FREE FILM SERIES
“Michael Harrington and Today’s Other America: Corporate Power and Inequality”
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 2 pm
Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park
Second Floor Small Meeting Room
Presented by the Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice
Fifty years ago Michael Harrington’s The Other America made poverty visible. Read by President John F. Kennedy, it was probably the driving force behind the “war on poverty.” The Boston Globe editorialized that Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and expanded social security benefits were traceable to Harrington’s ideas. The official poverty rate of 17% in 1965 dropped to 11% in 1978. But today the rate is back up to 15% and the Brookings Institution estimates that one-third of Americans live in poverty or near-poverty. We face expanding poverty – the result of decades of corporate greed, declining rates of unionization and wages that haven’t kept up with inflation.
Following the film: A Q & A with Bill Barclay, Democratic Socialists of America, and Michele Zurkowski, Executive Director, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, will follow the film screening.
“Michael Harrington was a moral giant.” - Larry Bron, Tufts University
“This interesting production exposes the economic inequalities found during an era of supposed prosperity.” Booklist.
2001. 75 minutes. Directed by Bill Donovan
Film details: http://filmakers.com/index.php?a_filmDetails&filmID=1006
This film is a co-presentation with Greater oak Park Democratic Socialists of America.
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The OPCTJ Film Series is now in its 8th year.