July 2011





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LaborFest 2011 Schedule

July 2 (Saturday) 11:30 AM (Free) Angel Island Immigration Post - Mess Hall - North East side of the island
The Trial of Harry Bridges and Chinese Immigration at Angel Island
Talk by Harvey Schwartz and Mike Daly
In 1939, the US government held the first of five trials in an effort to deport Australian born ILWU president Harry Bridges for being a member of the Communist Party. The first trial was on Angel Island, which also was an immigration station for newly arrived immigrants and war prisoners. ILWU historian Harvey Schwartz will provide a report on the effort to deport Harry Bridges and Ironworker Mike Daly will report on the history of immigration of this important island, especially Chinese builders of California. Learn about the arrival at Angel Island of the Pearl River Delta Taishan people who were largely responsible for building the early infrastructure of California.

Please go to the Mess Hall inside the Immigration Post Building
Shuttle is available from ferry to the immigration post. The fare is $5.00 for both ways.
You can also walk, and it may takes 30 min. or more, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Ferry from San Francisco by Blue & Gold $17.00
From Oakland $14.50 (415-773-1188)
Tiburon Ferry $13.50

Departure Schedule to Angel Island
From SF Ferry Building - 9:20, 11:20 AM
From Pier 41 - 9:45, 11:45 AM
From Oakland - 9:00 AM
From Alameda - 9:10 AM
From Tiburon - 10:00, 11:00 AM

Departure Schedule from Angel Island
To San Francisco - 4:40 PM
To Alameda/Oakland - 3:10 PM
To Tiburon - 3:20, 4:20, 5:20 PM
Info on Angel Island - call: 415-328-4403

July 3 (Sunday) 11:00 AM (Free) Meet at 18th Street & Tennessee
Dogpatch & Portrero Point Walk
With SF City Guides & Labor Photographer Joe Blum
Designated as a San Francisco Historic District, this colorful neighborhood has important ties to many of the city’s past commercial industries. From its historic working class cottages and industrial age relics to the current proliferation of ultra-modern lofts, we’ll explore the past and present of this surprising, eclectic neighborhood in transition.

July 3 (Sunday) 1:00 - 3:00 PM (Free) Departs from the cable-car turnaround, Powell at Market Streets, SF
San Francisco Hotel strike history walking tour
Frankly, My Dears, I Give a Damn: Let's Strike!
By David Giesen
Come along on a fast-paced history of a good bit of San Francisco hotel workers strike history. Historian David Giesen leads this two-hour survey of a hundred years of put-upon cooks, servers, pillow plumpers and entertainment staff that will first make you simply kvetch, but end with you joining the strikers’ refrain, “Land & Liberty!”
From the Palace Hotel in 1937 to the Hyatt and Frank in 2011, this walk/talk digs under the headlines and behind the rhetoric to reveal the truly sordid story of hospitality industry labor itself without a place to lay its head. Not recommended for the limp of heart! Unite HERE Local 2 members will participate.
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July 3 (Sunday) 2:00 PM (Free) ILWU Local 34 - 801 2nd St, Next to the AT&T Ball Park, SF
Labor Witch Hunts And Effect In California
The McCarthyite witch hunts in California played an important role in shaping the labor movement in the state. Trade unionists faced attack on their jobs and their rights to make a living. The fight back included the large protest and sit-in  at the HUAC hearings in San Francisco. Join with participants in this struggle and learn about their experiences and lessons for today.
Howard Keylor, Retired ILWU Local 10 member
Phiz Mezey, SFSU professor fired for not signing loyalty oath
Harvey Schwartz, ILWU Historian
Donna Carter, member CNA and participant in SF HUAC hearing
Don Watson, Retired member ILWU Local 34
Howard Keylor's document

July 2 - 4 (Monday) 2:00 PM (Free) Dolores Park - 18th St. & Dolores, SF
SF Mime Troupe - "2012 - The Musical!"
A small political theater company, Theater BAM!, finds itself at a crossroads: should they keep telling the stories they feel can change the world (and starve while telling them), or feed at the corporate trough, sell out, and be the mouthpiece for The Man. Tough decision. But before having to make it, they are offered an artistic commission that may save the company; all they have to do is create a new play, “2012 - The Musical!” But is it political? Will it keep with the company’s original mission? What’s the true purpose of this frivolous production, and who’s really bankrolling the thing?

July 5 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM (Donation) 518 Valencia - near 16th, SF
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
(Please see the film schedule for more information)

July 6 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library - 6501 Telegraph Ave Oakland
China, The Working Class, Unions And The Economy
What is happening to the Chinese working class, the unions and the economy will be the focus of this panel. China is now developing into the largest economy in the world and this forum will discuss how this affects Chinese working people, unions (official & independent) and the Chinese people. It will also look at how the US government, US unions and media look at this development.
Panel with:
David Ewing, US-China Peoples Friendship Ass. SF
Wahdi Halabi, Economics Commission, CP USA
Gary Hicks, Research Associate Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
Sponsored by US-China’s Peoples Friendship Association

July 7 (Thursday) 1:00 PM (Free) Meet on Presidio Avenue between Bush and Pine
SF Fire Department Museum Tour
(With SF City Guides & members of SF Firefighters union)
View antique engines and fire fighter artifacts mixed together with the history of fire fighting. This is an indoor, self guided tour. A trained City Guide is available for questions and explanations. A member of the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 will also attend and present the role of labor in protecting the people of San Francisco from fires.
The firefighters and their union are a first line defense for the people of San Francisco from fires and earthquakes. Two fire fighters in San Francisco, Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53 gave their lives in the line of duty. They were also both members of Firefighters Local 798. LaborFest remembers them and other firefighters and public workers who have giventheir lives to the protection of the city.

