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Saturday, July 20

LaborFest 2019: San Bruno Mountain Wilderness Walk | Brisbane
Saturday, July 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Bruno Mountain Watch
LaborFest 2019: San Bruno Mountain Wilderness Walk | Brisbane
In 1968, David Schooley chained himself to a bulldozer at the foot of the San Bruno Mountain. The activism of David and many other community members was crucial in protecting much of the mountain, allowing for the creation of a public park where working people ...
LaborFest 2019: SF Waterfront Labor History Walk | SF
Saturday, July 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | 75 Folsom St.
LaborFest 2019: SF Waterfront Labor History Walk | SF
There are many stories about labor struggles in San Francisco. The walk will focus on the maritime industry from 1835 until the burning of the blue book in 1934. Also, labor historian Larry Shoup will discuss the history of the 1901 transportation workers strike led ...

LaborFest 2019: WPA Berkeley Walk | East Bay
Saturday, July 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Main Berkeley Post Office
LaborFest 2019: WPA Berkeley Walk | East Bay
This walk will explore the “New Deal nexus” in Berkeley that includes Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, Post Office art, the old UC Press Building (now being repurposed as the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and the old Farm ...
LaborFest 2019: Press Freedoms & Whistleblowers | SF
Saturday, July 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 518 Valencia
LaborFest 2019: Press Freedoms & Whistleblowers | SF
Journalists and whistleblowers are under attack, from Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning to freelance journalist Bryan Carmody in San Francisco. When the president of the United States calls journalists “scum” and encourages his supporters to verbally and physically threaten journalists, the right of all journalists ...

Sunday, July 21

LaborFest 2019: SF’s Market Street Bombing 1916 Walking Tour | SF
Sunday, July 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | One Market St.
LaborFest 2019: SF's Market Street Bombing 1916 Walking Tour | SF
During this walking tour, we visit several sites, which were integral to the unfolding of events following a bomb explosion on Steuart Street at Market Street on July 22, 1916. With fervor building to engage the United States in the war in Europe, businessmen in ...

Tuesday, July 23

LaborFest 2019: Teachers Strike Panel | SF
Tuesday, July 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tenderloin Museum
LaborFest 2019: Teachers Strike Panel | SF
A recent wave of strikes, rallies, and wildcat actions led by teachers across the country have drawn attention to the most urgent issues faced by students and educators – school closures, budget cuts, understaffing, and the re-appropriation of public school funding for charter schools. This ...

Saturday, July 27

LaborFest 2019: Charters & Privatization of Public Schools | SF
Saturday, July 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | ILWU Local 34 Hall
LaborFest 2019: Charters & Privatization of Public Schools | SF
Our public education system is under dire threat as over 1300 charter schools in, California siphon off billions of dollars from public funds to privateers. As a result of Proposition 39 written by billionaire Reed Hastings who owns Netflix, rooms and other facilities are being grabbed ...
LaborFest 2019: Treasure Island | SF
Saturday, July 27 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Treasure Island Museum
LaborFest 2019: Treasure Island | SF
From the first scoops of Bay mud to the final coat of paint applied to the buildings of the Golden Gate International Exposition, organized labor was there. In honor of San Francisco’s LaborFest, author Harvey Smith will discuss the contributions of organized labor to the ...
LaborFest 2019: City College Public Art Walk | SF
Saturday, July 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | City College of San Francisco (Phelan SF)
LaborFest 2019: City College Public Art Walk | SF
City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus was planned and built to include art works by WPA artists such as Herman Volz, Sargent Johnson, and Frederick Olmsted. Diego Rivera’s mural Pan-American Unity is only the most famous of the many public works on campus. See ...

Sunday, July 28

LaborFest 2019: Labor Politics & Architecture of San Francisco | SF
Sunday, July 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | ILWU Sculpture
LaborFest 2019: Labor Politics & Architecture of San Francisco | SF
Walk with Brad Wiedmaier, SEIU 2015 member & architectural historian. San Francisco has a rich political and labor history that is also connected to its buildings. In this history-by-the-buildings walk, Brad Wiedmaier will outline artifacts and events, and their connections to San Francisco’s past and present.

Monday, July 29

LaborFest 2019: Workers Building San Francisco & the Salesforce Skyscraper | SF
Monday, July 29 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | ILWU Local 34 Hall
LaborFest 2019: Workers Building San Francisco & the Salesforce Skyscraper | SF
Joseph Blum is one of the leading national photographers of building trades workers and their talent and skills. Over decades, he has covered the building of the Eastern span of the SF Bay Bridge, and his latest work is the construction of the Salesforce skyscraper. ...

Wednesday, July 31

LaborFest 2019: Closing Party | SF
Wednesday, July 31 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | ILWU Local 34 Hall
LaborFest 2019: Closing Party | SF
This is the 26th year of LaborFest! Please join us to celebrate the last day of LaborFest 2019. Bring a contribution of food and/or beverage for potluck, or instrument for the open mic.