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[liberationtech] This Sunday: LaborTech conference + free evening program "World Factory"

Todd Davies davies at
Wed Jul 22 16:04:18 PDT 2015

As part of the San Francisco Bay Area LaborFest 2015 , please join us for... 
The 2015 L aborTech Conference 

July 26 (Sunday) 9:00 - 6:00 PM ($50 - No one turned away for lack of fund) Stanford University - Stanford Lane History Corner, Stanford 
Building location: Building 200, Room 30 (and nearby rooms - check outside room 30 for session locations) 
Parking: Free in all the regular space on Sunday. Palm Dr. (Oval road) might be the closest 

For registration : 
Go to LaborTech: for registration and information. 
Or you can send the following information to LaborFest: laborfest at 
1) name, 2) e-mail address, 3) phone number, 4) your union or organization if any, 5) slow mail address 

Registration Fee: 
Regular - $50 
Senior, unemployed - $35 
(No one turned away for lack of fund, please contact: Kazmi at laborfest at ) 

Schedule: (Click here for the tentative schedule) 

Topics : 
* The gig economy - how is this changing the conditions of labor and our lives? 
More and more workers are being pushed into the gig economy - What does this mean? 

* How workers and unions can stream our stories and struggles , and build channels using the smart phone 
How can your union or labor group get your stories out using smart phones and streaming technology? 

* How is tech being used on the job and for workers struggles & communication? 
What labor rights do you have on the job with new technology, and how are workers using video and communication media to get out their stories and issues. 

* Techsploitation : how immigrant workers and senior tech workers face discrimination in the tech industry, and what you can do about it. 

The development of communication technology has led to major changes in the production chain. Today through the Internet, hundreds of millions of workers are now critically linked together and the smart phone has become for the Chinese, the shouji, or “hand machine,” that more and more workers are tied to. Tech workers and millions of other workers are now tethered to the Internet 24 hours a day, and every keystroke is now being watched by their employers on and off the job. 
Apps are also being use to put workers in a temporary part-time economy, and change their conditions of work, from taxi workers to call centers, as well as healthcare workers and workers in every industry. 

LaborTech 2015 will look at how this new technology is being used on workers, and how workers are using communication technology to organize from strikes, creating solidarity and challenging the attack on democratic rights. It will also provide instruction on how to build labor channels that can get the stories out to workers and the public locally and internationally. 
The introduction of technology into the workplace, and the labor and human rights of workers including the large number of immigrant workers in the tech industry, is a growing issue for not only these workers but all people. 

LaborTech 2015 will look at these issues, and how labor can confront these issues here and internationally. 

For more information, contact LaborFest: laborfest at 
or call: 415-642-8066 

Evening Program 
7:00 PM (Free) Stanford University - Stanford Lane History Corner, Stanford 
Building location: Building 200, (Room 2 - subject to change - please check at the registration desk) 
Parking: Free in all the regular space on Sunday. Palm Dr. (Oval road) might be the closest 

World Factory” And Chinese Workers In The Global Economy From Theater To Music 
And Honoring the Chinese Workers Who Built the Transcontinental Railway 
Chinese workers are the largest working-class in the world and 260 million of these workers are migrant workers from throughout the many regions of China. They play a central role in the world economy because China has become the central link in the “ World Factory ”. 
Grass Stage is the production company that helped develop this play about the role of the migrant Chinese worker in this global production chain. 
Playwright Zhao Chuan visited Manchester, England and from this visit developed the play reflecting the experience and lives of the Chinese workers who make the many products we use in the United States and throughout the world. 
Joining Chuan to perform the segments of this play will be: 
Wu Meng , theatre artist, freelance writer, founding member of Grass Stage. 
Yu Kai , artist, freelance writer and teacher. Since 2006, she was the main creator and performer in many Grass Stage productions. 
Wu Jiamin , the main creator, performer and executive producer of “World Factory”. 
There will also be musical performance by Xu Guojian, who is with the Beijing Migrant Workers Home. Head of New Worker’s Art Troupe and Chairman of Trade Union in Pi Village Community, Leader of Workers’ Museum, and Director of Spring Festival Gala for and by Migrant workers. 
Also Dong Jun , leader of Zhongdiyin Cultural Center for Workers, initiator, leader, vocalist, and percussionist of Zhongdiyin Worker’s Band, will perform. 
The lives and artistic expression of this new young working class is a growing development in China, and their songs tell the story of the lives and their struggles in the new China. 

There will also be a presentation by Stanford lecturer 
Hilton Obenzinger who is Associate Director, Stanford Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project about the building of the Transcontinental Railway on the 150th anniversary of its construction by the 50,000 Chinese workers who came to America to build it. These Chinese workers played an important and critical role in building America and also led the first and largest strike at that time in California history starting on June 25, 1867. We honor them for the work they did in building America. 
For more information contact: (415) 642-8066 

Sponsored by LaborFest 

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