Honolulu Event: LaborFest Hawai‘i




Friday, Sept. 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:00 p.m.

FREE Event at Mark’s Garage

LaborFest Hawai’i is a forum in which working class people come together to learn about labor history, discuss current challenges, and network and organize. We are in a period when working people and labor unions are under attack. Effective responses are needed now. LaborFest Hawai’i has been organized as one part of that response.

We look at the history of Hawai’i and see cross-ethnic working class solidarity, on the docks, on the plantations, at hotels, and in the classrooms. We see many incredible victories and increasing instances of workers demanding dignity, humanity, and control over our own lives.

2013 marks the second annual LaborFest Hawai‘i. We’re holding the event at Mark’s Garage in Chinatown again this year, on September 20th and 21st. Both days are free.

Friday, September 20th at 6:00 pm

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss issues relating to her book The Great Sioux Nation: Sitting in Judgment on America. Dunbar-Ortiz testified at the “Sioux Treaty Hearing” in federal court in 1974 in which 65 defendants faced criminal charges stemming from the confrontation at the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation during the Wounded Knee siege of 1973. Dunbar-Ortiz’s focus combines indigenous and class struggles.

Noel Kent will speak on the 30th anniversary of his Hawaii: Islands Under the Influence. Kent delineates a timeline of the shift from indigenous social relations and land use to a capitalist extractive system that placed Hawaii into a relationship of dependency with the United States, devastating life and land in the process.

Saturday September 21st at 3pm

Joe Burns’ Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power And Transform America has become one of the most talked about labor books among working class activists. In straightforward language he outlines the trajectory of the labor movement, from the development of effective production-halting strikes of the “traditional” sort, to the far less effective tactics that were formulated as a reaction to the backlash against labor by government, owners, and conservative courts who side with the ruling class.

Ray Catania combines a radical class-struggle based unionism with  a local passion for preserving Kanaka Maoli culture and a concern for protecting farmlands from big agriculture corporate predation. Catania is a rich source for local labor history and a long time social justice activist. He was a speaker at the Moana Nui Conference and is a frequent speaker for labor groups on the islands. Ray has the ability to make people laugh even as he riles them up to join in the class struggle.

For more info: http://laborfesthawaii.org/

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