2011 Workers Voice Awards

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What film best captured the essence of what’s happening with working families today in a popular context?What art show challenged peoples’ notions about work or working family issues?What song evoked the struggle of work or was best for firing people up at a rally this year?This is what the Workers Voice Awards tries to get at. And by doing so, illustrate the important role of popular culture, arts and letters in amplifying and advancing workers voices, struggles, and issues.

And encourage filmmakers, producers, writers, artists, and musicians to keep it up, find the stories, illuminate them and blast them to the universe.

See full list of 2011 nominees below. Just keep scrolling. See detailed articles about 2010 nominees in individual categories on Huffington Post right here.  See a quick summary of 2010 nominees and winners right here.  See recent posts with detailed descriptions of the film nominees for 2011 here and the ‘best works of art about work’ as a slide show here. 

The Categories (Part 1)


Film (Feature length)  A Better Life, Company Men, Made in Dagenham, Too Big to Fail, Even the Rain


Film (Documentary)  Wasteland, Freedom Riders, Triangle: Remembering the Fire, Way Down In The Hole, Locked Out


TV (Drama)  Friday Night Lights, Treme, Nurse Jackie, How to Make It in America


TV (Comedy)  The Office, The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock


TV (Reality)  Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Cake Boss, Undercover Boss, South Beach Tow


Art Display, Show, or Exhibit  America Now and Here by various artists (Kansas City, Detroit, Chicago), One Nation Display by Derek Gores (Los Angeles), MLK Memorial temporary display by Michael Murphy(Washington, DC), Power to the Poster online printable gallery by various artists, Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait (Madison, WI) by various artists

Part 2


Includes listings of Web Video (under 10 min); Books (Fiction); Books (Non-Fiction); Theatrical Production (any form – musical, play, monologue, dance); Music – Song (For Listening); Music – Song (For Rallying). They will be released September 8, 2011. Winners will be announced in October. For more info, contact popworkusa@gmail.com

2011 Workers’ Voice Awards Nominations

The Categories (Part 2)

For criteria and process explanations and other categories, see Part 1


Web Video (under 10 min)

“Rebuild the Dream “Lie #1: America is Broke” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9wnVPFEwSI&feature=relmfu

“What Have American Unions Done for Us?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iObqguaNDdA

MADTOWN: A Wisconsin Protest Documentary

“We are Wisconsin” http://vimeo.com/20277863

We Are One videos from WI(5690 results on you tube)

Autoworkers Compete to Keep Jobs (onion news network)



“From Memphis to Madison”


“Why are the Koch Brothers Buying our Democracy?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNXLWm5FQ74


Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles

Townie by Andre Dubus III

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Griftopia by Matt Taibbi

Punching Out by Paul Clemens

News of the World by Phillip Levine

Stayin’ Alive by Jefferson Cowie


Music – Song (For Listening)

“I Need A Dollar” by Aloe Blacc


“The Living Proof” by Mary J Blige


“El Jardinero” by Ozomatli


“Which Side Are You On?” by Tom Morello


“This City” by Steve Earle



Music – Song (For Rallying)

Tom Morello – “Union Song”

Dropkick Murphys – “Take ‘Em Down”

Melissa Czarnik – “Jump Start”

Beyonce – “Lets Move Your Body”