[URBANTH-L]The February Events Calendar

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Mon Feb 7 14:08:53 EST 2005

The February Events Calendar (covering 2/7/05 - 2/28/05)

Lectures, Conferences and Workshops

February 8, 7:30 P.M. Sponsored by the Center for Working-Class Studies, Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.
Public Lecture: "The African American Struggle: Shifting Visions and Strategies"
Joe W. Trotter, Chairperson and Mellon Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University.

Joe Trotter is a specialist in U.S. urban, labor, and African-American history. He is the director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), and past President of the Labor and Working Class History Association. This event is located at YSU's Kilcawley Center, in the Ohio Room. For more information visit CWCS's website at: http://www.as.ysu.edu/~cwcs.
February 12, 2-3 P.M. Sponsored by The Labor Action Coalition, San Francisco, California.
"SF Forum On The Crisis in The AFL-CIO, The Future Of Labor & How To Win Some Victories."  Held at the Women's Building at 3543 18th St. (between Valencia and Gurrero St.) in San Francisco. 

The failure of the AFL-CIO to put Kerry in the White House has exacerbated and exposed their deep going internal crisis. Hundreds of millions in union dues were used to support Kerry and the Democrats, and now the unions are paralyzed about what Bush and his co-hort Arnold in California plan to do to them. Andy Stern of the SEIU and other officials of the AFL-CIO say there need to be major changes if the AFL-CIO is to survive. This forum will look at how these unions function, why they are in crisis, what changes these officials want, and why the AFL-CIO faces a possible break-up.

List Of Speakers: 
Giselle Quesada, CWA 9410 Shop Steward 
Doug Slaydon, UFCW 588 Butcher 
Brian Everett, UAL-AMFA District 9 SFO machinist 
Charles Minster, Laborer?s Local 261 gardener 
Carl Bryant, Letter Carriers Local 214 
Rutillio Rivas, United Service Workers Local 87 SF janitor 
$5.00 Donation Requested (no one turned away for lack of funds) 

For more information go to http://www.laboraction.org or in the bay area contact: 
Labor Action Coalition Bay Area (415)867-0628, (415)750-1091 
carltv214 at aol.com, lvpsf at labornet.org 
February 12-15 at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) National Conference

The conference will bring together student-labor activists from all over the country for a weekend of strategizing, identity caucuses, amazing speakers, and actions. This will be a great opportunity to network with other activists and see what is happening in other parts of the country, not to mention have a great time! This is the first USAS conference to be held in the South, with part of the conference focusing on the history of organizing for social and economic
justice in this part of the U.S. Contact Information: david mitchell dmitch at riseup.net, 515-242-3501.
February 18, 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. Sponsored by the Newberry Library Seminar in Labor History in Chicago, Illinois.
Scholl Center Seminar: "On a Wing and a Prayer: Organizing on the Airlines" Liesl Orenic, Dominican University

This event is co-sponsored by the History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and the Labor and Working Class History Association.  It will be held at the Newberry Library.  Scholl Center seminars present scholars' works-in-progress. All papers are pre-circulated. If you plan to attend, you may receive a paper by sending an e-mail message to the e-mail address provided below. The full schedule for all Scholl Center seminars is available at www.newberry.org. Contact: scholl at newberry.org
February 18-20 at the Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 First Avenue, Seattle, WA. 
With performances by the Seattle Labor Chorus, Solidarity Notes, John O'Connor, and the Wobbly Road Show. You can register or just get more information at www.pnlha.org  Telephone: 206-524-0346 or email pnlha at aol.com
February 25-27, 7 P.M. Sponsored by the Colombia Action Network (CAN), DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
The Colombia Action Network Conference, "Defend Colombian Trade Union and Human Rights: Stop Plan Colombia!"

With Guest Speaker Luis Adolfo Cardona and other Colombian trade unionists. Co-sponsored by the DePaul University Alliance for Latino Empowerment, and the Activist Student Union of DePaul.

In Colombia, two to three trade unionists are murdered by paramilitary death squads every week. As the U.S. wages war in Iraq for control of oil. Colombia becomes more important as an oil producer for the U.S. empire. Under Plan Colombia, the United States has sent sends over $4 billion to the Colombian government which supports the terror and allows the killers to operate with impunity Yet, despite ten years of intensifying repression, the unions continue to organize, struggle for human rights and dignity, and to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. We will hear from the courageous trade unionists and activists, who confront the repression every day. The conference will bring together activists, students and scholars to learn about the grave situation facing Colombia directly from the experiences and analysis of these trade unionists and leaders of the movements for social justice and freedom. The Conference will also host U.S. trade unionists, students, lawyers and solidarity activists from the Boycott Coca-Cola Campaign and other work promoting solidarity and human rights for the Colombian people.

Basic Conference Agenda 
- Friday, February 25: Welcoming Event 
- Saturday, February 26: One Day Educational Conference, 8:00 A.M - 6:00 P.M., including keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops. 
- Saturday evening: Cultural Event featuring Colombian dance troupe. 
Sunday, February 27: Strategy and Planning Meeting of the Colombia Action Network with student groups and solidarity activists to discuss our work and plan future campaigns. 

Registration fee of $20, per participant, ($10 for students) includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. Free housing is available. Additional support from Rev. Dan Dale and the Wellington Avenue Church of Christ.  For more information, contact Bob Hearst bobhearst at msn.com 
February 25-28. Sponsored by the Institut für Deutsche Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany.
"Working Girls: Zur  Ökonomie von Liebe und Arbeit in der Moderne. Interdisziplinäre Tagung."
[Working Girls: Towards an Economy of Love and Work in Modern Times. An Interdisciplinary Workshop] 

Das working girl ist spätestens seit den 1920er Jahren Gegenstand einer überbordenden kulturellen Phantasie, 
die in Filmen, Literatur, Unterhaltungsmusik und Werbung zur Darstellung kommt, aber auch in die zeitgenössischen wissenschaftlichen Diskurse Eingang gefunden hat. Seit der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts ist "working girl" ein allgemein gebräuchlicher Terminus zur Bezeichnung arbeitender junger Mädchen und Frauen, erst seit den späten 1960er Jahren wird er auch in einem engeren Sinn als 
Slang-Ausdruck für Prostituierte verwendet. Den Terminus "working girl" kennzeichnet jedoch von Beginn an die zentrale Ambivalenz, mit der das Auftreten junger lediger berufstätiger Frauen im öffentlichen Raum verbunden ist: die Ökonomisierung von Liebe und Sexualität auf der einen und die Romantisierung von Arbeitsverhältnissen auf der anderen Seite. Das working girl kann als eine Figur des Dazwischen 
skizziert werden, die in der gesellschaftlichen Ordnung keinen fest definierten Platz hat. Programm: www.angestellten.de/workinggirls 

Current Exhibits and Films

December 20, 2004 - April 30, 2005 at the George Meany Center, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD

Belle Glade - features eleven paintings by Carol Carter, an established St. Louis artist working primarily in large-scale watercolors and acrylics. The exhibition is based on the rural town of Belle Glade, Florida, and includes large-scale watercolors of Belle Glades' landscape and agricultural workers. Exhibit hours/holidays: Mon. - Thur., 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Fri., 8:00
a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.  For more information, go to www.georgemeany.org/archives

 January 28 - April 30, 2005 at the AFL-CIO, 815 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
"Service, Not Servitude - The Pullman Porters"- a Photo Exhibit. Open Reception, Monday January 31, 2005 from 5:30-7:00 PM.

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