Travel to Texas, where immigrant construction workers are seeking justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. Across the state, there’s an unprecedented building boom, fueled by Latino laborers with little or no rights. VOCES presents “Building the American Dream” on Tuesday, September 15 at 9 p.m. on Arizona PBS.
The film captures the rise of a workers’ movement, fighting widespread industry injustices – from non-payment of wages to deadly work conditions. Watch it online.
Grieving their son who died a heat-related death on a construction site, the Granillo family campaigns for a much-needed safety law that would allow workers 10-minute breaks for every four hours of labor. Claudia and Alex, a Salvadoran couple, are skilled electricians owed thousands in back pay who fight in their children’s future. And Christian, a bereaved son, hopes to protect others form his family’s preventable tragedy. Through their stories of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals eye-opening truths about the hardworking immigrants who build our American Dream.