Apr 162014

Racine – The partnership of Coming Together Racine and the Racine Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, invite the community to a movie and discussion on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. A member of Coming Together Racine will facilitate a discussion of the movie after the screening. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag supper.

The movie being shown is “Salt of the Earth,” a 1954 title based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico. The film shows the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who went on strike to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. The wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces. This film was written, directed and produced by members of the original “Hollywood Ten,” who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds: Michael Wilson, Herbert J. Biberman and Paul Jarrico.When the film was released, sixty years ago, the US House of Representatives denounced it for it’s Communist sympathies and the American Legion called for its’ boycott. Only twelve theaters showed it, nationwide, over the next ten years.

The mission of Coming Together Racine is to actively challenge and eliminate racism in the greater Racine community. The vision of Coming Together Racine is to create a genuine inter-racial community where all people have equal voice and access to resources and opportunities.