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Laborfest: Book Fair & Poetry Reading

Sunday, July 25, 2010
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts - 2868 Mission St., San Francisco, near 24th St BART station.

3rd Annual LaborFest BookFair & Poetry Reading

July 25 (Sunday) 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St., at 25th St, SF

Main gallery

9:30 AM Panel on Art And The Commodity
This panel will look at the role of labor as a commodity in capitalism and deal with the implications of the commodity for having colonized arts. (Sponsored by Left Curve magazine)

11:00 AM - By Jane Latour
Sisters in the Brotherhoods, Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City (2008)
Her book gives a glimpse of this complicated story of women workers and describe a bit of what it took to bring about the dramatic change in the New York City’s blue collar workforce in the last third of the 20th century.

1:00 PM -Panel on Labor Media And Coverage of The Working Class
Labor is under assault in the corporate media. This panel will look at the struggle to break the information blockade for labor journalists and how to get the stories out.
Rose Aguilar, radio host on KALW, Paul Burton, Labor Reporter, Dick Meister, Labor Journalist, Maria Hall, Radio Host and Journalist
Rose Aguilar:
Paul Burton:
Dick Meister:

3:00 PM - By Cal Winslow
Labor’s Civil War in California: The NUHW Healthcare Workers’ Rebellion
In the largest internal battle since the 1940’s, tens of thousands of hospital workers are in the battle over who will represent them. This book by a supporter of the NUHW looks at this conflict.
National Union of Healthcare Workers
Cal Winslow


10:00 AM -Panel on Greece and The Lessons For California & The United States
John Milios, Professor of Political Economy and the History of Economic thought at the National Technical University of Athens streamed live from Greece.
Michael Perelman, Professor CSUC/CFA, George Wright, Professor Skyline College AFT 1493, UPWA.

11:30 AM - By Bob Cherney
US Radicals In Russia
Professor Cherney will report on a group of radicals who leave Seattle and go to Russia to set up an agricultural collective. This lasted for decades and slides are used for this presentation.

12:30 AM - By Jack Rasmus
Epic Recession Prelude To Global Depression
Author Jack Rasmus looks at the growing economic crisis, how it is affecting the US and world economy and the long term ramifications for US workers.

2:00 PM - By Steve Ongerth
One Big Union: Judi Bari’s Vision of Green-Worker Alliances in Redwood Country
He will look at the life of Judi Bari and her organizing efforts to link workers in the wood industry to the struggle to defend the environment. Her organizing was a threat to those who run the industry and her death made her a martyr to labor and all working people.

3:30 PM - Panel & Video The UAW, NUMMI, Toyota and the Closure In Fremont
The struggle to keep the NUMMI plant open has many lessons for workers today. The last auto assembly plant in California was closed this April and the reasons for it’s closure will be examined in this panel.
Juan Castillo, Executive Board UAW 2244, Barry Sheppard, Husband of former UAW 2244 Trustee Carol Lund, Mike Parker, UAW 1700 Delegate, retired.

Small Gallery

10:00 AM - By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Myth and Empire: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
She will discuss her book in progress: How ethnic cleansing of Indigenous territories and settler colonialism made possible thereby determined the particular formation of the U.S. working class based on property ownership rather than collectivity.

11:30 AM - By George Wright
Sport and Globalization
He will focus on how has commercialization of sports in the US and internationally changed the athletes and the character of the sports.

12:30 PM - By Julia Stein
Poetry Reading
California labor poet will read from her work. Stein has been writing poetry and about labor and the fight to defend public education.

2:00 PM - By Larry Shoup
California Rulers and Rebels: A Peoples History of Early California 1769-1901
This is about ruling class control during early California history and the varied rebellions against that control.

3:30 PM - By Ralph Schoneman
Repression, The Working Class and the Lynne Stewart Case
The growing attack on democratic rights from the Clinton administration “Anti-Terrorism Act” to Bush’s “Patriot Act” have led to a dangerous attack on basic constitutional rights. Journalist Schoneman will look at who is really behind this repressive legislation, how the “war against terrorism” is being manipulated and the case of national civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart who has been jailed using this “war”.
Lynne's Health

Jeff Mackler, Stewart Defense Committee West Coast Coordinator, updated her condition, explaining that a regularly scheduled breast cancer check revealed a spot on her liver.

She wanted a biopsy done by her own doctor at her own hospital, (Roosevelt Hospital, New York). Instead it was performed at "a notoriously inferior facility," taking a week compared to Roosevelt's same day, more reliable results.

Worse still, except during examination and procedure, she was painfully shackled and handcuffed by order of Obama administration prosecutors, "making rest and sleep virtually impossible."

July 15, 2010 is the new sentencing date when she could receive an additional 30 years for no crime at all. She is 70 years old and has cancer.

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