Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice
In 2014, WFVJ and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice (now Worker Justice Wisconsin) co-sponsored an Economic Justice Film Festival - Why Poverty?
Five films were shown over five consecutive Thursday nights, each at a different co-sponsoring congregation. After each film, an expert speaker on the specific issues raised in that film made a presentation, followed by Q&A.
The films shown included:
Why Poverty? Poor Us: An Animiated History of Poverty - explore the historical roots of poverty and the ongoing systems that keep people poor
Food Stamped - follow a nutritionist and her husband as they attempt to eat healthy on a week's average food stamp allotment, while they explore the inadequacies of federal support for this vital program.
Paycheck to Paycheck - follow a young mother as she struggles to support her family on an essential, but low-wage, job as a nurse's aide in a nursing home.
Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream - Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney explores the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have "rigged the game in their favor," and created unprecedented inequality in the United States
The Line: Poverty in America - Poverty in America is probably not what you think. About 50 million people in the United States live below the poverty line (In 2014- $23,850 for a family of 4) and one in four American children lives in poverty. But what is poverty in America? What defines “the line” and how can the faith community make a difference?
If your congregation/organization is interested in hosting a similar film festival in the future, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.