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F.S. Rosa and Dr. Susan Greene, Carlo Tresca: Anarcho-syndicalist and…bohemian?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Italian immigrant Carlo Tresca was involved in some of the foremost labor struggles and fights for immigrant rights and against fascism and Stalinism of the early 20th century and was dedicated to anarcho-syndicalism–the principle that all workers, regardless of gender or ethnic group, should work together in solidarity and direct action to improve their working conditions and, ideally, to create worker-run collectives. Anarcho-syndicalism is best exemplified in the early twentieth century U.S. by the International Workers of the World (IWW). The textile strikes in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Paterson, New Jersey were run along these principles; Tresca was involved in both of them. He was also friends with many of the writers and artists of his day, Edmund Wilson, Thomas Hart Benton, Max Eastman, Eliena Krylenko and Dawn Powell, among them, and lived in Greenwich Village with sculptor Mina Harkavy for several years in the 1920’s.
F.S. Rosa will read from her novel, The Divine Comedy of Carlo Tresca and discuss Tresca’s relationship to both anarcho-syndicalism and the arts. A relationship which delighted some and shocked others. Susan Greene will discuss plans to incorporate Carlo Tresca’s image into her mural “Re/Membering American Anarchism,” located on Bound Together, SF’s premiere anarchist bookstore, and will discuss her work as a muralist and activist.
F.S. Rosa, is a long time student of left and labor history and a rank and file labor activist. She is a member of SEIU 1021, delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council and author of Post War and Other Stories (2006) and The Divine Comedy of Carlo Tresca (2011), both published by Ithuriel’s Spear Press, http://www.ithuriel.com. She is one of the original member of the ‘New Narrative Writers,’ active in the 1980’s: http://fsrosa.com.
Dr. Susan Greene is a psychologist, educator and artist. She is founder of BTS/MAP (Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project): http://breakthesilencearts.org. Greene has painted murals all over San Francisco and the world, and has led several delegations of muralists to Gaza, most recently in 2011. She is working on plans to incorporate Carlo Tresca’s image into her mural “Re/Membering American Anarchism,” located on the side of Bound Together Books in San Francisco.