As part of the 24/7 Solidarity Vigil that GEO #6300 is conducting in solidarity with Wisconsin workers, there will be two films showing tomorrow, Tuesday March 1 at the campus YMCA. at 12 p.m., The Cradle Will Rock will play, a film directed by Tim Robbins about the efforts of John Houseman and Orson Welles to present the play “The Cradle Will Rock,” a left-wing play in 1937 sponsored by the Federal Theater Project whose funding the WPA later cut. The second movie, at 5 p.m., will be Harlan County, USA, Barbara Kopple’s Oscar-winning documentary about the union organizing efforts of miners and their families of the Eastover Coal Company’s Brookside mine from 1973-1974 in Harlan County, KY–a site of some of the most violent repression of organized labor from the 1930s onward. Both films will show downstairs at the Y, are free and open to the public as usual, and will be followed by a group discussion.
Also tomorrow, two AFSCME locals will hold a solidarity rally from 12:15 to 12:45 at the Alma Mater statue at the corner of Wright and Green streets on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Come support Wisconsin workers and those occupying the capitol building in opposition to Governor Walker’s draconian anti-union, anti-workers legislation.