July 7 (Thursday) 7:00 PM (Free) Berkeley City College Auditorium - 2050 Center St., Berkeley
The Unremitting War on Labor Art and History: The Trial of Refregier's Murals at Rincon Annex to the Censorship of the Maine Murals Today"?
Following his slim electoral victory in 2011, the Republican Governor of Maine stripped a mural depicting Maine labor history from the walls of Maine’s Labor Department building and hid it.  The mural includes a depiction of Maine’s native daughter Frances Perkins, first woman cabinet member, Secretary of Labor under all the terms of President Franklin Roosevelt and  (among many other things) the person we can thank for Social Security and unemployment insurance.  It also depicts the industries of the state and scenes of working people.  This event will include a live video appearance by the mural’s creator Judy Taylor, a background on the Congressional attempt to destroy the New Deal murals at San Francisco’s Rincon Annex Post Office, and some history of New Deal public art programs.  Presentors are geographer Gray Brechin of the Living New Deal Project and Harvey Smith of the National New Deal Preservation Association.
This event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley City College Social Science Department.

July 8 (Friday) (Donation) 518 Valencia - near 16th, SF
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
(Please see the film schedule for more information)

July 8 (Friday) 7:00 - 8:30 PM($15, 12, 10) MIRA Theater -51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo
Compared to What?
New Play Shows the Beginnings of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters by Judith Offer.
Set in 1926 in West Oakland, the play answers the question of why the men who had the “best job for Negro men in America” were complaining and trying to change it.
COMPARED TO WHAT? will open July 8 and close July 23.
Reading attendees will find it interesting to see the rewritten work, which even includes a new character in the form of the Porter Supervisor, Archibald Snoddy.
The show will play at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 on Sundays.  Patrons can get tickets on line at: or by phone at (707) 552-0400.

July 9 (Saturday) 10:00 AM (Free) Meet in front of Berkeley High School -Corner of Milvia & Alston
WPA Berkeley Walk
With Harvey Smith
This walk will explore the “New Deal nexus” there that includes Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, Post Office art and the old Farm Credit Building. For more info: 510-684-0414

July 9 (Saturday) 12:00 Noon Meet at 1310 Mission St. at 9th, SF
Labor Bike Tour by Chris Carlsson
($15-50 sliding scale donation requested to benefit Shaping San Francisco)
From the pre-urban history of Indian Slavery to the earliest 8-hour day movement in the U.S., the ebb and flow of class war is traced. SF’s radical working class organizations are shaped in part by racist complicity in genocide and slavery, but from the 1870s to the 1940s there are dozens of epic battles between owners and workers, culminating in the 1934 General Strike and its aftermath. This is an entirely different look, during a four-hour bike tour, at San Francisco labor history.
For more info: (415) 608-9033,

July 9 (Saturday) 1:00 & 3:00 PM (Free) Rincon Annex Post Office - Steuart Street side at Mission Street
Labor Archives and Research Center's 25th anniversary
In honor of the Labor Archives and Research Center's 25th anniversary, the Archives has commissioned Jo Kreiter and Flyaway Productions to create a dance performance honoring labor.  "Sympathetic" is a site-specific performance based on the funeral march for the two workers killed on Bloody Thursday, whose deaths sparked the historic 1934 San Francisco General Strike. The aerial dance will take place on the side of the historic Rincon Annex Post Office building, which features WPA era murals that honor the strike. Directly across from Rincon is 113 Steuart Street, the longshore union headquarters during the strike and where the funeral march began. Flyaway Productions incorporates a building’s features into their choreography, utilizing rigging to create space and movement.  Their dances are visually exciting and thought-provoking and the company has received significant press for their work. 
The 10-minute dance will be performed twice in the day, with a labor landmarks walking tour of nearby sites in between performances.
For more info: (415) 564-4010  e-mail:

July 9 (Saturday) 7:00 PM (Free) Marine Fireman's Hall - 224 2nd St. at Howard, SF
A Month In Madison:  Eye-Witness Reports From The Wisconsin Protests
Curated by Joan Juster
An evening of films, songs, photos and stories from the 2011 protests in Wisconsin with refreshment.
Special guest:
J. Eric Cobb,  Executive Director of Buildings Trades South Central, Wisconsin.
On February 11, 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker introduced a “budget repair bill” that threatened the rights and livelihoods of Wisconsin’s labor unions, schools and citizens. The bill sparked massive, ongoing protests that have grown into the largest peaceful demonstrations in history, inspiring similar uprisings around the country.
When protesters occupied the Capitol in Madison, San Francisco documentary producer Joan Juster bought a one-way ticket to Wisconsin to document these historic events.  Through films, photos and stories she gives a first-hand view of the month she spent on the front lines of the battle for Wisconsin.
Films are still being confirmed at press time. Some of the featured films by various producers include:
Wisconsin “Budget Repair Bill” Protest (5:38) , Mike Scholtz (12:30), Cheddar Revolution - VO5 - music video (2:53), This is Happening Now! (6:39), Matthew Schauenberg: Putting his life on the line for Wisconsin (4:50), Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protests (9:30), Tax the Rich: Madison Protest Time-Lapse (4:17), Rudy Fox (5:10), Pizza Revolution (5:20), Wisconsin (6:39), This is What Democracy Looks Like (2:45), There is Power in a Union (3:46), Fourteen Senators (2:17)
For info: justerhill(at)

July 10 (Sunday) 10:00 AM (Free) Meet at 75 Folsom St. - Entrance of Hills Brothers Coffee Building, SF
San Francisco Waterfront Labor History Walk
With Lawrence Shoup and Peter O’Driscoll
There are many stories to be told about labor struggles in San Francisco. This story is about the maritime industry from 1835 until the burning of the blue book in 1934.
Also labor historian Larry Shoup will talk about the history of the 1901 transportation workers strike, which included the Teamsters and was smashed by the San Francisco police. This strike in part led to the formation of the San Francisco Union Labor Party, which in 1905 swept the election and took control of the city.

July 10 (Sunday) 11:00 AM (Free) Meet at Strauss Statue in the visitors’ plaza - SF
Golden Gate Bridge Walk and Talk
Tour lead by Mike Daly (Ironworkers 377) with SF City Guides plus others.
Although other bridges are now taller and longer than this 1930’s icon, the Golden Gate Bridge remains the most recognized structure in the world behind the Eiffel Tower.  Learn why the bridge was so hard to build, how it changed the building of bridges around the world and what today’s bridge workers face as they maintain the world’s largest sculpture.  This unique tour combines historical content from City Guides with a walk on the world’s most famous bridge led by its very own ironworkers and painters.

