Please note that our Dec, Jan, & Feb screenings will be at
The Wildish Theater – 630 Main Street, Springfield, OR
6pm Wednesday, Dec. 5th
The Hand that Feeds
At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Ma- homa López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.
Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves
on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.
This insightful and detailed look into the challenges of low-wage worker organizing is a powerful tool for spark- ing reflection and dialogue on issues of immigration, labor, and solidarity. The honesty of all the individuals highlighted in the film allows viewers to get a deeply personal view into the struggles and benefits of organizing for dignity and respect in the workplace, on the streets, and at home.
Nominated for the 2017 News & Documentary Emmy, Outstanding Business & Economic Documentary.
Q&A discussion following film with
Johanis Tadeo Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect.
Johanis is the Springfield Alliance for Equity and Respect community Organizer as well as the founder of a youth student run, student-led program called City Wide M.E.Ch.A. He is dedicated to advocating for the Latinx community within the city, school district and police. Johanis’ objectives include providing his students with resources to support academic, as well as life successes.
His experience of growing up in Springfield has served Johanis in understanding and meeting the needs of the community and creating forums that relate within topics of need . He has strengthened connections with Latinx families, students and institutions to expand his support. The resource he provides his students has resulted in bridging the gap between families and the educational system.