUP Director. “We are hoping for a diverse audience, as we had during our inaugural season. We hope to show people that ongoing struggle by average people was necessary for us to have the society we have today. And we must continue to struggle to maintain the freedoms and benefits that people enjoy at the moment, many of which are under attack.” There is no cost for the films, but a free will donation will be taken up. Free popcorn will be provided and pizza and soda will be for sale. Brief discussions will follow the showings.
John Dodds, Director, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.
2012 Schedule: Bridge to Freedom 9/25- The story of the bloody Selma, Alabama civil rights campaign to win the right to vote for African Americans, which horrified the nation and led to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Wobblies 10/9- Documentary on the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) who worked to win one big union for all working people in the early part of the 20th century. The Wobblies fought for the 8 hour day and organized farm workers, miners, loggers, longshoremen, maritime workers and others without regard to class, race or ethnic origin. They were forerunners to the industrial unionization which was led by the CIO in the 30s, 40s and 50s.
Egalite for All- Toussaint Louverture & the Haitian Revolution 10/23- Only successful slave insurrection in modern history. It took place between 1791 & 1804, in concert with the French Revolution and traumatized American plantation owners while creating a Black led nation.
Stonewall Uprising 10/30- In 1969 gay men and women finally fought back against ongoing police harassment following a raid on the Stonewall, a New York City bar and launched the world-wide gay rights movement. The film documents the first historic battle for gay liberation.
Union Maids 11/13- Inspirational story of three women who took part in the labor struggles of the 1930s that led to the creation of the CIO and mass unionization of the nation’s workers.
Let Freedom Sing 11/27- How music inspired the civil rights movement. The documentary shows how people sang to get courage in the face of grave danger. The story of the civil rights movement as never told before, featuring artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Pete Seeger, Curtis Mayfield and Public Enemy.
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Bread and Roses Community Fund, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, list in formation labor donated