Although the sixties are looked at as the high watermark of radicalism and rebellion in North America, it is actually the decade that followed that saw the highest frequency of labour unrest and worker militancy since the era of the depression. It was during these years that the power of organized labour was at its height, and the intraunion struggle of rank-and-file workers came the closest to realizing a true integration of the race- and gender-based social movements born of the 60s with the traditional American labour movement. Arguably, it was the failure to do so that made the crushing of labour's power in the latter half of the decade possible, quickly ushering in the era of neo-liberalism that has prevailed to this day. Will an understanding of the past help put us back in control of our future?
The GTWA in partnership with the Foundation for Social Economics is proud to present a six-week film series spotlighting some of the now nearly forgotten labour-themed cinema of the 1970s. Each film will be preceded by a short talk detailing an episode from that decade's labour history. Followed by a social.
Films (subject to change): 'JOE' ; 'THE ROWDYMAN' ; 'THE MOLLY MAGUIRES' ; 'F.I.S.T.' ; 'BLUE COLLAR' ; 'NORMA RAE' .
6 weeks starting 7 February
Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave.
free: donations accepted
beverages for sale | social following each film