UW mural connects Seattle and Mexico in surprising ways.
Anyone who has visited the University of Washington's Kane Hall can't fail to notice the prominent mural stretching above the main hall way, depicting men and women of many nations working together to build a better world. But many do not know the storied past of the striking painting and how it came to be displayed at the center of campus.
On Thursday, March 8th, join the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, El Centro de la Raza, and others as we recognize this local labor treasure with a lecture by SUNY-Cortland professor and UW alumna Gigi Peterson.
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BRIDGES CENTER EVENTS
Thursday, March 8
Bridging Mexico and Seattle: The Journey of the Pablo O'Higgins Mural for the Seattle Ship Scalers Union
Gigi Peterson, SUNY-Cortland
7pm - 9pm. Reception to follow. Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall, UW Seattle. FREE.
The Pablo O'Higgins mural "The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination," now hanging in UW's Kane Hall, was painted in 1945 for the Seattle Ship Scaler's Union. The mural was later donated to the University of Washington, and after a campaign led by UW MEChA and Seattle's El Centro de la Raza, it was restored and hung on campus in 1975.
In the Winter 2012 issue of the journal LABOR, UW alumna Gigi Peterson (now Assistant Professor
at SUNY-Cortland) published a new article on the storied history of the mural, its place in a
broader history of Mexican-US connections, and how it came to reside at the UW. Peterson will
discuss her research on Pablo O'Higgins and the Mexican labor-left, the Ship Scalers Union, and
the mural that brought them together. Reception to follow.
Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; Simpson Center for the Humanities; UW Department of American Ethnic Studies; Diversity Research Institute; UW Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality; UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity; UW Latino/a Faculty Staff Association; and El Centro de la Raza.
For more information, call 206-543-7946 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 30 - Saturday, March 31
The Unemployed Nation Hearings
Kane Hall UW Seattle and Seattle City Hall. FREE.
More than 14 million Americans are unemployed. They are so numerous that they could populate a nation, a distressed and forgotten nation, a nation whose voice has not yet been heard.
We are going to do what Congress should have done long ago. We are going to listen to that unemployed nation.
The Unemployed Nation Hearings, a two-day event scheduled for March 30-31, 2012, will air testimony from a wide range of unemployed people about their experiences. Testimony will be supplemented with the expertise of economists, legal and political scholars, and others.
Friday, March 30
Room 225, Kane Hall Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Saturday, March 31
Bertha Knight Landes Room,
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Out of work? Visit our website at UnemployedNation.Org to contact us with your experiences, or call 206-543-7946. With your permission, your story will be shared on our website, and could become part of the Hearings on March 30-31.
Sponsored by the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; UW include the School of Law; the Evans School of Public Affairs; the School of Social Work; the West Coast Poverty Center; the UW Law, Societies and Justice Program; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council. Supported by the Seattle Mayor's Office and City Council President.
EVENTS OF INTEREST
Saturday, March 3
Health Care and Social Justice: How we get there, where we came from, where we are
7:00-9:30pm. Room 120, Kane Hall, UW Seattle. FREE.
All are welcome to the Annual Public Meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Washington Chapter, which will feature speakers, music and food. Speakers will include:
- Amy Goodman, Award-winning journalist, host of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now
- Quentin Young, National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, Co-Founder of Medical Committee for Human Rights, life-long social justice activist
- Teresa Mosqueda, Legislative and Policy Director, Washington State Labor Council and Chair, Healthy Washington Coalition
Also on the program will be Rep. Jim McDermott giving wecoming and opening remarks.The PNHPWW Board will award its 2012 John Geyman Health Justice Advocate Award. Bob Wickline and Family will provide topical musical entertainment.
For more information visit http://pnhpwesternwashington.org/, or e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, March 3
Annual Labor Sing-A-Long and Auction
Seattle Labor Chorus
7:00pm-9:30pm. Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103-3720. $10-$15.
Join the Seattle Labor Chorus for their Annual Sing-Along and Auction. Lyrics to great songs of labor, justice and peace and golden-oldies are projected on a central screen so that all can participate. Appetizers, desserts and beverages are provided.
For more information, contact Contact Janet Stecher at 206-524-7753 or REBELVOZ@aol.com.
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Monday, March 5
Where Does Democracy Come From? Popular Movements, Civil Society, and Parliaments in Egypt
Joel Beinin, Middle East History, Stanford University
7:00pm. Room 120, Kane Hall, UW Seattle. FREE.
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History
at Stanford University and a former President of the Middle East
Studies Association of North America.His research and writing focuses on workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East and on Israel, Palestine, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Beinin has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North
Africa, co-edited with Frédéric Vairel (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) and The
Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010).
2010). His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals as well as The Nation, Middle East Report, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Le Monde Diplomatique, and others. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout North America, and in France, Egypt, Singapore, and Australia, and has given frequent interviews to the global media.
