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BERNHARDT LABOR JOURNALISM FORUM - Join us Thursday October 12, 2017 6-8pm for the announcement of the winner of the 2017 contest and a discussion with labor activists and investigative journalists Ginger Otis Adams (NY Daily News), Sarah Leonard (The Nation) and Ed Ott (CUNY).  The event will be held at the Tamiment Library / Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, 10th Floor, 70 Washington Square South, Bobst Library, NYU.
RSVP recommended, e-mail  with guest names & title of event.


CALLING UP HENRY, celebrating the life of our good friend and cherished colleague Henry Foner, was held on Tuesday April 4 at the 1199 SEIU Penthouse  Find recordings of Henry singing some of his songs in our Thursdays TiIl Nine and Play it Again, Sam exhibits, and information about his book of verse here.


CLARA LEMLICH AWARDS - The "I Have Something to Say" event was held Monday May 1, 2017 at the Puffin Gallery for Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York.  Video and photos from the event will be available shortly; video of previous honorees can be found here, photos here, and additional video here.


"MAKING WORK VISIBLE" - THE CUNY / LABORARTS CONTEST - The ceremony honoring the 2017 winners was held on Wednesday April 19 at Brooklyn College's Graduate Center for Worker Education located at 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan.  The prize winning essays, poems and art can be found here.





Remembering Ralph Fasanella - featuring twelve remarkable paintings by this socially engaged artist who was often called an "aftist of the people."  


 Meet Us in St. Louis - A collection of Labor Art from around the country and across the century.  Start with the image of the week and add your observations.


On Equal Terms - Women in trades, 35 years and still....    Poetry and mixed media by artist and electrician Susan Eisenberg.


Defending the Social Safety Net  


For Better or Verse  -- video and audio of Henry Foner singing songs from the new book.


 Women Firefighters in New York City  




HENRY FONER   SONGS AND POEMS (FOR BETTER OR WORSE) is our first publication.  Listen to recordings of songs from Henry's student activist days in the 1930s and 40s on the Labor Arts exhibit "Play it Again, Sam."  See the table of contents and purchase the book here.






Labor Art from St. Louis features highlights from the Feldacker collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture on the theme of work and workers.


Why Unions -- Art from the National Maritime Union  features graphic art from the 1940s by Harold Price, Rockwell Kent and William Gropper


Landscape of Lost Arts    Vanished Structures and Forgotten Skills   --  Janet Wells Greene curates images of artisans and union craftsmen building and rebuilding the NYC skyline


We Love A Parade    Union Banners Then and Now  --  featuring four labor banners from the 19th century and 27 banners from the twentieth century NYC garment industry


Sisters in the Brotherhoods  -- Jane Latour interviews women who were pioneers in skilled blue-collar jobs


The ILGWU:  Social Unionism in Action  -- garment union initiatives in organizing, immigration, civil rights, health care and culture           


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