July 10 (Sunday) 2:00 PM (Donation for actors) Phoenix Theater - 414 Mason room 601 at Geary
Play - Wisconsin, Workplace Hell 2:  Collective Bargaining, Dodo Birds and Other Nearly Extinct Things
Sorry, This event was cancelled.

July 10 (Sunday) 5:00 PM (Free) City Lights Bookstore - 261 Columbus at Broadway, SF
Poetry In The Struggle
LaborFest’s annual literary reading at City Lights, the historic North Beach bookstore. The three writers, Adam David Miller, Andrena Zawinski, and Alice E. Rogoff will share their verses and wisdom. Adam David Miller has participated in and served the Northern California arts community for five decades and is still active. Andrena Zawinski is a poet and teacher of writing. Her collection Something About is a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient. She is Features Editor at Alice E. Rogoff is on the LaborFest organizing committee. She has a new poetry book, Barge Wood, by CC. Marimbo Press, and belongs to the Pacific Media Workers Guild.

July 11 (Monday) 10:00 AM (Free) Portsmouth Square -Washington Street side near the elevator at Kearny, SF
Chinatown Walk
(With SF City Guides)
Learn about Chinese labor, discrimination by government and unions, sweat shops, housing. Walk through unique hidden alleyways to hear the history of America’s largest and oldest Chinese community.  Learn how immigrant labor struggled for fair treatment while mining gold, building railroads and working in the building trades.

July 12 (Tuesday) 10:00 AM (Free)Meet at the corner of Stockton and Maiden Lane - just east of Union Square.
Rising Steel: Two Centuries of San Francisco Architecture
(With SF City Guides with ironworker Local 377 member Mike Daly)
Explore downtown architecture from as early as 1891 up to today. We’ll see famous buildings and little-known treasures while discussing the architects and design trends that changed the face of America. It will also look at the skills and creativity of the skilled union workers who built these artifacts.  ‘Make no small plans!’ 30 buildings in two hours.

July 12 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Farley's -1315 18th Street, SF
TRIANGLE This event was replaced with the following program
A new program of music, poetry and words will replace Elaine Ocasio who is unable to perform in SF.
The Revolutionary Poets Brigade will be presenting at this event on the Women of the Triangle and the workers of the world.

July 13 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Modern Times Bookstore - 2919 24th Street, SF
Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times
Panel Discussion with James Tracy, Amy Sonnie and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
James Tracy and Amy Sonnie are co-authors of the forthcoming book, “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times,” with an Introduction by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, on the extraordinary “Rainbow Coalitions” built in Chicago and other cities in the late 1960s.

July 14 (Thursday) 3:00 PM (Free) Hayes Valley Farm - Entrance on Laguna between Oak & Fell, SF
Hayes Valley Farm Tour
Located in the center of San Francisco, Hayes Valley Farm is an education and research project with a focus on urban agriculture.
Situated on city-owned lots bordered by Oak, Fell, Laguna, and Octavia streets, the project is organized by an alliance of urban farmers, educators, and designers that comprise the Hayes Valley Farm Project Team. Tours of the farm are held every Thursday and Sunday to highlight the innovative strategies used on the farm in order to meet the needs of our planet and the surrounding communities of San Francisco.

July 15 (Friday) 10:00 - 12:00 Noon( (Free) San Bruno Jail - 1 Moreland Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066
Garden Project - How Environmental Training is Being Integrated With Water Projects
Space still available
Reservation is needed - Limited to 50 people (Lunch provided)
Join us for a FREE behind the scenes tour of the 14 acre organic farm at San Bruno Jail which is part of a joint program of the San Francisco Water Power Sewer and the Sheriff’s Office.   The tour will feature presentations by trainee participants on this innovative program, which is headquartered at San Bruno Jail, but which has job sites at several San Francisco Water Power Sewer Water System Improvements Program projects.   Learn from the trainees how they evolve to Earth Stewards as they gain hands- on skills and what their plans are for their futures in the labor force. Lunch will be provided.

To make a reservation for this program and get detailed instructions for location, please contact Prentiss Jackson with San Francisco Water Power Sewer at (415) 554-3485 or email:
Sponsored by SF PUC.

July 15 (Friday) 1:00 - 6:00 PM July 16 (Saturday) 12:00 - 3:00 PM (Free )522 Valencia - near 16th St., SF Location moved from 518 Valencia
Struggle for Justice: The Hoshino Art Show
Reception: 4:00 - 6:00 PM (7/15)
Fumiaki Hoshino is the longest held political prisoner in Japan. He was a student political activist and leader in the protest struggle against the US military bases in Okinawa and Japanese imperialism. On November 14, 1971, he led a demonstration in Tokyo against permanently maintaining the US bases there with the nuclear arsenal. An Osaka education women trade unionist Noriko Nagata and a policeman were killed in the protest, and the government has sought to blame the deaths on protest leader Hoshino. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been in jail for 37 years, and is now filing the second application for retrial. He has also received support from trade unionists in Japan and the US.  He met his wife Akiko after he was jailed and she has been fighting for his release. She will present his watercolor pictures painted in the prison and speak about their international solidarity campaign.
A video on his case and the struggle during that period edited by Manabu Minagawa will be shown during the exhibition period.

July 15 (Friday) 6:00 - 8:00 PM Fog Lifter Café - 1905 Ocean Ave @ Ashton - SF 94127
Delicious and affordable menu plus $10 - $20 donation for Vampire Slayers
Vampire Slayers Full Moon Music Presentation  
With Kaylah Marin and Tasha Kame

The Vampire Slayers, faculty, staff and community members at SFSU, work with students and organizations to defend public education and preserve health and social services.
Kaylah Marin's soulfully inspired lyrics and vocals, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop & Pop with deep Old School RnB Roots combine with dynamic rhythms, a driving huge voice and range. Enjoy an evening of Soul, Poetry and TASHA KAME Jon Brooder, Kevin North, Mike McCoy, playing Blues, roots and Rock.   

