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July 2006

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The ILWU Story -Warehouse
Survey Graphic, September, 1934



LaborFest 2006 Schedule

July 1 (Saturday) 12-4:00 PM ($15-50)
(sliding scale donation to CounterPULSE requested.  Bring a bag lunch!)
Labor Bike Tour with Chris Carlson of San Francisco’s labor history
For more info: call Chris Carlsson (415) 626-2160
Meet at 1310 Mission (at 9th), San Francisco

July 5 (Wednesday) 5:00 PM  Free
1906 – 2006 Rebuilding: Then and Now
Workers Building The Bay Area
Reception for The Exhibition
This exhibition will be the first presentation of images from a newly retrieved collection of historic photographs of the workers who rebuilt San Francisco. A part of the exhibition will be the recent photographic work of  Joseph A. Blum. Historic San Francisco Earthquake Reconstruction Images from: Schmid – Allmond Album and The San Francisco Public Library. Contemporary Images by Joseph A. Blum
A Labor Photography Exhibit Presented by the Rebuilding S.F. Committee
Read review by Leah Garchik in SF Chronicle
Read review by SF
Story Board Intro (PDF)
Story Board Carpenter's diary (PDF)
Union Stories1(PDF)
Union Stories2 (PDF)
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
At City Hall -Lower Level
(The exhibition from June 22 – August 25)
(City Hall Hours  8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. Weekdays)
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July 6 (Thursday) 7:00 PM  $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Five Factories - Workers Control in Venezuela
US Premier (81 min. 2006)Venezuela
By Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler
This film gives a close up view of the how and why workers are occupying factories and workplaces in Venezuela. With beautiful photography and insightful interviews, we are provided a front row seat on the historic developments taking place among workers in Venezuela. See the real story.
Read review by Reyhan Harmanci on SF Chronicle

Where Do You Stand? Stories from An American mill
(60 min. 2003)
By Alexandra Lescaze
The story about the successful struggle of Cannon textile workers in Kannopolis, North Carolina to win one of the largest industrial union contracts in the South and to face the loss of their jobs and the union by a closure and exporting of their jobs.
Roxie Theatre
3117 16th St. at Valencia, San Francisco

July 6 (Thursday) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Free
Art Exhibition Opening:
Native Americans and Labor
By Frybread and Roses
Frybread and Roses is a group art show of contemporary Native American artists exploring the many facets of Indian labor—ranging from traditional values towards work, to contemporary wage labor, to Native involvement   in the labor movement. Curated by America Meredith.
Wednesday, July 12, 6.30-8.30pm, poetry reading and performance by All Nations Drum.
Both events free and open to the public
CounterPULSE Gallery-1312 Mission St. at 9th St. San Francisco

July 7 (Friday) 5:30 PM  Free
Opening Reception (Exhibition from 7/7 ~ 7/21)
Locked Out in America!
Art Exhibition Opening by Mike Connor (Labor art and muralist, member of United Scenic Artists 829/IATSE union)
Mike Connor will be honoring the workers who rebuilt San Francisco after the quake with a new mural for this exhibition. His murals take us through the history and battles of the US labor movement.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
Inti-Raymi Gallery (2nd floor)
2868 Mission St., at 25th, San Francisco

July 7 (Friday) 7:00 PM  $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
A Union Man : The Life & Work of Julius Margolin
By George Mann (58 min.) 2005
This endearing film tells of the life of Local 52 film mechanic union steward Julius Margolin and how he keeps fighting on in his 90’s. “Never say die” is the motto of this video. Julius Margolin, at 89, is a living legend in the New York City labor movement. He’s
been active since the 1930s in the CIO, National Maritime Union and Local 52 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees

The Song of Workers
By Labor News Production (30 min.) (Korea)
This series of videos tells the story of the Korean working class through music and footage of the struggle. This stirring video shows the soul of the Korean labor movement.
Cartography of Ashes (44 min.) 2006
By Dolissa Medina
Dolissa Media focuses on the San Francisco earthquake and the role of the firefighters in saving people and defending the city from the flames.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St., at 25th, San Francisco

