SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Academy Award winning filmmaker, Michael Moore, has taken a special interest in the Steelworkers Vale Inco strike. He has been moved by the importance of the struggle being waged by workers at Vale Inco. Moore is demonstrating his support for the strikers and the community of Sudbury by presenting a special screening of his new film that will be released in theatre later this year.
"We are proud and thankful to Michael Moore for providing such meaningful support for our members here in Sudbury," said Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers. "Throughout his career Michael has consistently called for social justice and fair treatment for working people."
This special screening has been set-up at Moore's initiative. This will be only the third time the film has been shown. And all three times have been in support of the Vale Inco strikers. At the world premier this past Sunday in Toronto, Moore walked the red carpet with four striking miners and the National Director of the United Steelworkers. He expressed to the media that the Sudbury battle epitomizes the community values and need for justice that all his films convey. The second appearance of the film on Monday, was in support of the Steelworkers at the AFL-CIO convention.
At Sudbury's special private screening for the strikers, there will also be a number of foreign dignitaries attending, who will be in Sudbury to attend the International and Community Rally earlier that day at the Sudbury Arena. The dignitaries will include labour leaders who represent over 186 million workers in countries around the world.
"What a great weekend in Sudbury this is. We have our wonderful Sudbury community coming out to a rally to show us support. We have international leaders coming to show us that communities around the world support Sudbury. And, now we see that famous people who care about justice will lend their support," said a beaming John Fera, President of USW Local 6500.
EVENT: Special Film Screening by Michael Moore For Sudbury Strikers
FILM: Academy Award Winning Filmmaker's Latest Film
"Capitalism: A Love Story"
WHO: Foreign Labour Dignitaries; Media; Local Political Leaders;
Strikers; Union Leaders
WHEN: Saturday, Sept 19th, 5:00 pm
WHERE: Silver City Theatre (355 Barrydowne Road)
(The Int'l & Community Rally is also on Saturday. It is at the Sudbury
Arena starting at 11am)
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information: For further information: John Fera, President of USW Local 6500, (705) 675-2281 x238; Wayne Fraser, USW District Director, (416) 577-4045; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, (416) 544-5966, (416) 434-2221