In solidarity with workers striking for their rights, we’re going to independently watch two movies that can be found for free on Youtube: “Matewan” and “Harland County, USA.” Simply watch them before our chat and then we’ll discuss them together on a video call. Links to the videos are below.
Details for how to call in are also below. Everyone is welcome. RSVP is not required, but we always love to know who is going to join us, so simply respond to this post if you dare.
Join us for an evening of lively, meaningful, and even fun discussion!
Matewan: Matewan 1987 - YouTube
A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company. Mingo County, West Virginia, 1920. Coal miners, struggling to form a union, are up against company operators and the gun thugs of the notorious Baldwin-Felts detective agency. Black and Italian miners, brought in by the company to break the strike, are caught between the two forces. UMWA organizer and dual-card Wobbly Joe Kenehan determines to bring the local, Black, and Italian groups together. While Kenehan and his story are fictional, the setting and the dramatic climax are historical; Sid Hatfield, Cabell C. Testerman, C. E. Lively and the Felts brothers were real-life participants, and ‘Few Clothes’ is based on a character active several years previously.
Harland County, USA
Harlan County, USA is a 1976 Oscar-winning documentary film covering the “Brookside Strike,” an effort of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover Coal Company’s Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky in 1973.
When: Friday, Jan. 14, 8:30pm - 10:30pm ET / 5:30pm - 7:30pm PT
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Meeting ID: 892 6138 6831