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LaborFest 2019: City College Public Art Walk | SF
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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 2-31, 2019.
This year’s theme, Labor on the edge: Dystopia or a future for workers.
LaborFest this year celebrates the 85th anniversary of the San Francisco General Strike. The 1934 General Strike transformed San Francisco and the Bay Area into a strong union center in the United States. It also allowed hundreds of thousands of workers to join unions because of the collective power of the working people.
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Today, for the first time in decades, some union leaders, including the CWA AFA president Sarah Nelson, are calling for another general strike against the attacks on Federal workers and the entire working class.
This has also become the year of the teacher. Working people are on the move. For the first time in US history, hundreds of thousands of teachers, including in Oakland and Los Angeles, have been in the streets fighting for their rights and their students for a decent public education.
Working people are also organizing in San Francisco, including Anchor Steam workers, healthcare workers, and the VCA veterinarian workers. The need for unions is greater than ever, and despite efforts to stop workers from organizing, workers continue to join unions.
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 the numerous other works and hear stories of the artists who created them. We’ll visit all the major pieces and some hidden treasures that need restoration. Detailed histories bring to life this critical period in campus history, and tie it to the larger picture of San Francisco in the years before and after WWII.
Meet at street level at the bottom of hill below Science Hall, 50 Frida Kahlo Way, near St. Francis of the Guns statue in front of the Science Building. Ends at the Diego Rivera mural (which is being relocated to SFMOMA in May 2020) about 1:30 PM. Strenuous, with several stairways.
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