Thursday, March 22
Labor Book Group
MLKCLC Education Committee
5:30-7:00 pm. Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. Room 208
The MLK CLC Education Committee Book Group will be starting a new book by John Nichols entitled Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street. Bring a snack and join in the discussion of chapters 1-3 of the book.
For more information, contact Cheryl Coney at the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at (206) 934-5350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
LABOR NEWS ON CAMPUS
UW Committee Puts Adidas In The 'Hot Seat'
Feb. 23, UW Daily. The UW's licensing contract with Adidas is being questioned after the company allegedly violated the university's code of conduct.
The UW's Advisory Committee on Trademarks and Licensing, students, and an Adidas representative met yesterday to discuss if workers will be compensated for thousands of hours of employment, and what that means for the contract between Adidas and the UW.
Members of the committee said Adidas' refusal to pay $1.8 million in severance to workers in Indonesia who make Adidas apparel violates the contract the company has with the university.
UW United Students Against Sweatshops (UW USAS) members and other students came to the meeting to express their concerns. They believe two standards were violated: one, that Adidas allegedly did not achieve "maximum possible compliance" with the UW's code of conduct, and two, that the rights of the employees to collective bargaining were not recognized.
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IN THE COMMUNITY
Book fulfills promise to slain union activists
Feb. 15, Seattle Times. Thirty years ago, two young activists were murdered in Seattle.
Ron Chew tells their story and that of the causes they fought for in a book just out, Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism.
At the book's center is the story of two young men who fought for better treatment for cannery workers and who were fatally shot June 1, 1981, in their Pioneer Square office by members of a gang that opposed their work.
People within the union they fought to reform, and the Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, were implicated in the killings.
Chew knew the two men well and was one of the many young Asian Americans inspired by them to act on their own convictions.
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Second Annual Emerging Leaders Conference - Bread & Roses: 100 Years of Struggle and Beyond
April 13-14, 2012 at South Seattle Community College, Georgetown campus
The 2012 Emerging Leaders Conference and Bread & Roses Project is inspired by the centennial of the Bread & Roses strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912. If you want to know more about that historic victory by textile workers, you can download a description of it below, or watch a short video at http://www.massaflcio.org/node/198811.
Conference activities will start in March, leading up to the official conference sessions on Friday, April 13th and Saturday April, 14th, 2012, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
In the spirit of this important historical labor action, our ELC isn't going to be a traditional
conference, but a series of hands-on activities, starting in March and running through the end of
May. Those of you who participate throughout will learn how to produce a large-size
inflatable display that can be used during marches, at rallies, etc. You will learn how to
create activities around the display: script writing and character development, messaging,
sound tracks, etc. We will then take our action in to the streets for the May Day March in
Seattle. We will also have the opportunity to present it at the Pacific Northwest Labor
History Association Conference in Tacoma, and then at the Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day weekend!
Those of you who are not able to participate in the full range of events will still be welcome
at the April conference.
Registration forms are available by clicking here.
More information is available through the WA Labor Education and Research Center website by clicking on "Emerging Leaders Initiative.
2012 Summer Institute on Union Women: Registration begins March 5th
July 23-27, 2012 at Sonoma State University
The UC Berkeley Labor Center is pleased to host the 31st Annual Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women 2012 (SIUW). Sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the United Association for Labor Education, this is a week to honor, strengthen, and support women in the labor movement.
The institute, "Campaign School for a New Generation" will strive towards mentorship, training and inspiring new women leaders in the labor movement. In addition, they welcome community partners that play a major role in building labor/community alliances to join their effort.
In this time of major challenges to labor and economic uncertainties, providing basic skills and vision to future leaders is akin to an "organizer's boot camp." This year's SIUW hopes to bolster union members' training, inspire the young and old, and challenge 'up and coming' leaders to continue their paths.
On-line registration will begin Monday, March 5th. For a list of workshops, registration information, accommodation information, and more, visit http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/siuw/.
Call for Papers: Woody Guthrie at 100 - Woody's Legacy to Working Men and Women
September 7-9, 2012 at Penn State University
The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Foundation and Archives to create the centennial celebrations of Guthrie’s life and work. Penn State University in State College, PA will host one of those events, a Conference and Concert, "Woody Guthrie at 100 - Woody's Legacy to Working Men and Women."
To that end, we seek papers for this interdisciplinary conference devoted to Woody Guthrie and his legacy. Papers may address any aspect of Guthrie's legacy and influence with regard to folk music, art, literature, rhetoric, philosophy, mediastudies, politics, and culture; labor history; gender, free speech, and class issues; the history of social movements; the global fight against fascism; and/or the work of the many writers, artists, and musicians whom Guthrie inspired and influenced.
Send 200-word abstracts to email@example.com by March 15, 2012.