May is Labor History Month!

2008 Events & Exhibitions

Volume CVIII, No. 5May, 2008


What Work Looks Like
Bread and Roses

3l0 West 43rd St., NYC 10036.
May 1 – May 30.
Weekdays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m
Multi-media exhibition: paintings, photos, sculptures, & other art (& a workers cabaret) done by union members. FREE! Info: Esther Cohen, 212.767.0025

Votes for Women
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Through Nov. 30
Sun.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed. – Fri.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m
Susan B. Anthony’s contribution to the American suffrage movement, contributions of eight other important American suffragists, & Victoria Woodhull’s historic run for the United States presidency (1872). $8/$4/free. Info: 718.638.5000.

Unseenamerica NYS: Photos & Stories by Workers
New York State United Teachers Headquarters
800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110.
Sun., May 18, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon., May 19, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Unseenamerica NYS gives cameras and lessons to [previously unseen] workers to photograph their own lives. Exhibit takes place at the 2008 Labor-Religion Coalition Conference, featuring trainings on fair trade, health care for all, sweat free purchasing, farm worker & immigration rights. FREE! Info: Erin Shannon, 518-272-3500 x119,

Tools of The Trade
New York Transit Museum

Boerum Place & Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
April 22 – December 7, 2008
Tues. – Fri.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat., Sun.: Noon – 5 p.m.
An oxygen deficiency indicator, an anemometer, a trolley ice scraper, a pneumatic drill, a high-tension potential transformer fuse puller, fire nozzles, rail gauges, riveting tools, signal locks, a lance type high tension switch stick, & a portable shunt – these are some of the tools used to build, operate & maintain New York’s subway, bus, & rail systems. $5/$3/ – Wed. Info: 718.694.1600.

“Play It Again Sam”:
Lost Chords of the Labor Movement
ongoing web exhibit
Lyrics and recordings of almost lost songs that inspired social movements in the 1940s, featuring Henry Foner. FREE! Info: Rachel Bernstein, Henry Foner 212.998.2637


Fri., April 25, 7 p.m
Workers Memorial Day Commemoration
Presentation by Professor Irwin Nack (William Paterson College) “Slavery: The Transatlantic Slave Trade.” American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ 07508. Info: Angelica M. Santomauro, 973.595.7953.

Wed., April 30, 8 p.m.
A 2008 presidential campaign alternative & ongoing theatrical performance; five-time candidate Eugene V. Debs & the early 20th century labor movement. Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26 St., NYC, 10001. Info: 718.614.4891.

Thurs., May 1, 7 p.m.
May Day Festival
Performers Anne Feeney, Chris Chandler, the New Jersey Solidarity Singers and more. $10. American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ 07508. Info: Angelica M. Santomauro, 973.595.7953.

Thurs., May 1, Noon-6 p.m.
May Day Special
Workers of the World Unite & Speak Out!
Radio’s “Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report,” over WBAI, 99.5 FM Produced & hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash, or streaming live at

Thurs., May 1, 8 p.m.
See notice April 30
Venue: Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7 St., NYC, 10003.

Fri., May 2, 1 p.m.
Black Women’s History Tour:
Lower Manhattan
Walking tour led by Reclaim the Memories. See St. Phillip’s Church, site of the African Free School, the African Dorcas Society & the National Organization of Negro Women. $12 (children: $5). Reservations, meeting place: 212.299.7011.

Sat., May 3, 8-11 p.m.
May Day Jam:
A Concert for Labor,
Social Change & Healthcare Reform Now!
Alternative protest band The Flames of Discontent, radical hip-hop ReadNex Poetry Squad, Zenote Sompantle’s Mexican revolutionary songs, guest speakers. $5 donation. Muddy Cup Coffeehouse, 58 Main St., New Paltz, NY. Info: 917.593.0037.

Sat., May 3, Noon.
Peddler’s Pack: A Jewish Heritage Tour
Walking tour led by a costumed actor through the Lower East Side. Stops include the Jewish Daily Forward building, the Educational Alliance, & the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva. Meets at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, sponsor of the tour, 97 Orchard St. Also May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, June 21. $12/$10. Info: 212.431.0233

Sun., May 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Encounters: The Jewish Ghetto
Meets Its Neighbors
Prof. Tony Michels (University of Wisconsin) explores the interaction of Russian Jewish intellectuals, socialists of Little Germany, bohemians of Greenwich Village, & more than 100,000 Jews (by the 1890s) of NYC’s Lower East Side. FREE! Museum at Eldridge St., 12 Eldridge St., NYC 10002. Info: 212.219.0888 x 206.

