About the Working Group
The Working Group was founded in 1988
by a group of independent filmmakers and community activists to
produce high quality media about the diversity, strength and resilience
of America's workers. The organization, distinguished in part by
the role of women in its leadership since the beginning, has built
its reputation by turning its cameras toward ordinary, hard-working
Americans ever since.
Producers of the award-winning We Do
The Work series, The Working Group has been bringing new viewers
to public television for years. The only national television series
devoted exclusively to contemporary issues in the workplace, We
Do The Work ran for seven seasons in more than 100 cities nationwide,
including most major markets.
Since 1995, The Working Group's documentaries
Not in Our Town and Not In Our Town II, have served as the centerpiece
of a national dialogue on hate crimes and intolerance. In addition
to airing on over 200 PBS
stations, the videos have been screened in over
100 cities and have sparked activities from community rallies
to school essay-writing assignments, to town hall meetings.
The Working Group strives to produce
programs with a robust life and impact beyond television. Programs
are widely used by libraries, universities, labor organizations,
job training centers. Curriculum discussion guides, distributed
with the tapes, make the programs accessible to tens of thousands
of young people nationwide.