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July 12-19: LaborFest Schedule
by Fan of LaborFest
Wednesday Jul 10th, 2002 8:05 PM
A labor movement is the surest and best way to end police brutality, environmental destruction, all kinds of discrimination, and a society that puts guns before butter, namely capitalism. To do that, we must organize the unorganized. Learn how and labor history and culture at LaborFest.
A labor movement is the surest and best way to end police brutality, environmental destruction, all kinds of discrimination, and a society that puts guns before butter, namely capitalism. To do that, we must organize the unorganized. Learn how and labor history and culture at LaborFest.

From: http://www.laborfest.net/2002scheduledetails.html

JULY 12, FRIDAY 7:30 PM $5.00 Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts 2868 Mission St./25th St.
Film Screening, International Working Class Film & Video Festival
"Not in My Name" (41 min.) by Platform Film - UK (41 min) by Platform Films (UK)
This powerful documentary examines the history of the US and Britain in the Middle East and the causes of the present wars. Who is Osama Bin Laden and where did he come from? What does oil has to do with the wars in the Middle East and will the present military intervention stop more 9/11s or lead to more? These are some of the questions that are addressed in this hard hitting piece. First Screening In the West Coast. (christinetongue [at] aol.com)

"A Miner's Tale "(38 min.) by Rehad Desi - South Africa
What are the conditions of miners in South Africa from Zimbabwe? How do these miners explain AIDS and how do they try to cope with this devastating health care crisis? This film looks at the AIDS crisis from the lives of Zimbabwe miners who must work in South Africa to help their families. After leaving the mines with AIDS and returning home they must try to educate their wives and their families that their lives have forever changed. (rehad [at] icon.co.za)

"Red Alexander Shipwright and Folk Artist "(28 min) by Chris Simon & Archie Green - USA
By the age of 10, Alexander had discovered the Oakland waterfront and was making detailed wood models of the ships he saw there.

JULY 13, SATURDAY 3:00 PM free Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia St./20th St.,S.F.
WPA Murals Of San Francisco with Marsha Zakheim,
Author of Articulate Art: SF 1930s and Coit Tower, San Francisco, Its History and Art.
Marsha tells the story of some of San Francisco1s most famous labor murals. Her father Bernard Zakheim, one of the artists who worked on the Coit Tower murals, gave her a first hand knowledge of the making of the murals, the controversy around them and the stories they tell. (mzakheim [at] earthlink.net)

JULY 14, SUNDAY 10:00 AM Blue Muse Restaurant, 409 Gough St. S.F. (No Host Brunch)
Panel: LaborFest, Maydays, Labor Arts & Film Network with Judith Woodruff of Boston, Jimmy Kelley of Santa Cruz and others
(http://www.tools4change.org/redandgreenmayday/index.htm)
Call (415)642-8066 for reservations

JULY 14, SUNDAY 2:00 PM Modern Times Bookstore 888 Valencia St./20th St.
Author Dorothy Wake talks about her book
"Mother Jones-Revolutionary Leader of Labor and Social Reform"
http://www1.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.asp?bookid=14205
Mother Jones: Revolutionary Leader of Labor and Social Reform defines Mother Jones as the most significant and relevant political voice for the working
class to ever emerge from within the United States. Although Mary Harris "Mother" Jones identified herself as a socialist her politics coincided with revolutionary syndicalism. The duality of Socialism and Syndicalism defined her role as a leader of labor and social reform during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and structured her beliefs and attitudes about women, which paralleled her general perceptions of class warfare.
Jones has been dismissed as being simply a "hell-raiser" or reduced to a "folksy" or "colorful" old woman who endeared herself to the miners by taking up their cause. Most who wrote about her diminished or eliminated her historical and political significance by failing to establish that she changed the face of labor in this country forever. Some have even resorted to writing malicious and unprovable accusations about her. Others simply "did not do their homework. "Mother Jones: Revolutionary Leader of Labor and Social Reform" sets the record straight. Ms. Wake´s extensive research brings to light the impact Mother Jones had on the labor movement for nearly half a century and reveals Jones as an intellectual and a feminist voice.

JULY 14, SUNDAY 7:00 PM $5.00 Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St./25th St.
Bastille Day Celebration
Labor Story Teller Gail Ryall. - "For this story, I take a "persona" - not Lucy Parsons, as I am not African-American - but a fictional character, a German immigrant sweatshop worker, who is a neighbor and friend of Parsons. All the information about Parsons, except for the existence of this fictional character, is historically correct. I perform the story in costume, as "Ilse" might have dressed in the 1920's when she is in her 70s, recalling Lucy at the time of the Haymarket trials."
Also The First Act of "High Life At Walmart", The Rocking Solidarity Folk Chorus, Labor Tap Dancer George Fouke, Larry Shaw, ILWU Poets Bob Carson, Al Valenzuela and others

JULY 15 MONDAY 10:00 AM free (Location To Be Announced)
"How A Building Works" Presented by IUOE Local 39 Training Center
Learn about refrigeration, units, boilers, pumps, motors and more in this tour of a modern building in San Francisco. Registration needed and space is limited.
Contact Local 39 Training Department at (415)285-3939 or http:// http://www.local39training.org

July 16, 7:30 PM 5.00 New College Theater ,777 Valencia St., S.F.
United Taxi Workers Presents Taxi Workers' Voices on the Job and the Streets Drivers Take Center Stage
Taxi drivers and all transportation workers are under the gun. The gridlock, stress on the streets, and the
struggle to survive will all be reflected in this poetry and cultural night. Taxi drivers are some of the workers who have faced the brunt of the economic decline. Their battle to reestablish a union is an ongoing minefield in the era of the "independent contractor". For more information, call: (415) 864-8294

JULY 18, THURDAY 7:30 PM $5.00 Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts 2868 Mission St./25th St.
Film Screening, International Working Class Film & Video Festival
"Razing Appalachia"(72 min.) by Sasha Waters - USA
This explores the potential for environmental and economic justice in the coalfields and communities of
southern West Virginia by chronicling a grassroots fight against the expansion of the nation1s forth-largest mountaintop mine. (sasha-waters [at] uiowa.edu)
"Invisible Hand: The Deindusrialization of Southern Illinois"(29 min.) by Greg Boozell
Economic and political factors, as well as environmental regulations have contributed to the loss of the thousands of mining jobs in Illinois.
"In the Weeds: Waiting for a Living" (25 min.) by Cheryl Hess & Melissa Thompson - USA
A seriously funny look at restaurant work, this documentary combines contemporary interviews with archival training films, newsreels, and Hollywood images to address recurring themes in the work of serving. Dealing with the psychology of the public is one of the key ingredients of waiting for a living.
(mthom [at] astro.ocis.temple.edu)

Invisible Hand: the deindusrialization of southern Illinois (28 min) by Greg Boozell (USA)
Economic and political factors, as well as environmental regulations have contributed to the loss of the thousands of mining jobs in Illinois.

JULY 19, FRIDAY 7:30 PM Modern Times 888 Valencia St./20th St.
Labor, Poetry, Words And War
Join Nellie Wong, Carol Tarlen, David Joseph, Roland Carrillo and other poets, artists and writers as they
explore how war wracks our lives. The "perpetual war" that is now upon us exposes us all to new threats and
realities. These poets hit the road running in telling the truth about these wars and their meaning for working people.

For further information and updates come to this website: http://www.laborfest.net or call (415)642-8066
LaborFest is sponsored by the San Francisco Labor Council, many unions and other organizations including KPFA.

LaborFest
P.O.Box 40983
San Francisco, CA 94110


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