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J. Eric Cobb ED Of Buildings Trades S.C. Wisconsin To Speak At "Eyewitness Report"
Date Saturday July 09
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorJoanie Juster
J. Eric Cobb ED Of Buildings Trades South Central Wisconsin To Speak At "Eyewitness Reports From The Wisconsin" on July 9 at the Marie Fireman's Hall in San Francisco. There will also be a screening of videos from Wisconsin

Press Release-J. Eric Cobb ED Of Buildings Trades South Central Wisconsin To Speak At "Eyewitness Reports From The Wisconsin on Protests"

Contact: Joan Juster FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2010
Cell: 415-265-9768
E-mail: justerhill(at)

18th Annual San Francisco LaborFest Presents
Saturday, July 9, 2011 AT 7:00 pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco LaborFest will present A MONTH IN MADISON: EYEWITNESS REPORTS FROM THE WISCONSIN PROTESTS on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marine Firemen’s Hall located at 224 2nd Street at Howard, San Francisco.
J. Eric Cobb, Executive Director, Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin will be attending the meeting a well.

A MONTH IN MADISON is an evening of short films from this year’s historic Wisconsin protests, curated and hosted by San Francisco documentarian Joan Juster of Juster Hill Productions, who spent a month in Madison on the front lines of the protests.
In February 2011, on the heels of populist revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, the world was stunned to see thousands of protesters in Madison, Wisconsin take to the streets, then occupy the Capitol. They were protesting a state budget bill that proposed deep cuts to education, health care, and social services for the poor. Most contentious of all, however, the bill threatened to take away the right to collective bargaining from public sector unions. The entire state was in an uproar. As details of the budget repair bill emerged, it become clear that this was not just the beginning of a major story with national implications, but a watershed moment in American history.
As a documentarian with ties to Wisconsin, Joan Juster wanted to bear witness to history, and help document the events as they were happening. So on February 23rd she bought a one-way ticket to Madison, arriving at the Capitol with $20 in her pocket and no plans as to how to live, or how she would get home. She ended up staying a month, recording stories and building alliances with other filmmakers, journalists, historians and others who were both making history and documenting it.
In A MONTH IN MADISON, Juster will tell the story of the protests through short films by a variety of filmmakers, and her own stories about what she experienced in Madison. The films include polished mini-documentaries, never-released raw footage that shows what life was really like among the protesters in the Capitol, rousing protest songs, and interviews with protesters.
“Five months later, the protests are far from over,” said Juster. “The hardy Wisconsinites who protested in the freezing cold are now pitching tents outside the Capitol in summer’s heat. While the protesters may not be as visible, and the news cameras have gone away, the real work of recall elections, canvassing, and rebuilding their democracy continues.”
Filmmakers whose work will be included in A MONTH IN MADISON include (alphabetically): Sandy Andina and Stephen Lee Rich; Jeremy Gotcher and Steve Gotcher; Aaron Granat; Dusan Harming; Paul Iannacchino, Jr.; Shahin Izadi; Joan Juster; Kenn Lonngren; Luciano Matheron,; Ben Reiser and V05; Mike Scholtz; Matthew Wisniewski. More filmmakers will be announced when confirmed.
Admission to A MONTH IN MADISON is by $10 suggested donation. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. A portion of the proceeds will benefit both San Francisco LaborFest and Defend Wisconsin.

To arrange for interviews contact: Joan Juster, 415-265-9768, justerhill [at]

About LaborFest
LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival that takes place throughout the month of July, the anniversary of the 1934 “Bloody Thursday” event. On that day, two workers were shot and killed in San Francisco; they were supporting the longshoremen and maritime workers strike. This incident brought about the San Francisco General Strike which shut down the entire city and led to hundreds of thousands of workers joining the trade union movement.
The Organizing Committee of LaborFest is composed of unionists and unorganized workers, cultural workers and supporters of labor education and history. We encourage all unions not only to support us with endorsements and contributions but also to include activities about their own union members, their history and the work that they do.
We support the establishment of LaborFests around the country and internationally. There are now LaborFests in Japan, Argentina, Bolivia, South Africa, and Turkey. The need to build local, national and international solidarity is critical if labor is going to face the challenges it faces on all fronts. LaborFests help bring our struggles together in art, film and music.
For more information on LaborFest visit

The entire 2011 LaborFest schedule can be downloaded here:

About Defend Wisconsin

Defend Wisconsin is a project of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Through education and advocacy, the TAA strives to promote progressive values in the Wisconsin tradition. We are committed to preserving the rights of all citizens by helping to uphold the Wisconsin labor, education, and healthcare systems that have served as models for states across the country. We are also committed to supporting fair and democratic processes in state and local governments.
The TAA is a volunteer-run organization representing nearly 3,000 graduate employees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The oldest graduate employee union in the world, the TAA began organizing in 1966. For more information, visit
For more information on Defend Wisconsin visit defendwisconsin [at]
About Joan Juster

Joan Juster is a San Francisco documentarian. With co-producer Paul Hill she produced the award-winning feature-length documentary ALASKA FAR AWAY: THE NEW DEAL PIONEERS OF THE MATANUSKA COLONY, which is currently airing on public television stations around the country. A companion film, WHERE THE RIVER MATANUSKA FLOWS: STORIES OF ALASKA PIONEERS, has been shown on statewide public television in Alaska. Both films are used in Alaska schools as part of the history curriculum.
In addition to film production, Ms. Juster is known for her work with AIDS Walk, AIDS Emergency Fund, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and San Francisco Opera. For her part in documenting the Wisconsin protests, she was recently invited to participate in an oral history roundtable on the protests at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For more information on Alaska Far Away visit alaskafaraway [at]

WHO: San Francisco Laborfest and Joan Juster

An evening of short films and stories about the historic Wisconsin protests and presentation by J. Eric Cobb, Executive Director of South Central Wisconsin

WHEN: Saturday July 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Marine Firemen’s Hall, 224 2nd Street (at Howard), San Francisco

MORE: $10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Refreshments will be served.

PHOTOS FOR “A MONTH IN MADISON” at San Francisco LaborFest July 9, 2011

Suffering from Stage IV colon cancer and mad as hell at Governor Walker’s budget cuts, protester Rudy Fox doesn’t mince words: “If I die in bed, I don’t count. But if I die here, it will piss off a lot of people.” From Luciano Matheron’s film, RUDY FOX. (Photo Credit: Joan Juster)

Madison’s own disco/punk band V05 returns to LaborFest via a film of their performance of “Cheddar Revolution” at the March 5th rally in Madison. (Photo Credit: V05)

Protesters inside the Rotunda in Madison. (Photo credit: Joan Juster)
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