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July 1, 2 2:00 PM (Free) 1300 Rose St. & Chestnut St., Berkeley
July 4 2:00 PM (Free) Dolores Park - 18th & Dolores, SF
SF Mime Troupe - Walls
WALLS asks the question:How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration? The answer: FEAR!
L. Mary Jones (Velina Brown) knows all about fear. As a top agent for I.C.E. - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - she knows how to stoke fear to keep her country safe. Fear of people like Bahdoon Samakab (Rotimi Agbabiaka), a Somali refugee escaping oppression, fear of Cliodhna Aghabullogue (Lizzie Calogero), an Irish woman yearning to be American, and fear of Zaniyah Nahuatl (Marilet Martinez), whose family comes from... here. As a foreigner in a land her people have worked for thousands of years, Zaniyah is suddenly a criminal, an illegal, a “bad hombre.” What part of herself will this American give up to pass as “American?” Will she? Can she? Should she? Can someone leave part of themselves behind without losing their mind? And is it better or worse that she crossed the border to find Agent L. Mary Jones - the woman she loves?
Check other schedule at www.sfmt.org

July 2 (Sunday) 7:00 PM (Free) Meet at 165 Grove St., SF - (at Please Touch Gommunity Garden)
The EPIC Struggle for California
By David Giesen
Historian
David Giesen surveys with film and talk the magnificent political performance piece which became a political movement in 1934. Deep in the Great Depression, muck-raking author Upton Sinclair (The Jungle) wrote a booklet in 1933 detailing a program for (E)nding (P)overty (i)n (C)alifornia. The Unapologetically socialist program for putting abandoned farms and factories into the hands of workers captured the hope and energy of millions of Californians. In short order California had a Democratic Party majority for the first time, and the state’s quick step towards nation-leading social programs was launched.
The program is outdoors, so dress appropriately.
For further information contact: info@TheCommonsSF.org

July 13 (Thursday) 7:00 PM (Donation) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall - 1924 Cedar St., Berkeley
Woody Guthrie’s Birthday & Homestead Strike

Join labor musician
Jimmy Kelly in commemorating the life and songs of Woody Guthrie and his birthday. Guthrie, a people and worker’s musician, traveled coast-to-coast singing about striking workers and people in struggle.
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
The River Ran Red
(58 min.) 2012
By Steffi domike & Nicole fauteux

Also, this year is the 125th anniversary of the Homestead Strike, and there will be a screening of The River Ran Red about the 1872 Homestead Steel Works strike in Pennsylvania. Andrew Carnegie and the other owners of the steel mill brought in Pinkerton gun thugs to break the strike and the union. This struggle was a lesson on how the robber barons treated their workers and kept their power.

(Please check the detail of the film The River Ran Red on July 24 calender).

July 14 (Friday) 6:00 PM (Free) Canessa Gallery - 708 Montgomery St. in North Beach, SF
Building Bridges, Not Walls - Art and Poetry Exhibit
“Building Bridges, Not Walls” acknowledges the contributions of the multicultural population of the Bay Area and its role in creating world-renown infrastructure. This exhibit features Bay Area artists and poets whose work celebrates these contributions. Three themes will be highlighted to celebrate the bridges, the people who built them and the impact on our lives today: Immigrants, Diversity, and Internationalism.
During July and August, a companion exhibit at the San Francisco Main Library will display and interpret historic photos and objects from the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and other historic San Francisco bridges – the Golden Gate, Lefty O’Doul, and Alvord Lake. These exhibits celebrate the immigrant engineers who designed the bridges, the children of immigrants who built the older bridges, the diverse workforce, including women, who built the new Bay Bridge span, and the internationalism of the Golden Gate International Exposition and of the founding conference of the United Nations.

July 14 (Friday) 7:00 PM (Donation) San Jose Peace & Justice Center - 48 S. 7th St., SJ
Woody Guthrie’s Birthday & Homestead Strike

Join labor musician
Jimmy Kelly in commemorating the life and songs of Woody Guthrie and his birthday. Guthrie, a people and worker’s musician, traveled coast-to-coast singing about striking workers and people in struggle.
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
The River Ran Red
(58 min.) 2012
By Steffi domike & Nicole fauteux

Also, this year is the 125th anniversary of the Homestead Strike, and there will be a screening of The River Ran Red about the 1872 Homestead Steel Works strike in Pennsylvania. Andrew Carnegie and the other owners of the steel mill brought in Pinkerton gun thugs to break the strike and the union. This struggle was a lesson on how the robber barons treated their workers and kept their power.

