The Institute for Policy Studies is proud to partner this month with Busboys and Poets on their Bread & Roses series, a monthly labor series that launched in March 2011. It features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Each month brings a new topic through interactive discussions, film screenings, and performances. The hope for these events is that attendees walk away with a greater understanding of organized labor, its role in shaping history and current relevance. The name “Bread & Roses” was inspired by a poem/song
written by James Oppenheim that appeals for both fair wages and dignified conditions.
This month will be a screening and discussion of Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, where the controversial retail giant Walmart faces the scrutiny of filmmaker Robert Greenwald. The documentary showcases the adverse effects the behemoth inflicts on communities and individuals. Conducting interviews with former and current Walmart employees, Greenwald gets an insider’s look into some of the corporation’s alleged nefarious and exploitative labor practices. The film also explores the economic impact of Walmart on small businesses and communities.
Following the screening will be a discussion, Q & A with Jobs With Justice organizer Mackenzie Baris, who will give an update on the courageous worker organizing going on nationally that is challenging the company’s exploitation.