The East Side Freedom Library hosts “Walking the Talk: A History of Arts in Labor,”
1–4 p.m., Sept. 5. Working people have long relied on art such as music, poetry, visual art, puppetry, fiction and theater to share their stories. The East Side Freedom Library is collecting such materials, along with books, and providing a space in which these arts can be embodied and enacted in real time.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, which includes:
- A puppet show history of the East Side Freedom Library
- Megan Marsnik reads from her novel, Underground, currently published in the StarTribune
- Ta Coumba Aiken and Keith Christensen discuss their painting “Saint Paul Labor History”
- Javier Morillo, president of SEIU 26 and champion story teller, tells the story of his arrest in Houston, Texas, while supporting janitors there
- Labor troubadour Larry Long and Hmong spoken word poet Tou Saiko Lee offer original work in music and poetry