Friday, May 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Bucky Halker plays Joe Hill’s Music 

Featuring a discussion of the Warehouse Workers United organizing campaign and reception for woodcut prints of John Pitman Weber "Fences and Migrants"

Music: 7pm
Warehouse Workers program: 8pm
Music: 830pm

BUCKY HALKER, Ph.D., is a singer-songwriter, performer, and scholar with a dozen recordings to his credit, including Welcome to Labor Land, a recording of Illinois labor songs from the past, and the all-originals Wisconsin 2-13-63, vols. 1 & 2. His new double-CD release, The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (2012), offers an original music tribute to Woody Guthrie. 

Bucky is also the author of For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-1895 and is the producer-scholar for the Folksongs of Illinois CD series. Bucky serves on the board of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives and is the Director of Company of Folk, an organization devoted to documenting and presenting the rich traditions of folk and ethnic music and art in the Midwest. Bucky was awarded the Archie Green Fellowship with American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in 2011-2012. 

Warehouse Workers for Justice is a worker center founded to win justice for warehouse and logistics workers in Illinois and Indiana. We provide workshops so warehouse workers can educate themselves about workplace rights, unite warehouse workers to defend their rights on the job, build community support for the struggles of warehouse workers and fight for policy changes to improve the lives of warehouse workers and members of our communities. 
Through our legal clinic we have fought against wage theft and won millions of dollars in back wages for workers in the temp industry. Through our worker center we have provided trainings to workers who have fought for and won major gains in one the most challenging organizing environments facing workers today.

John Pitman Weber: wood cut prints
Migrant labor is a worldwide phenomenon, from the Persian Gulf to the EU and the USA. Migrant labor is essential to the functioning of neo-liberal, globalized capital, -and not only in seasonal work (lawn care, roofing). Migrants are commonly without rights, super-exploited, subject to wage theft, arbitrary imprisonment and deportation, physical and sexual abuse, even where they are under "contract." 

Razor and barbed wire fencing have become ubiquitous in our society. First produced commercially here in Illinois (Dekalb,) wire entanglements were as basic to the "conquest" (expropriation) of "The West" as they were to trench warfare. Today, wire entanglements are everywhere, keeping people out, or our 2 million plus prisoners in it.