Forum / Reading

  • July 1 @ 1:00 pm
    at National Japanese American Historical Society

    Internment, Japanese Americans, Labor And The Lessons For Today

    Free | This year is the 75th anniversary of the internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians in concentration camps during World War II under the executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • July 6 @ 7:00 pm
    at Green Arcade Bookstore

    Book reading – Refinery Town by Steve Early

    Free | by Steve Early | Steve Early has been an active labor journalist and organizer for over forty years. His work appears in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Nation, among other publications. He is the author of four books, including Save Our Unions: Dispatches of a Movement in Distress....

  • July 8 @ 7:00 pm
    at Green Arcade Bookstore

    SF General Strike: Principles, Philosophies, Applicabilities

    Free | by Gifford Hartman and David Duckworth | Launching from the historic General Strike of 1934, historians David Duckworth and Gifford Hartman converse on the broader ramifications of this moment in West Coast labor unity. Considering the scope and tactics of that defining moment, examples of ot...

  • July 9 @ 7:00 pm
    at ILWU Local 34 Hall

    Labor, War in Asia and the Lessons of the Comfort Women

    Free | The growing dangers of a war in Asia are accelerating, particularly with the U.S. strategy of “Asian Pivot”. This forum will examine what the “Asian Pivot” is and the militarization of Asia, including the construction of more bases in Okinawa and Jeju, Korea.

  • July 11 @ 10:00 am
    at San Francisco Labor Council Office

    Bread & Roses Labor History Story Telling

    Free | Come to share an interesting labor story you’ve led or experienced. It could be a memory of a key labor figure or event locally or internationally. This will be an open regular meeting of FORUM (Federation of Retired Union Members), an organization of retirees affiliated with the San Franci...

  • July 11 @ 7:30 pm
    at Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium

    Victor Arnautoff: San Francisco’s Master Muralist of The 1930s

    Free to current SF Museum & Historical Society members. Admission for non-members is $10 per person or $5 for seniors, students. | by Robert Cherny |

  • July 12 @ 5:00 pm
    at Chinese Historical Society of America

    The Golden Spike: Chinese and Irish Labor versus The Big Four

    Free | May 10, 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a momentous accomplishment which has excluded recognition of the contribution of Chinese railroad workers to the wealth of The Big Four and the building of the American Empire, which connected East ...

  • July 15 @ 7:00 pm
    at Beat Museum

    Not Our Brothers And Sisters !! Against Deportations And Racism

    Free | with The Revolutionary Poets Brigade & The Juana Briones Cultural Committee | Capitalism uses racist attacks on African-Americans and threats of deportation on Latinos and Muslims to divide the working-class revolution in this country. The Revolutionary Poets Brigade and the Juana Briones Cul...

  • July 16 @ 2:00 pm
    at Canessa Gallery

    Play reading: Painting Coit Tower

    Free | 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 am...

  • July 16 @ 3:00 pm
    at 518 Valencia

    The Origins of the US Military in the Indian Wars

    Free | by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz | Professor Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz in this talk will look at the history of the U.S. military in expanding U.S. imperial interests and establishing a state based on genocide and slavery.

  • July 17 @ 6:30 pm
    at Bernal Public Library

    The Destruction of City College of San Francisco

    Free | Public education has been under attack for many years. The forms of attack include inadequate funding, privatization, corporatization, and hostility towards teacher and staff unions. Many students and public school employees have been harmed. One college that has been relentlessly assaulted i...

  • July 21 @ 6:00 pm
    at SEIU 1021 Hall

    SF Living Wage Coalition 7th Annual Awards Dinner

    $40 (at door: $50) | Seventh Annual San Francisco Living Wage Coalition’s Awards Dinner with cultural and musical performances. Labor Woman of the Year Award - Lita Blanc, President of United Educators of San Francisco. Labor Man of the Year Award - Michael Theriault, Secretary-Treasurer of the Sa...

  • July 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    at Richmond High School Auditorium

    Charters, Privatization & the Defense of Public Education

    $10 - No one turned away due to lack of funds | The growth of charter schools and privatization of public education in California and throughout the US is a cancer threatening students, teachers and staff at all public schools. This education/action conference will look at what charters are and how ...

  • July 23 @ 1:30 pm
    at John F. Kennedy Library Joseph Room

    The history of the Alibi Clock in Vallejo and the K-R-C case of 1937

    Free | by Joel Schor | Legal cases against labor have been fueled by hysteria over war abroad and radicalism at home, from Tom Mooney, charged with setting off a bomb during the Preparedness Day Parade (1916), to charges against Marine Fireman’s Union members Earl King, Charles Ramsay and Frank Co...

  • July 26 @ 7:00 pm
    at Green Arcade Bookstore

    What California Labor History Tells Us About Building the Resistance to Trump

    Free | by Fred B. Glass | At a moment when American democracy is threatened as never before, progressives need models for building an effective resistance. In California, many examples of strategy and tactics live in the hidden history of working people and their struggles for social justice.

  • July 27 @ 7:00 pm
    at Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library

    All Of Us Or None

    Free | An Evening of Poetry in Resistance to The Trumpoline Regime and The Corporate Horse It Rode In On!!

  • July 27 @ 7:00 pm
    at ILWU Local 34 Hall

    California in the Progressive Era

    Free | with history lecturer John Holmes, SFSU Professor Bill Issel and moderated by SFSU Professor Bob Cherney | One of the most tumultuous periods in San Francisco labor and working class history was the formation of the Union Labor Party (ULP) and the role of the Socialist Party in the early 20th...

  • July 27 @ 7:00 pm
    at Green Arcade Bookstore

    Song of The Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985 – 87

    Free | Book reading by Peter Shapiro | On September 9, 1985, one thousand mainly Mexican women workers in Watsonville, California, the “frozen food capital of the world,” were forced out on strike in an attempt by Watsonville Canning’s owner, Mort Console, to break their union. They returned t...

  • July 30 @ 10:00 am
    at ILWU Local 34 Hall

    The Internet, Technology, The Gig Economy and the Future of Labor

    Free | The development of technology, including artificial intelligence, automation and platforms like UBER, Lyft, and Airbnb, are making trillions for the tech and media companies that now dominate the world. Growing marginalization of labor and complete deregulation now means that hundreds of thou...

  • July 30 @ 6:00 pm
    at Green Arcade Bookstore

    LaborFest Writers

    Free | LaborFest Writers explore the issues that we face today within our families, communities and government, whether it’s housing, jobs, ageism, race and sex discrimination, immigration or homelessness. Their work gives voice to what has gone before and why we must continue to fight for our rig...