top
San Francisco
San Francisco
Indybay
Indybay
Indybay
Regions
Indybay Regions North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area California United States International Americas Haiti Iraq Palestine Afghanistan
Topics
Newswire
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature

Laborfest: Joe Hill 100th Remembrance Concert

Date:
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Concert/Show
Organizer/Author:
Location Details:
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 Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to Second Street;
47 bus which starts at North Point at Fisherman’s Wharf, travels on Van Ness, 11th St, Bryant and ends at Cal Train Station at 4th and Townsend, then walk on Townsend 2 blocks to Second Street;
10 bus which runs from Van Ness on Pacific to Battery, on Battery to Second St to Third and Townsend, so get off at Second Street and Townsend. Also runs from 25th and Potrero, on Cesar Chavez St, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Townsend to Second Street.

"I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”
Join LaborFest on The 100th Anniversary Concert on Death of Joe Hill with David Rovics
In 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah, IWW union organizer and labor troubadour Joe Hill (1879-1915) was murdered by a firing squad. The effort to silence him failed and he has become one of the most famous labor organizers and musicians in the world.
It is a sick irony that Utah this year has reinstituted the firing squad for executions! Over 2 million mostly Black and Latino workers are in prison today in the United States and in California, more money is spent on the prison industry than on education.
Joe’s struggle for union and labor rights is as relevant today as it was in 1915. Millions of workers would like to have unions but are intimidated and bullied by companies like Walmart and Macdonald’s to fire workers who speak up. Walmart this year closed five stores including one in Pico Rivera, California for supposed “plumbing problems” which were really threats of union organizing.
Although this Walmart’s act is illegal, the corporations who run America and the world flagrantly ignore the laws and protections workers are supposed to have in this country.
Over 10,000 workers are fired every year in this country for union organizing and these are only the workers that have pursued NLRB lawsuits.
Joe Hill saw the struggle of workers and union rights as the most important struggle in his life, and he paid for it with his life.
LaborFest will honor the 100th anniversary of his death with a concert with labor troubadour David Rovics. Throughout the year, Rovics has been traveling in Europe in a series of concerts to commemorate the life and struggles of Joe Hill.
Rovics has performed throughout the world. His hard hitting songs for workers and human rights are powerful and moving. Also performing at the commemoration will be Carol Denney and Marcus Duskin.
Other LaborFest Events commemorating Joe Hill:
July 14 at 7: Bastille Day commemoration and remembrance of Joe Hill: Music & Poetry reading at SF's Unitarian Church, Geary and Franklin Streets.
July 15 at 7: Film: "The Ballad of Joe Hill" at ILWU Local 34, 801 2nd St, SF.
See also http://www.laborfest.net/2015/2015schedule.htm
http://joehill100.com
http://joehill100.com/commemorations/joe-hill-chronology/ (describes complete legal frame-up of Joe Hill and labor's protests)
http://joehill100.com/iww-organizer-songwriter/
http://joehill100.com/songs-of-joe-hill/ Songs from the IWW's Little Red Songbook.
http://www.iww.org/ (Industrial Workers of the World)
http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/joehilllastwill.html:
His Last Will, written Nov 18, 1915, the day before his execution, epitomizes his outstanding writing skills:
My Will is easy to decide,
For there is nothing To divide
My kin don't need to fuss and moan—
"Moss does not cling to a rolling stone"
My body?—Oh!—If I could choose
I would want to ashes it reduce,
And let The merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow
Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again
This is my Last and Final Will.—
Good Luck to All of you,
Joe Hill



Added to the calendar on Sun, Jun 14, 2015 10:56AM
We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!

Donate

$140.00 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.

Publish

Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network