July 15 (Friday) 7:00 PM ( (Free ) 522 Valencia - near 16th St., SF
Location moved from 518 Valencia
Labor & Political prisoners: From Hoshino To Mumia
Two Political Prisoners: Fumiaki Hoshino and Mumia Abu Jamal, both framed for a crime they didn’t commit.  Both have new evidence showing their innocence, which has been unheard or rejected by courts. Both are framed for political reasons.
Speakers will describe Hoshino and Mumia’s cases.  Jack Heyman, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) retired, and other labor speakers will discuss labor’s fight back on these cases.  Video of the longshore port shutdown for Mumia Abu-Jamal will be shown.

July 16 (Saturday) 10:00 AM ($20.00) Meet at front of Bill Graham Auditorium - 99 Grove St., SF
WPA Bus Tour
Sold out
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 discuss 75 years of the WPA. Please be aware that the tour will take about 5 hours depending on the traffic and the discussions.
Meet at front of Bill Graham Auditorium, between the City Hall and the Main Library.
Reservation required:
Send e-mail: or call: (415) 642-8066,  and leave your name, # of reservations and phone number (this is to get back to you in case of any changes. )
Make reservation, then send check to: LaborFest, P.O. Box 40983, SF, CA 94140

(Sandwiches and drinks will be available)
Bus will return to Civic Center.
Tour lasts about 5 hours.

July 16 (Saturday) 10:30 AM (Free ) Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza   - Front of Ferry Building, SF
SF General Strike Walk
Join a walk with labor historian Louis Prisco, retired ILWU longshoreman Jack Heyman and others. We will look at the causes of the 1934 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? We will also view some of the key historical sites in this important US labor struggle. Be prepared for a long walk, slow pace and no hills.
Bring your lunch with you.

July 16 (Saturday) 11:00 AM (Free ) Meet at Precita and Harrison   - behind Flynn Elementary School.
Mission Murals Walk
With SF City Guides.
San Francisco is the capitol of murals in the United States and the Mission is the center of the 600 murals in San Francisco. The artistry of San Francisco murals in the Mission tell the story of the people of the City who come from every corner of the world. See the colorful people’s art of the Mission District, one of San Francisco’s largest ethnic communities.

July 16 (Saturday) 2:00 PM (Free ) Meet at the Japantown Peace Pagoda - at Buchanan between Post and Geary
Japantown, Urban Renewal and Fillmore Jazz Walk
With SF City Guides.
San Francisco’s Japantown dates from the great earthquake and fire of 1906, when the Japanese population united west of the fire line. Uprooted by World War II, the Japanese were replaced mostly by African-Americans, who brought their vibrant musical heritage with them. The area was one of the first to experience the dramatic changes of 1950s urban renewal programs – which continue. In recent years the area has seen a wealth of Japanese architecture next to the classic Victorians and a rebirth of African-American culture in the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District. Ironworker Mike Daly will make a presentation on the life and struggle of resister Fred Korematsu.

July 16 (Saturday) 7:00 PM(Donation to Japanese workers) Redstone Building - 2926 16th St., SF
Fukushima, Labor And The Lessons Of Nuclear Power
Report from Japan labor and community activists who are organizing to support workers and farmers whose lives and those of their families have been under threat.
Author Daniel Berman of  “Who Owns The Sun” will report on the role of the nuclear industry and why this industry continues to exist when solar and other energy sources could play a critical role in alternative energy development.
Labor Folk Blues with Onion & GG.
Sponsored by Labor Video Projec
People’s Earthquake Relief Center Fund

July 16 (Saturday) 8:00 PM (Free ) 885 Clayton St.- ., at Carl St., SF
Song and Poetry Swap
For 29 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 song swaps. Bring songs or poems to share. Everyone is welcome, regardless of musical ability or training.
For info: (415) 648-3457

July 17 (Sunday) 10:30 AM (Donation) Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library - 6501 Telegraph Ave Oakland
Workers and The Struggle Against Contract Labor In India
Screening of Many Straws Make A Nest (50 min.) India.
This documentary is about the labor struggles in Delhi’s new industrial zones where 4.5 million workers toil mostly recruited from rural areas. There will also be a report by engineer Raj Sahi on the Indian Institute of Technology in  Kanpur on the struggle of the  temporary contract workers at the University. They have been organizing for over ten years for their labor and democratic rights against extreme exploitation at this highly rated university. This issue is faced as well by millions of working people in the US.

July 17 (Sunday) 12:00 Noon (Free) Marine Firemen’s Hall - 240 2nd St. San Francisco
A Walk - Irish Labor Helped Build San Francisco
With IBEW electrician Peter O’Driscoll and labor writer and UAW NWU member Larry Shoup.
This tour will focus on the history of San Francisco’s famed waterfront and the role of its Irish and Irish-American workers, leaders, and martyrs. It will also include the cases of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings who faced a labor frame-up in the Preparedness Day Bombing in San Francisco in July 1916 and the successful struggle for their release. The tour will also include the sculpture dedicated to the waterfront strikers of 1934 and other historic markers along the way. The tour will end inside Rincon Center discussing the historic murals dedicated to the labor movement in San Francisco.

July 17 (Sunday) 1:00 - 3:00 PM (Free ) Bird and Beckett Bookstore - 653 Chenery St., SF
LaborFest Writing Group - Reading and Writing Workshop
Members of the LaborFest Writing Group will read their work, followed by a writing exercise on the theme Labor Fights Back. LaborFest Writers believes everyone has a story to tell. An afternoon of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and memoir to help awaken the hidden stories within. We will be exploring past histories, our uncertain future, and new changing political landscapes and paradigms reflected in both anti-labor and pro-labor uprisings. Members of the group are Phyllis Holliday, Margaret Cooley, Keith Cooley, Susan Ford, Adele Kearney, Nellie Wong, Jerry Path, and Alice Rogoff.

