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LaborFest 2018: Tom Mooney & Preparedness Day Bombing Walk | July 1-31

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Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:00 am | Cost: FREE
One Market St. | One Market St., SF, CA


2020 LaborFest | July 1-30

LaborFest is an annual festival celebrating the history and culture of working people through film, art, lectures, and exhibits all over the Bay Area from July 1-30, 2020.

This year’s theme is Labor: Resist, Revolt, Building A New Future.

LaborFest 2020 takes place in a new world. LaborFest will cover the fight for health and safety on the job and the defense of front-line workers and whistle-blowers who speak out for their health and safety rights.

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Because of the limitations on social gatherings, most events will be held virtually through Zoom and other applications; however a few select events will be held in person. The schedule will be subject to change, so please check the website prior to each event. For those events scheduled to use Zoom, you can participate in the discussion by registration.  If you wish to participate in discussions, please sign-up when the information is uploaded to the website.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
2020 LaborFest | July 1-30

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 San Francisco embraced the cause, while labor leaders and the left denounced it. With the bomb killing ten people and wounding forty, no clear culprit was identified. But, two figures from the left, labor organizers and anarchists Tom Mooney and Warren K. Billings, were framed for the murder of the victims and spent many years in prison before being released. On this tour, we learn not only about the war between business and labor and open and closed union shops, but also about the divisive issues of American aggression in the Pacific region and against Mexico, crusading and yellow journalism in the city of San Francisco, and the mood of the country regarding World War I. The tour lasts approximately two hours. David Duckworth is an art and cultural historian, having lectured widely, including at California Institute of Integral Studies, Free University, LaborFest, New York University, Popular Culture/American Culture Association, and Treasure Island Museum. Gifford Hartman is an adult educator, labor trainer, working class historian, and has been a rank-and-file militant in various industries (some organized by the SEIU and ILWU, and other non-union shops) and presently works in the unorganized precarious education sector.

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Cost: FREE
Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Lectures & Workshops, San Francisco Bay Area
Address: One Market St., SF, CA

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