And mark your calendar now for the third Annual DC LaborFest, which kicks off later this week. The LaborFest -- anchored by the 16th annual DC Labor FilmFest -- launches its third edition with films, plays and more, starting this Friday. More than 60 events – films, music, poetry, art, theatre, history, soccer and radio – celebrate labor arts, culture and the struggles of working people. Go to dclabor.org for a complete calendar of events and you can also view or download a full-color PDF of the LaborFest program guide with full details on all events.
Highlights of the monthlong labor arts festival include a tour of artist Ben Shahn’s stunning frescos at the VOA, a wreath-laying at the Mother Jones memorial in Silver Spring and an evening of live jazz by local union musicians, as well as a soccer labor night and a full slate of labor films at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring.
Check out this week's local labor calendar at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1924, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution No. 184, a constitutional amendment to prohibit the labor of persons under 18 years of age. The Senate approved the measure a few weeks later, but it was never ratified by the states and is still technically pending.
In 1944, on the orders of President Roosevelt, the U.S. Army seized the Chicago headquarters of the unionized Montgomery Ward & Compny after management defied the National Labor Relations Board.
Today’s labor quote is by Michael Moore
"You can't regulate child labor. You can't regulate slavery. Some things are just wrong."
Michael Moore's latest film is "Where to Invade Next"