July 8 (Saturday) 2:00 PM  Free
Presente! (Book Reading)
By Herb Mills
A reading by writer and ILWU Local 10 retired Secretary Treasurer Herb Mills from his forthcoming  book Presente! He connects the dots in his new novel which presents the routine, day-to-day work of a fictional Local 10 officer and the role which he and others played in the union's December 1980 refusal to load military cargo for the junta of El Salvador, in its effort to halt the execution of Kim Dae-jung, and in the events which led to the Puget Sound murder of two union brothers by paid assassins of Marcos.  Mills himself was instrumental in building direct labor support for El Salvdoran workers and in helping to prevent the execution of Korean dissident Kim Dae-jung through his offices and the power of West Coast longshoremen. This  work can play a key role for international labor solidarity and survival in this dog eat dog world.
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. at 20th, San Francisco

July 8 (Saturday) 3:00 PM  Free
Writers Workshop
With Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Working people can tell their stories for themselves and the world, and this workshop will help us get these stories out. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has spent her life writing her stories and breaking the stereotypes about working people.
The Exit Theatre
156 Eddy St., San Francisco (near Powell BART station)

July 8 (Saturday) 7:00 PM  $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand)
By Jill Freidberg & Corrugate Film   
(62 min.)
This tells the story of the battle against privatization of education in Mexico. The story of the destruction of education and the fightback by labor in Mexico is powerful.

For A Six Hour Workday
By Grupo Alavio & MarieTrigona
(20 min.) Argentina
This video documents the efforts by Buenos Aires transit workers to re-introduce the 6 hour day after the military dictatorship had destroyed the labor conditions.

Rail Warning (43 min.) 2005 Japan
By Akira Matsubara & Video Press
This examines the cause of the disastrous Amagasaki rail accident in Osaka, Japan. This train wreck killed over a 100 people and the causes were directly related to the privatization and massive speed-up of railway workers.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St., at 25th, San Francisco (Back to top)

July 9 (Sunday) 10:30 AM  Free
SF General Strike Walk
With ILWU Local 10 longshoreman Jack Heyman
This walk and history talk will look at the causes of the 34’ general strike and why it was successful. How was the strike organized and why are the issues in that strike still relevant to working people today. Also you will learn about the key historical sites in this important US labor struggle.
There will also be a reception after the walk at ILWU Local 10 at 400 North Point St. sponsored by SF BALMA (Bay Area Longshoremen’s Memorial Association)

Harry Bridges Plaza - Front of Ferry Building
Embarcadero, San Francisco

July 9 (Sunday) 2:00 PM
The Earthquake, The Shacks & Labor
By SFSU California Studies Professor Lee Davis
Union carpenters who were members of UBC Local 22 were the workers that built the temporary earthquake homes for thousands of displaced San Franciscans. Some still survive today and professor Lee Davis will tour a shack and present a history of their role in housing after the quake.
Meet at the San Francisco Presidio, Lincoln Blvd & Funston at the 1864 Post Hospital.

July 9 (Sunday) 2:00 ~ 6:00 PM  Free
Twenty Years of Labor Art
Artist Scott Sayre’s open studio reception
Scott Sayre has painted labor murals throughout the West Coast in many union halls.
Painting the events and life in America the Union way.
As a child I was taught that if you wanted to learn a skill, to join a union. After leaving a 14-year career as a Santa Fe Railroad conductor I became a Muralist. From there I turned my talent to design and create murals for Unions across the Nation. Bringing culture to America the Union way was natural for my own consciousness as an artist then as it is today. The history of the American worker, celebrated through the art of the mural is a sure way to communicate those values and pride to the people.

(Open studio through July 5 – July 30)
For more information, please call: (510) 848-9847

July 9 (Sunday) 5:00 PM Free
Powerful Poetry 
Labor, working-class and political poetry with international and local voices.
With new San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, and Agneta Falk, Rolando Carrillo, Alice Rogoff, Jeanne Powell, and Serge Echeverria. Translations from Pablo Neruda by Jack Hirschman and Serge Echeverria.

