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Angel Island Tour of Immigration Trial of Harry Bridges
Date Saturday July 18
Time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Every July day has Laborfest events, some of which are missing from the red letter listings. This "al fresco" textbook for all of us will teach the importance of a general strike which we need to put an end to the profit motive that is the cause of the budget "crisis" and war. On Saturday, July 18, at 1 p.m., a fascinating tour of Angel Island, the Pacific Coast's Ellis Island immigration center, will provide insight into the Harry Bridges Immigration Trial and the trials and tribulations of all immigrants who arrived there as their first stop at "Gold Mountain," the Chinese name for San Francisco.
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Organizer/AuthorLabor Creates All Wealth
Every July day has Laborfest events, some of which are missing from the red letter listings. This "al fresco" textbook for all of us will teach the importance of a general strike which we need to put an end to the profit motive that is the cause of the budget "crisis" and war. On Saturday, July 18, at 1 p.m., a fascinating tour of Angel Island, the Pacific Coast's Ellis Island immigration center, will provide insight into the Harry Bridges Immigration Trial and the trials and tribulations of all immigrants who arrived there as their first stop at "Gold Mountain," the Chinese name for San Francisco.

July 18 (Saturday) 1:00 PM
Angel Island Immigration Post North East side of the island
Meet in front yard of the Immigration Post building.
You can bring your bike on the ferry for free from San Francisco and $1.00 from Tiburon.
Ferry from San Francisco by Blue & Gold (415-773-1188)
From Ferry Building - 9:20, 11:20 AM $15.00
From Pier 41 - 9:40, 11:45 AM (Ticket at the booth west of Pier 39)
Ferry from Tiburon leaves every hour. $17.50
Tiburon - Angel Island Ferry (415-435-2131)
http://www.angelislandferry.com

70th Anniversary of Harry Bridges Immigration Trial
In 1939, the Democratic Roosevelt administration sought to expel ILWU president Harry Bridges for being a member of the Communist party. These immigration trials took place five times and eventually as a result of the support committee and the backing of the membership, this witchhunt was defeated. This was a prelude to the witchhunts in the late 1940’s and 1950’s.
Meet in front yard of the Immigration Post building.
You can bring your bike on the ferry for free from San Francisco and $1.00 from Tiburon.
The Angel Island Immigration Foundation, trying to save Angel Island from budget cuts at:
http://www.aiisf.org/
Angel Island was the West Coast's Ellis Island, the immigrant processing station of the 20th century, between 1910 and 1940. Most of the immigrants who came through Angel Island were Asians. Harry Bridges was from Australia. Go to this extraordinary event to learn how a united mass labor movement defeated the union busters, more commonly known as the anti-communist witchhunters demonstrating the strength of the principle, An Injury to One is An Injury to All.
See also:
http://www.ilwu19.com/history/biography.htm
http://www.theharrybridgesproject.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Bridges
http://www.laborfest.net/2009schedule.htm
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Jul 15th, 2009 5:07 AM
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