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Laborfest: 100 Yrs Since Staged Preparedness Day Bombing

Friday, July 22, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
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 as follows:
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 24th and Potrero, on Rhode Island to 26th St, on Cesar Chavez St to Dakota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, DeHaro, Rhode Island at 16th St, on Townsend to Second Street.

The Lessons of the Preparedness Day Bombing for Today:
Repression, Frame-up, Labor and Political Prisoners
By Steven C. Levi
One hundred years ago on this date, a terror bombing took place in San Francisco on Market St. that led to the loss of 10 people with many injured. It was called Preparedness Day and was a march to get ready for world war. At the same time there was a growing and militant labor and anti-war movement in San Francisco and the entire country.

This bombing led to a massive attack on unions, labor and radical activists against the growing war campaign. Two labor activists and radicals Tom Mooney and Warren Billing were arrested and charged with planning the bombing. They were convicted and nearly went to their deaths. The labor movement took up their case and declared that this was a political frame-up. After decades of defense work they were finally released.

Writer Steven C. Levi who has written about San Francisco’s tumultuous history in COMMITTEE OF VIGILANCE: The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Law and Order Committee, 1916-1919, will present the story of what happened on July 22, 1916 and how it affected the lives and people of San Francisco and the country.
This forum is also co-sponsored by Institute For Historical Study.
"Local issues shape national politics." The Relevance Of The San Francisco July 22, 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing - by Steven C. Levi
See also:
Frame-up: The Tom Mooney-Warren Billings Case by Curt Gentry
Added to the calendar on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 6:03AM
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