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  • Gabriel San Roman

An OC Film Class for Workers Captures the Union Movement

"The Anglo bosses look down on you, and you hate them for it," Esperanza says to her husband, Ramon, in a poignant exchange during 1954's Salt of the Earth. "'Stay in your place, you dirty Mexican'—that's what they tell you. But why must you say to me, 'Stay in your place'?" The scene from the blacklisted film dramatizing the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Co. in Silver City, New Mexico, never fails to spark discussions during the Working Class In Cinema course being taught at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 329 in Buena Park. Chuck Adinolfi, field director for UFCW 324, and Matt Hart, a union representative with the same local, teach the three-hour, three-unit Los Angeles Trade Technical College class every Tuesday night.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Film Feature out on newsstands today:

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