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus at Broadway, San Francisco

July 9 (Sunday) 8:00 PM Free
Peoples Science Movement and the Global Crisis
Presentation by Indian labor activist & writer A. P. Shukla. Shukla is a scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, and will discuss the role of work and politics in civil society as well as the attack on education workers.
ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th St. near Howard St., San Francisco (Back to top)

July 10 (Monday) 7:00 PM Free
Book reading
Death In The Haymarket,
A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing that Divided Gilded-Age America
By Jim Green
This book reading and discussion with author Jim Green will look at how the Haymarket struggle affected US labor then and what the relevance of Haymarket is today. He will also discuss why labor history is critical for working people in understanding their present tasks.
Democracy Now Interview With James Green On May Day

Audio of interview
Audio of Discussion with Howard Zinn and James Green On May Day

Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St., near 20th, San Francisco

July 11 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM Free
The Battle for Detroit: The Future of Industrial Unions in the Face of Global Class War
Presentation by Professor Michael Whitty
Whitty will look at the ongoing destruction of production jobs in the United States and how this threatens the future of all working people.
University of San Francisco
Malloy Hall Lower Level – parking on Fulton - enter on Fulton St

July 12 Wednesday 7:00 PM Free
Memoirs, Non-fiction, Poetry and Stories
Reading by The LaborFest Writing Group.
This group evolved out of the 2005 LaborFest writing workshop with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The group will read their writings honoring working people. With Margaret Cooley, Keith Cooley, Bernadette St. John, Susan Ford, Jerry Path, Phyllis Holliday, and Alice Rogoff. After the reading, there will be a writing exercise with the audience.
New College of California
766 Valencia St., near 19th , San Francisco

July 12 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM  $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Five Factories - Workers Control in Venezuela (81 min. 2006) Venezuela
By Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler
(more details)
Where Do You Stand? Stories from An American mill
(60 min. 2003)
By Alexandra Lescaze
(more details)
Fellowship of Humanity Hall
370 27th St. near Broadway, Oakland

July 13 (Thursday) 7:00 PM  $ 5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
The Mission (US Premier)
By Video 48 (42 min.) (Israel)
This video is about a delegation of European trade unionists who travel to the region to investigate the conditions of Palestinian workers.

Meeting Face To Face, The Iraq-US Labor Solidarity Tour
(16 min.)
By Jonathan Levin
The story of the Iraqi trade union visit to the United States and the response they received.

Go Forward, The Iraqi Freedom Congress (32 min.) (Japan)
By Osamu Kimura & Mabui Cine Coop
This shows how the Iraqi working class is seeking to organize and also seeking to fight the US occupation of Iraq.

The Mall (US Premier) (10 min.) (Israel)
By Yonatan Ben Efrat & Video 48
An inside look at the living conditions of Palestinian workers inside Israel. Their home is a mall.
Roxie Theatre
3117 16th St. at Valencia, San Francisco
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July 14 (Friday) 7:00 PM  $5.00 Donation
Celebrate Bastille Day with French films and Music
Jour où la Terre Trembla  (1906 The Earth Trembled)
( 56 min.) France
By Eric Sarner
This is one of the best films made about the San Francisco earthquake by a French director and videographer.
Pleasure For The People  (90 min.) France
By Jean-Pierre Thorn 
This documentary tells the story through hip-hop and music of the immigrant Morrocan and African youth in France and the racism that they face.
Music by Moh Alileche and friends
At 1078 Howard St. at 6th St.
San Francisco
(Please note that the address on the printed brochure was wrong. This is the correct address.)

