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  • Occupation

    Documentary about a sit-in conducted by Harvard University students in 2001 to protest the low wages of Harvard employees. The sit-in lasted 21 days and eventually resulted in the adoption of a living wage of at least $10.83/hour for university employees. The cameras follow both the students occupying the administration building and the activity outside. We also get interviews from the Harvard employees involved in the strike and news coverage of the event.

  • Steel Mill Blues

    Steel Mill Blues

    In front of the U.S. Steel South Works in South Chicago, Studs Terkel talks to Alice Peurala about the troubles steel mill workers are facing and the negative impact of Reagan’s presidency on working people. Terkel likens the current situation at the mill to the situation during the Great Depression. Peurala stresses solidarity for the workers and predicts disaster for the country if workers are further and further disadvantaged by Reagan’s policies.

  • [Seeds And Nails demo]

    A 5-minute documentary and two short commercials urging donations for the Honduran victims of Hurricane Mitch. Followed by some raw footage of the devastation wreaked by the hurricane.

  • [Puerto Rican Independence Movement Saturday Workshops in Chicago #2]

    [Puerto Rican Independence Movement Saturday Workshops in Chicago #2]

    A Saturday workshop conference held in Chicago for the Puerto Rican Independence Movement

  • The 90’s, episode 211: Everyday Addictions: Alcohol And Nicotine

    The 90’s, episode 211: Everyday Addictions: Alcohol And Nicotine

    Episode 211 of the award-winning TV series The 90’s. This episode is called “EVERYDAY ADDICTIONS: ALCOHOL AND NICOTINE” and features the following segments:

  • Bus Riders Union

    Bus Riders Union

    Documentary about an activist group called the Bus Riders Union. Their focus is on improving the public transportation system in Los Angeles. The bus system there is in a sorry state. Busses are overcrowded. A rider will routinely see three busses pass her by, completely full, before being able to board. Handicapped riders find that the lift system on most busses is broken. Many riders need to take three or more busses to arrive at their destinations, and late night service on some routes is discontinued without any notice. On top of this, the MTA was planning a massive fare increase and focusing their energy on subways and trains that are costly and benefit mainly upper class white people. The B.R.U. views this struggle over Los Angeles busses as the new civil rights battle. The bus system is utilized almost exclusively by minorities and low income residents. Since the busses are so unreliable, workers are not able to predictably arrive on time and therefore have trouble holding jobs. This means that an already disadvantaged segment of the population is being further held back. Kikanza Ramsey, B.R.U. organizer, describes her organization as “an experiment to see if we can create a multi-racial, bi-lingual, gender-balanced mass movement of working class people.” The tape follows the legal struggles of the group throughout the 90’s as they battle with the city and the MTA for service improvements.

  • Steel Mill 2

    Raw footage from Studs Terkel at the Steel Mill by The Public Interest Video Network. Terkel interviews steel mill workers about Reagan’s policies (“What does Ronald Reagan mean to you?”) and the low level of employment at the mill. Also b-roll of the plant.

  • Healing Ground

    Healing Ground

    Documentary about a gardening program at the Robert Taylor Homes run by the Resource Center.

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