A century ago in 1919, Northwest cities roiled with labor unrest, strikes, and gunfights. That cauldron of radicalism and violence is chronicled in the documentary film “Labor Wars of the Northwest,” showing Sept. 4,
5:45 pm., at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham
Tickets, available for purchase at the door or on pickfordfilmcenter.org, are priced at $7 for the public, $5 for Pickford members and $3 for students with identification. Following the film, Pacific Northwest historian David Jepsen, who wrote and directed Labor Wars, will lead a discussion on labor issues and answer audience questions along with Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington and Rosalinda Guillen, Executive D
irector of Community to Community
“Labor Wars” examines labor conflict in the context of a decades-long struggle that began with the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s and permeated throughout the region. It shines new light on tragedies like the 1916 Everett Massacre, the 1919 Seattle General Strike and the 1919 Centralia Massacre. The documentary was created in part to commemorate the centennial year of those 1919 events in Washington State history.
Bellingham and Whatcom County are no strangers to labor conflict, evidenced by the 1907 riots in which five hundred South Asian migrants were expelled from Bellingham.