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Laborfest

2016 Schedule & Other SF Event Details

Laborfest is an annual event in San Francisco with dozens of events focused on labor movements, the history of workers all around the world, and some of those still struggling today. This educational festival offers walks, panel discussions, films, public forums, and other activities all throughout the month of July 2016.

This year, the event focuses on Workers' Survival, Resistance and Power in the 21st Century. It also coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the Preparedness Day Bombing on Market Street.

It's also the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Uprising.

It's a great place to learn more about all of these historic struggles and find out what is being done to help protect workers in the future.

2016 Schedule

I listed the 2016 schedule by activity to make it easier for you to find the types of events that interest you. Either scroll down to look at each one or click the links below to jump ahead to a specific type of event.

Films | Tours & Walks | Forums & Readings | Art, Theater, & Music

FilmWorks United

Here is a list of the films included in this year's Laborfest. The cost for films are either by donation or free.

July 5 7pm The Factory 518 Valencia Donation
July 6 6:30pm The Hand That Feeds Berkeley City College Auditorium at 2050 Cetner Street in Berkely Free
July 6 7pm We Don't Like Samba & Limpiadores 518 Valencia Donation
July 8 7pm The Mine Wars 518 Valencia Donation
July 8 7pm Blue Elephants & Driving for Hire San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose Donation
July 13 7pm Press + Lost Signal of Democracy ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free
July 14 7pm The Factory San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose Donation
July 16 7pm Still the Enemy Within ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free
July 20 7pm Freeway Flyer & UDITA (Arise) ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free
July 22 7pm Limpiadores & Claiming Our Voice San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose Donation
July 29 7pm Operation Bootstrap San Jose Peace & Justice Center at 48 S. 7th Street in San Jose Donation
July 30 7pm Goodwin's Way & They Live ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free

Tours & Walks

Many of the Laborfest tours and walks are free. A handful request a donation or a small fee per person. Also, most are in San Francisco, but there are a few in other SF Bay Area communities.

July 3 10am SF General Strike Walk Meet at Harry Bridges Plaza in front of the Ferry Building Free
July 9 10am San Francisco Waterfront Labor History Walk 1835 - 1934 75 Folsom Street at the Entrance to the Hills Brothers Coffee Building Free
July 10 10am WPA Bus Tour Meet in front of the Bill Graham Auditorium at 99 Grove Street $25 per person
July 10 12pm Irish Labor History Walk 240 2nd Street in front of the Marine Firemen's Hall Free
July 12 2pm Union Sponsored Affordable Housing in SF: St. Francis Square Cooperative Tour Southwest Corner of Geary and Laguna Free
July 17 9:45am Coit Tower Mural Walk Meet at the Coit Tower Entrance Free
July 17 10am San Bruno Mountain Watch Office 44 Visitation Avenue, Brisbane Free
July 17 5:45pm Building Bridges & Labor Maritime History Boat Tour Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf $45
July 23 10am 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing Walk One Market Free
July 23 9am to 1:30pm New Almaden Quicksilver Mine - Labor History Tour New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum in San Jose $15
July 24 10am WPA Berkeley Walk Main Berkeley Post Office at Milvia and Alston in Berkeley Free
July 24 2pm Hunter's Point/Bayview History Walk Bayview Plaza at 3801 3rd Street at Evans Free
July 30 12pm Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk Fountain in Latham Square in Oakland Free
July 31 10am Labor Politics and Architecture of San Francisco ILWU Sculpture at Mission and Steuart Free

Dinners, Forums, & Readings

July 2 2pm The ILWU and Japanese Americans (Presentation) National Japanese American Historical Society at 1684 Post Street Free
July 5 10am Bread & Roses with Retired Union Members SF Labor Council Office-1188 Franklin Street, Suite 203 Free
July 7 7pm Black Lives Matter, Labor & Minority Workers on the Job SF General Hospital, Carr Auditorium at 22nd and San Bruno Donation
July 9 9am to 4pm Labor Education Share City College of SF Mission Campus at 1125 Valencia, R107 - 109 Free
July 14 7pm Puerto Rico, Colonization, Privatization, and Human Rights ILWU 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street Free
July 15 7pm The Cost of NAFTA, CAFTA, & TPP Free Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street Free
July 16 10am to 4pm International Conference Against Privatization ILWU 34 Hall, 801 2nd Street Free
July 18 7pm Red Vienna to SF 518 Valencia Free
July 19 7pm Refugees, War, Immigrants in Europe and the Rise of Neo-Fascism 518 Valencia Free
July 19 7pm Unheard Voices Rising Up: Workers' Survival, Resistance, and Power Green Arcade Bookstore at 1680 Market Street at Gough Free
July 20 5pm Adjuncts, Temps, Privatization, and Education ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free
July 21 7pm Freelancers, Journalism, Worker Rights, and Technology 518 Valencia Free
July 22 7pm The Lessons of the Preparedness Day Bombing for Today ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free
July 23 1pm Global Depression, the New Cold War, and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games SF Main Library, Mary Louis Strong Room, 100 Larkin Free
July 23 3pm Labor System and Unrest in Saudi Arabia SF Main Library, Mary Louis Strong Room, 100 Larkin Free
July 24 10am to 4pm The Lessons of the Preparedness Day Bombing ILWU Local 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free
July 25 6:30pm Take It From the Workers Who Built Everything Pumbers Hall at 1621 Market Street, 2nd Floor Free
July 26 7pm Forum - Palestinian Workers, Human Rights, Labor and Zionism Uptown Body and Fender at 401 26th Street, Oakland Free
July 27 7pm Uber, Worker Rights, Tech, and the Public Redstone Building at 2940 16th Street Free
July 29 7pm The Council on Foreign Relations, Our Unions, and Foreign Policy Green Arcade Bookstore at 1680 Market Street Free
July 30 10am to 4pm Defend Public Education, Charters: Connecting the Dots and Privatization - Conference Richmond High School at 1250 23rd Street, Richmond Free

Music, Theater, and Art

July 4 2pm SF Mime Troupe Performance of Schooled Dolores Park Free (Donation Requested)
July 9 6:30pm 100th Year of Easter Uprising & Celebration of Renee Gibbon's Life ILWU 34 Hall at 801 2nd Street Free
July 11 7pm Gold Mountain Aurora Theatre at 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley Donation $10

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Other Events This Month

Breastfest Beer Festival: Sample craft beers as you help raise money for a great cause. This annual fundraiser helps pay for medical services needed for low-income women diagnosed with breast cancer. It's run by volunteers and all profits go to support this cause. Click here for more information.

Frozen Film Festival: One of the largest SF summer film festivals is the Frozen Film Festival. For two days, you get the chance to see a number of documentaries and short films produced by independent film makers from around the world. Click here for this year's schedule.

Ticket Discounts: Before you buy any tickets for SF activities, make sure to check out Goldstar. On their site, you will find dozens of tickets at up to half-off. You will find tickets to everything from SF tours to admission to some of this year's top annual events. Click here to check out their current selection.

More Fun Summer Events

Stern Grove: Every summer from mid-June to mid-August, head to Stern Grove for their free concerts in the park. On Sunday afternoons at 2pm, you can catch free shows by both local and internationally recognized artists. Click here for this year's line-up.

Union Square Live: Another free festival this summer is Union Square Live. From May to October, you get the chance to see several free performances right in the square. They range from circus acts to local musicians to salsa dancing lessons. Click here for this year's full schedule.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Just a few blocks away, you will find more fun, free entertainment. Several times a week, catch cultural performances in Yerba Buena Gardens. You can see musicians performing world music, watch family friendly acts, and more. Click here for the full schedule.

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