15 Now PDX and Socialist Alternative Portland are thrilled to be hosting the first Pacific Northwest screening of the award winning film, "The Hand That Feeds," at Portland's historic Clinton Street Theater. Sponsored by KBOO Community Radio.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
$5-10 sliding scale at the door, no one will be turned away on account of money.
About the film:
"At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.
Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again."
After the film we will have a discussion with leadership from the Voz Day Labor Committee about the struggle of low-wage immigrant workers here in Portland.
Don't miss out on this great film! One showing only in Portland!