Norma Rae

Norma Rae

I don't know how much of this was Hollywoodized, but I have a feeling the almost-romance was at least overblown in this depiction. However, I appreciate that they portray it as platonic - a good union organizer would never cross that line. (Of course we're all human, but in terms of serving as an example...) Key points from this film for any aspiring organizer:

* Make sure whatever you write is clear and easy for anyone to follow.

* Racial solidarity and unity is key. Make the effort to bridge that gap.

* You ARE the union. It's your fight. Fight it. Commit to it.

* The bosses will try every underhanded trick in the book, and the pigs are on their side. Stay united and organized against them.

* Boldness and determination are critical.

This is a good start, as far as cinematic portrayals of organizing go.

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