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Literature & Presentations

July 8 (Saturday) 2:00 PM  Free
Presente! (Book Reading)
By Herb Mills
A reading by writer and ILWU Local 10 retired Secretary Treasurer Herb Mills from his forthcoming  book Presente! He connects the dots in his new novel which presents the routine, day-to-day work of a fictional Local 10 officer and the role which he and others played in the union's December 1980 refusal to load military cargo for the junta of El Salvador, in its effort to halt the execution of Kim Dae-jung, and in the events which led to the Puget Sound murder of two union brothers by paid assassins of Marcos.  Mills himself was instrumental in building direct labor support for El Salvdoran workers and in helping to prevent the execution of Korean dissident Kim Dae-jung through his offices and the power of West Coast longshoremen. This  work can play a key role for international labor solidarity and survival in this dog eat dog world.
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. at 20th, San Francisco

July 8 (Saturday) 3:00 PM  Free
Writers Workshop
With Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Working people can tell their stories for themselves and the world, and this workshop will help us get these stories out. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has spent her life writing her stories and breaking the stereotypes about working people.
The Exit Theatre
156 Eddy St., San Francisco (near Powell BART station)

July 9 (Sunday) 2:00 PM
The Earthquake, The Shacks & Labor
By SFSU California Studies Professor Lee Davis
Union carpenters who were members of UBC Local 22 were the workers that built the temporary earthquake homes for thousands of displaced San Franciscans. Some still survive today and professor Lee Davis will tour a shack and present a history of their role in housing after the quake.
Meet at the San Francisco Presidio, Lincoln Blvd & Funston at the 1864 Post Hospital.

July 9 (Sunday) 5:00 PM Free
Powerful Poetry 
Labor, working-class and political poetry with international and local voices.
With new San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, and Agneta Falk, Rolando Carrillo, Alice Rogoff, Jeanne Powell, and Serge Echeverria. Translations from Pablo Neruda by Jack Hirschman and Serge Echeverria.

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus at Broadway, San Francisco

July 9 (Sunday) 8:00 PM Free
Peoples Science Movement and the Global Crisis
Presentation by Indian labor activist & writer A. P. Shukla. Shukla is a scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, and will discuss the role of work and politics in civil society as well as the attack on education workers.
ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th St. near Howard St., San Francisco

July 10 (Monday) 7:00 PM Free
Book reading
Death In The Haymarket,
A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing that Divided Gilded-Age America
By Jim Green
This book reading and discussion with author Jim Green will look at how the Haymarket struggle affected US labor then and what the relevance of Haymarket is today. He will also discuss why labor history is critical for working people in understanding their present tasks.
Democracy Now Interview With James Green On May Day

Audio of interview
Audio of Discussion with Howard Zinn and James Green On May Day

Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St., near 20th, San Francisco

July 11 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM Free
The Battle for Detroit: The Future of Industrial Unions in the Face of Global Class War
Presentation by Professor Michael Whitty
Whitty will look at the ongoing destruction of production jobs in the United States and how this threatens the future of all working people.
University of San Francisco
Malloy Hall Lower Level – parking on Fulton - enter on Fulton St

July 12 Wednesday 7:00 PM Free
Memoirs, Non-fiction, Poetry and Stories
Reading by The LaborFest Writing Group.
This group evolved out of the 2005 LaborFest writing workshop with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The group will read their writings honoring working people. With Margaret Cooley, Keith Cooley, Bernadette St. John, Susan Ford, Jerry Path, Phyllis Holliday, and Alice Rogoff. After the reading, there will be a writing exercise with the audience.
New College of California
766 Valencia St., near 19th , San Francisco

July 15 (Saturday) 3:00 PM Free
3 Dollar 3 Hour Jungle
Readings from "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair With Jay Martin and others
Celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Upton Sinclair's classic about labor in 1906 Chicago. Free admission and free copies of the novel, which we'll take turns reading out loud. At the end of three hours of the best passages, you'll be reminded of, or introduced to, this dramatic statement of workers' rights.
(Photo-1904 Stockyard strike in Chicago)
Exit Theatre
156 Eddy St. near Powell BART station

July 18 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM
Labor and Organizing: Lessons for Labor
With Peter Olney, Director of Organizing ILWU, writer Jack Ramus, National Writers Union-UAW Local 1981, IBT Port Organizer Bob Blanchet, Young Workers United representative, and others.
ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th Street, near Howard, San Francisco

