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Iowa workers and activists continue to fight for higher wages and support for unions

It has been two years since the Johnson County Board of Supervisors made state history by raising the minimum wage to $10.10. After this and other local measures to raise the minimum wage were crushed by the Republican-dominated state legislature, workers have vowed to keep fighting, and Iowa organizations are not waiting until the 2018 election season to take a stand. This Thursday, for example, the a Unite for Worker Justice rally will take over the Iowa City Ped Mall to highlight the ways local activists are striving to defend workers’ rights, as well as fighting for immigrant families. […]

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The metafictional ‘Neruda’ opens this weekend at FilmScene

The bio-drama ‘Neruda’ will be opening at FilmScene on March 24 for a special one-week engagement in Iowa City. ‘Neruda’ is a metafictional tale directed by Chilean-born filmmaker Pablo Lorraín, who recently filmed ‘Jackie’ (2016), based on Jacqueline Kennedy and the aftermath of her husband John F. Kennedy’s assassination. ‘Neruda’ stars Gael García Bernal (‘The Motorcycle Diaries,’ Fidel’) as police detective Óscar Peluchonneau, who attempts to arrest revolutionary poet and politician Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) as he goes underground in his native Chile during the late 1940s. […]

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