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"Past Forward: The Legacy of Left Coast Militant Unionism and Lessons For Today's Struggles"

Reception and Labor Archives of Washington Annual Event

Free Event

5:30-7:30 PM, June 24, 2017

Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington Seattle Campus

An evening devoted to the dramatic and powerful labor history of the West Coast waterfront, the importance of preserving that history, and the inspiration it can provide us in our present political moment. This three-part program features segments with labor archivists, ILWU activists, and political scientists putting the history and present into perspective.

Part 1: Labor Archives History Panel

"Under the Hook, in the Hall, on the March, and upon the Shelves: ILWU-Related Collections at Pacific Coast Labor Archives"

Presenters:

 

  • Robin Walker, Librarian and Archivist,    ILWU Library and Archives
  • Catherine Powell, Director, Labor Archives and Research Center, SFSU
  • Conor Casey, Labor Archivist/Director, Labor Archives of Washington, UW
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    In this panel, labor archivists will talk about the ILWU's rich and often colorful history preserved in archives in California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

    Featuring the directors of three labor archives -- the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington, Seattle; and the Anne Rand Library at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in San Francisco -- this panel will discuss the ways in which unions, universities, scholars, and activists have worked together to preserve and promote the legacy of the left coast maritime labor movement.  The presentations will highlight collections from this history, which relate directly to today's struggles for workers' rights, immigrant rights, social justice, civil rights, and other causes. Topics will include the Harry Bridges Deportation trials, the deportation and defense of progressive Filipino American cannery union officers and members, and other episodes in the union's long history of activism.

    Part 2: ILWU Activists Panel

    "How History Informs Current Struggles"

    Presenters:

     

  • Rich Austin, Jr., President of ILWU, Local 19
  • Dean McGrath, President of ILWU , Local 23
  • Terri Mast, National Secretary Treasurer Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific
  • George Lovell, Harry Bridges Center Chair (Moderator)
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    ILWU officers consider how the militant history and guiding principles of the union relate directly to today's struggles and how those lessons can help suggest a path for current and future efforts.

    Part 3: "The Legacy of ILWU Activism in the Current Political Context"

     

     

  • Michael McCann, Harry Bridges Center Director
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    Professor of Political Science and Harry Bridges Center Director Michael McCann will consider the history of the ILWU and social justice unionism on the Pacific Coast with issues such as immigration, civil rights, and social justice history and current struggles within the current political context. What lessons from the ILWU's history inform current can and future actions?  
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    New Exhibit- Partners in Discovery: Student Research Employing University of Washington Special Collections

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    February 6-April 21, 2017
    University of Washington Libraries Research Commons,
    Allen Library South

    This exhibit, co-sponsored by the Research Commons and the Labor Archives of Washington, focuses on recent University of Washington graduate student research projects using primary source materials from the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. Primary sources are materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or other sources that provide firsthand accounts about a person or event.

     

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    The innovative research of three graduate students from the departments of History and Geography are highlighted, hinting at the broad topical range of the type of scholarly disciplines that employ the unique materials housed in the UW Libraries Special Collections (located below the Research Commons in the Allen Library South Basement).

    Similarly, the Research Commons is a central hub of presenting and supporting student research, offering an array of consulting services for UW students and organizing regular forums for presenting research in the quarterly Scholar’s Studio: an informal forum featuring 10 rapid-fire ignite-style presentations given by graduate students and postdocs doing research on topics related to an interdisciplinary theme.

    Student Research Projects Featured:

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    Megan Brown is a Ph.D. Candidate in Geography. Megan’s research interests include the modern labor movement and social movements. Brown’s research “investigates the strategic and practical mechanisms through which labor unions, progressive worker and community organizations, and policy makers are spreading $15/hour minimum wages throughout the U.S.” Labor collections used by Brown for her research and featured in the exhibit include the Guillermo “Memo Rivera” Collection of SEIU 775 and Working Washington records as well as oral histories from the SeaTac Seattle Minimum Wage History Project.

     

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    Andrew Hedden is Associate Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and a graduate student in the UW Department of History’s Ph.D. program. His “research explores alternative histories of Seattle that center the experiences of people on the margins of power, documenting the activities and organizations of working-class people and communities of color.” Collections used by Hedden for his research and featured in this exhibit include the Carlos Bulosan papers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 751E records, and the Harold J. Gibson Papers.

