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Jane Fonda to Appear at DC Labor Film Fest to Benefit Fastest Growing Group for Working Americans


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WHAT: DC Labor FilmFest 25th anniversary screening of “9 to 5,” the top grossing film in 1980 about undervalued and underpaid secretaries who take on their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss and implement flex time, day care, equal pay and more. Proceeds from this special 25th anniversary screening will benefit Working America, a powerful voice for workers without the benefit of a union on the job and the fastest growing organization for working Americans. Festival is sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, Debs-Jones- Douglass Institute and American Film Institute. To purchase tickets ($15 each) or for festival information, visit


-- Jane Fonda, Academy Award-Winning Actress, Activist, Creator/Star of “9 to 5”

-- Karen Nussbaum, Executive Director, Working America and Co- Founder, 9to5, the organization for women office workers that inspired the “9 to 5” comedy

-- Kedrin Bell, Single mother of two children, Admin. Asst., Member, Working America

WHERE: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

(Metro Red Line/Silver Spring) Phone: 301-495-6720

WHEN: Saturday, September 17

7:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. -- Onstage speeches by Fonda, Nussbaum and Bell, followed by Q&A

7:50 p.m. -- “9 to 5” movie screening

WHY: Two out of three people Working America contacts at the door become members and it has recruited one million members nationwide since its founding in August 2003. Seventy percent of the members say they are moderate or conservative. About three out of ten members say they are “born again” Christians (33 percent), NRA supporters (32 percent) or gun owners (28 percent). Working America has 7 local offices, with full canvass teams, working year round in Falls Church, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, OH. The group focuses on issues at the local, state and national level. It has:

-- Generated hundreds of hand written letters to defeat a tipped worker exemption to Oregon’s minimum wage sought by business lobbyists;

-- Helped pass a hospital levy in Hospital District 1 of King County, providing $12.5 million in revenue for more hires that bolstered Seattle’s emergency responders;

-- Helped Bill Cervenik win the mayoral race in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid and helped defeat a recall of Cervenik by 775 votes by identifying over 1,000 Cervenik supporters.

-- Will soon deliver over 60,000 letters to Congress opposing Social Security privatization.


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