July 17 (Sunday) 3:00 PM (Free) Bird and Beckett Bookstore - 653 Chenery St., SF
The Comfort Garden: Tales from the Trauma Unit
Book reading by Laurie Barkin, RN, MS
As a psychiatric nurse consultant working in SF General Hospital’s Trauma Unit, Barkin routinely evaluated and treated patients with stab wounds, gun shot wounds, and injuries from motor vehicle accidents, fires, and falls.  Her book tells her own stories and those of fellow workers in the unit, a workforce under constant and intense pressure, exploring what happens to professional caregivers when exposure to tragedy becomes routine.  These are the stories of skilled and dedicated individuals for whom vicarious trauma is a real and harrowing fact of their jobs.

July 17 (Sunday) 6:00 PM ($45) Pier 41 left of Pier 39 near outside ticket booth - Fisherman’s Wharf, SF
Building Bridges and Labor Maritime History Boat Tour
Photos of 2011 LaborFest Maritime Boat Trip
5:45 PM Boarding, 6:00 PM Departure
Boat leaves promptly at 6:00 PM
Tour lasts 3 hours
A complimentary meal will be provided, however, if you are on a special diet please bring your own food.Join us for this evening cruise on labor history and a close up look at the massive construction project of the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The skills of the ironworkers, operators, carpenters, laborers, electricians and maritime workers who are building this monument are creating a vital link and beautiful artifact of the Bay Area.
Labor historians, photographers and building trades workers will talk about labor history and the construction of the new East Bay Span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Gray Brechin, Mike Daly, Joseph Blum, Harvey Schwartz and others will present along with labor musicians including Carol Denney and others.
To make your reservation:
By E-mail: or call: (415) 642-8066, and leave your name, phone number and number of people in your party. (We prefer e-mail.)
We will contact you back to confirm your reservation. Then, you should mail a check ($45/person, children under 6 - free, 6 to 12 is $25) to LaborFest, P.O.Box 40983, San Francisco, CA 94140.
We don’t send you tickets, but we will either e-mail or call you back to let you know that we received your check, and as soon as we receive your check, your reservation will be confirmed. You will get your ticket at the pier before you get on the boat.
Please be there at least 30 minutes before the departure time in order to go through paper work.

July 18 (Monday) 7:30 PM (Free) Green Arcade -1680 Market St. at Gough, SF
California  & The 150th Anniversary US Civil War, Slave Labor, Wage Labor and Free Labor
Book Presentation by Larry Shoup, author of Rulers and Rebels.
A People’s History of California, 1769 – 1901. Shoup in this classic history of early California labor looks at the trade unions, segregationists and the role of slavery in early California history. It includes the struggle to free an enslaved African American, Archie Lee, who escaped twice from his “owner” in San Francisco.
Intervie with labor writer and LaborFest presenters Larry Shoup and Gray Brechin on LaborFest-KPFA7/3/11

July 19 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Farley's  - 1315 18th Street between Texas & Missouri St.
Labor Stories for the 21st Century
An evening of storytelling, solo performance, poetry, song and music with an Open Mic to follow. Come listen to working class labor stories and labor songs of the young and aging, from the past to present day. What does it means to fight back with non-violence, what tools are being used and what are the stories of hope for the 21st century?  Open Mic: Bring your stories, poetry, song and music. Members of the group are Phyllis Holliday, Margaret Cooley, Keith Cooley, Susan Ford, Adele Kearney, Nellie Wong, Jerry Path, and Alice Rogoff. 

July 19 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Centro del Pueblo, auditorium - 474 Valencia Street (between 15th and 16th)
Labor's Fight, Free Mumia
Film Justice On Trial - The Case of Munia Abu-Jamal  (70 min.) by Big Noise Films
There will be a screening of “Justice On Trial.”  This 70-minute film details the context of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case under the racist police regime in Philadelphia in the 1970’s and ‘80s, and describes key evidence of innocence that was never heard in a courtroom.  Despite the ongoing threat to his life from unjust incarceration and possible execution, Mumia Abu-Jamal, a working CWA NABET union journalist, supports working people world wide, honors picket lines, and defends victims of racist and imperialist oppression everywhere.
Speakers will answer questions and describe the case, and Jack Heyman (ILWU retired), Karl Fischbacher of the Austria Committee and other labor speakers will discuss labor’s fight back on Mumia’s case.

July 20 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Booksmith - 1644 Haight St., SF
The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial
Book Presentation by Scott Martelle
Scott Martelle in his important new work looks at the  massive witchhunts in the US more than 60 years ago. These witchhunts, particularly against the Communist Party, shaped the labor movement and American consciousness.  Martelle looks at the trials and the hysteria and how it affected the people of the United States. He also looks at parallels today in the attacks on free speech, immigrants and Muslim Americans, particularly since 9/11.

July 21 (Thursday) 7:00 PM (Free) 522 Valencia - near 16th, SF
Location moved from 518 Valencia
The European working people and the struggle to defend basic social rights
Video and reports by Vienna teacher union steward and Labournet Austria founder Karl Fischbacker on the European strikes against the cutbacks and the economic policies of big business. Women’s educator Dr. Irmi Voglmayr will make a report on the Austrian movement to defend against state and social cuts and the student movement as well as the situation of racism and the anti-racist movement.
Sponsored by United Public Workers for Action

July 22 (Friday) 6:00 PM (Donation) 522 Valencia - near 16th, SF
Location moved from 518 Valencia
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
(Please see the film schedule for more information)

July 22 (Friday) 6:30 PM ($35) Third Baptist Church, Nelson Hall -1399 McAllister, SF
First Annual SF Living Wage Coalition’s Awards Dinner
The San Francisco Living Wage Coalition was born out of Labor’s efforts to work with the community in organizing non-union workers to use legislative strategies to improve their wages and working conditions, to build a workers movement and to create the conditions for unionizing. These efforts created a movement that led to a whole slew of local wage and benefit laws that are unique to San Francisco and a massive organizing drive at the airport that brought a collective bargaining agreement to pre-board screeners that they are still fighting for at other airports.For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition at 415-863-1225,

July 23 (Saturday) 10:00 AM (Free) Meet at Coit Tower entrance, SF
Coit Tower Mural Walk
With Peter O’Driscoll
Seventy-six years ago this month artists who were working with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) were working on the Coit Tower murals. These political artists were very much influenced by the general strike, and this is reflected in these historic murals.
A media hysteria was also whipped up against the art and the artists in an effort to censor them. Fortunately this failed and the murals remain a testament to the people of San Francisco and the labor movement.

