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Meal and a Movie

Nov 01, 2015 08:49PM
Food & Water Watch and Sister Eden Media are teaming together to present the documentary Cock Fight: Meet the Farmer Blowing the Whistle on Big Chicken. It will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring at 7 p.m. on November 8. A discussion with the farmer featured in the movie will follow. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. so that guests may enjoy a veg-friendly meal from D.C.-based eco-caterer Zenful Bites.

            Cock Fight, is a 43-minute documentary about how Craig Watts, a North Carolina poultry farmer for Perdue for 22 years, blew the whistle on their unfair treatment of farmers and the poor conditions chickens endure. It also discloses the abusive contracts farmers often find themselves in with poultry corporations. According to a 2011 study by Pew Research, 71 percent of U.S. farmers who only grow chickens live at or below the poverty line.

The screening will also raise awareness about a new bill being introduced to the Maryland state legislature called the Farmers’ Rights Act, a worker-rights bill for farmers that gives them whistleblower protections, the ability to associate and speak about their working conditions, the right to readable and clear contracts, and many other basic worker protections.

Cost: The early bird price of $10 per person is available until November 3 and includes the price of the meal. Location: 10309 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring. For tickets and more information, visit


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