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Using a Rat Balloon to Protest Labor Abuse

Sep 08, 2016 | 580 videos
Video by Jason Hutt

Lenny Anselmo is a union organizer with Laborers Local 79 in New York City. Every day, he lugs a 20-foot inflatable rat around the city to protest at non-union construction sites. The short film Lenny and the Rat follows Anselmo throughout the day as he and other trade union workers call for rights to living wages and benefits. “It’s sending a message to developer and contractor, saying we’re not just going to stand here and watch you build that building without a fight,” Anselmo says.

The documentary short was directed by Jason Hutt, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker.

Author: Leah Varjacques

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