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|Laborfest: Film: The Legacy of Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes|
|Date||Friday July 17|
|Time||4:00 PM - 6:00 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 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.
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes (59:44) (2013) by Shannon Gee
This is a documentary on the lives and legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes. Both men were leaders of ILWU Local 37, and members of the KDP (Union of Democratic Filipinos), an organization, which had chapters in the major cities of the West Coast during the 1970s and 1980s. KDP had a two-prong program: In its international work, it focused on exposing and advocating for the overthrow of the brutal Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines while fighting for workers’ rights in this country. Viernes and Domingo were elected union officers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 37 in Seattle, WA. They were elected on a reform platform pledging to end the corruption that had taken over their union local; the union, which represented the mostly Filipino cannery workers in Alaska. On June 1, 1981, Viernes and Domingo were gunned down in the union hall. The local president was convicted, but the trial subsequently proved that the assassinations of both Viernes and Domingo were ordered and paid for by the Marcos regime; a regime propped-up and supported by the U.S. government.
Introduction and discussion led by members of the Committee for Justice for Domingo & Viernes, including Cindy Domingo (sister of Silme) and Terri Mast (widow of Domingo). Terri is currently ILWU Secretary-Treasurer of the Inlandboatmen’s Union, Local 37.