Free Movie Night with Occupy Maine and the IWW on Friday, August 17

The Southern Maine Industrial Workers of the World and Occupy Maine will be partnering again on Friday, August 17, to put on a free public screening of “The Take.” The movie will be shown at the Meg Perry Center at 644 Congress Street in Portland, beginning shortly after 7 PM, and there will be an optional discussion afterwards. Below are the film’s trailer and a brief description of it, and a PDF file of the promotional flyer is here.

“In the wake of Argentina’s dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Latin America’s most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. The Forja auto plant lies dormant until its former employees take action. They’re part of a daring new movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs in the ruins of the failed system.

But Freddy, the president of the new worker’s co-operative, and Lalo, the political powerhouse from the Movement of Recovered Companies, know that their success is far from secure. Like every workplace occupation, they have to run the gauntlet of courts, cops and politicians who can either give their project legal protection or violently evict them from the factory.

The story of the workers’ struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the former owners, are circling: if he wins, they’ll take back the companies that the movement has worked so hard to revive.

Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.”

Workers’ Republic Screening a Success

Last night’s IWW-Occupy-sponsored screening of “Workers’ Republic” was well-attended, and we followed it up with a nice discussion of workplace organizing. For those who missed it, below is a full copy of the movie you can watch on-line, and you can read the latest development in the Republic workers’ story here:

Here’s a twelve-minute follow-up video:

Free Movie Night with Occupy Maine and the IWW on Friday, July 13

The Southern Maine IWW and Occupy Maine, Portland are presenting a FREE MOVIE NIGHT at 7 PM on Friday, July 13 at the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress Street, in Portland. The movie is “Workers’ Republic” by Andrew Friend. Here is a printable promotional flyer for the event. Please contact us for more information.

“In December of 2008, laid-off Chicago factory workers occupied their vanishing workplace, Republic Windows & Doors, declaring they would not leave until the owners and creditors agreed to pay them the severance that they were owed. They held the factory for six days.

‘Workers’ Republic’ is an awe-inspiring film that captures the courage of ordinary people who take on considerable risks in a stand for their rights. Before the recent Occupy Wall Street movement grabbed the imagination of a nation fed-up with the crimes of the super-rich, the workers of Republic resurrected and harnessed a long-dormant authority that sets a bold standard and imparts a powerful compass for the triumph of everyday people.”