Movie Mondays: Show Your “Pride” this Labor Day

prideAre you looking for a film to celebrate the achievements of unions this Labor Day? Are you still beaming from the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage? If so, then Pride is, quite simply, the perfect movie for you.

Pride (nominated for Best Comedy at the 2014 Golden Globes) tells the surprisingly true story of the British Miner’s Strike of 1984. After British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced the closing of mines throughout the United Kingdom, miners went on strike for nearly a year, clashing violently with police and being starved of fuel and food. A small group of lesbian and gay activists, in an expression of solidarity, take up the cause and raise money for the miners as LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners). Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Show Your “Pride” this Labor Day”

The Many Faces of Labor Day

DISPLAY rally group~posted by Anne C.

As Labor Day approaches on September 1, many of us are gearing up for a weekend of barbecues, picnics at the lake, and last romps with the kids before school starts again. Here on the 7th floor of the Central Library, we are also taking a moment to reflect on the origins of this annual celebration of the American Labor Movement with a new display: “Labor Unions and the Fight for Workers’ Rights.” Continue reading “The Many Faces of Labor Day”