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The Take: Occupy, Resist, Produce
Date Wednesday October 22
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street, uptown Oakland
between Telegraph and Broadway
http://www.HumanistHall.org
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorFlorence
EmailHumanistHall [at] Yahoo.com
Phone510-681-8699
THE TAKE: Occupy, Resist, Produce

In suburban Buenos Aires, 30 unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats, and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act -- the take -- has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. In the wake of Argentina's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Latin America's most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. The Forja auto plant lies dormant until its former employees take action. They're part of a daring new movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs in the ruins of the failed system. But Freddy, the president of the new worker's co-operative, and Lalo, the political powerhouse from the Movement of Recovered Companies, know that their success is far from secure. Like every workplace occupation, they have to run the gauntlet of courts, cops, and politicians who can either give their project legal protection or violently evict them from the factory. The story of the workers' struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the former owners, are circling:  if he wins, they'll take back the companies that the movement has worked so hard to revive. Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers, and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.

Wheelchair accessible at our 411 28th Street entrance

Before and after the film, everyone's invited to indulge in our Humanist, Vegetarian, Organic Refreshments

$5 donations are accepted

Added to the calendar on Saturday Oct 11th, 2008 9:20 PM
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