California labor history class returns to City College this fall—Register now

labor-bookThe semester long California Labor History class, taught by CFT communications director FredGlass, is back in the City College of San Francisco schedule this fall.

It will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:10 pm starting August 22 at the Mission Campus of CCSF, 1125 Valencia Street. City College courses are now free for San Francisco residents, and your union reimburses members who live outside city limits for course fees. As UESF president Lita Blanc puts it, “We reimburse members for taking Labor and Community Studies courses as an investment in union activism.”

More than a hundred UESF members have taken the class over the past twenty years. One was Executive VP Susan Solomon, who said the class was “Invaluable for members who wish to advance their knowledge about education unionism and its place in California history.” Another was Buena Vista teacher Frank Lara. He said, “This class gave me great readings, filled in my knowledge of the struggles that led up to today’s world, and provided an opportunity to talk and think with people who care as much as I do about the future of public education.”

Go to www.ccsf.edu to sign up online. Email CCSF Labor and Community Studies Department chair Bill Shields with any questions about enrollment, wshields [at] ccsf [dot] edu. For questions about course content, contact Fred Glass, 510-579-3343, fglasscft [at] gmail [dot] com.

The class is built around Glass’s new book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement, and his ten part documentary video series, Golden Lands, Working Hands.

The class features guest speakers, film screenings, readings, and answers to your questions about labor history. It provides a space to reflect on how the historic tactics and strategies developed by working people to organize for social justice might apply to today’s resistance to the Trump agenda. It also pays special attention to the history of education unionism in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The key thing proposed by the class: you will better understand the success and failure of civil rights struggles, the growth of economic inequality, and even how Trump got elected, by knowing labor history.

Go to www.ccsf.edu to sign up online. Email CCSF Labor and Community Studies Department chair Bill Shields with any questions about enrollment, wshields [at] ccsf [dot] edu. For questions about course content, contact Fred Glass, 510-579-3343, fglasscft [at] gmail [dot] com.

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