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  • 2013 Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival


    January 18-20, 2013
    1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame, California
    Benefit Concert: Sunday, January 20, 7:00 pm

    Don’t miss the 2013 Western Workers Festival, which honors Dr. Martin Luther King and focuses on using cultural approaches to strengthen the labor movement and other movements for social justice.

    The benefit concert on January 20 will honor Jon Fromer (1946 – 2013) and feature many original songs by this memorable and inspiring songwriter and performer. The concert will feature the Seattle Labor Chorus, Lynn Marie Smith (the Detroit diva of labor music), Jimmy Collier (whose music often served as the introduction for Dr. King’s speeches), a theater piece by Owen Murphy, and several surprise guests. Nina Fendel will receive the Labor Arts award.

    There will be an extensive series of workshops offered throughout the weekend. Saturday’s schedule includes a film series and workshops such as Motown Labor Music (10:00), the La Pena Community Chorus (1:15), Telling Stories Through Art (2:00), Using Spoken Word and Theater to Support Universal Healthcare (2:00), Latino Worker Songs with Jose Luis Orozco (3:45), Jazz and Workers Workshop with Avotcja (3:45), and the Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus (7:00). On Sunday morning, an independent filmmakers’ panel will take place (10:00) as well as a tribute to Dr. King featuring Jimmy Collier and the Vukani Muwethu chorus (free and open to the public at 1:30), followed by the benefit concert at 7:00.

    For a complete schedule and more information, see http://www.docspopuli.org/WesternWorkers.html.

    Give yourself the gift of inspiration to start off 2013.
    Attend the Western Workers Festival!

    Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival is a program affiliate of the Labor Heritage Foundation, 501 (c) 3 non profit. Donations made to Labor Heritage Foundation for Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival are tax deductible.

    John L. Handcox Scholarship Fund

    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 opopportunities for organizers, artists, and activists of color to participate in the labor movement via The Great Labor Arts Exchange.


    *Donations to the John Handcox Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated.

    Click here to DONATE to this fund.


    Click here to download an application form in PDF.

    Click Here to Download the Word Doc Application

    Applications should be e-mailed to info@laborheritage.org or sent regular mail to:  Labor Heritage Foundation, 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

    DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT of applications is Friday, May 10, 2014 for the Great Labor Arts Exchange.

    Any questions?  E-mail: ExecDir@laborheritage.org

    Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival

    The 2012 Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival will be in Burlingame, California on the weekend of January 13 – 15. This annual festival honor’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contribution to the civil rights and labor movements.


    A full description of the festival, including the program can be found at Docs Populi.

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