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|Laborfest: Cal Labor Witchhunts & SF HUAC Hearing|
|Date||Sunday July 03|
|Time||2:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
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ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Next to baseball stadium. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation:
T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station;
30 or 45 bus from Market and Fourth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to Second Street;
47 bus which travels on Van Ness ends at Cal Train Station at 4th and Townsend, then walk on Townsend to Second Street;
10 bus which runs from Powell on Pacific to Battery, on Battery to Third and Townsend, so get off at Second Street. Also runs from 25th and Potrero, on Wisconsin, Connecticut, Townsend to Second Street.
|Event Type||Panel Discussion|
Labor Witch Hunts In California
The McCarthyite witch hunts in California in the 1950s played an important role in shaping the labor movement in the state. Trade unionists faced attack on their jobs and their rights to make a living. The primary purpose of the 1950s witchhunts was to destroy the labor movement of the 1930s and 1940s which was organized in part by communists, Trotskyists and socialists.
The fight back included the large protest and sit-in at the HUAC hearings in San Francisco in 1960.
On May 13, 1960, the police used high pressure fire hoses on the people INSIDE CITY HALL who were not allowed to enter the hearing room of this Congressional committee at San Francisco City Hall, as was their right. They threw people down the marble stairs of the City Hall Rotunda, causing blood to spew everywhere, breaking ribs of at least one 60-year old African American woman. The blood stains remained in the marble stairs for decades. The next day, a Saturday, we had a double picket line 4 blocks around City Hall, so closely packed, that you could only move if the person in front of you moved. To us kids, this was a great choo-choo train. One line went clockwise; the other counter clockwise, both solidly packed for the 4 blocks around City Hall. When the chairperson of HUAC stepped onto the balcony on the Polk Street side, we all gave him a mock Nazi salute and said "Sieg Heil!" WW2 had ended just 15 years earlier. This was a labor picketline, the kind of picketline we need to see again and again. HUAC never returned to San Francisco.
Join with participants in this struggle and learn about their experiences and lessons for today.
Howard Keylor, Retired ILWU Local 10 member
Phiz Mezey, SFSU professor fired for not signing loyalty oath
Harvey Schwartz, ILWU Historian
Donna Carter, member CNA and participant in SF HUAC hearing
Don Watson, Retired member ILWU Local 34
https://diva.sfsu.edu/bundles/190424 (KPIX news of May 13, 1960 police & firehose terror)
Bill Mandel, former KPFA programmer who invented listener call-ins, lecturing HUAC on evil they are: