DC LaborFest

The first annual DC LaborFest is a month-long celebration of labor arts in the nation’s capital. Work, workers and their lives and issues are explored through films, plays, poetry, music, art, literature and history throughout the month of May. Events are free unless otherwise noted; click here for the complete line-up. You can help by posting links to this month-long celebration on Facebook, Twitter and other social media!

The DC LaborFest includes films, theatre, art exhibits and tours all designed to illuminate the past and present experience of workers and labor activists. A line-up of film masterpieces such as Charlie Chaplin’s classic “Modern Times” and Stephen Frear’s “Pretty Dirty Things,” and documentaries such as “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle” invite participants to consider the history and present day reality of workers and the labor movement. The Embassy of Mexico is sponsoring a new exhibit about the history of Diego Rivera’s Man at the Crossroads mural, and a dance performance portrays the beauty and grace of the men and women who collect our trash. In addition, art tours, speakers and theatre presentations fill in the month’s schedule of events to entertain, educate and inspire workers and advocates throughout metropolitan DC.

A special event to help support the Employment Justice Center, Wed., May 21, 5:30-7:30pm.

Find out how the horses on the Teamster logo got their names and lots of other fascinating Teamster labor history at this guided tour of the historical exhibits at the Teamsters headquarters building. Teamster historian Karin Jones leads the tour, which is sponsored by DC Labor Walk as part of the first annual DC LaborFest; proceeds support the Employment Justice Center. Sign up now; space is limited to just 20 participants! $15 per person, $25 per couple, $10 student or unemployed. – See more at: http://www.dclabor.org/ht/display/EventDetails/i/117385/pid/88247#sthash.tB1gwI5q.dpuf