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For more information contact John Dodds, Philadelphia Unemployment Project 215-557-0822, ext. 102 or 267-975-4706

Exciting New Season for Americans in Struggle Film Series Launched

Series begins Tuesday, September 16 at 6 PM at Community College of Philadelphia

Winnet Student Life Building Room S 2-3

The Americans in Struggle Film Series will start its 4th season this month, continuing to offer films of importance and interest to working Philadelphians.  Films will run the gamut of political issues and bring historical struggles to light as well as ongoing issues facing America today.  Speakers with expertise on the films will be introducing them and leading a short Q and A following the showings.

Opening the series near the start of the school year on September 16  is “Broken On All Sides”, which deals with the issue of mass incarceration followed by a short film, “Our Schools Are Not for Sale”, both of which were locally produced.  The “school to prison pipeline” is the theme of the evening and local experts will speak to the audience.

For Hispanic Heritage Month we are showing “The Borinqueneers” on September 30, with the film’s Producer/Director Noemi Figueroa Soulet making a presentation.  The film tells the story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all Hispanic unit in US Army history.  They were awarded the Congressional Medal this summer by President Obama.  A veteran from the Regiment will also be in attendance to speak to the audience.

Other films include” Mississippi: Is This America” commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, “Brothers on the Line” a film about the Reuther brothers and their role in creating the United Auto Workers and progressive unionism,” Paycheck to Paycheck” on the struggle of low wage workers in America and “1971”, the first local screening of the film on the 1971 break in  to the Media, PA FBI offices. 

The Series is coordinated by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and several labor, religious and civic organizations. 

Americans in Struggle
Film Series

Celebrating the struggles of the American people that have made us the nation we are today.
Tuesdays at 6 PM
at Community College of Philadelphia- Winnet Student Life Building- 
17th below Spring Garden, Room S 2-3 Refreshments from 5:30
 9/16 Broken on All Sides - Film on race, mass incarceration and new visions for criminal justice, plus Our Schools are not for Sale a short film on the Philadelphia schools.  The evening will give insight into the “school to prison pipeline” and how to fight it.
 9/30 The Borinqueneers- The story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history, recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama
 10/14 Mississippi: Is This America?- This is the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, where people from all over America confronted violent racism as they came to work with Black Mississippians to fight for the right to vote and be represented in the political process.
 10/28 Brothers on the Line- Narrated by Martin Sheen, Brothers on the Line is the award-winning documentary exploring the social justice crusade of the Reuther brothers whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers, helped to transform the landscape of the nation.

11/11 Paycheck to Paycheck- As the fight for higher wages and a fair minimum wage heats up, this film illuminates the challenges faced by more than 42 million low wage American women and the 28 million children who depend on them.
11/25 1971- The story of Philadelphia activists, who in 1971 broke into FBI offices in Media, PA and uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.  In our current age of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, this documentary couldn't be timelier.

Sponsored by Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO,   SAG/AFTRA, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Reformation, Fight for Philly, AFSCME DC 47,  AFT Local 2026



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