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July 4 (Monday) 2:00 PM (Free) Dolores Park - 18th & Dolores, SF
SF Mime Troupe - Schooled
Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Livina Jones feels about her son Tom’s new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. With it’s old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and racist treatment of kids just like hers Livina believes Roosevelt is exactly the sort of school that can benefit from a little free-market common sense. The nanny-state government has failed to see students as individuals, and failed to give them the real-world skills they’ll need to get ahead. So who says it isn’t time for some big money, for-profit schooling?
Edith Orocuru, for one. She’s the long serving history/civics/American government/basketball coach at Eleanor Roosevelt, and she’s willing to fight for her version of education as long as her reconstructed hips will allow. But is she fighting for a system that can be fixed, or is she just too blind by her past to see how times have left her and her school behind? And when an efficiency expert, Ms. Babbit, is assigned to improve her class is it a sign that Edith is behind the times, or a sign of something more sinister? And with privatization on the line, and a Wall Street heavy hitter lined up to fold the entire district into his conglomerate, suddenly the next School Board election is more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum.

July 2, 3 - at Cedar Rose Park - 1300 Rose St., Berkeley
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July 9 (Saturday) 6:30 PM (Free) ILWU 34 Hall - 801 2nd St. next to AT&T Ball Park
100th Year of Easter Uprising & Celebration of Renee Gibbons’s Life
6:30 PM - Film showing: James Connolly, Ireland’s Greatest (50 min.) (2013) by: Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTE)
This film recounts the life of James Connolly and his role as a trade unionist, theoretician and international socialist. He and his family were economically forced to immigrate to the United States. When he returned to Ireland, he became one of the key leaders of the Easter Rising in the struggle for independence and worker rights, which cost him his life.

7:30 PM
- Concert
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising Irish struggle for independence from England. The Irish labor movement played a key role in the fight for independence and John Connolly along with other trade unionists helped organize the struggle. When their struggle was crushed by British troops, Connolly was shot along with other supporters of the Easter Rising. Many Irish workers and their families immigrated to San Francisco after the uprising.
At this concert, we will commemorate this important event as well as the life of LaborFest supporter and singer musician Renee Gibbons.
Renee, who passed away this year, used her beautiful voice and talents to get the story of working people out from Ireland to the US and all countries.
Performing at the commemoration concert will be: Margaret Cooley, Pat Wynne, Bernie Gilbert, Carol Denney, Jack Hirschman, Elisabeth Creely, Jimmy Kelly and others.

July 11 (Monday) 7:00 PM (Donation $10, No one turned away for lack of funds) Aurora Theatre - 2081 Addison St., Berkeley
Staged Reading of GOLD MOUNTAIN
By Jason Ma, Directed by Alan Muraoka
SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local presents a staged reading of the new musical, Gold Mountain, by critically acclaimed SAG-AFTRA actor, composer and playwright Jason Ma. Gold Mountain is directed by nationally renowned director (and SAG-AFTRA member) Alan Muraoka. The reading features a cast of local SAG-AFTRA actors. Proceeds from the reading will benefit the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
Gold Mountain is a love story set against the backdrop of a pivotal event in America’s history, the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, and celebrates the striving immigrant spirit, the redemptive power of love and the ultimate nobility of self-sacrifice. The 2016 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop selected Gold Mountain for a performance at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills last February. The play was recently named a finalist by the East West Players (EWP) and New Musicals Inc. (NMI) for their joint initiative to develop a new musical. A reception will follow the reading.
The evening also features the traveling exhibit, The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, on loan from the Chinese Historical Society of America.
For reservation, call David Conover 415-391-7510-X4966
or e-mail:

Review: Gold Mountain’ reading leaves audience hungry for more - By Bonnie Britt 7/19/2016

July 17 (Sunday) 1:00 PM (Free) SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium -100 Larkin St., SF
Survival in San Francisco-Music and Words of Struggle
Defending the lives of San Franciscans and Defending artists and cultural spaces from gentrification
Join San Francisco poets, musicians, rappers and other cultural artists who speak and sing out about the struggle to survive in San Francisco for working people and cultural artists. They stand up against gentrification and privatization of public spaces in every part of our city.
Juana Birones Cultural Committee, Revolutionary Poets Brigade, SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Amuguio, Francisco Herrera, Agie Faulk, Jack Hirschman, Manhaz Badihlan, MC Pauze, Dorothy Payne
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July 18 (Monday) through July 30 518 Valencia - Near 16th St., SF
Photo Exhibit - Expulsion: Stories of Displacement form Colombia, India, Mexico and the United States
This exhibition is an attempt to foreground perspectives about migration that are rooted in the everyday lives of migrants in and from the Global South. Political discussions and media narratives about migration often criminalize poverty and scapegoat whole communities even as they fail to account for the broader dynamics of economic neo-liberalism and political and social exclusion that result in the forced migration of peoples both within and across national boundaries. Similarly, we feel that narratives about gentrification within our own communities in the Bay Area often overlook the economic realities of living in a neo-liberal economy. These photos with stories from Colombia, India, Mexico, The Philippines, and the United States are an attempt to demonstrate the transnational connections between what’s happening “over there” and “here”. We aim to raise questions regarding commonly deployed tropes about migration and hope to place a more materialist analysis about global Capitalism and neo-liberalism at the center of that discussion.

July 24 (Sunday) 7:00 PM (Donation) ILWU Local 34 Hall - 801 2nd St. next to AT&T Ball Park
Working Women
The Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus presents Working Women: A History in Story and Song, a survey that touches on, among much else, the Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts: the sweatshop protests in New York before and after the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire; and, the experiences of women, black and white, in defense work during World War II. The show includes first-person testimony from teachers, an engineer, and women in the trades, four-part harmony, laughter, and sturdy old labor anthems.

July 26 (Tuesday) 8:00 PM (Free/"promo"Labor") San Jose Improv - 62 S. 2nd St., San Jose
LaborFest Comedy Night
LaborFest 2016 brings a night of comedy to all working class people to laugh and enjoy a night of relaxation. As labor is forefront for us all, we need to unwind and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Alycia Cooper is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), whom you have seen on television shows “Raising Hope” and “The Parkers”. Alycia Cooper is also a hilarious stand-up comic whom you may have seen on last season’s “Last Comic Standing,” is also winner of “The Ladies of Laughter”. All comics are labor friendly-performers, including Danny Cruzz, Phill Medina, DJ Sandhu, Terry Dorsey.
Must be 18 or older. 2 items minimum order required - 21 or older for drink order. Door open at 7:15 at SJ Improv.
Donation welcome.
Call for reservation, and tell them you are for “labor.”
San Jose Improv: (408) 280-7475

July 31 (Sunday) 7:00 PM (Free) ILWU 34 Hall - 801 2nd St. next to AT&T Ball Park
Closing Party - Open Mic
Please join us to celebrate the last day of the LaborFest 2015 with food, music and poetry.
Closing party is open mic. Bring your instruments.