Mon., May 5, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Destination: El Barrio
The thriving scene of Latino arts, culture, & cuisine of El Barrio. Meets: SE corner, Fifth Ave. & 104 St., NYC 10029. FREE! 212.831.7272.;

Tues., May 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Unseenamerica NYS: Pictures & Stories By Workers
Reading & Photography Exhibit. Previously unseen workers receive cameras & training — & make themselves seen. Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305. FREE! Info: Erin Shannon, 518.272.3500 x119.

Fri., May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers,
Outlaw Bicyclists, & Vacant-Lot Gardeners
Are Inventing the Future Today
Forum/book party. Author Chris Carlsson chronicles resistance & rebellion within America’s “recomposing” working class. $6/$15/$15 admission. Brecht Forum. 451 West St., NYC 10014. 212.242.4201.

Sun., May 11, 1- 3 p.m.
Tour of Downtown Albany Underground Railroad Sites
Walking Tour – underground railroad sites will be visited by Capital District Underground Railroad Workshop. $7 (under 15: free). Meets at the Albany Area Heritage Visitor’s Center at Quakenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207. Info: 518.432.4432.

Tues., May 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Rediscovering Jacob Riis:
Exposure Journalism and Photography
in Turn-of-the-Century New York
Lecture, book signing. Author Bonnie Yochelson (Berenice Abbott: Changing New York) & Prof. Daniel Czitrom (Mount Holyoke College) discuss social reformer Riis’s efforts to publicize the conditions of the desperately poor in NYC. FREE! (First come, first served) CUNY Grad. Cntr., 365 Fifth Ave., NYC 10016. Info: 212.817.8474.

Tues, May 13, 6 p.m.
What Work Looks Like
Workers cabaret showcasing Bread & Roses multi-media exhibition of paintings, photos, sculptures, & other art done by union members. Bread and Roses, 1199SEIU headquarters, 310 West 43 St., New York, NY 10036. FREE! Info: Esther Cohen, 212.767.0025.

Sat., May 17, 1 p.m.
Walking tour of Harlem below 125th St., led by Big Onion Tours. Includes Apollo Theater, the former Temple Israel Synagogue, the Workmen’s Circle Building, & Fiorello H. La Guardia’s childhood home. $9/$7. Reservations & meeting place: 212.439.1090.

Sat., May 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
5th Annual Sustainable Brooklyn
Bike Tour:
Green Manufacturing
with Colin Weatherby
The Green Movement is changing industries. Cycling tour of Brooklyn’s green collar revolution visits factories, craftsmen, & everything in between. FREE! Meet:168 7th St., Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY 11215. (F Train to 4th Ave.) Info: 718.788.8500.

Sun., May 18, Noon – 6 p.m.
BayFest/Blessing of the Fleet
Traditional sea chantey singing, commercial hard hat diving, & sailing demonstrations, workshops (New York Aquarium & Brooklyn Children’s Museum), blessing of the Sheepshead Bay fleet, free boat rides. Info: 718.646.9206.

Tues, May 20, 7 p.m.
Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death,
Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior,
Money, God and Diversity on Steroids
Reading by author Julie Salamon. A year in the life of Brooklyn’s Maimonides Hospital. FREE! Barnes & Noble, 82 St. & Broadway, NYC 10024. Info: 212.362.8835.

Thurs., May 22, 6 p.m.
NYLHA Spring Labor History Conference
Splits in the Labor Movement, Then and Now
NYLHA’s Spring
Labor History Conference
Prof. Melvyn Dubofsky (SUNY Binghampton), Prof. Priscilla Murolo (Sarah Lawrence College), Bob Master (CWA District 1), with moderator Steven Greenhouse (New York Times)
Discussion of the C.I.O.’s 1930s split from the A.F.L. — and Change to Win’s 2005 split from the AFL-CIO. Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. 70 Washington Sq. South, 10th Floor. New York, NY 10012 FREE! Refreshments served. Info: 212.998.2630.

Tues., May 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
57th Annual Sidney Hillman Foundation
Awards Presentation
Millennium Broadway Hotel Hudson Theater. 145 West 44 St., NYC 10036. Info: 212.352.4761.

Sat., May 31, 1 p.m.
Radical Chelsea
Walking Tour. Bruce Kayton leads a tour through the West-side Manhattan neighborhood. Includes American Communist Party HQ; site of Manhattan’s first birth control clinic. $6. Meets in front of Chelsea Hotel, 222 West 23 St., NYC 10011. Info: 718.492.0069