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Spring Sustainability Series - The Hand That Feeds
Mar 15, 2017

7:00 pm

Spring Sustainability Series: THE HAND THAT FEEDS

Director: Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick

Running Time: 87 minutes

At a popular bakery cafAC, residents of New Yorks 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 LA3pez 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.

-A crowd pleasera?| a captivating David & Goliath story.- Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire

Cost: Free Admission
Athena Cinema
20 South Court Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740-594-7382
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