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|Laborfest: California Slavery History|
|Date||Monday July 23|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo’s Restaurant. 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, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium;
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 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side; 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium;
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 2d Street, then walk 2 block South on 2d to King St, cross King Street to stadium side, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium;
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 AND from Van Ness on Pacific to Battery, on Battery to Second St to Third and Townsend, so get off at 2d Street and Townsend, then 1 block south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side. 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium.
The History of California Slavery by Jean Pfaelzer
Slavery, observed Frederick Douglass, is a “hydra-headed monster.” In California this monster appeared and reappeared as if shape-shifting. The history of slavery in California unsettles the North/South view of American slave labor. This is a history of captivity, flight and resistance, of Indians held captive at the missions, Alaska natives brought to Fort Ross in Sonoma County, enslaved African Americans transported for the Gold Rush, a West Coast Underground Railroad, Native Americans who were legally kidnapped and forced into indentured slavery, Chinese prostitutes held in cages in SF, convict laborers sold from San Quentin, and modern victims of labor and sex trafficking. Jean Pfaelzer is the author of California Bound: The History of Slavery in California (forthcoming 2019), and Driven Out: the Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans. She’s the author of many other books, has written for Huffington Post, the Globalist, curated for the Smithsonian, and speaks regularly on NPR and Pacifica.