"Where Do You Stand?" Premiers In Detroit
ON SATURDAY 11/13/04, an exciting new documentary premieres in Michigan
-- one that exposes the failure of U.S. labor law to protect workers'
rights. We hope you can make it to the Detroit Docs Film Festival this
weekend to check out "Where Do You Stand?" -- an important film that traces
the 25-year struggle of textile workers in Kannapolis, NC to form a union.
Join us for the Michigan premiere of
WHEN: Saturday, November 13, 2004 at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Detroit Docs Film Festival, Detroit, MI
General Lectures Auditorium, 5045 Anthony Wayne
Wayne State University
COST: Individual passes are $7 general / $5 students / Free for WSU
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about why the issues
raised in this film are so important for our nation and for Michigan. The
panel will feature:
--David Bonior, former Congressman, professor of labor studies at Wayne
State University, and American Rights at Work Board Chair --Elena Herrada,
union organizer and community activist --Reverend Timothy Jackson --Shannon
Kirkland, union organizer --Alexandra Lescaze, director and producer of
"Where Do You Stand?"
Come early--at 2:30 p.m.--and catch two amazing short documentaries, "Miss
Lil's" and "Jim Crow's Museum." Visit www.detroitdocs.org for full festival
ABOUT THE FILM:
On June 23, 1999, after a quarter century of struggle, textile workers in
Kannapolis, North Carolina won the single largest industrial union victory
in the history of the South, a region long known as a bastion of anti-union
sentiment. "Where Do You Stand?" is a documentary film produced and directed
by Alexandra Lescaze that traces the story of that epic and often bitter
struggle, and examines the efforts of workers to cope with a rapidly
changing social and economic climate.
"Where Do You Stand?" is a bittersweet story, beautifully told, about just
how long and hard workers are willing to fight for the kind of economic and
social justice only a union can bring.
The film highlights 3+ generations of Cannon Mills-Fieldcrest-Pillowtex
workers - workers whose family and company histories were so intertwined as
to be almost one. In these days when 5 years is a long time to be at one
job, this is a place where 30+ years was not uncommon. Living in a town
bought and paid for by the company, it was essential that workers find some
power to affect their workplace and their interactions with management and
the only chance they had was through organizing. Those who survived all five
union campaigns saw it all: illegal firings, harassment, anti-union videos
and meetings, and every other tactic most American workers can expect to see
if they try to organize a union in their workplace.
The film shows us how weak laws, ruthless companies, and an ineffective
National Labor Relations Board make it nearly impossible for American
workers today to exercise their legal right to organize a union. It is also
the story of just how far U.S. based multinationals are willing to go in
destroying workplaces and communities that stand in the way of the global
race to the bottom in wages and living standards. Told primarily through the
voices of those active in the numerous attempts to organize the union,
without narration, the film offers an intimate, compelling, and timely
portrait of American workers as they face the myriad challenges of the
For more information about this film or to order copies,
Mighty Fine Films