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Houston Has A Labor History?

  • Charge 2507 Holman Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)
Dr. Gerald Horne recorded by Ronald Jones

Dr. Gerald Horne recorded by Ronald Jones

Houston Has a Labor History?
Sunday June 5, 5 - 7 PM

“Houston Has a Labor History?” is a story-share of historic events in labor organizing in Houston. Relayed as firsthand accounts, favorite histories, and read narratives, each storyteller will have up to 5 minutes to bring to light the under told history of worker's movements around the city.  
A collage of histories around a collaged table, our wish list of stories includes the Houston Women’s Caucus shut down of the Channel 8 Art Auction, the 1946 General Strike in support of the trash workers, the 1980s and 2015 refinery walk outs, the 1886 Houston City Council which included a painter, two railroad superintendents, a yardmaster, a saloon keeper, and a grocer, an 1856 account that “there is more insolence among the negroes of Houston…large congregations who go where they please unquestioned, hire their own time, live entirely free from the supervision of any white man…than in any other city oa ar town South of Mason & Dixon's Line," a reading from pioneer labor historian Ruth Alice Allen's “The Labor of Women in the Production of Cotton,” a trace of Fe y Justicia's Justice Bus route, a firsthand noisemaking from Justice for Janitors, and a chronicle of the current Texas prison work stoppage. 

With Houston Media Source as our documentation partner, Houston Has a Labor History? is both an event and a video shoot to make the thing the internet finds if someone asks it that. 

Confirmed storytellers include: Michael Botson, Betsy Beasley, Martha Ojeda, Yudith Nieto, Rick Lowe, Richard Shaw, Lee Medley, and Azzurra Crispino. Please contact Carrie with suggestions

Earlier Event: June 5
Later Event: June 20
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