Crossing the Border to Cananea

Film showing and discussion with the director!

Monday, Sept. 19th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Musicians’ Union Hall

325 NE 20th Avenue

In June, 2010, 3,500 Mexican troops assaulted the city of Cananea and its copper mine to break a strike by Seccion 65 of the Mexican Union of Mine, Metal and Allied Workers, Los Mineros. The struggle represents a key moment for labor and justice in Mexico that reverberates across borders.

Hosted by the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) and the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC). The video, about striking copper miners in Cananea, Mexico, was completed in March 2011 by Howard Kling, Director of the Labor Media Project at the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service. The documentary represents the collective work of labor educators and students who traveled to Cananea in May of 2010 to investigate the strike and pursue solidarity work. The video presentation will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker about what US workers can learn from the miners’ long struggle.

“Cananea is a window on the damage wrought by the worldwide polices of economic liberalization and financialization, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.”

Crossing the Border to Cananea documents the issues and events of this important strike as well as its broader implications as the miners and their allies fight to preserve a life for themselves and their city. Cananea is a tale of two cities, a clash of capital and labor, training a bright light on those who upend the safety and security of workers and hold hostage a whole city in their pursuit of profit.

This is a free event, donations are welcome.

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