The Hand That Feeds Documentary Film Screening, NYC


Justice First presents The Hand that Feeds

Friday, September 11, 7:00pm
Justice Center en El Barrio, New York City
Special post-screening discussion and Q&A

The Hand That Feeds the true story of a group of deli workers in NYC that stood up to the oppressive working conditions for undocumented workers and with the support of activists and community members, formed an independent union to fight for their rights.

Join us for a special Discussion and Q&A after the film where we will speak one on one with organizers and protagonists of the film and learn about what we can do to catalyze and support similar struggles for justice throughout NYC.

Summary of Film
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 Mahoma 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 twomonth 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 wont’ be exploited again.

More information:

September 11, 2015 at 7pm
Justice Center en El Barrio
1637 Park Ave
New York, NY 10029
United States
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