117817The first-ever DC LaborFest — a month-long labor cultural, film and arts festival – kicks off May 1!  You can download the calendar here.

First Annual DC LaborFest Celebrates Labor Arts
The first annual DC LaborFest kicks off May 1. The month-long labor cultural, film and arts festival includes the 14th annual DC Labor FilmFest, an art exhibition on organizer/painter Ralph Fassanella at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, two labor-themed plays, local organizer/singer Joe Uehlein’s birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, the AFL-CIO Book Club, a screening of the 1936 Mexican film masterpiece Redes, accompanied by a live performance of the film’s score by the PostClassical Ensemble (members of AFM 161-710), a labor poetry event at Busboys and Poets, and local labor history tours, all kicking off with a May Day wreath-laying in honor of legendary labor organizer  Mary Harris “Mother” Jones’ 184th birthday. The DC festival of labor arts joins LaborFests around the world, including San Francisco, Tokyo, Osaka, Buenos Aires, Argentina, El Alto, Bolivia, Capetown, South Africa, Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. “The need to build local, national and international solidarity is critical for labor to confront the challenges we face on all fronts,” says DC Labor FilmFest Co-Chair Jos Williams. “LaborFests help bring our struggles together in art, film, music and poetry.”

– See more at: http://www.dclabor.org/