On Saturday, the classic film "Metropolis" screens at 1pm at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring. Director Fritz Lang’s prescient vision of an urban world in disarray has been digitally restored to its original premiere length. With this science fiction epic, Lang brought to the screen one of the most ambitious and iconic movies ever made. The story takes place in a city of the future, in which slaves toil underground for a ruling class that lives above in an urban utopia. Amidst this setting, two young idealists hope to unite the workers and bring the two worlds together. Live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra will create an unforgettable cinematic experience. The group is renowned for scoring and performing music for a wide and eclectic range of silent films; you definitely don't want to miss this!
Then on Sunday, check out our first Working Women in America Bike Tour starting at 9am at the National Mall Carousel, 900 Jefferson Dr SW. Women have ALWAYS been workers and this short and easy ride will explore the evolution of the working woman from Colonial times, through two World Wars, and into today as you bike the National Mall.
Then at 6pm on Sunday, check out FDR & Labor as U.S. Park Ranger Mike Balis leads a tour of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, through the lens of FDR’s long and complex history with the American labor movement and the nation’s workers.
Both tours are free; complete details on the entire line-up is on our website at dclabor.org, click on LaborFest
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1920, Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested in Boston for murder and payroll robbery. Eventually they were executed for a crime most believe they did not commit.
In 1931, heavily armed deputies and other mine owner hirelings attacked striking miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, starting the Battle of Harlan County.
Today’s labor quote is by Bartolomeo Vanzetti
"If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man's understanding of man as now we do by accident. Our words — our lives — our pains — nothing! The taking of our lives — lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish-peddler — all! That last moment belongs to us — that agony is our triumph."
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