July 23 (Saturday) 1:00 PM (Free) Meet at 16th St. & Capp, Redstone Building - near 16th BART station
Redstone Labor and Culture Walk
With Louis Prisco
Two buildings near each other: the Redstone former Labor Temple was HQ of the 1934 General Strike, and the National Guard Armory was an anti-strike center. Murals in the Redstone lobby tell us much about San Francisco labor history; a walk through the diverse and culturally vibrant neighborhood outside will consider art, ethnic history and the class struggle.
Limited to 20 persons. Please sign up by calling the leader, Louis Prisco, at 415-841-1254 and for information on the meeting time and place.

July 23 (Saturday) 1:30 PM (Free) Meet in East end of Rincon Center lobby - Mission at Steuart, SF
Historic Murals of Rincon Annex Center
With SF City Guides)
The Rincon murals were the very last WPA project to be completed. When these murals were unveiled, powerful voices called for their destruction, but 40 years later, they saved the Rincon Center from demolition. The historic lobby murals tell many stories, from San Francisco history to the politics of the Cold War era. Discover the artistic and political background of these treasures.


July 23 (Saturday) 7:00 PM (Donation) ILWU Local 34 Hall - 801 2nd St., SF Next to the AT&T Ball Park
Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of The Triangle Fire & The LA Times Bombing
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Fire in which 146 immigrants, mostly Jewish and Italian garment workers, died in New York City. It is also the 100th anniversary of the LA Times bombing that was blamed on unionized ironworkers. This led to a witch hunt against labor and the defeat of working class candidate Job Harriman in the Los Angeles elections. Both these events will be focused on during this event.
Screening of Clara Lemlich, A Strike Leader’s Dairy, about the life of immigrant Russian garment union leader Clara Lemlich and her role in the “Uprising of 1909”.
Clara Lemlich, a young 17-year old Russian immigrant like many other young immigrant women in New York was in the garment industry. Despite her small stature she stood up for the women, young and old, who toiled in the garment shops and factories. She was also targeted by the bosses, who hired thugs and goons to beat up the union activists and Clara was beaten numerous times. Despite the great costs to her health and even her life, she continued organizing. At a mass meeting at NY Cooper Union she spoke up for many when she said it was time for a mass strike. This was unanimously agreed to, and in 1909, twenty thousand garment workers went on strike. That was called the “The Uprising”.
Despite the efforts to get a union at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the anti-labor owners refused to sign a union contract. The failure to get a contract led to continued dangerous working conditions and also locked escape doors. The death however led to an explosion of anger and support for union and labor rights that are now under attack.
Lee Boek, Public Works Improvisational Theater Company, will present a theater piece on the 1911 LA Times bombing and the shaping of Los Angeles. The   attack on organized labor, particularly union ironworkers and organizers John J. (“J.J.”) and James B. (“J.B.”) McNamara in Los Angeles, was a critical part of Los Angeles and California labor history. These unionists were charged with the bombing of the LA Times building and their lawyer was Clarence Darrow. This incident was used to politically assault the trade union movement and also derail the election campaign of Job Harriman.
Labor Folk Blues Onion & GG
presentation by Mike Daly on the LA Times bombing

July 24 (Sunday) 9:30 - 6:00 PM (Free) Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts - 2868 Mission St., SF
LaborFest BookFair
(Please see the schedule for more information)

July 24 (Sunday) 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Suggested donation #5.00 to LaborFest) Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts - 2868 Mission St., SF
Learn by Suing
Performance and Discussion by Jay Martin
With a layoff looming in 2008, Jay Martin looked at the law. 60-day
notice, it said. Jay became the lead plaintiff in a class action
against his former employer, an experience more about phone calls than
courtrooms. Jay appeared previously in LaborFest reading Upton
Sinclair's memoir "I, Candidate." This year, learn what Jay learned
about the law that protects workers during a mass layoff, the WARN

July 24 (Sunday) 7:00 PM ($10 Donation-no one turned away) 522 Valencia - near 16th St., SF Location moved from 518 Valencia
Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travellin'
By Dr. Will Kaufman
Will Kaufman’s WOODY GUTHRIE: HARD TIMES AND HARD TRAVELLIN’ is a captivating “live documentary” that sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s - the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself. Such hard-hitting Guthrie songs as “Vigilante Man”, “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “I Ain’t Got No Home” are brought into conversation with other relevant songs - from Joe Hill’s “The Preacher and the Slave” to “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” Altogether the show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work.,
Woody Guthrie Ludlow Massacre
Will Kaufman on Woody Guthrie-KQED Interview with Michael Krasny

July 24 (Sunday) 4:00 PM($12, Students/Seniors $8) Café Royale - 800 Post Street at Leavenworth, SF
Folk This!
It Can't Happen Here 
A dramatic reading and multimedia presentation
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross”.  So stated Sinclair Lewis in 1935 in his popular novel “It Can’t Happen Here”, which two years later was adapted to the stage and performed in 15 cities simultaneously by the Federal Theatre Project.  The evening’s program by the Indelible Voices Projects features a dramatic reading of Lewis’ play by a talented group of local actors as well as a presentation on Sinclair Lewis, the Federal Theatre Project, and the impact of “It Can’t Happen Here” in the 30s and its implications for our own time.
For information on the tickets: call (415) 378-7235.  E-mail:

July 25 (Monday) 7:00 PM (Free) Plumbers Hall - 1621 Market St., SF
Labor Challenge
Name an enemy of labor? Name the most commonly negotiated benefit in a labor contract?  Think you can take on a team of labor experts in the first ever Labor Challenge, inspired by Family Feud.  Come and watch teams of labor leaders take each other on in a fun yet challenging game of labor knowledge.  Form your own team or simply show up and we will put you into a new team.  Fun prizes will be awarded.

