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The History of May Day

The event on April 23rd is a presentation that explores the history of May Day, the original workers' holiday. Fred Glass, author of From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Movement, will examine the events which led up to May Day, including the struggle for the 8-hour day, general strikes, and the socialist politics which shaped these actions.

$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;

On May 16th, join us at the museum as we learn about the labor history being made today by the workers and organizers fighting for it. With any luck, you'll also glean a fresh perspective on the sort of radical worker organizing yet to come -- as workers throughout the country flex their might in what has recently come to be known as "The Strike Wave". We'll be joined at this "Future of Labor" panel by workers from Anchor Brewing, joined by organizers from TWU and TWC -- all everyday workers and activists engaging in what local labor historian Fred Glass calls the "oral culture of unionism...[the culture of] workers journeying from isolation and powerlessness to community, strength, and hope."

The event on May 23rd educates about San Francisco’s 1934 General Strike which marked the first time a major US port city was completely shut down by a strike.

Earlier Event: April 4
Neon Family: A Tribute By Roxy Rose
Later Event: April 26
Neon Curiosity Lounge