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  • 2012 DC Labor Film Fest

    Amid the ravages of the ongoing recession, high unemployment and tumult of political uncertainty, a film festival can seem lightweight, an insufficient response to the serious challenges of our times.

    To the contrary, the breadth and depth of our 12th annual DC Labor FilmFest proves that a film festival is exactly what these times call for. In this election year, everyone’s talking about jobs, and getting America back to work. At the same time, workers themselves – and their unions – are under attack more than ever.

    The films of the DC Labor FilmFest speak to us of the work we do. Sometimes they shout, in hard-hitting documentaries. In musicals, they sing and dance. They whisper in romantic comedies. And they crackle in classic films.

    However those voices come out, they are our voices, the voices of the workers who make, and who do, who get up every day and punch in, who do what must be done. These are voices that are not often heard, that are ignored or discounted by those in power, but they are voices that must be heard if we are to prosper and progress as a nation.

    As always, the DC Labor FilmFest could not exist without the steadfast support of our sponsors, who continue to inspire us with their vision and shared belief in the power of film to build solidarity.

    Introductory text from the Program Guide. The complete schedule of the festival is online as well.


    Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union

    The Rose Bowl parade this year featured the high school marching band from Pulaski, Wisconsin, as the game was Wisconsin v. Oregon. In front of the stands where Gov. Scott Walker was sitting, the band stopped to play a familiar tune – Union Maid.

    An inspirational example of young musicians standing in solidarity with workers issues. They delivered the message to Walker that, quoting the Union Maid’s chorus, “You can’t scare me I’m stickin’ to the the union!”

    The Peoples’ Voice Cafe


    An alternative coffeehouse offering quality entertainment

    Featuring Kim & Reggie Harris with Jon Fromer
    February , 2012 at 8:00 pm

    kim-reggie-harrisKim & Reggie Harris

    Kim and Reggie Harris are a dynamic and superbly talented duo whose captivating stage presence and unique harmonies has earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. They are unique in their ability to entertain audiences of any age and background as they blend their talents as singer-songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates. Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music.

    jon-frommerJon Fromer

    Jon Fromer is an award-winning singer/songwriter who has been at the center of social movements in the San Francisco Bay area for decades. His song “We Do the Work” is has become an anthem of labor struggles and is the theme song for the PBS series of the same name. Jon is known for his poetic lyrics, rich, soulful voice, and rhythmic guitar style that blends folk, blues and country. His new CD Gonna Take Us All speaks to the power of working together, and features Mark Russo of the Doobie Brothers.


    The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park). Take the #6 train to 33rd St.; or the B, D, F, N, Q or R train to 34th Street. Click here for directions or call 212-787-3903.


    All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays; doors open at 7:30. We do not accept reservations in advance, so come early to be assured of a seat.


    $15 to $18 contribution–more if you choose, less if you can’t; no one turned away. If you are a member of Peoples’ Voice Cafe, the suggested contribution is $10. We also accept TDF vouchers for full admission.


    Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info call 212-787-3903.

    Call for workshop & plenary proposals for GLAE/CCO/Camp Solidarity

    2011 Call for Workshops & Presenters

    Great Labor Arts Exchange

    Conference on Creative Organizing

    & Camp Solidarity

    This year’s events will be held at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD just on the edge of Washington, DC June 17-19, 2011. Proposals may be submitted now through May 15st 2011. We are the synergy that promotes and fuels the labor and progressive movements. You are building the movement. Your voice, experience, and struggle make us stronger. This is why we invite conference participants and supporters to bring dynamic- interactive workshops/presentations to enhance our collective and our network. Read on for guidelines and procedures for workshop/presentation submissions.

    We are also looking for presenters/instructors for Camp Solidarity- for youth ages 7-17. Presenters/Instructors are asked to submit short simple lesson ideas that will help the youth explore union/labor history and culture, social justice, human rights, and civil rights through the creative arts. Unlike other summer experiences, Camp Solidarity also includes unique and powerful explorations of progressive movements. Workshop lessons should be interactive in nature and can be as creative as you are!!

    In the spirit of the Labor Heritage Foundation, as a base for collaboration, synergy, and strengthening the labor movement through the use of arts, culture and creative organizing; and particularly as a shared movement process we are very interested in proposals that build on best practices, shared and real life experiences. We also encourage proposals that promote multi-generational, cross-cultural, and cross movement solidarity and in visioning for the future success of artists, cultural workers, and creative organizers. Proposals may be submitted now through May 15st 2011. We encourage you to submit your proposals early.