July 15(Saturday) 10:00 AM Free
Earthquake and Labor walk
With building trades workers
Join SF building trades workers as they talk about the quake and the work they do today to build San Francisco and keep its history. What is life like for a unionized building trades worker today in San Francisco and what does “craft” mean and what does the apprentice program do to train young workers?
Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza - Front of Ferry Building
Embarcadero, San Francisco

July 15 (Saturday) 3:00 PM Free
3 Dollar 3 Hour Jungle
Readings from "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair With Jay Martin and others
Celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Upton Sinclair's classic about labor in 1906 Chicago. Free admission and free copies of the novel, which we'll take turns reading out loud. At the end of three hours of the best passages, you'll be reminded of, or introduced to, this dramatic statement of workers' rights.
(Photo-1904 Stockyard strike in Chicago)

Exit Theatre
156 Eddy St. near Powell BART station

July 15 (Saturday) 7:00 PM $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos (55 min.)
By Saul Landau & Sonia Augulo
This shows the real lives of workers who work in the Maquiladora’s. The Maquilas were sold to the Mexican workers as the solution to the problem of unemployment yet the maquilas have turned intoa disaster for Mexico.

The People Who Care (9 min.)
By Edmond M. Stevens, Barbara J. Maynard, Tony Bravo
Produced for SEIU Local 535, this video examines the history of social work and why this work is critical to the health and humanity of our society.
The Bauen Workers’ Cooperative
By Grupo Alavio & Marie Trigona (21 min.) (Argentina) 2005
The story of the bankruptcy of a modern 4 star hotel in Buenos Aires and the role of the workers in protecting their jobs through an occupation.

3 Minutes Videos from Japan (30 min.) 2005 (Japan)
This is a selection of 3 minute labor videos from Japanese LaborFest 2005.
19: Victoria, Texas (4 min.) 2006
By Dolissa Medina
An experimental short film about undocumented immigrants who died while trapped inside a tractor near the town of Victoria, Texas.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St., at 25th, San Francisco

July 15 (Saturday) 8:00 PM  Free
Song and Poetry Swap
For over 20 years, the Freedom Song Network has been helping keep alive the spirit of labor and political song in the Bay Area, on picket lines, at rallies, on concert stages and at songswaps. Bring songs or poems to share. Everyone is welcome, regardless of musical ability or training.
885 Clayton Street, at Carl St., San Francisco
For more info: (415) 648-3457
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July 16 (Sunday) 10:15 AM Boarding, 10:30 AM Departure
 $25.00 (Tickets are still available)
Labor Maritime Boat Tour
This year, the tour will focus on the San Francisco  Earthquake and Oakland General Strike with Professor Lee Davis, Photographer Joseph Blum, CFT educator Fred Glass, ILWU member Jack Heyman and others. This boat history and cultural tour will look at the history of the San Francisco general strike, labor and the San Francisco earthquake and the 1946 Oakland general strike. We will also look at the new East Bay bridge construction and how it is being built.
To make your reservation, call: (415) 642-8066, and leave your 1) name (please spell it out), 2) number of your reservation, and 3) your phone number. You should also send a check to LaborFest, P.O., Box 40983, San Francisco, CA 94140.
You can also contact us by e-mail:
Meet at Terminal E (south side of the ferry building), San Francisco
Boat leaves promptly at 10:30 AM

Tour lasts 3 hours
Some food and refreshments will be available on board

July 16 (Sunday) 2:00 ~ 6:00 PM $10 ~ $20
Ray Quan Memorial Benefit
To raise funds for the scholarship in memory of SEIU 790 BART unionist and mechanic Ray Quan, Music with Upsurge and others. There will also be a discussion on immigration. Sponsored by SEIU 790 BART Chapter
100 Oak St. at Embarcadero St., Oakland
For information contact (415) 821-2468

July 16 (Sunday) 7:00 PM Free
Solidarity Has No Borders
Film screening of Solidarity Has No Borders - The Journey of the Neptune Jade
By Labor Video Project (26 min.) 2005
With Jack Heyman, one of the organizers of the solidarity action and others.
In 1997, in support of striking Liverpool dock workers, San Francisco longshore workers refused to handle cargo in the Neptune Jade ship. This was an act of solidarity with dockworkers in England who were fighting against privatization and the right to abide by a picket line. This forum will discuss why this action was taken.
Sponsored by SF BALMA
ILWU Local 10, Henry Schmidt Rm
400 North Point St. at Mason, SF

