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The History of the 1934 General Strike

The event on May 23rd is an educational presentation about San Francisco’s 1934 General Strike, the single most important event in California labor history.

In 1934, a strike started by longeshoremen up and down the West Coast escalated into a general strike involving 150,000 workers, shutting down the city of San Francisco for four days. On July 5, or "Bloody Thursday," police fired into a crowd of picketing workers, killing 3 and injuring 115. When unions called for a general strike, the mayor declared a state of emergency and police raided the homes and meeting places of suspected  "radicals," "subversives," and "communists," arresting 300 in one day. The general strike of 1934 brought the city of San Francisco to a boiling point of class struggle, and would have a pivotal impact in the growth of a militant labor movement across America during the 1930s and 40s.  

$5-$10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds
This event is part of a larger month-long project dedicated to the History of the US Labor Movement. The Tenderloin Museum and Democratic Socialists of America - San Francisco (DSA-SF) are proud to contribute to the oral history of the US labor movement with an exciting new program focused on the past, present, and future of working people.

The Tenderloin has long been a home for the working class. The neighborhood's small, affordable apartments have drawn blue collar workers for generations -- from bartenders and waitresses, to sex workers and union organizers.

Please join us in April and May for these fascinating and engaging conversations about organized labor and the fight for dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in the Tenderloin and beyond. Other related events:

April 23rd The History of May Day

May 16th The Future of Labor

Earlier Event: May 16
The Future of Labor