How to Run a Film Discussion: Pride

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Film discussions are a great way to talk about democratic socialism and make organizing connections in your community. You can do this with a group of friends, or host a larger event. And the British film Pride (2014) is a good choice to talk about queer organizing, workers’ rights, and solidarity in action. Check out some film discussion tips here.

The film is based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight.

As socialists, we are committed to democracy, justice, and liberation for all. And we understand how patriarchy, sexism, and homophobia are abetted by capitalism. Want to learn more? DSA has lots of great resources you can use! Listen to a history of LGBTQ activism here, and check out our statement on LGBTQI rights. Looking for organizing resources? Check out this queer liberation zine from San Francisco DSA, this tabling brochure from NYC DSA, and these downloadable signs. Want to do more? Get involved with our Queer Socialists Working Group or our Labor Working Group. And be sure to share these resources with friends!

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
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Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.