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    Eleanor Mahoney is a Ph.D. Candidate in United States History. Her dissertation examines the connections between economic change and environmental policy in the period after World War II. She has also researched Depression-era art and politics in Washington State. In the exhibit, Mahoney discusses her use of the Richard Correll prints and papers, for her research. Featured in the exhibit are two prints from the famous artist’s Paul Bunyan series, “Clearing Tacoma Flats, 1938” and “Creation of San Juan Islands, 1938” which Mahoney feels “vividly capture not only Correll’s unique style, but also the ethos of much public art created in the 1930s.”

    We hope you’ll come by and take some time to peruse the exhibit, perhaps leaving inspired about how you can use the UW Libraries Special Collections and Research Commons for your own scholarly pursuits!


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    Exhibit: Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll

    Selections from the Collection of the Labor Archives of Washington State, UW Special Collections

    February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017
    Odegaard Undergraduate Library
    Second Floor Balcony Gallery

    Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was “one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West.” Best known for his powerful black and white linoleum cuts, etchings and woodblock prints, for most of his life he earned a living as a commercial artist in the book publishing and advertising fields while producing a large body of fine art in his own time.
    Correll’s themes ranged from landscapes, animals and agricultural scenes, harbors and ships, and music and dance to those which reflected his lifelong concern with political and social issues. This exhibit features selections from several core areas of Correll’s recently donated collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections: Images of labor, social justice, civil rights, anti-war themes, work for the Great Depression-era Federal Art Project of the Works Projects Administration, and his work for the progressive Depression-era newspaper the Voice of Action.

     



    Exhibit: The Washington State Labor Council: Over A Century of Progress and Solidarity.

    Ongoing

    Washington State Labor Council Headquarters 321 16th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144

    Highlights from the Collection of the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington and the Collections of the Washington State Labor Council

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    PRESERVING SOLIDARITY FOREVER: Washington State Farmworker Struggles

    Saturday, May 14    1:00pm – 4:00pm
    University of Washington Seattle, Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 145.

    Free and open to the public. Free parking. Food and drinks provided.

    Join the Labor Archives of Washington for its second annual event, “Preserving Solidarity Forever,”  dedicated to showcasing its efforts to preserve and promote labor history.
    This year’s event honors veteran farm worker organizers from the famous Chateau St. Michelle Winery union campaign, as well as highlight today’s on-going farm worker  organizing in the Skagit Valley.


    FEATURING:

      Rosalinda Guillen

        Community to Community Development, former UFW organizer

      Ramon Torres

        President, Familias Unidas por la Justicia

      Jeff Johnson

        President, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

         

     


    RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/solidarity2016 or by calling (206) 543-7946.



    Part of MayWorks, a month-long festival celebrating labor culture and history in Washington State
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    Launch Party for SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage History Project

    • When Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.
    • Where Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
    • Description Join the SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project as it celebrates the launch of a digital archives chronicling the historic campaigns for minimum wage increases in SeaTac and Seattle.
    • The electronic archives which is now part of the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, documents the two successful historic struggles for a $15 minimum wage as well as continuing advocacy for better wages, sick pay, reduction of wage theft, and other issues related to low wage workers in the Puget Sound region. This ambitious project highlights in particular the catalytic impact of these campaigns increasing wages around the nation. The archive includes scores of interviews and oral histories along with media accounts, photos and video clips, original documents and artifacts. Future additions will be an event timeline and a dynamic national map of minimum wage policy diffusion, analytical essays, and an interactive blog.
    • http://content.lib.washington.edu/projects/sea15/index.html

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      Saturday, April 11

      Preserving Solidarity Forever:

      The Minimum Wage History Project

      1:00pm-4:00pm.

      Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room (225), UW Seattle. Free. RSVP here.

      Join the Labor Archives of Washington as we kick off the SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage History Project!

      The Minimum Wage History Project documents the historic and nationally recognized campaigns that in 2013-14 succeeded in mandating a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle. The project will culminate in an on-line resource for students, faculty, and the general public who seek to understand how the campaigns achieved victory.

      Speakers to include:

      • KSHAMA SAWANT, Seattle City Council
      • JAMES GREGORY, Professor of History, University of Washington
      • SARAH CHERIN, Political Director, UFCW 21
      • HEATHER WEINER, YES! for Sea-Tac Campaign

        Exhibit: Author, Poet, and Worker: The World of Carlos Bulosan.

        November 7, 2014-March 13, 2015. UW Special Collections Lobby and Reference Room.

         

        One of the most important figures in Filipino American history, Bulosan is best known for America is in the Heart, a searing novel of the Great Depression and a classic of Asian American literature. Drawing from a collection of his papers collected by a circle of Bulosan's friends and political associates following his premature death in 1956, this special exhibit explores Bulosan's life in the United States and his participation in labor organizing and in support of anti-colonial efforts in the Philippines.

