While poverty has traditionally been a problem only for the unemployed, a new demographic of Americans has emerged—the working poor. This program explores the disturbing realities that many people in low-wage jobs face every day—such as having to decide whether to pay the rent, buy groceries, or see a doctor. Viewers will learn how standards of living are often measured, how suburban areas have fostered a particular type of economic hardship, and how welfare-to-work programs have, at times, led to more resistant poverty. The film also draws connections between America's immigration challenges and the swelling numbers of working poor. (57 minutes)
Stephanie is a 50ish prostitute who claims to have graduated from UC Berkeley, and radiates an off-kilter charisma. Tony is her 22-year old son. They live together in one room in a hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Stephanie is on long-term methadone maintenance, smoking crack for fun. Tony, after a brief romance with speed, has chosen intravenous heroin as his drug of choice. They survive on the edge, living moment-to-moment. For Stephanie and Tony, it is all about getting high--and finding the money to do just that.
An examination of activist efforts by and on the behalf of the homeless and destitute, as originally depicted through three films of Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy. Abstracts and excerpts of the films are interspersed with contemporary interviews and commentary from those activists featured in the original films.
Challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. This...series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs. Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race.
This is the story of 33-year old Tommy Lennon struggling to deal with dual diagnosis of mental affliction and drug addiction. The film focuses on Tommy and his family's frustration, helplessness, courage and resilience. Was a head injury while surfing the catalyst that turned Tommy's life upside down? For 10 years he is stuck in a revolving door of homelessness, drug abuse, mental institutions and jail. Will Tommy and his loving family learn to deal with a constantly shifting reality? Recommended for addiction, alcoholism, mental health, law schools, psychology, social studies and family studies
The story of three women who were part of the Rank and File Labor Movement during the tumultuous 1930s. Their lives were like many other young working women, but unlike their fellows, these three rose to the demands of their time and became militant organizers for their class.
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