    Important Information

    We are creating a supportive space and process using the arts, culture, and creative organizing for movement convergence, movement collaboration, and relationship building. We are looking for workshops and presentations that will be invigorating, dynamic, and insightful. We are particularly interested in workshops that encourage audience participation, skills building, networking, and participant take-a-ways (meaning something participants can use at work, in the community, at home and in their lives).

    We are looking for workshops/presentations that will create an atmosphere

    where the arts and culture of the labor movement are highlighted creating useful tools for

    strengthening the movement and our work on the ground; using cultural tools to combat fear

    and inject “excitement” into union, community, and political campaigns.

    Guidelines & Procedures for Workshops/Presentation Proposals

    We encourage…

    · Presentation of material in a manner accessible to all educational levels.

    · Interactive and popular education formats. However, the final presentation format is up to the presenters.

    · Multigenerational presenters, to foster intergenerational continuity.

    · Inclusion of action steps, skill building, visions and solutions in your workshops. We strive for a good mix of both issues-based and skill-share workshops.

    · Inclusion of an artist or cultural worker in your event to foster alternative forms of facilitation and methods that address the multiple ways in which individuals learn and retain information.

    · Reflection of the LHF’s commitment to ensuring that people from poor, working class and oppressed communities are represented

    Submission procedure

    Proposals may be submitted by anyone; final workshop selection will be from registered participants/organizations.

    • Submit your proposal to the GLAE/CCO by May 15, 2011. You are encouraged to submit early.
    • We prefer proposals to be submitted electronically to info@laborheritage.org . However, you may also submit proposals on paper at the following address:

    Labor Heritage Foundation

    Workshop Proposal Submission

    815 16th Street, NW

    Washington, DC 20006

    • Register and pay for yourself/organization using the registration form or online at www.laborheritage.org
    • Notification of acceptance to present at the 2011 GLAE/CCO will be communicated to the contact person around May 20th, 2011.

    Sponsoring Organization and Presenter Responsibilities

    • Register and attend the Great Labor Arts Exchange/Conference on Creative Organizing.
    • Cover own expenses for travel and lodging to and from the event.
    • Provide up-to-date contact information leading up to the event.
    • Notify LHF of any changes in content, format, names, or numbers of presenters after proposal has been accepted
    • Agree that the focus of the workshop will not be exclusively selling products or services.
    • Submit any resources or materials presented during the workshop (handouts, links, etc.) to the Labor Heritage Foundation immediately following the conference for possible posting on the website. Electronic format preferred
    • Bring your own supplies and equipment, such as butcher block paper, markers, projectors, cables, copies of handouts etc. Limited supplies will be available for those needing them.

    GLAE/CCO 2009 archive

    The Great Labor Arts Exchange, June 21-23, 2009

    Click here to download pdf!

    Labor Heritage Foundation Presents:

    “Raise your voice and be heard!!!”

    & CAMP SOLIDARITY (for children and youth)
    June 20 – June 23, 2009

    National Labor College
    10000 New Hampshire Ave.
    Silver Spring, MD
    Phone: 202-639-6204

    Click here to find out more!


    • Performances of Creative Actions from Recent Campaigns
    • Local Labor Action/Rally
    • The Arts Exchange (Open Mike)
    • Art Exhibit
    • Jam Sessions
    • Coffee House
    • Live Performances from Renowned Entertainers
    • Spoken Word Evening
    • Public Concert on Tuesday Night!
    • Ice Cream Social

    Featured event: Charlie & Marilyn Berhhardt’s Soup and Song Productions
    Concert Series: Featuring Joe Jencks Saturday, June 20, 7:30 PM; Suggested Donation $10.00

    2009 Joe Hill Award Recipient: Ricardo Levins Morales
    The Joe Hill Award, honors leaders and artists who have contributed to the successful integration of arts and culture in the labor movement. Given every year at the Great Labor Arts Exchange it is awarded to persons based on their dedication, participation, and promotion of labor, labor arts, culture, organizing, and/or history.


    For more info call 202-639-6204 or email info@laborheritage.org

    Program Details

    31st Annual Great Labor Arts Exchange (GLAE)
    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (‘til Midnight) June 21-23, 2009
    The Great Labor Arts Exchange is a gathering of union and community activists, rank and filers, organizers, cultural workers, artists, labor educators, and youth who use, or support the use of, songs, art, poetry, theater, skits, posters, cartoons, and film to strengthen the labor movement. You don’t need to be an artist or performer to attend or perform!!!

