APRIL 14-MAY 21:UNTOLD STORIES of LABOR in the Twin Cities

APRIL 14-MAY 21: UNTOLD STORIES of LABOR/in TWIN CITIES

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Maroon the Implacable: The Writings of Russell M. Shoatz

*Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m.*
*Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Chapel
1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul*

Russell Maroon Shoatz is a dedicated community activist, founding member of
the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party and
soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He is serving multiple life sentences
as a U.S.-held prisoner of war.

Join co-editor, Quincy Saul, and daughter, Theresa Shoatz, for a discussion
of his new book, *Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell
Maroon Shoatz.*

FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “Slavery by Another Name

*Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m:film.*SLAVERTY BY BANOTHER BNAME
*Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 North Dale Street, Saint Paul*

This documentary challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions:
the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation
Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in
the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into
forced labor. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted
well into the 20th century. Join TPT producers Catherine Allan and Daniel
Bergin for a discussion following the film.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

*Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.*
*Highland Park Library, Village View Room
1974 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul*

Fifty years ago, the federal government passed the Equal Pay Act, requiring
that women be paid the same as men if they’re doing the same job. Thirty
years ago, Minnesota went further. The state implemented landmark
legislation to erase the pay gap between men and women in the public
sector. It succeeded! Our panel talks about how it happened, and why it
hasn’t happened more often. Featuring Nina Rothchild, head of the state
Department of Employee Relations when the law was implemented; Bonnie
Watkins, of the Pay Equity Coalition of Minnesota; and Peter Benner, of
AFSCME, which pushed the legislation, then made sure it worked.

Heather Ann Thompson: Today’s Criminal Justice System

*Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m.*
*Metropolitan State University Library, Ecolab Room
645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul*

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson writes on the history as well as public policy
implications of today’s criminal justice system. Her talk will discuss the
impact of mass incarceration on America’s cities, its economy, and its
very democracy. Thompson is the author of numerous articles on the justice
system as well as the book *Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a
Modern American City.* She is currently writing the first comprehensive
history of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its legacy. Sarah
Walker, co-chair of the Second Chance Coalition
<http://www.mnsecondchancecoalition.org/>, will serve as a local
responder.

Minnesota and the Emancipation

*Monday, May 6, 7 p.m.*
*Highland Park Library, Hillcrest Auditorium
1974 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul*

Join Bill Green (*A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equity
in Minnesota
*) and others as they explore Minnesota’s involvement in the
Civil War and the emancipation process.

Organizing in the Ranks: Racism & Resistance in the U.S. Military

*Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m.*
*St. Paul Labor Centre
411 Main Street, Saint Paul*

Hear stories from historians and veterans about clashes and convergences
surrounding race and military engagements: Yuichiro Onishi (*Transpacific
Antiracism*), and Dr. Malinda Lindquist (*Race, Social Science, and the
Crisis of Manhood, 1890-1970*), professors in the African-American and
African Studies department at the University of Minnesota; and Melvin
Carter, Jr., a Navy veteran of the Vietnam era and founder of “Save Our
Sons.”

ANNUAL LABOR HISTORY TOUR:Steel Rails, Strong Hearts

*Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.*
*Union Depot
214 Fourth Street East*

Join Dave Riehle and historian James Robinson, a scholar of the dining car
waiters organizations, for a tour of sites and settings associated with the
history of African American railroad workers. Tour starts at the renovated
Union Depot. *Co-sponsored by MnDOT African American Employee Resource
Group (AAERG).*

Dred Scott’s Fight for Freedom

*Tuesday, May 21, 1:30 p.m.*
*Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM – location TBA)
1700 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis*

MAAM presents Lynne Jackson, the great-great granddaughter of Dred and
Harriet Scott
and director of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, who will
discuss the role of the 1857 Supreme Court decision and its effect on the
abolition of slavery.

All Labor Has Dignity

*Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.*
*Penumbra Theatre,
270 North Kent Street*

*Join professional actor and Macalester College Professor Harry Waters for
a re-enactment of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1962 speech to the
Minneapolis convention of the United Packinghouse Workers
, where King drew
connections between the labor and civil rights struggles. Music and
related readings will complement his performance...

Untold Stories is coordinated by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public
Library. Unless listed, all events are free and open to the public. For
more information, visit us online at www.thefriends.org or call 651-222-3242.