Nickel and Dimed, the Movie
I was watching Bill Moyer's tonight. By the way, if you aren't watching him every Friday on PBS, you are missing out. Anyway, his first guest was Barbara Ehrenreich, who I'm sure most readers of this site now as the author of Nickel and Dimed. What you may not know is that there's a movie out with the same name. There was a brief clip of the movie on Moyers' show, attached here. Check it out.
This video clip, particularly the musical portion of it, does a superb job of capturing the simple truth that a huge chunk of American workers toil away for shit wages. Most of them are barely keeping their heads above water or are sinking while a small elite get supremely rich, oblivious to the economic realities of their fellow Americans.
As a labor movement, we've got to do a better job of telling this story. All of us need to pull together and tell the reality that we see out there. That's the first step to making any real change. Go rent this video and show it to a friend who doesn't know much about unions. Maybe it will open their eyes and there's a good chance they will identify with the workers shown in the video and maybe even inspire them to try to work toward change.
You can see the interview with Ehrenreich at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/08032007/profile.... Also, from the saem show that aired tonight, check out a great interview with Clive James, culture critic and self-professed member of the "old fashioned left that believes in worker's rights" at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/08032007/profile2.html
And throw a few bucks to PBS. Bill Moyer's is worth the money alone.
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