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July 1 - 12 (Free) ILWU Local 34 Hall - 801 2nd St., SF next to AT&T ball park
Extraction - LaborFest Art show
Viewing dates: July 1 through July 12
Viewing time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on weekdays and 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

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July 2 - 31 (Free) SF First Unitarian Universalist Church - 1187 Franklin Street
Union Artists and Labor Art - Joint Collaboration by FUU Church and LaborFest
At:Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Starr King Rooms
Call Front Desk, (415) 776-4580, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for information on viewing times
The artists reception will be on July 20 (Sun), 12:00 - 2:00 PM
The FUU Church presents art by artists who are union members. The show highlights the fact that some union members are also accomplished artists. Two-dimensional art in various media will be presented.
Several artworks chosen for Extraction will be shown at this venue. This is an opportunity to see the exceptional talents of labor artists and artists dedicated to environmental issues and labor.
In both cases, the artist speaks eloquently to us through their aesthetic pursuit. Artists include Attila Cziglenyi, Marcia Poole, Diego Marcial Rios, Peter Baczek, Brent Bushnell, Sofia Carmi, Cliff Colver, Carol Denney, Ken Downing, Jamie Erfurdt, Ed Handleman, Paul Kensinger and Ziya Okay.

July 8 (Tuesday) 6:00 - 9:00 PM (Free) Mexican Museum, Fort Mason Center -2 Marina Blvd., SF
(Please note, the address has been changed)
Méndez Rising: Spotlight on the revolutionary works of an artist for social justice
A Special Tribute to the Art of Leopoldo Méndez
Leopoldo Méndez (1902-1969) was a Mexican artist known for his political and social-justice images, and was part of a revolutionary arts movement that flourished in Mexico City from the 1930s through the ‘50s. Méndez, a printmaker and engraver, devoted his career to political activism, refusing fame or fortune. A San Francisco-Oakland Newspaper Guild member bought a set of original signed Méndez prints in a Sixth Street secondhand store for the price of a sandwich and donated them to the local. Now the Guild has had the prints professionally restored for permanent display in the union’s Natoma Street headquarters, and commissioned research honoring the Méndez legacy in visual arts, cinema and labor history.
A Panel Discussion on Mendez’s art will begin at 7:00 (panelists to be announced)
RSVP to (415) 298-1335; check LaborFest website in case of location changes:

July 12 (Saturday) 7:00 PM (Free) Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists - 1924 Cedar & Bonita, Berkeley
“Class Struggle ” CD Release Party with Redd Welsh
Labor troubadour, SFLC Council Delegate and retired NALC 214 letter carrier Dave Welsh, who now performs as Redd Welsh, will release his new music CD titled Class Struggle. The CD includes new original songs by Redd, including Class War Goin’ On (in America), Somebody’s Daughter and Young People Rising. The event on July 12th will feature Redd on vocals and organ, as well as Bay Area favorites Alex and Harriet Bagwell, and the ReSisters. Redd is also involved in fighting the privatization of the US post office where he has sung at rallies to stop the sell-off of the Berkeley Post office by CB Ellis owned by Richard Blum, US Senator Diane Feinstein’s husband. Welsh also works with Community and Postal Workers United which is working nationally against privatization of the post offices.

July 12 (Saturday) 7:00-8:30 PM (Free) First Unitarian Universalist Church - 1187 Franklin St, SF
People’s Voices For A World of Harmony, Peace And Justice
The Revolutionary Poets Brigade and Unitarian Universalist Forum Poetry Reading
Revolutionary Poets will speak out on the struggle of working people for housing, healthcare, living wages, veterans and workers’ rights.
These poets, musicians and satirists are giving voice to the struggle of working people and their struggle for survival in San Francico and the world. With the tech barons driving working people and retirees out of their homes in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area, this battle is getting sharper by the day.
Poets and artists include folk musician and satirist, Carol Denney, poets Dorothy Payne, John Curl, Gary Hicks, Bobby Coleman, Mahnaz Badihian, Yolanda Catzalco, Nina Serrano, Karen
Melander-Magoon and others.

July 15 (Tuesday) 8:00 PM San Jose Improv - 62 S. 2nd St. in San Jose
1st Annual LaborFest Comedy Night

Will Durst is the best political comedian working in the country today. He is the author of The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing and Elect to Laugh. Will has over 800 television appearances including HBO, The Today Show, David Letterman, Inside Politics, Showtime, Comedy Central and his own PBS show Livelyhood.
Join us for a night of great laughter as Will takes on tech and corporate titans with his brand of humor. Look out Walmart with your low wages, Will is Fighting for the working class with his comedy. Enjoy the night with Will Durst, host Danny Cruzz and other labor friendly comedians.
Get your LaborFest special online free reservations now at: Enter coupon code “LABOR”, or call Jimmy Kelly at 408-597-7649 for ticket.
Requested donation.
Must be 18 or older. 2 items minimum required (21 or older for drink order). No Fee, No Charge.
Box office opens at 7:00 PM, Doors open at 7:30 PM.
Donations welcomed for San Jose City College Labor Studies Program.

Will Durst audio announcement of this event.

July 19 (Saturday) 7:30 PM ILWU Local 34 hall - 801 2nd St. next to AT&T ball park
Movement Energy: A History of May Day and the Eight Hour Day
The Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus
The Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus presents Movement Energy: A History of May Day and the Eight-Hour Day. An account in song and story of the struggle for the eight-hour day, the Haymarket incident, and the fight to save Albert Parsons and the anarchists scapegoated by the state of Illinois. ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 2nd St (next to the AT&T Ball Park), SF. 7:30pm. Info:, (415) 648-3457.

July 26 (Saturday) 7:30 PM (Free) 577 Capp St, SF - near 21st Street, SF
Song and Poetry Swap

The Freedom Song Network hosts an informal song and poetry swap. Bring some songs or short poems to share. The Freedom Song Network was founded in 1982 to help keep alive the traditions of labor and political song.

July 28 (Monday) 8:00 PM (Donation) Tides Theatre - 533 Sutter St., SF
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
(A Staged Reading to Benefit The Actors’ Fund)
The SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local presents the premiere reading of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens as adapted and directed by Michael Gene Sullivan, with musical direction by Joshua Raoul Brody.
This rousing, worker-oriented version of the time-honored Christmas story features classic songs from the labor movement but is re-imagined by Sullivan for the troubled, 21st Century. Dickens’ themes of labor unrest, joblessness and starvation are now set in an abandoned Occupy encampment, and told from the point of view of the worker, Bob Cratchit, whose beleaguered family lives in a chilly tent alongside a band of Occupy activists and artists. They survive by telling anyone who will listen this classic story of oppression and hope, as they all fall further into the abyss between rich and poor. Will anyone listen?
The staged reading will feature professional union actors—all members of SAG-AFTRA—and will benefit the Actors’ Fund, a nationwide human services organization for professionals in the performing arts.
July 28th is Harry Bridges birthday and SAG-AFTRA, with the Bridges family, invites you to join them after the reading for cake, champagne and music to celebrate Harry’s 113th birthday!
For more information, call Lauren Renaud, SAG-AFTRA: 408-337-2705