American's In Struggle
Ongoing film series presenting some of the great battles for justice and equality in American history
Tuesdays 6 pm- 112 N. Broad St. 2nd Floor
Refreshments from 5:30- Brief discussion following the film
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.
Égalité 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 12/4- 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. Download flyer. Note: Due to Hurricane Sandy this film has been rescheduled.
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, Phila. NAACP, Neighborhood Networks, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, AFSCME Local 2187, PHARE, Phila. Democratic Progressive Caucus, Fight for Philly, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. For more information call 215-557-0822.