Just Films: Storming Caesars Palace

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Eddy Theater

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — until now.

When Ruby Duncan faces the stigma and harassment of a fraud-obsessed and broken system she ignites “Mother Power,” mobilizing a welfare rights group to march down the Strip demanding dignity, justice, democratic participation, and an adequate income in 1971.

Based on the book Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty by Annelise Orleck, the film challenges the pernicious lie of the “Welfare Queen,” and highlights the visionary leadership of low-income grassroots organizers whose courage, tenacity and dreams could not be quashed, against all odds. Just Films is a collaboration of six organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania committed to women, girls, gender equity, and social justice: Black Women’s Policy Center, Chatham University Art & Design Department and Women’s Institute, MomsWork Powered by NCJW Pittsburgh, Women and Girls Foundation, Women’s Law Project, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. We believe in the power of film to promote conversations about social, political, and economic change. We also believe in engaging the community broadly and deeply in dialogue as we pursue equality together.


Fee : Free

Registration has closed. Please contact Women's Institute at WomensInstitute@mchcqx.com for additional information.


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