Thu 4/26 @ 7PM
There are only two countries in the world that don’t have some form of family leave — to care for a newborn, look after a sick spouse, be with a dying parent, recover after surgery. The United States is one of them, thanks to the resistance of “family values” politicians who in fact value money and business over families. And because wages have stagnated, few can afford to take unpaid time off, even if their employer is willing to hold their job for them.
The documentary film, Zero Weeks, takes a look at the hardships this creates for families as well as debunking the myth that family leave is costly for business. It screened recently at the Cleveland International Film Festival. But if you missed it, a consortium of local organizations, as well as three state legislators advocating for paid family leave, are presenting a special screening at the Cedar Lee Theatre.
It will be followed by a discussion with these legislators – state representatives Stephanie Howse and Janine Boyd and state senator Sandra Williams — and representatives from some of the eleven sponsoring groups, which include Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, the National Council of Jewish Women, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, the ACLU Foundation of Ohio and more.
Tickets are $15.