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Tours & Walks


July 5 (Saturday) 12:00 Noon ($15 to $50 sliding scale donation to CounterPULSE). Bring a bag lunchMeet at 1310 Mission St. at 9th, SF
Labor Bike Tour
with Chris Carlson of San Francisco’s labor history.
For more info: call Chris Carlsson (415) 608 9035

July 6 (Sunday) 10:00 AM (Free) - Meet at the corner of 330 Ellis St., at Glide Memorial Church,  SF
SF Anti-War History Walk
By Historian David Giesen
Take a walk through the anti-Viet Nam War street action in San Francisco back in the 1960s. Then flash forward to the anti-war-in-Iraq action on San Francisco’s streets in 2003. Join historian and teacher David Giesen on a walking tour of a bit of San Francisco’s anti-imperialism gusto through the years, from the Philippines in 1898 to Lennar and Hunter’s Point in 2008. Along the way you’ll encounter the enduring evidence of territorial power and exclusion that increasingly divides San Francisco into haves and have-nots. By walk’s end you will “be in the know” regarding San Francisco’s now obscure Big Idea for making everyone a de facto land owner and rent collector. Meet at 10 am, Glide Methodist Church, 330 Ellis at the corner of Ellis and Taylor streets in San Francisco.
For more information:, 415-948-4265

July 6 (Sunday) 11:00 AM (Free) - Meet at Coit Tower entrance
Coit Tower Walk & WPA Murals Presentation
By Mark R. Johnson
The important WPA art works have just been added to the National Historical Registry, and there is a continuing fight to stop the privatization.  The Coit Tower murals are part of the New Deal’s Public Works Art Program (PWAP) and were also part of a historical struggle when the witch hunters tried to censor the social and labor murals of the people of California.
Mark Dean Johnson, Professor SFSU and Author of At Work: The Art Of California Labor
Review - LaborFest Coit Tower WPA Mural Presentation-7/7/08
By charles Slay

July 12 (Saturday) 10:00 AM (Free) Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza - Front of Ferry Building, SF
San Francisco General Strike Walk
With labor historian Louis Prisco and ILWU Local 10 member Kannard Wilson
This walk and history talk will look at the causes of the ‘34 general strike and why it was successful. How was the strike organized and why are the issues in that strike still relevant to working people today? Also you will walk by the key historical sites in this important US labor struggle.
Join us on the waterfront.

July 13 (Sunday) 10:00 AM (Free) Chinese Historical Society -965 Clay St., SF
Chinatown Labor Walk

Presentation by Charlie Chin
Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinese population of the United States. It has a rich history of labor and workers and this presentation and walk will focus on the history and perspectives of Labor in San Francisco. (Participants number is limited to 20. E-mail or Call for reservation - (415) 642-8066

July 13 (Sunday) 1:00 PM (Free) Meet at North East corner of Shattuck & Haste, Berkeley
Berkeley Walk
Walk with Richard Schwartz, and learn about 19th century working people of Berkeley, from eccentrics, heroes, and cutthroats of old Berkeley.
The walk will be about one hour.

July 13 (Sunday) 1:30 PM (Free) Meet at Post & Steiner , in front of the mural (Evolution of the Blues), SF
The Black Community & The Western Addition - A Walking History
With local historian Al Williams and Bobbie Webb, member of AFM Local 6
These historians and artists will discuss this history and walk through a neighborhood full of musical legends and struggles including against racial discrimination.

July 19 (Saturday) 9:30 AM (Free) Meet at Berkeley High School Main Entrance on Milvia in Berkeley
The East Bay Schools, The New Deal & The Education Crisis Today (Presentation & Walk)
With Harvey Smith, Fred Glass, Oakland Education Association (OEA) and Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT) representatives.
For information please call (510) 649-7395

July 20 (Sunday) 10:00 AM (Free)
The Redstone Building
16th Street at Capp, SF

The Redstone Walk - Labor, Art & The Politics of The Mission Dist.
By Louis Prisco
An inside look at the Labor Temple that was headquarters of the 1934 General Strike, plus a brief tour of the historically rich working class neighborhood outside. To register, call the leader, Louis Prisco, at 415-841-1254 or send e-mail to