July 26 (Tuesday) 11:00 & 2:00 PM (Free) Meet at entrance of 57 Post St., SF
Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room Tour
Join us for a tour of the oldest library on the west coast! The Mechanics’ Institute was established in 1854 as a library and vocational school for mechanics, engineers, and manual laborers. Today it continues its service to the community as a comprehensive library, a cultural center, and a world renowned chess club. Tour will focus on the Institute’s history, the unique architectural features of our landmark building, and a comprehensive review of the Institute’s collections, services, and activities.
For more information and reservations please contact: Taryn Edwards 415-393-0103, email:

July 26 (Tuesday) 7:30 PM (Free) Green Arcade Bookstore - 1680 Market St., SF
Report on The First Oklahoma LaborFest, 2010, and Plans for The Next One
With two of the organizers, Rachel Jackson and Jim Bligh
Rachel Jackson is founder of Red Flag Press and editor of “The Oklahoma Revelator - A People’s Almanac and Cultural Occasional.”   She’s a doctoral student in English at the University of Oklahoma researching radical rhetoric in Oklahoma history particularly at the intersections of race and labor.  She is a member of the Oklahoma LaborFest Planning Committee and Director and Producer of Oklahoma Speaks!, the grand finale of the Oklahoma LaborFest.
Jim Bligh is a Jet Engine Mechanic and Steward for American Federation of Government Employees, Local 916, Tinker AFB - Oklahoma’s largest single-site employer.  He is Delegate to the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation.  Jim is an Oklahoma LaborFest Planning Committee Member.

July 26 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Berkeley City College Auditorium- 2050 Center St., Berkeley
Budget Cuts, The Time To Act Is Now!
What can be done in the face of the attacks on education and other public sector workers? The fight today to mobilize the labor movement and working people is key and this has not yet happened in California within the trade unions despite the escalating attacks. AgainstCuts is an effort to begin to organize those who are ready to fight back. We played an important role in organizing the 12,000-person rally in San Francisco on March 4, 2009 along with several teachers unions. We have developed basic tools – leaflets, organizer’s packets and teach-in materials – that ordinary people can use to organize at their, schools, workplaces, churches or wherever they are. Join us to discuss how we can build a real fight back against the destruction of public education.
Kristy Morrison (high school teacher), Dielly Diaz (community college student), and Kip Waldo, (community college teacher).
Sponsored by Berkeley City College Social Science Department

July 27 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Berkeley City College Auditorium - 2050 Center St., Berkeley
Tous-Ensemble! From Factory Occupations to the Streets!
Workers in Europe have come under increasing attack by their employers and the state. In France, workers have fought back, occupying their workplaces, sometimes holding the bosses hostage and taking to the streets in the millions this Fall to defend their rights to retirement. Small gains have been made, but the attacks continue. During these fights, workers began to forge links across industry and union lines to unite and generalize their struggles. Two participants in these struggles, one a CGT union militant at Renault Guyancourt, a technical center of 12,000 workers, the other a militant of the French left group, Fraction “Etincelle” of Lutte Ouvriere – will talk about their experiences and show short video clips of some of the struggles.
Sponsored by Berkeley City College Social Science Department

July 28 (Thursday) 5:00 PM (Donation) Manilatown Center - 868 Kearny St., SF  
Unsung Heroes of U. S. History
6:00-7:00 PM - Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippine War - A Conflict of Conscience for African Americans
Descendents of Buffalo Soldiers who married Filipino women and moved back to the Bay Area will be invited to share their family stories.
7:00-8:00 PM – Film Preview of “The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW”
The Delano Manongs tells the unknown history of a group of Filipino farmworkers in Delano, California who toiled under the yoke of racism for decades, then rose up in their twilight years to fight for fair wages and ethical work conditions.
The Manongs (a Manong is a Filipino term of respect for an older brother) instigated one of the American labor movement’s finest hours – the Great Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about a successful joining of the Filipino and Chicano (Mexican-American) labor groups and the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). This program will show the 10 min. trailer. There will also be a discussion with the film’s director Marissa Aroy.
8:00-9:00 PMTribute to Al Robles “Uncle Al”
Alfred A. Robles (February 16, 1930 - May 2, 2009) dedicated his life to working for social justice.  A community character, he was instrumental in the political fight against the city to stop the demolition of the International Hotel on Kearny Street.

July 28 (Thursday) 7:00 PM (Free) ILWU Local 10 Henry Schmidt Room- 400 North Point, SF
Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia
“Ben Fletcher: the WWI era’s most important, if forgotten, African American Labor Leader”
Author and historian Peter Cole’s talk will examine the history of Ben Fletcher and the union he helped lead, Local 8, which was the most successful interracial labor union in US history prior to the rise of the CIO in the 1930s.  Led by Fletcher, the best known black Wobbly, thousands of black men, allied with thousands of whites, both native-born and immigrant, to make Local 8 a force to be reckoned with in the WWI era, an era when most unions, like almost all institutions, excluded blacks or, at best, segregated them.  In contrast, Fletcher and the Industrial Workers of the World—to which Local 8 belonged—both preached and practiced racial equality.  The rise and fall of this union reveals the extent of what was possible in regards to interracial unionism in the most racist era since the abolition of slavery.  This union helped lay the foundation for subsequent unions committed to civil rights including San Francisco’s own International Longshore & Warehouse Union.
Peter Cole is an Associate Professor of History at Western Illinois University in Macomb. 