July 18 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM
Labor and Organizing: Lessons for Labor
With Peter Olney, Director of Organizing ILWU, writer Jack Rasmus, National Writers Union-UAW Local 1981, IBT Port Organizer Bob Blanchet, Young Workers United representative, IWW Jefferson Pierce of Shattuck Cinema Workers and others.
ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th Street, near Howard, San Francisco

July 19 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM Free
Poetry-Labor, War and Immigration
Three Women Poets, Leslie Simon from Poetry for the People, the Women’s Studies Department of City College, San Francisco, author of Collisions and Transformations. Nellie Wong from Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council for UPTE CWA 9119, and author of Death of Longsteam Lady, and Co-editor with Yolanda Alaniz of Voices of Color Anthology by Red Letter Press. Alice E. Rogoff, author of Mural from Blue Light Press, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council for the National Writers Union, and Living Wage Coalition secretary. 
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St., San Francisco

July 19 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM  $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
The Mission (US Premier)
By Video 48 (42 min.) (Israel)
Meeting Face To Face, The Iraq-US Labor Solidarity Tour
By Jonathan Levin (16 min.)
The Mall (US Premier)
By Yonatan Ben Efrat & Video 48 (10 min.) (Israel)
Go Forward, The Iraqi Freedom Congress (32 min.) (Japan)
By Osamu Kimura & Mabui Cine Coop
(For more details)
Fellowship of Humanity Hall
370 27th St. near Broadway, Oakland
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July 20 (Thursday) 7:00 PM  $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
US Premier
Breyani and The Councillor (22 min.) 2006 South Africa
By Sally Giles & Fazel Khan
This film shows the struggle for decent housing and jobs in a township in Durban. The residents begin to struggle for justice and are met with repression.

Rail Against Privatization
(60 min.) 2005 UK
By Platform Films
This tells the story of the effort to fight the privatization of British Rail which was carried out under former PM Thatcher and now continued by “New Labor” PM Tony Blair.
Dangerous Containers (6 min.) 2006
By Fire Brand Productions
This documentary tells the story of Ms. Florida and the disaster that befell her when an overloaded container from the port of Miami collapsed on her car. It was made by the Teamsters union to educate people about the dangers on the road and the lack of protection for truck drivers who speak out.
Hector Girado, A Colombian Story (25 min.) 2004
By Julie E. Rosenberg
Dozens of Colombian trade unionists, in order to escape death sentences, were forced to come to the United States. This film tells the story of Hector Girado and his visit to the United States.
Roxie Theatre
3117 16th St. at Valencia, San Francisco

July 21 (Friday) 7:00 PM   $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Silk and Iron   (26 min.) 2002 Thailand
By Committee For Asian Women  (CAW)
From garment factories to electronic shops, women workers have faced the brunt of the new globalization. This documentary shows how the economic policies of the IMF and World Bank have made women pay a heavy price in their struggle to survive.

Tillie Olsen – A Heart In Action ( 30 min.) 2006 
(Work in progress)
By Ann Hershey
This film in production shows the explosive experiences of writer and activist Tillie Olsen in her youth that helped form her views. From fighting racism to worker exploitation, Tillie used her beautiful words to tell truth to power.
Filmmaker Ann Hershey will attend and speak after screening.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St., at 25th, San Francisco

July 21 (Friday) 8:30 PM $5.00 to $20 sliding scale
Which Side Are You On?
By Daisy Anarchy
A one-woman singing, dancing and poetry performance extravaganza by Daisy Anarchy, celebrating the struggle of sex industry workers locally and around the world.
In honor of the labor, human and civil rights of all sex industry workers.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St., at 25th, San Francisco
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July 22 (Saturday) 10:00 AM Free
Labor Power, Politics and the Rebuilding of San Francisco:A walk in downtown San Francisco
By Historian David Giesen
Join this quick paced walking tour of labor and political history sites of San Francisco. Giesen will tie the buildings to the history and how politics played an important role in the rebuilding of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Learn about the Progressive period and how this figured into politics and labor in the early 20th century.
Meet at Dewey Monument in the center of Union Square. More info: (415) 948-4265

