Workers’ Republic, a film by Andrew Friend, documents the heroic struggle of a group of ordinary working people to defend their rights. For six days in December of 2008, laid -off Chicago factory workers at Republic Windows took over their closing workplace, declaring they would not leave until the owners and creditors agreed to pay them the severance they were owed. Republic’s credit line had been cut off by a large national bank which had just received billions of dollars in federal bank bailout money.
In the process, the workers exposed the greed of bosses and banks for the world to see. Though the plant was ultimately closed, the workers succeeded in many of their goals and demonstrated the power of their conviction, courage and unity.
Workers’ Republic is the winner of a John Michaels Human Rights Film Award.
Discussion: The showing will be followed by a panel with Kari Lydersen, Chicago-based journalist, author and journalism instructor, Q & A and open discussion
2010. 33 min.
Light refreshments are served.
The Film Series is sponsored by the Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice and co-sponsored by the Oak Park Public Library.
For information, see: www.opctj-events.org or call 708.447.1547.