Struggle in the Heartland: A.E. Staley Workers Fight Back (1994)

09 Apr


Synopsis (AFSC): Focuses on the events of June 4, 1994 when 5,000 workers from the midwest came together in solidarity with the 750 striking workers of the A.E. Staley company in Decatur. Helmeted police attack the workers non-violent sit-down protest of Staley’s management locking them out. Raises issues of the right to collective bargaining and to protest peacefully. Since this show does not clarify the issues involved in the strike, it is best to show it with Deadly Corn. It does not stand alone unless the purpose is to educate the audience about civil disobedience and intimidation by authorities.


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