Gainesville IWW Presents: "Salt of the Earth"

Published Jimmy - Wed, 04/27/2011 - 9:30pm



The Gainesville General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) will present the classic labor film, "Salt of the Earth," at the Civic Media Center on Monday, May 16th at 7pm.

Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, Salt of the Earth deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines, for safer working conditions, and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.  Many of the actors featured are actual union miners and their families.

The film is an early treatment of feminism, because the wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike, against their husbands' wishes.

Salt of the Earth was written, directed and produced by members of the original "Hollywood Ten," who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds during the House Un-American Activities Committee investigations.

The IWW is a rank and file, democratic union for all workers, regardless of trade, workplace, or employment status. As such it was one of the first unions in the United States to admit women and minorities.  The Gainesville General Membership Branch of the IWW meets on the 1st Sunday of each month at 8pm at the Civic Media Center.  To learn more about this local branch of the IWW, visit their website at

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 7:00pm
$3-5 donation requested