February 7th: Celebrating Seattle's Striking History

 
Celebrating Seattle's Striking History, 1919-2009: 90th Anniversary of the Seattle General Strike*

Presentations, music, and more!

WHEN: Saturday, February 7
Doors at 12:30pm, Program 1pm to 5pm
WHERE: Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave
COST: FREE

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, union members, students, scholars, musicians, and community organizers will come together at Seattle’s Labor Temple to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1919 Seattle General Strike. Presentations and performances will revisit the event, followed by discussions of the strike’s legacy for today.

* HISTORICAL LEGACIES OF THE I.W.W. AND WORKERS CONTROL
Howard Kimeldorf (Sociology, University of Michigan)

*THE LOST HISTORY OF THE SEATTLE COMMUNE
Robert Cherny (History, San Francisco State)

*SEATTLE 1919: A MUSICAL HISTORY
Seattle Labor Chorus with Rob Rosenthal

* MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
The Anti-Fascist Marching Band
Jess Grant, songs to provoke and amuse

* DISCUSSION: IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, ORGANIZING AND THE FUTURE
Facilitated by Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community Development

* HISTORICAL DISPLAYS

* REFRESHMENTS

* AND MORE!

Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies (University of Washington), Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, Amalgamated Transit Union 587, and the ML King County Labor Council.

For more information, call (206) 543-7946, e-mail  pcls@u.washington.edu, or visit  http://depts.washington.edu/pcls

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CELEBRATING SEATTLE’S STRIKING HISTORY
90th Anniversary of Labor Unrest to be Commemorated

SEATTLE, WA - On the morning of February 6, 1919, Seattle, a city of 315,000 people, stopped working. Stores closed, shipyards stilled, and streetcars stopped running. The controversial event known as the Seattle General Strike made headlines around the world, was the first city-wide action in the US to be proclaimed a “general strike,” and heralded a new era of labor unrest following World War I.

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, union members, students, scholars, musicians, and community organizers will come together at Seattle’s Labor Temple to mark the 90th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. Presentations and performances will revisit the event, followed by discussions of the strike’s legacy for today.

The 1919 strike began when workers in Seattle’s booming shipyards demanded increased wages to compensate for the federal government’s freeze of raises during the war years. Over 100 local unions joined the strike in sympathy, an effort coordinated by the city’s Central Labor Council. Union members banded together to provide essential services to Seattle’s residents.

Among the presenters at the commemorative event will be Professor Howard Kimeldorf (Sociology, University of Michigan), author of Battling for American Labor, whose work explores the lasting influence of union tactics such as the general strike. Robert Cherny (History, San Francisco State) will tell the story of the Seattle Commune, a farm established by American expatriates in the Soviet Union.

Providing music for the event will be the Seattle Labor Chorus and Rob Rosenthal performing selections from Seattle 1919, Rosenthal’s musical account of the Seattle General Strike. Further performances will be given by the Anti-Fascist Marching Band and local musical artist Jess Grant.

Closing the event will be a panel discussion on labor and community organizing in the present day facilitated by Rosalinda Guillen, a long-time organizer and the Executive Director of Community to Community Development.

Doors open at 12:30pm. Events start at 1pm and run until 5pm. Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies (University of Washington), Pacific Northwest Labor History Association and the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, and the MLKing Labor Council.

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For more information about the General Strike anniversary, or to schedule an interview with Professor James Gregory, please call Bridges Center Program Coordinator Andrew Hedden at 206-543-7946 or e-mail  pcls@u.washington.edu . Promotional images available upon request.

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