The Canadian Regional Organizing Committee (CanROC) of the IWW will be hosting its 2021 Summit from August 13-15, with panels and workshops. As part of the Summit, the Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch is excited to host an online broadcast of the film Salt of the Earth (1954) on Saturday, August 14 7:30pm EST (runtime: 94 minutes; commentary 60+ minutes).
The broadcast will include union members providing live commentary alongside the film. Our Twitch stream will be open to the public for watching and chatting about the movie with us! Follow us and turn on notifications by going to https://twitch.tv/OttawaIWW
Salt of the Earth is based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico. The story of centres on Mexican migrant miners and their families as they fight for safer working conditions. After its release in 1954, it had been marred by McCarthyist anti-communist campaigns including a proposal to ban its export and the blacklisting of workers on the film. UPDATE: The film will be broadcast with French subtitles.
The 2021 CanROC Summit has released the list of workshops hosted by members of the IWW. The list includes:
- Organizing Non-Unionized Teachers
- Q&A with CanROC Officers and Representatives
- Health & Safety: 3 Rights For Workers
- Survivor Centred Complaints
- The Organizing Department Board: EXPLAINED
- Special Laws and Essential Workers in Our Times
- Environmental Unionism
- Gender Equity Committee 101
- Reclaim Your Pay, Freelancer’s Edition
Dates, times and workshop descriptions can be found at https://iww.ca/canroc-summit-2021/