“Salt of the Earth” – March 12th Women’s History Month Film Showing

Salt of the Earth

Baltimore Workers World Party is proud to screen “Salt of the Earth” during Women’s History Month @ the Harriet Tubman Solidarity Center, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218 on Sunday March 12th at 5pm. Our program will begin promptly with a short piece on the film so don’t be late. Discussion follows the film.

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine in New Mexico call a strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and more importantly the role and resolve of the women, that they eventually triumph. This 1954 movie which was originally banned as communist inspired during the witch hunt period in U.S. history is particularly current as it is explores sexism and racism.
At a time when we need to feel the utmost urgency in defending immigrants and resisting sexism and racism – this film takes on new meaning.
The film features Rosaura Revueltas and Juan Chacon. Most of the actors, in fact, were members of the mine workers union and are actual workers and their families.

Discussion on DuBois’ “Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880”

Flyer for a discussion on DeBois' work Black Reconstruction

Join us for an engaging political discussion on W.E.B. Du Bois’ masterpiece, Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880. Led by Leilani Dowell, Managing Editor for Workers World Newspaper and WWP organizer.

In 1935 William Edward Burghardt Du Bois published Black Reconstruction, a sweeping analysis of the Civil War and Reconstruction period. Using a Marxist analysis, his work responded to a trend in historical analysis that, at best, completely ignored the role of enslaved and free Black people in the two events, or, at worst, framed them in racist stereotypes. On the contrary, Du Bois asserted, the outcome of the Civil War was entirely dependent on the role of Black people in it. Further, the demise of Reconstruction was the counterrevolutionary destruction of a move towards a labor dictatorship in the U.S.

We will discuss:
· Du Bois’s Marxist analysis of the Civil War and Reconstruction period
· Why and how Du Bois – the leading Black intellectual of his time – turned to Marxism
· The centrality of the Black liberation struggle to all other struggles – then and now

This event will take place on February 26th from 3pm to 5pm at the Harriett Tubman Solidarity Center located at 2011 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218