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LaborFest 2018: 50th Anniversary of San Francisco State Strike | SF

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
ILWU Local 34 Hall | 801 2nd St., San Francisco, CA

2018 LaborFest | July 1-31

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 1-31, 2018.

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The festival commemorates the 84th anniversary of 1934’s “Bloody Thursday” when two workers were shot and killed in San Francisco for supporting the longshoremen and maritime workers strike. The incident brought about the San Francisco General Strike.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
2018 LaborFest | July 1-31

This commemorative event honors the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco State Strike. What are the lessons of that strike for today when students have to go into debt to attend college? The mass SF State Strike, which was supported by campus unions including the AFT Teachers Union, was the longest student strike in the history of the United States. The demands for ethnic studies and open admissions are relevant today as there is an organized attack on ethnic studies and the privatization of public education.

Working class and poor students in California and throughout the country must go into massive debt to obtain an education. Ethnic cleansing is also taking place in San Francisco and Oakland, where African American communities are being driven out of their homes.

ILWU Local 10 also played a critical role in supporting the strike. They supported the strikers, including professors and staff at the college, by supplying work on the docks during the strike and this was important to sustain their struggle. There will be a photo display and videos screened during the event. It is time to continue and build the fight that was made 50 years ago.

Event Details

Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Fairs & Festivals, Lectures & Workshops, San Francisco Bay Area
Address: 801 2nd St., San Francisco, CA

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