Conscientious Projector’s feature documentary this month examines the plight of workers in the food service industry. The Hand That Feeds screens on Thursday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Filmmakers Rachel Blears and Robin Blotnick’s dramatic and inspiring film tells the story of undocumented workers at a popular Upper East Side New York City café/bakery who endure sub-legal wages, abusive managers and unsafe working conditions. Then one of them persuades a small group of his co-workers to join him in fighting back. Risking deportation, a lockout, and the loss of their livelihood, they band together, and with the help of an innovative team of young organizers, form their own independent union. Their struggle tests the limits of their resolve as they attempt to win dignity, justice, and a contract that could set an historic precedent for low-wage workers in the U.S.
Our community discussion will feature workers and organizers from the Pasadenans for a Livable Wage (PLW) campaign. The event is co-sponsored by All Saints Church’s Economic Justice & Nonviolence Working Group. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. To learn more about PLW, check out pasadenafor15.org .