Tuesday July 23rd. Author Lora Jo Foo reads from Earth Passages: Journey’s Through Childhood, her new pictures-and-text book about escaping periodically into the world of nature from the Chinatown ghetto in San Francisco. Lora Jo, whose day job is directing the AFL-CIO’s national voter protection program, grew up in a family of eight, supported by her mother’s 12-hour-a-day, six-days-a-week job in a garment sweatshop. The reading takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room at AFL-CIO headquarters, 815 16th Street, NW. RSVP to Karen Bauer at 202.637.5297 or email@example.com
Wednesday, July 25th. DC Filmfest and the AFL-CIO host a free screening of the Michael Zhao documentary edump. It’s the disgusting story of what happens to millions of tons of electronic waste generated by our careless, gadget-obsessed society. Seems our discarded computers and phones end up in dumps in China, India and Nigeria where poor people try to scratch out a living melting them down while breathing poisonous fumes. Respectfully leave your cell phones, BlackBerrys and iPods at the office and join Linda Andros of the steelworkers’ Stop Toxics campaign and Susan Ellsworth with the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade program at AFL-CIO headquarters, 815 16th Street at noon in the Samuel Gompers Room (Mr. Gompers will not attend).
Thursday, July 31. The Economic Policy Institute gathers the progressive faithful for a “lively discussion about job dissatisfaction in the New Economy,” hosted by progressively faithful Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr., and featuring comments by Paul Almeida, president of the Department for Professional Employees of the AFL-CIO and David Kusnet, author of Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America’s Best Workers Are Unhappier Than Ever (Wiley, 2008). Starts at 3:30 p.m. at EPI headquarters at 1333 H Street, East Tower, Suite 300; ends with book signing by David at 5:30 p.m., which David says is the important part. To figure out how to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org