Cesar Chavez (DVD) made last year but has been given little distribution in this country. Cesar was an activist in the movement to unionise poor Mexican workers in the USA and this film reminds us of how difficult it is to get justice at work for some of the most vulnerable workers. Like many Mexicans Cesar and his family came to the farms of California to find work. They found poverty and exploitative conditions that resembled 19thC feudalism. But out of this sprang a great movement for justice, led by a truly inspiring man. A man, who was flawed like all of us, and the film shows the price he paid for his politics. Cesar’s son became a target at school because of his father’s radicalism and this led to a major break with his father. The campaign was a family affair with Cesar’s wife and the mother of 8 children, Helen, taking part in the protests. Cesar went onto to co-found the National Farm Workers Association which at its height represented 50,000 Mexican field workers in California and Florida. This is a truly inspiring film.
Earth First! Summer Gathering Wednesday 19 August – Monday 24 August. Learn some skills in grassroots ecological direct action, meet other activists and find out about campaigns including fracking. It all takes place over five days in the lovely Peak District. Further details see
At House Proud a fascinating exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. In the 1930s the Gallery was one of the first to collect mass-produced or limited edition home furnishings. House Proud is made up of objects from the Gallery’s own Industrial Art Collection. It includes glass, metalwork and furniture. Some of them look very familiar as they were designed for mass production. Loved this slightly strange one by Louisa Hodgson, In Search of Peace.
Low paid workers at Pizza Express. They say: No Justice: No Pizza!. They are only paid £6.50 an hour and PE then take an 8% “admin fee” to process the customer credit card tips through the payroll!. PE workers reckon the management are profiting by £1m. They were out picketing the restaurants this week and their union, Unite, has started an online petition
Sign their petition at
Or you could always pay the waiter/waitress the tip in cash.
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