La Casita and Gainesville IWW Present "Made In L.A."
“Made in L.A”. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite style, the film reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, “Made in L.A”. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice. (madeinla.com)
The Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures is an advocacy center that provides educational, social, and mentoring opportunities for students and the Gainesville community and helps create opportunities for cultural awareness, social justice, and empowerment. They are currently partners with Campaign for an American DREAM, the Fair Food Campaign, Drop the "I" Word Campaign, and they mentor ESOL students at Gainesville High School.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a radical union that was founded in 1905. The IWW's first organizers included such notables as Mother Jones, Eugene Debs, Lucy Parsons and Big Bill Haywood. The IWW is open to workers of all occupations, including the unemployed and has always welcomed women, African-Americans, and immigrants to their ranks. Gainesville IWW members will be present to discuss the union and will have merchandise for sale. (www.iww.org)