“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”― Edmund Burke
I don’t think truer words have ever been spoken. The labor movement’s history is long and glorious. There were many points along the way that, looking back, we can say “that was the moment when….” There were good days and bad days. Stories of life and death. All of these stories are important.
The NH Labor News along with other pro-labor websites are working to ensure that our proud history is not forgotten. We regularly post ‘Today in Labor History‘, where we talk about some important moment on today’s date.
What if we could capture all of these moments in an epic mini-series? That is exactly what Arete Living Arts Foundation is doing. They are creating a five-part mini-series of the best and worst moments in our history.
“Strength In Union” will most likely air on PBS. The films will also be shown at film festivals throughout the country. Here’s how the Foundation describes the project:
The Strength In Union film will….
- Present union workers in a heroic light as men and women who have sacrificed for the public good
- Combat anti-union propaganda that is presented in right wing media such as Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck
- Use engaging entertainment to educate the public on the many rights and benefits unions have given to all workers, such as weekends, 8-hour work days, sick days, health and retirement benefits, safety regulations, etc.
- Create an emotional connection and personal identification with the labor movement for people all across America
According to Film Director Caeser Pink, “This is a great story that must be told, and it is another way of understanding the history of the American people. Among the film’s goals are to educate the public so that they understand the struggles and sacrifices that were made by heroic union men and women so that working people are able to enjoy the lifestyle that we now take for granted.”
Principal filming is progressing rapidly. Over 50 top labor leaders, historians, and activists have been interviewed for the project, including
- Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steel Workers,
- Cliff Guffey, President of the American Postal Workers Union,
- Captain Lee Moak, President of the Airline Pilots Association,
- Lawrence J. Hanley, President of the American Transportation Workers, and
- William Dougan, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees.
Narrators include famed actor Reg. E Cathey (The Wire, Person Of Interest, House Of Cards), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Barbara Hershey, and legendary activist and folk singer Pete Seeger
Are you as excited as I am to see this movie? Here’s a sneak peak for you:
Be sure to visit Strenth In Union website for more information and release information.