    • Nourish your soul in an atmosphere of creativity and solidarity;
    • Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of working people;
    • Network with labor musicians, organizers, performers, visual artists, and writers.

    GLAE participants enjoy workshops (such as):

    • Basic Songwriting/Advanced Songwriting/The Making of a Parody
    • Working Artists: Making art work and keep you working (a Business 101 for Artists)
    • Labor Music & Songs 101 (Songs every union member/supporter should know)
    • Oral History/Story Telling
    • Labor Art Space
    • The Power of the Spoken Word – Theatre, Poetry, and Performance
    • Arts Exchange and Song Swap
    • Using U-Tube, Internet, and online networking sites to build your base and get your message out

    Participants will:

    • Meet other unionists from all over the country and abroad
    • Exchange experiences and ideas for artistic expression;
    • Collaborate or engage with other artists, performers, and activists;
    • Share resources with organizers and artists from the Conference on Creative Organizing;
    • Return home rejuvenated, energized and inspired with a battery of new ideas and tools that will make your artistry more engaging and infused.

    Previous GLAE participants said:

    “This is not just entertainment – we’re building for strength.”

    “I attended in conjunction with my NLC graduation. It was intended to be part of celebrating completion of my academic goals. It turned out to be a new beginning for me.”
    “I love the wide inclusion of all generations!”

    “GLAE seems to have started as a retreat for lefty political folk singers to foster solidarity. It has evolved into a training camp…workshop to [for] activists to reinvigorate the labor movement through labor culture.”

    “Acceptance of everyone no matter what their skill or talent.” “I enjoyed performing – best time I’ve had in a long time.”

    “Loved singing in the chorus!!!”


    June 20- CCO:


    June 21- GLAE


    June 21- Camp Solidarity

    • BEGINS 9AM-5PM

    June 22-23


    June 23th Day of Action:
    Participants from the Conference on Creative Organizing and the Great Labor Arts Exchange will converge in the DC Metropolitan area and participate in an ACTION to bring attention and energy to issues currently facing working people, our country, and our leadership. This action will focus on timely topics and issues such as: “The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA),” “Comprehensive (Just and Humane) Immigration Reform,” “Poverty,” “Health Care Reform,” and “Education Reform,” Join us as we gather at the National Labor College and travel to a site in the metro area where we will stage an action to “Raise Your Voice: And Be Heard!!”

    June 23, 2009, “Raise Your Voices and Be Heard Concert” 7PM
    featuring: Joe Hill Award & the DC Labor Chorus, Charm City Labor Chorus, and special performances by participants of the Great Labor Arts Exchange, Camp Solidarity, Music Students from Shepard Elementary School, and the Conference on Creative Organizing.

    Scholarship Application

    Apply for John Handcox Scholarship
    Donate:The John L. Handcox Scholarship Fund – encourages the promotion of a movement that is multi-ethnic, multi racial, and provides for a diversity of activities by providing opportunities for organizers, artists, and activists of color to participate in the labor movement via The Great Labor Arts Exchange and the Conference on Creative Organizing.

    Apply for Julius Margolin Scholarship
    LHF is a 501(c)3 organization, donations are tax deductible




    Room & Board Fees and Meal Options
    Note: all Room and Board registrations MUST be made directly with NLC. Room rates include THREE –all-you-care-to eat meals per day & snacks
    June 20-23 (check-out June 24) Single ($170)- Double ($108 per person) – Triple ($98.00 per person)

    Family room rates also available by contacting the National Labor College Conference Services

    Visit http://vweb.nlc.edu/v1web/ to make reservation for room and board

    Group ID: 3611
    Password: 69

    ON CAMPUS HOUSING AND MEAL PLAN- June 20-23, 2009 (check out June 24, Noon)
    Rates include: NLC facilities, feature hotel-like amenities, 24-hour front desk services, hospitality, cable TV and high-speed Internet access, bar & game room, exercise room, all-you-care-to-eat meals.

    OFF CAMPUS HOUSING: Will live off campus and pay for meals separately. All inclusive meals package are $45.00 p/day or can be purchased separately for: breakfast $12, lunch $15, dinner $18, per meal. Children ages 3–12 pay half price per meal. Meals can be purchased from Conference Services at NLC (or by contacting LHF prior to June 15, 2009).

    More Info

    Click here to view photo gallery!
    Click here to view a photo gallery!

    Check out this 7 minute radio special to find out more about the Great Labor Arts Exchange and hear from some of its regular attendees! (link here)
    [From Making Contact at www.radioproject.org]

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