On September 7, 2016, OSI-Baltimore, along with Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) and the Public Justice Center (PJC) will co-host the Baltimore premiere of Farewell Ferris Wheel, an award-winning documentary that explores the experiences of Mexican “guest” workers in Maryland’s fair industry. Set in the greater DC area, the documentary follows seasonal workers from Veracruz, Mexico on temporary U.S. work visas (H-2Bs). For eight months each year, the employees work grueling hours setting-up, operating, and taking down rides and equipment for a company operating carnivals in the region. The workers are paid little, subjected to squalid living conditions – including lack of running water and electricity – and receive little, if any, medical help from the company for on-the-job injuries.
The screening will take place at the Impact Hub, 10 E. North Avenue. Refreshments and conversation with local advocates will follow the screening which will
CDM is featured in the film for its advocacy for increased oversight of the carnival industry. OSI-Baltimore has partnered with CDM and its founder and executive director, Rachel Micah-Jones previously. Last fall, she participated in our Talking about Race panel on rights for domestic workers.
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