         

        Conference:

        Empire is in the Heart: A Conference on Carlos Bulosan

        Date and Time:

        November 14, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

        Event Location:

        Room 145, HUB Student Union Building, UW Seattle

        9:00am-5:00pm. Room 145, HUB Student Union Building, UW Seattle. Free.

        In marking the centennial of Carlos Bulosan’s birth, this conference will address the relationship between his artistic and political approaches, re-situating his novels in relation to both Philippine and American literary traditions, his politics in relation to the socialist and liberal democratic currents of his era and our own, and his place in understanding the braided histories of labor migration, racial formation, Filipino diasporic imagination, and imperial expansion in the American Asia-Pacific before and after World War II.

        Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; UW Department of English; Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest; and the Jackson School of International Studies. For more information, contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at (206)543-7946 or email hbcls@uw.edu.


      Exhibit: Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Correllpostersmall1212.jpgArt of Richard V. Correll

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      New Additions to the Collection of the Labor Archives of Washington State, UW Special Collections

      December 6, 2012 – April 19, 2013
      Special Collections Basement Lobby
      Allen Library North First Floor Balcony

      Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was “one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West.” Best known for his powerful black and white linoleum cuts, etchings and woodblock prints, for most of his life he earned a living as a commercial artist in the book publishing and advertising fields while producing a large body of fine art in his own time.
      Correll’s themes ranged from landscapes, animals and agricultural scenes, harbors and ships, and music and dance to those which reflected his lifelong concern with political and social issues. This exhibit features selections from several core areas of Correll’s recently donated collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections: Images of labor, social justice, civil rights, anti-war themes, work for the Great Depression-era Federal Art Project of the Works Projects Administration, and his work for the progressive Depression-era newspaper the Voice of Action.

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      Exhibit and Symposium: Taking it to the Street: Public Voices and Political Discourse

      Exhibit: Taking It to the Street: Protests, Strikes and Activism in Seattle [April 1-30, 2012, Ground Floor Allen Library North] examines Washington State's long history of street protest as a means of political expression, highlighting civic activism and citizen engagement in the contemporary political, social, and economic debates through materials from the UW Libraries' collections of newspapers, ephemera, photographs, and documents. It is located in the Allen Lobby on the ground floor.

      Two timelines illustrating the history of recent activism are located in Government Publications, Maps, Microforms and Newspapers on the ground floor of Suzzallo. The Tea Party Patriots Timeline covers significant events in the Tea Party movement, while Occupy Wall Street & Occupy Seattle Timeline covers the Occupy movements.

       

      Symposium: [Saturday, April 21, 2012 ::1:00 - 5:00 pm, Research Commons, Ground Floor Allen Library South] This half-day Symposium brings together local activists and scholars to discuss why the urgent social issues of the time have generated an upsurge of populist demonstrations, including the Tea Party Patriots and Occupy Seattle movements.

      The Symposium is free and open to the public. Please use this registration form to rsvp.

      This half-day Symposium brings together local activists and scholars to discuss why the urgent social issues of the time have generated an upsurge of populist demonstrations, including the Tea Party Patriots and Occupy Seattle movements.
      • Bridges Center Annual Awards Celebration
        Sunday, November 13 :: Location: UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st ST, Seattle, WA 98195
        Time: 5pm-8pm

       

      • OPENING RECEPTION: In His Own Words

      Research Commons, Allen Library South :: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 4-5pm.

      A brief introduction to Chavez, followed by a tour of the show.

      • SYMPOSIUM: Viva La Causa: Organizing Farm Workers in the Pacific Northwest during the '60s

      Kane Hall, Walker-Ames Room :: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 2-5pm

      Two panels of farm worker organizers and activists who worked with and were inspired by Chavez in Washington State discussed his enduring influence. Moderated by Prof. Erasmo Gamboa (UW American Ethnic Studies)

      • LECTURE: "If you want to remember me, organize!" Cesar Chavez, Farm Workers, and Food Sovereignty

      Research Commons, Allen Library South :: Thursday, May 5, 2011, 12-1pm

      Rosalinda Guillén (labor and social justice leader and co-founder and Executive Director of Community to Community Development) talked about César Chávez's legacy, the efforts around the organization of farm workers, and how women and agricultural workers are at the core of the struggle for food sovereignty.

      • Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies: Annual Awards Celebration & Grand Opening of the Labor Archives of Washington State

      Nov. 14, 2010, 5:00pm - 8:00pm Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall

      This year's annual awards banquet marked a special occasion – the grand opening of the Labor Archives of Washington State! We welcomed new labor archivist Conor Casey and honored our students' and faculty's achievements.

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