East Side Freedom Library plans April film screenings, lectures

TwoMillionVAxProgramming at the East Side Freedom Library this month includes film screenings, discussions and a presentation on social justice.

All events at the nonprofit, independent library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St. in St. Paul, are free and open to the public. For more information go to the library’s website.

• Filmmaker John DeGraaf will appear at an April 8 screening of his film “The Great Vacation Squeeze,” which looks into why the U.S. is one of only five countries that does not legally mandate vacations – and what workers can do to change that fact.

DeGraaf, who also directed “Labor’s Turning Point,” an acclaimed documentary about the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike, will join a discussion after the 7 p.m. screening.

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers will co-sponsor a screening and discussion of the film “2 Million Minutes” at the library April 14, starting at 6 p.m. The title refers to the amount of time in a student’s career between the end of eighth grade and high-school graduation, and the film considers how that time is spent in three countries, the U.S., India and China.

• Dr. Artika Tyner, a professor of law and public policy at the University of St. Thomas, will give a presentation April 24 at 7 p.m. entitled “Planting People & Growing Justice in Response to the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline.”

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