July 22 (Saturday) 2:00 PM Free
Reading of Red Dirt (New Edition)
By author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Reading by author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz from her new edition of Red Dirt.
Her writing shows the life and struggles of working people who are either ignored or marginalized by the corporate controlled media in the United States. The story of working people’s history told by working people themselves can have a power that illuminates truths.
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St., San Francisco

July 22 (Saturday) 6:00 PM Free
60th Anniversary of the 1946 Oakland General Strike Commemoration
The Oakland General Strike was the last of six general strikes in 1946, which is still the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. This event will attempt to keep the memory of that era of community-wide working class solidarity alive.
Oakland¹s Work Holiday began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with retail strikers at Kahn¹s and Hastings department store in defiance of police scab herding. Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 people and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours.
Together with the Labor Studies Program at Laney College, we invite you to a forum with Evelyn and Val Schaaf and Earl Watkins, who participated in the strike; Gifford Hartman¹s multi media presentation and a documentary; Albert Lannon, retired chair of Labor Studies at Laney college, whose musical tribute to the General Strike will be performed by the Labor Heritage Rockin¹ Solidarity Chorus, and a performance by Avotcja of wordpower & song.

For more info: (415) 751-1572,
The Oakland General Strike of 1946: A KPFA Radio Show
This radio show from the Pacifica Radio Archives was on the Oakland General Strike of 1946 and was broadcast on 11/29/76 on the 30th anniversary of the strike. (56.50 min 26 MB)
Oakland YWCA
1515 Webster St., at 15th St., Oakland

July 22 (Saturday), July 23 (Sunday) 7:00 PM $10.00
Pins And Needles
By Folk This!
The Indelible Voices Project, in conjunction with LaborFest and Opera Non Troppo, presents a concert version of the 1937 hit musical Pins and Needles, commissioned by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) and written by Harold Rome.  Originally envisioned as an amateur musical review, Pins and Needles became the musical sensation of Broadway, playing 1,108 performances, a record that was broken in 1945 by Oklahoma.  Gone but not forgotten, this concert performance uses songs and sketches from various sources, including the Harold Rome Papers at Yale University, the Library of Congress, and commercial sources.  The score is brilliant, with songs such as Sing Me a Song with Social Significance, Doing the Reactionary, Sitting on Your Status Quo, Nobody Makes a Pass at Me and Mene Mene Tekel.  Also performing will be 1937 original cast member and ILGWU retiree Millie Weitz.
Advance tickets recommended, as seating is limited. 
For advance tickets, e-mail or call (415) 378-7235
Or contact LaborFest (415) 642-8066,
e-mail to
July 22 (Saturday) - Community Music Center
544 Capp St. near 22nd St., San Francisco
July 23 (Sunday)- La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck at Prince, Berkeley
(Tickets for 7/23 are all sold out! Tickets for 7/22 still available)

July 23 (Sunday) 2:00 PM Free
Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk  
The walk will revisit the sites that sparked the “work holiday” that shut the East Bay downtown.
Sponsored by Laney College Labor Studies
KPFA radio show on Oakland General Strike.

For information: (510) 464-3210

Meet at the fountain in Latham Square, intersection of Telegraph and Broadway (Oakland City Center/12th St. BART at Frank Ogawa Plaza is near by around the corner behind the Rotundra building and in front of Oakland City Hall)
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July 24 (Monday) 7:00 PM $5.00 Donation
(Funds to benefit drive for new Pacifica radio station in New Orleans)
Katrina, Racism and Labor: Counterpoint To 1906 Earthquake
Presentations by CC Campbell-Rock, Raymond Rock and  SF premier screening of   I won't drown on that levee and you ain't gonna' break my back by Ashley Hunt  (31 minutes)  2006
At: 522 Valencia St/16th St.

July 25 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM Free
Irish Workers Cultural/Video Night
Screening The San Patricios by Mark Day, music and poetry by Bob Carson, Carol Denny and Mother Jones  reading by Breda Courtney of Wilde Irish Productions, and a tribute to the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising focusing on James Connolly and his Labor career by Breda Courtney and Wilde Irish Productions.
This event will also honor the  Irish American workers who helped rebuild SF. These  workers played a key role in SF  labor and the reconstruction of San Francisco.

Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Ave. at Sloat Blvd.
(Across from SF Zoo main gate)

July 26 (Wednesday) 7:00 Free
Worker Safety Under Siege (Book reading)
By Author & Professor Vern Mogensen
The global results of deregulation and privatization have been deadly for workers around the world. Mogensen in his new book charts how these policies have devastated workers and communities on a global level.
As workers face catastrophe, when they get injured on the job and face little health and safety protection rights, this book is a must to see this in an international context.

Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St., San Francisco

July 26 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Breyani & Councillor (22 min.) 2006 South Africa
By Sally Giles & Fazel Khan  (For more info)
Rail Against Privatization (60 min.) 2005 UK
By Platform Films  (For more info)
Hector Girado, A Colombian Story (25 min.) 2004
By Julie E. Rosenberg  (For more info)
Land of The Free (28 min.) UK
By Peter Burton
A view of the class struggle in the US from a Scottish perspective.
Fellowship of Humanity Hall
370 27th St. near Broadway, Oakland
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July 27 (Thursday) 7:00 PM $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Death Threats-The Life Of Colombian Trade Unionists 
(50 min.) Colombia
By Silvia Maria Hoyos
Five Fragments of Workers Under Threat In Colombia.
How does it feel to be under a death threat for yourself and your family. This powerful film follows five workers including teachers, agricultural workers and others as they go about their daily lives and meet their families all under the threat of death.

Bessie Cohen, Survior of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (3 min.)
By Hope Tucker
This video shows the life of Bessie and what these garment workers faced in one of the worst industrial catastrophes ever to hit America.
Sisters Of Philadelphia ( 11 min.) 2005
By K. S. Haskey (San Francisco Premier)
By and for women carpenters in Philadelphia. Haskey who has worked as a U.B.C.J  carpenter for over 21 years. She gives warmth and spirit to the work of women in the trades.
K.S. Haskey will also attend the premier with a panel of building trades women to discuss video and women in the trades.
Roxie Theatre
3117 16th St. at Valencia, San Francisco

July 28 (Friday) 7:00 PM $5~$10
Concert of The Choruses -
2nd Annual Day Laborer’ Benefit

Join in supporting the struggle for human rights by the San Francisco Day Laborers program. Immigrant workers are under attack, and this benefit with songs performed by Coro Obrero with Francisco Herrera will help their cause. The concert includes the Labor Heritage Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus featuring The Highlander Center, a Living Legacy, a performance piece reflecting spoken and musical voices of working people who participated in education and organizing for labor and civil rights at the Highlander School in Tennessee. The Day Laborers’ Chorus will also perform.
New College of California
766 Valencia St. near 19th, San Francisco

July 28 (Friday) 7:00 PM $5.00
International Working Class Film & Video Festival
RMT, Our Union (35 min.) UK
By Platform Films
This shows the why and hows of what a union is about. This is one of the finest examples on video from the inside of the Rail, Maritime and Transportation workers in the UK.  This well edited film that shows what a union can mean to its members.
Changing, Winning SEIU 1000  (25 min.) 2005
By Nick Yale
This video recounts the struggle of California state employees in their fight against the governor.  Using music, interviews and action shots, this video shows the power of union action.

Made In Berkeley (5 min.)
By Zelda Bronstein, Witt Monts and Paul Shain
The story of the efforts by the community and labor to keep production jobs and art jobs in Berkeley.