July 29 (Friday) 6:00 PM (Donation) 522 Valencia - near 16th St., SF
Location moved from 518 Valencia

FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
(Please see the film schedule for more information)

July 30 (Saturday) 10:30 AM ( Free) Meet at the fountain in Latham Square  - Telegraph and Broadway
Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk

With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking - mostly women - retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department store whose picket line was being broken by police scab herding. Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were six general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland “Work Holiday” was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S. and the walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity. Sponsored by Laney College Labor Studies (510-464-3210)

July 30 (Saturday) 2:00 PM (Free) Call Alice Rogoff at 415-939-5148 for location
Brooklyn, San Francisco
by Alice Rogoff
Reading of a fictional story written by Alice Rogoff with audience-participants. The story combines the history of immigration laws, and non-citizen seniors’ benefits, with the basics of political organizing. In the story, a group of activists and community workers and an elderly ghost grandmother from Brooklyn, New York have a supernatural romp through a San Francisco Tenderloin Senior Center, Chinatown’s garment shops, North Beach poetry readings, and New York and San Francisco’s labor struggles. 
Read or listen. Refreshments and a get together after the reading.

July 30 (Saturday) 11:30 AM (Free) Meet at the corner of 8th St. and Railroad Ave. Mare Island
Mare Island Naval Shipyard: Laboring for the Navy 
Founded in 1854 as the first U.S. Naval installation in the Pacific, Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo was the Navy’s largest civilian shipyard, employing at its peak of production during WWII more than 40,000 workers, including women–Rosie the Riveters, as they became known. Learn about some of the labor issues that influenced work life at the shipyard and walk through the central shipyard with some of the workers who built and repaired Navy vessels up until the base closure in 1996. Bring your own lunch to enjoy at the picnic grounds next to the Naval Cemetery in the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, followed by the afternoon tour. Drinks will be provided. E-mail or call for a ride from the Vallejo Ferry terminal. The Ferry terminal can be reached by BARTLink bus from the Del Norte BART station or by ferry from the San Francisco Ferry Building. Hosted by Mare Island Heritage Trust. For information call 707-249-9633 or e-mail myrnahay@pacbell.netVisit:

July 30 (Saturday) 2:00 - 3:30 PM (Free) Shoreline Heritage Preserve Visitors Center  - Mare Island
Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot:  A “Mutiny” that Changed History
On August 9, 1944, 3 weeks after the Port Chicago Explosion that resulted in the greatest loss of life on home soil during WWII, 258 African American sailors took a stand that changed history, yet few people know where their “work stoppage” viewed as a way to bargain for better and safer working conditions, took place. Visit Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot in Vallejo where the men were ordered to return to loading munitions. Their refusal to return to work resulted in the Navy’s court-martial and imprisonment of 50 men. Due to advocacy by then NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall and even Eleanor Roosevelt, the Navy became the first of America’s armed services to desegregate. Join retired ILWU member Jeff Bonneville and Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve manager Myrna Hayes in anarrated walking and driving tour. Hosted by Mare Island Heritage Trust.
For information call 707-249-9633 or e-mail Visit:

July 30 (Saturday) 3:00 PM (Free) SEIU 1021 Oakland Hall - 100 Oak St., Oakland
Transport Workers & Oakland General Strike
Lessons for Today

Film screening and forum
With Fred Glass and Gifford Harman
In 1946 the last general strike took place in Oakland, California  and it was initiated by an Oakland transit worker who supported the striking clerical workers. This forum will have a video presentation and discussion on the lessons of this important strike.
Endorsed by ATU 1555, Transport Workers Solidarity Committee

July 30 (Saturday) 7:00 PM (Donation) ILWU Local 34 Hall - 801 2nd St., next to the AT&T Ball Park
Displaying Union Power-Local 510 On Stage
A Performance by the Rock’in Solidarity Labor Heritage Chorus
The latest production to come out of the Labor Tales, Labor Drama Project tells the story of Sign & Display Union Local 510. The piece focuses on the workers who set up and take down the exhibits in the Bay Area convention halls and their struggle to build a strong and democratic union. It is based on oral history interviews and includes words or poetry set to music and performed by the Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Heritage Chorus. The project is collaboration among the San Francisco State University Labor Archives, the City College of San Francisco Labor & Community Studies Theater Arts program and Labor Heritage Chorus as well as Local 510.
The Labor Chorus, under the direction of Pat Wynne, will do an additional set of songs about solidarity and struggle with their usual passion and humor.

July 31 (Sunday) 10:00 AM (Free) Meet at ILWU Sculpture at Mission & Steuart St.
SF Architecture & Labor Social History of San Francisco
Walk With Brad Wiedemier, Executive Board Member SEIU UHW & Architectural Historian
San Francisco has a rich political and labor history that is also connected to it’s buildings. In this history by the buildings walk, Brad Wiedemier will outline these artifacts  and their connections to San Francisco’s past.
For more information call (415) 694-3605
Photo - Funeral march & gathering point for two workers killed in 1934 just before the SF General Strike at ILA-ILWU headquarter on Steuart Street

July 31 (Sunday) 1:00 PM (Donation) ILWU Local 34 - 801 2nd St. next to the AT&T Ball Park
Blogging, Journalism, The Net & Free Labor
The Internet has been used to destroy thousands of professional journalist and writers’ jobs. It is also being used to force writers and media workers to work for free and the sale of the Huffington Post for $315 million. And then there's the $4 million annual salary that Huffington is receiving is a vivid example of how the free labor of others is being used to benefit the wealthy. This forum will look at the history of this technology in destroying jobs and how it is now forcing writers and other media workers to work for free.
With labor journalist Mike Elk (by Skype) who was fired by Arriana Huffington’s Post, WGA member and screenwriter  Dalessandro James, Steve Zeltzer, of Labor Video Project and  a  member CWA Free Lancers and Rebecca Rosen Lum, CWA 39521 Guild Freelancers Unit Chair-Pacific  Media Workers

Sponsored by Labor Video Project

July 31 (Sunday) 7:00 PM (Free) Nap’s - 3152 Mission St. at Precita, SF
Closing Party
Please join us to celebrate the last day of the LaborFest with food and the music of the Angry Tired Teachers Band, Elisa M Welch & Jim McLaren and others.