Community Cinema screening: “As Goes Janesville”
14th & V | Langston Room | October 28,2012 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pma film by Brad Lichtenstein
Free film followed by Q & A with Dean Baker!
As Goes Janesville reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland — the town of Janesville, Wisconsin. When bankrupt General Motors (GM) shut down the community’s century-old plant in 2008 — the oldest GM plant in North America — thousands of jobs were lost. While many workers were forced to leave their families in search of decent jobs, local business leaders worked to bring new companies to town with the promise of lower wages, reduced regulation, and tax breaks. They formed a powerful alliance with newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker, whose pro-business, anti-union stance ripped apart the state, triggering an historic recall election. The recall thrust Wisconsin’s boisterous civil war between workers and the business/political power elite onto front pages nationwide.
Special guest, DEAN BAKER
Economist, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research Weekly contributor to the Guardian Unlimited, Huffington Post and author of several books.
Presented by: ITVS, with WHUT, Washington DCJCC, Busboys and Poets, Center for Social Media at American University
Please note: the film is 60 minutes and a post-screening discussion will follow.
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About Community Cinema
A free monthly screening series, Community Cinema features films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In over 65 cities nationwide, screenings are followed by lively panel discussions that bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. Community Cinema [DC] hosts screenings each month (from October to June) at Busboys and Poets and the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. ITVS also hosts special premieres and events in Washington, DC throughout the year. You can watch documentaries from the Independent Lens series on WHUT-TV, our community partner station, and WETA.
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