(Please check the detail of the film The River Ran Red on July 24 calender).

July 15 (Saturday) 10:00 AM (Free) Santa Cruz Public Library - 224 Church St., Santa Cruz
Woody Guthrie’s Birthday & Homestead Strike

Join labor musician
Jimmy Kelly in commemorating the life and songs of Woody Guthrie and his birthday. Guthrie, a people and worker’s musician, traveled coast-to-coast singing about striking workers and people in struggle.
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
The River Ran Red
(58 min.) 2012
By Steffi domike & Nicole fauteux

Also, this year is the 125th anniversary of the Homestead Strike, and there will be a screening of The River Ran Red about the 1872 Homestead Steel Works strike in Pennsylvania. Andrew Carnegie and the other owners of the steel mill brought in Pinkerton gun thugs to break the strike and the union. This struggle was a lesson on how the robber barons treated their workers and kept their power.

(Please check the detail of the film The River Ran Red on July 24 calender).

July 16 (Sunday) 2:00 PM (Free) Canessa Gallery - 708 Montgonery St. in North Beach, SF
Play reading: Painting Coit Tower
Reading of scenes from new play about the Coit Tower murals and the artists who painted them
With Jon Golinger, founder of Protect Coit Tower
“What do powerful men fear most? Honest questions from free minds. Brush fresh paint on a blank slate – who knows what you may find?” So says artist Bernard Zakheim in a scene from “Painting Coit Tower,” a new play that tells the amazing story of the Coit Tower murals – how they came to be and why they remain just as meaningful today as when they were painted 83 years ago. Scenes from the play will be read in an informal setting at the Canessa Gallery, located on the very block of Montgomery Street where the Coit Tower mural story begins.
Sponsored by Protect Coit Tower.
For more information email: ProtectCoitTower@gmail.com

 

July 26 (Wednesday) 8:00 PM (Call for ticket) San Jose Improv - 62 S. 2nd St., San Jose
LaborFest Comedy Night
Hosted by Danny Cruzz
LaborFest 2017 brings a night of comedy to all working class people to laugh and enjoy a night of relaxation. As labor is forefront for us all, we need to unwind and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
All comics are labor friendly-performers.

Must be 18 or older. 2 items minimum order required - 21 or older for drink order.
Door open at 7:15 at SJ Improv.
Call for reservation.
Ticket info: call Danny Cruzz (408) 504-9370
Email- dannycruzzlaughs@yahoo.com
San Jose Improv: (408) 280-7475
Donation welcome to LaborFest

July 29 (Saturday) 7:00 PM (Donation) ILWU Local 34 Hall - 801 2nd St. next to AT&T Ball Park
Paul Robeson: A Portrait in Story & Song
By The Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus
The Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus presents a musical biography of Paul Robeson, the great African American artist, athlete, and activist.
The script is based on material gathered from primary sources by Alex Bagwell, a Chorus member and ILWU retiree, who interviewed many of Robeson’s associates while they were still alive.
Robeson crossed paths with notable figures of his era, including W.E.B. DuBois, Lena Horne, and Harry Belafonte, but he also touched the lives of countless working men and women. He said, “I have always put my faith and confidence in the working people in all countries and of all colors. I truly believe that they constitute the greatest force in the world for the advancement of all people.”
The concert will trace Robeson’s journey from his youth in New Jersey to Rutgers University and then to Broadway, concert stages, and picket lines around the world. It also addresses Robeson’s encounter with the House Un-American Activities Committee and the notorious Peekskill concert in 1949, at which racist thugs attacked the audience and the performers.
With solos by Bagwell and others, the Chorus will sing many of the spirituals and folk songs from Robeson’s repertoire, in new arrangements by Chorus director Pat Wynne.
Contact: Pat Wynne (415) 648-3457

July 31 (Monday) 7:00 PM (Donation) ILWU 34 Hall - 801 2nd St. next to AT&T Ball Park
Stop the War on Workers Concert
LaborFest closes its annual festival with terrific artists Ann Feeney and Roy Zimmerman. Ann speaks truth to power in her music about the struggles of working people here and around the world. As Tom Morello has said “Few have raised as much hell with an acoustic guitar as Ann has.”
Roy Zimmerman, who is based in the Bay Area, joins Ann on the Rezist Tour. Using satire and comedy, which we need more of, Zimmerman hits home about ignorance, war and greed. Join LaborFest to celebrate our past and get ready for our future.
Donation $5-20 sliding scale, free to strikers and locked-out workers, No one will be turned away due to cost.