July 20 (Sunday)
6:00 PM ($35.00) at Blue & Gold - Pier 41, next to Pier 39 (Please note that the time and the location has been changed)
Boat Tour - Building Bridges and Labor Maritime History
Join us for this evening cruise on labor history and also a close up look at the massive construction project of the eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The skills of the iron workers, operators, carpenters, laborers, electricians and maritime workers who are building this monument are creating a vital link and beautiful artifact of the Bay Area. Joseph Blum who is documenting the construction of this project will let us know what is being done and how they do it. Also dinner will be provided.
Join labor process photographer Joseph Blum, labor historians Gray Brechin, Tim Dresher, Harvey Schwartz, Iron Worker Local 377 member Michael Daly and others.
We thank the Blue & Gold Fleet to providing the boat, and the members of MMP and ILWU-IBU for volunteering their labor.
5:45 PM Boarding, 6:00 PM Departure
Tour last 3 hours
A meal will be provided, however, if you are on a special diet, please bring your own food.
To make your reservation:

Call (415) 642-8066 or send e-mail to
and give the following information.
1) Your name (please spell it out if you use phone)
2) Number of your reservation
3) Your phone number
You should send a check to:
LaborFest, P.O. Box 40983, San Francisco, CA 94140

July 26 (Saturday) 10:00 AM (Free) Latham Square Telegraph and Broadway, Oakland
Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk
With Karin Hart of the Labor Studies Program at Laney College and Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland¹s "Work Holiday" that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking ­ mostly women ­ retail clerks at Kahn¹s and Hastings department store whose picket line was being broken by police scabherding. Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were 6 general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland "Work Holiday" was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S. and the walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.There will be a reception after the walk at the Niebyl-Proctor Library at 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz), in Oakland.Sponsored by Laney College Labor Studies (510-464-3210) and the Flying Picket Historical Society (415-751-1572).   
Meet at the fountain in Latham Square, in the intersection where Telegraph and Broadway converge across from the Rotunda Building (Oakland City Center/12th St. BART).

July 26 (Saturday) 12:00 Noon to 2:30 PM (Free) Yerba Buena Center 701 Mission Street at 3rd St., SF
A walking tour of sidewalk art installations which nod to the history of labor unions at performing arts venues in San Francisco. This tour will be led by Jessica Tully, Kim Munson and historians from the Labor Archives and Research Center. This tour is accessible. For more info: 415-978-2787(YBCA)

July 27 (Sunday) 10:00 AM ($15.00) Civic Center Between Asian Art Museum & Main Library, SF
WPA Bus Tour
Join Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith as they travel through history on a bus tour of historic sites built by unionized labor. You will learn about the major contribution workers made during the depression era of the New Deal program. They will discuss 75 years of the WPA. Please be aware that the tour will take about 5 hours depending on the traffic and the discussions.
Co-sponsored by UTU Local 1740

Meet at the San Francisco Civic Center, between the Asian Art Museum and the Main Library.
Reservation required:
Call (415) 642-8066 or by e-mail: and leave your name, # of reservations and phone number to get back to you in case of any changes.
Make reservation, then send check to:LaborFest, P.O. Box 40983, SF, CA 94140
(Sandwiches and drinks will be available on the bus.) Bus will be back at the Civic Center. Tour lasts about 5 hours.

July 27 (Sunday) 4:00 - 9:00 PM ($25.00) Meet in the surface parking lot at SJCC at the corner of Moorpark and Leigh Avenues. We will carpool to Watsonville.
Human Agenda-Farmworker Reality Tour (Maximum 20 person)
Testimonials, Dialogue, Visits & Dinner with Farmworkers in Watsonville.
This tour will challenge participants to better understand the conditions
of Mexican formworkers in Northern California. Farmworkers will share
their lives, their food, and their homes. A visit will be made to a labor
camp near Watsonville. Farmworkers will share a look at their living quarters,
the use of pesticides, their wages and working conditions, and the
challenges their children have in receiving education. A farmworker meal
is included in the cost. Ann Lopez will analyze the conditions of
farmworkers on both sides of the border and sign copies of her newly
released book, The Farmworkers’ Journey, at the discounted rate of $15.

Check Payable to “Human Agenda”. Send to Human Agenda Treasurer, 3845 Wellington Square, San Jose, CA 95136.
Proceeds go to farmworker families hosting the tour and a small
administrative fee.
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