Bread & Roses

Bread & Roses is a monthly Busboys and Poets labor series that launched in March 2011. It features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Each month brings a new topic through interactive discussions, film screenings, and performances. The hope for these events is that attendees walk away with a greater understanding of organized labor, its role in shaping history and current relevance. The name "Bread & Roses" was inspired by a poem/song written by James Oppenheim that appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions.

5th & K | 1st Tuesday of every month; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free and open to all

Events Team |


January | The Imperative for Building Alternative Sustainable Food Supply Chains & the Promise of Union Co-ops
February | Tracing Our Food: Connecting the Dots in our (Preferred) Food Supply Chain
February| special presentation Screening of Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
March| How to Jump Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers
April | TBA
May | Film Screening: Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle presented by Bread & Roses and the DC Labor Film Fest


January | Screening of Brothers on the Line
February | A discussion about "Good People," the dark comedy Broadway smash. Presented in partnership with the Arena Stage
March | Jane McAlevey in conversation with Bill Fletcher
April | Screening of  Delicious Peace followed by a coffee tasting and discussion on fair trade, economic development and establishing a living wage. 
May | U.S. Labor Against the War with Gene Bruskin & Phyllis Bennis
June | After Rana Plaza: Global Perspectives on Workers' Rights
August | Sonia Sanchez & Matt Meyer, We Have Not Been Moved
October | Screening of Black & White and Dead All Over
November | From Foreclosure to Fair Lending


January | Author Joseph A. McCartin, Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America
February | Artists & Performers as Workers
March | Author Michael Zweig, The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret
April | Walmart in our Community?: The High Cost of Low Prices
May | May Day Labor Organizing Mixer
June | Labor & The Garment Industry



March | Women, Workers & Walmart panel discussion featuring Barbara Ehrenreich
May | Exploring the Intersection of Labor, Arts & Culture through film shorts, spoken word, and live music
June | Organizing Mixer for fellow organizers, labor activists and other progressive workers
July | Koch Party panel discussion featuring Andy Kroll, staff writer at Mother Jones, and Will Robinson, founding partner of the New Media Firm
August | Labor's Largest Organizing Victory in Decades discussion
September | Labor Day Concert featuring Anne Feeney, Joe Uehlein and the U-Liners, Emma’s Revolution, Luci Murphy, DC Labor Chorus and Charm City Labor Chorus
October | Locked Out film screening
November | Bread and Roses film screening featuring Bill Pritchett of Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
December | Professional Athletes as Workers featuring Dave Zirin (author of Edge of Sports), Joe Briggs (Public Policy Council for the NFL Players Association) and Etan Thomas (American professional basketball player)