THE HAND THAT FEEDS

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Screening and Panel Discussion with Guest speakers: Vinicius Pinheiro, International Labor Organization (ILO), Mahoma López, Laundry Workers Center, Hot & Crusty Workers Association; Jennifer Berg,  NYU Graduate Food Studies ; Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick, The Hand That Feeds

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THE HAND THAT FEEDS

2014-06-12.afi.handthatfeeds

A film by Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick (USA, 2014, 84 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles) 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. Official Website: http://thehandthatfeedsfilm.com/

Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012 – See more at: http://clacs.as.nyu.edu/object/clacs.events.special.102015#sthash.oRqLmrFB.dpuf

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