The Penthouse of Heaven, May Day Chicago  (27 min.) 2006
By Labor Beat, edited By Larry Duncan
May Day and the struggle for the 8 hour day started 120 years ago in Chicago. This year marks the largest demonstration in the history of Chicago  and it took place on May Day. The video illuminates the struggle for justice by workers today and the role of organized labor and many trade unionists in supporting this historic mobilization in the place where May Day started.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St. at 25th St., San Francisco

July 29 (Saturday) 10:00 AM  $15.00
WPA and Earthquake Bus Tour (Tickets are still available)
With Gray Brechin & Harvey Smith
Join Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith as they travel through history on a bus tour of historic sites built by unionized labor. You will learn about the major contribution workers made during the depression era of the New Deal program. They will also talk about the politics of the period of the earthquake and the role of organized labor in the earthquake and during the WPA.
Co-sponsored by UTU Local 1740

9:30 AM - Assemble at Aquatic Park
10:00 AM - Depart for Rincon Annex - View lobby and Murals; View Treasure Island (across the bay)
10:30 AM - Depart for Sunshine School (Bryant & 25th) via the old Federal Building - View interior of Sunshine School           
11:15 AM - Depart for the Former SF State Normal School/UC Extension Campus           
12:30 PM - Depart for Beach Chalet - View mural, mosaics and wood carvings, and have a beer or soda           
2:30 PM - Return to Aquatic Park
(Times are approximate, depending on traffic and how long we talk to the horses.)
Meet at the bottom corner of Aquatic Park, Hyde & Jefferson
Reservation required: call (415) 642-8066 or e-mail:
You can pay at the park.
(Sandwiches and drink will be available on the bus.)
Bus will be back at Hyde & Jefferson
Tour lasts 4 ~5 hours

July 29 (Saturday) 2:00 PM Free
Labor Film Festivals, History And Culture
Join labor writer Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor Bill Issel, Labor muralist Scott Sayre and singer and cultural worker Francisco Herrera as they discuss how labor culture, art and film is helping to revitalize the labor movement.
The struggle to build labor and working class consciousness in face the corporatized media is intensifying. These writers, artists and educators talk about how they are contributing to this work.

Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St. San Francisco

July 29 (Saturday) 7:00 PM Free
Labor, Trade Unions, Politics And The San Francisco Earthquake
Join panelists Gray Brechin, Bob Matticola, Kevin  Maguire, Harvey Schwartz and others as we look at the lives and politics of the period of the San Francisco earthquake. What were the social forces at work in San Francisco at that period and what can we learn from this for today.
Audio of Historian Michael Kazin on Labor and the 1906 Quake by Rebuilding SF:
This audio presentation by labor historian Michael Kazin about the San
Francisco labormovement during the period of the 1906 earthquake. Kazin's book "Barons Of Labor, The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in
the Progressive Era is an important contribution on the history of working people in San Francisco. (28.6MB 62 minutes)
ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th St. near Howard, San Francisco
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July 30 (Sunday) 10:00AM Free
Cable Car Tour
On Bricklayers and The SF Earthquake
Join San Francisco union bricklayers as we see the city and learn about the role of union workers who rebuilt the city after the quake and maintain it today.
(All seats are taken, however, you can show up for any possible cancellation of reservations.)
Meet at the corner of Mission and Steuart.
(one block away from the ferry building.)
The location has been moved from the ferry building due to the marathon on this morning.
Sponsored by B.A.C. Local 3

July 30 (Sunday)
(The event is cancelled. The author had scheduling problems and was unable to come to San Francisco. Sorry for this change.)
Freedom Is Not Enough,
The Opening Of The American Work Place

Book Presentation by professor and author Nancy MacLean. In her most recent work, MacLean shows why the fight to integrate the work place is critical for all workers from the battle against segregation to equal rights for women.

July 30 (Sunday) 7:00 PM  at ILWU Local 6 Free
Music, Musicians & the San Francisco Earthquake
Presentation with AFM 6 Musicians Jack Chernos, Earl Watkins, musicologist Jeffrey Weissman on Black minstrel musician Bert Williams as well as other musicians and the original music of the period.
Some info on Bert Williams and Bon Bon Walker

ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th St. near Howard, San Francisco

July 31 (Monday) 7:00 PM Donation
Music For Hellraisers
With labor troubadour and writer Anne Feeney.
Anne will be performing labor ballads and songs about working people here and around the world. Her music has given strength and voice in the struggle for workers and human rights in the face of militarization and scapegoating of tens of millions of immigrant workers.

New College of California
766 Valencia St. near 19th, San Francisco
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