Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For 20 cents a day

By Working TV

For Twenty Cents A Day from working TV on Vimeo.

For Twenty Cents a Day ( Video )
Colleen Fuller, Director: Produced by the BCTF Labour History Association ( 1979 )

This is a 25 minute video transferred from the original film version. It has footage of the relief camps and unemployed demonstrations in the 1930s, and tells the story of the establishment of the relief camps, the trek, the defeat of R.B. Bennett in 1935, and the renewed unemployment problems leading to the Vancouver Post Office sit-in and its repression on Bloody Sunday 1937. It features interviews with poet Dorothy Livesay ( who was active in support of the unemployed in the depression ), Syd Thompson ( a Trek veteran, later leader of the IWA Vancouver local ) and Steve Brodie, who was on the Trek, and a central leader in the 1937 sit-in. Copies are available from BCTF Lesson Aids, #100 - 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 4P2, or by email: laorder@bctf.ca.

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