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Labor Film Series for GEO’s 24/7 Solidarity Vigil for Wisconsin Workers

22 Feb

I will be hosting a labor film series starting tonight, in conjunction with the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO/IFT/AFT) #6300 24/7 Solidarity Vigil for Wisconsin Workers, which begins today at 12:30 p.m. at the campus Y on Wright St. Tonight at 7 p.m., we will view the John Sayles classic Matewan (1987, 135 minutes), a brilliant work of historical fiction depicting the organizing efforts of miners, and the violent resistance they faced from mine owners and Baldwin-Felts agents alike, in Matewan, WV in 1920. On Thursday night at 7 p.m., we are planning to view Patricio Guzman’s sterling, epic documentary The Battle of Chile, parts 1 (“The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie”, 96 minutes) and 2 (“The Coup D’Etat”, 88 minutes) covering workers, politics in Chile, and events leading to the coup of Salvator Allende in 1973.  More films will follow from others as well as me in the days ahead.

Please come back frequently for many additions to the growing lineup of 24/7 Solidarity Vigil events, which will also include teach-ins, music and cultural events, speaker series, and discussion groups.

–Jason Kozlowski

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