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LaborFest 2019: Fukushima, The Olympics & Labor | 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.
With Film Screening of “The Olympics In Fukushima, Are You Criminally Insane?”
The Japanese Abe government through bribery was able to get the Olympics in 2020 arguing that the Fukushima meltdowns of three nuclear reactors had been “decontaminated”. This forum will hear in the film from workers in Fukushima who are fighting to defend the children, and workers involved in the so called “clean-up.” We will also hear about those who are fighting to expose the massive propaganda campaign by the government and the Olympic Committee to whitewash the continuing dangers.
Professor George Wright will present his paper “Capitalism, Fukushima, Creative Reconstruction & The History of The Olympics”.
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