July 19 (Wednesday) 7:00 PM Free
Poetry-Labor, War and Immigration
Three Women Poets, Leslie Simon from Poetry for the People, the Women’s Studies Department of City College, San Francisco, author of Collisions and Transformations. Nellie Wong from Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council for UPTE CWA 9119, and author of Death of Longsteam Lady, and Co-editor with Yolanda Alaniz of Voices of Color Anthology by Red Letter Press. Alice E. Rogoff, author of Mural from Blue Light Press, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council for the National Writers Union, and Living Wage Coalition secretary. 
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St., San Francisco

July 22 (Saturday) 2:00 PM Free
Reading of Red Dirt (New Edition)
By author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Reading by author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz from her new edition of Red Dirt.
Her writing shows the life and struggles of working people who are either ignored or marginalized by the corporate controlled media in the United States. The story of working people’s history told by working people themselves can have a power that illuminates truths.
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St., San Francisco

July 22 (Saturday) 6:00 PM Free
60th Anniversary of the 1946 Oakland General Strike Commemoration
The Oakland General Strike was the last of six general strikes in 1946, which is still the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. This event will attempt to keep the memory of that era of community-wide working class solidarity alive.
Oakland¹s Work Holiday began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with retail strikers at Kahn¹s and Hastings department store in defiance of police scab herding. Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 people and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours.
Together with the Labor Studies Program at Laney College, we invite you to a forum with Evelyn and Val Schaaf and Earl Watkins, who participated in the strike; Gifford Hartman¹s multi media presentation and a documentary; Albert Lannon, retired chair of Labor Studies at Laney college, whose musical tribute to the General Strike will be performed by the Labor Heritage Rockin¹ Solidarity Chorus, and a performance by Avotcja of wordpower & song.

For more info: (415) 751-1572,
The Oakland General Strike of 1946: A KPFA Radio Show
This radio show from the Pacifica Radio Archives was on the Oakland General Strike of 1946 and was broadcast on 11/29/76 on the 30th anniversary of the strike. (56.50 min 26 MB)

Oakland YMCA
1515 Webster St., at 15th St., Oakland

July 24 (Monday) 7:00 PM $5.00 Donation
(Funds to benefit drive for new Pacifica radio station in New Orleans)
Katrina, Racism and Labor: Counterpoint To 1906 Earthquake
Presentations by CC Cambell,  Rock Cambell and  SF premier screening of   I won't drown on that levee and you ain't gonna' break my back by Ashley Hunt  (31 minutes)  2006
At: 522 Valencia St/16th St.

July 26 (Wednesday) 7:00 Free
Worker Safety Under Siege (Book reading)
By Author & Professor Vern Mogensen
The global results of deregulation and privatization have been deadly for workers around the world. Mogensen in his new book charts how these policies have devastated workers and communities on a global level.
As workers face catastrophe, when they get injured on the job and face little health and safety protection rights, this book is a must to see this in an international context.

Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St., San Francisco

July 29 (Saturday) 2:00 PM Free
Labor Film Festivals, History And Culture
Join labor writer Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Professor Bill Issel, Labor muralist Scott Sayre and singer and cultural worker Francisco Herrera as they discuss how labor culture, art and film is helping to revitalize the labor movement.
The struggle to build labor and working class consciousness in face the corporatized media is intensifying. These writers, artists and educators talk about how they are contributing to this work.

Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. near 20th St. San Francisco

July 29 (Saturday) 7:00 PM Free
Labor, Trade Unions, Politics And The San Francisco Earthquake
Join panelists Gray Brechin, Bob Matticola, Kevin  Maguire, Harvey Schwartz and others as we look at the lives and politics of the period of the San Francisco earthquake. What were the social forces at work in San Francisco at that period and what can we learn from this for today.
Audio of Historian Michael Kazin on Labor and the 1906 Quake by Rebuilding SF:
This audio presentation by labor historian Michael Kazin about the San
Francisco labormovement during the period of the 1906 earthquake. Kazin's book "Barons Of Labor, The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in
the Progressive Era is an important contribution on the history of working people in San Francisco. (28.6MB 62 minutes)

ILWU Local 6 Hall
255 9th St. near Howard, San Francisco

July 30 (Sunday)
(The event is cancelled. The author had scheduling problems and was unable to come to San Francisco. Sorry for this change.)
Freedom Is Not Enough,
The Opening Of The American Work Place

Book Presentation by professor and author Nancy MacLean. In her most recent work, MacLean shows why the fight to integrate the work place is critical for all workers from the battle against segregation to equal rights for women.

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