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LaborFest 2019: The Privatization of The Port of Oakland | SF

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
ILWU Local 34 Hall | 801 2nd St., San Francisco, CA


2019 LaborFest | July 2-31

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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
2019 LaborFest | July 2-31

San Francisco used to be the largest port in Northern California. Over the last forty years, it has become a tourist trap instead of a working port. Is the same thing in store for the Port of Oakland?

The Oakland A’s baseball team, which is owned by John Fisher, who owns the GAP Corporation in San Francisco, wants to turn the Howard Terminal into a stadium, and build 4,000 $1 million dollar condos to finance the project.

Howard Terminal is a staging area for truckers, so they can stay off the streets of Oakland, and also is used for training of ILWU Local 10 longshore workers. There is a battle now shaping up about this development, and how it will affect maritime jobs as well as the gentrification of the historic African American community in West Oakland.

Fisher and his family also run the KIPP and Rocketship charter school chains, which is pushing privatization of education in San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout the country.

Initial Speakers: Gabriel Prawl, ILWU Local 52 President, Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10 Secretary Treasurer, retired; Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10 former business agent


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