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  • 2012 DC Labor Film Fest

    Amid the ravages of the ongoing recession, high unemployment and tumult of political uncertainty, a film festival can seem lightweight, an insufficient response to the serious challenges of our times.

    To the contrary, the breadth and depth of our 12th annual DC Labor FilmFest proves that a film festival is exactly what these times call for. In this election year, everyone’s talking about jobs, and getting America back to work. At the same time, workers themselves – and their unions – are under attack more than ever.

    The films of the DC Labor FilmFest speak to us of the work we do. Sometimes they shout, in hard-hitting documentaries. In musicals, they sing and dance. They whisper in romantic comedies. And they crackle in classic films.

    However those voices come out, they are our voices, the voices of the workers who make, and who do, who get up every day and punch in, who do what must be done. These are voices that are not often heard, that are ignored or discounted by those in power, but they are voices that must be heard if we are to prosper and progress as a nation.

    As always, the DC Labor FilmFest could not exist without the steadfast support of our sponsors, who continue to inspire us with their vision and shared belief in the power of film to build solidarity.

    Introductory text from the Program Guide. The complete schedule of the festival is online as well.


    Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union

    The Rose Bowl parade this year featured the high school marching band from Pulaski, Wisconsin, as the game was Wisconsin v. Oregon. In front of the stands where Gov. Scott Walker was sitting, the band stopped to play a familiar tune – Union Maid.

    An inspirational example of young musicians standing in solidarity with workers issues. They delivered the message to Walker that, quoting the Union Maid’s chorus, “You can’t scare me I’m stickin’ to the the union!”

    The Peoples’ Voice Cafe


    An alternative coffeehouse offering quality entertainment

    Featuring Kim & Reggie Harris with Jon Fromer
    February , 2012 at 8:00 pm

    kim-reggie-harrisKim & Reggie Harris

    Kim and Reggie Harris are a dynamic and superbly talented duo whose captivating stage presence and unique harmonies has earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. They are unique in their ability to entertain audiences of any age and background as they blend their talents as singer-songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates. Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music.

    jon-frommerJon Fromer

    Jon Fromer is an award-winning singer/songwriter who has been at the center of social movements in the San Francisco Bay area for decades. His song “We Do the Work” is has become an anthem of labor struggles and is the theme song for the PBS series of the same name. Jon is known for his poetic lyrics, rich, soulful voice, and rhythmic guitar style that blends folk, blues and country. His new CD Gonna Take Us All speaks to the power of working together, and features Mark Russo of the Doobie Brothers.


    The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park). Take the #6 train to 33rd St.; or the B, D, F, N, Q or R train to 34th Street. Click here for directions or call 212-787-3903.


    All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays; doors open at 7:30. We do not accept reservations in advance, so come early to be assured of a seat.


    $15 to $18 contribution–more if you choose, less if you can’t; no one turned away. If you are a member of Peoples’ Voice Cafe, the suggested contribution is $10. We also accept TDF vouchers for full admission.


    Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info call 212-787-3903.

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