Gifford Hartman will speak about exemplary moments in labor history that help us imagine possibilities for breaking the current jobs vs. climate-and-community impasse. For one example: the actions of the petrochemical workers at Porto Marghera in Italy, whose struggles from the 1960s to the 1980s arguably made them the world’s first worker-ecologists: “They fought against the bosses, but also against the destruction of the workers’ health and environmental contamination.” (For a deeper dive, see this subtitled documentary: Porto Maghera: The Last Firebrands.)
Gifford Hartman participates in the Global Supply Chain Study/Research Group, which works to build working-class solidarity among all the sectors along commodity chains stretching across the globe. He has worked in adult education in various settings: for trade unions, at worker centers and nonprofits, and in the public sector. He is also a labor trainer and working-class historian, as well as a former rank-and-file militant in the ILWU and IWW.
Sunday, July 11, 1 – 3 PM
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